- Allen Elliott gives us the backstory of the semi’s at the 1981 Rose Bowl. 16 teams experimented with “Pick Your Poison” to finalize the pools. The strategy was to avoid the Coloradicals. Was Bill Wright was actually trying to pull a fast one?
- Per Donnie, things were much more serious & competitive then, “Winning was life, freestyle was not a pastime, not a hobby, it was our livelihood.”
- Donny shares his philosophy on the evolution of freestyle. In his opinion, freestyle has veered away from what makes it beautiful, which is the mere flight of the frisbee and the kinesthetic awareness it creates.
- There is also talk of competitive freestyle needing more experimentation. Hmm, that seems to be a common theme. Fortunately events like Frisbeer, Paganello, and Potlatch are doing just that.
Jeff Felberbaum was recently inducted into the freestyle hall of fame as part of the initial inductee class. He was also the winner of the 1979 and 1981 Rose Bowl and one of the original Washington Square Wizards.
- Jeff shares how a simple overhand wrist flip caught his eye from a school window and eventually lead him to Washington Square Park where his game matured.
- Jeff shares his fascination with the disc, and gets introspective about his motives for playing.
- He also talks about being part of Krae Van Sickle Disc Dance Project.
- Why did he put down the frisbee for 30 years?
Jeff’s Hall of Fame Induction
To celebrate episode ten we begin a new segment of the show, Doug E Fresh’s Top Ten. We all like to hang out and talk about our favorite jam, favorite players, favorite events, and so on. This week Doug E Fresh picks ten players to be on his “dream team”.
- Doug E Fresh’s Top 10 (But of course, it is in no particular order…)
- Both Jake and Randy make the list (almost.) Hmm, is it rigged to ensure Doug is a reoccurring guest on the Podcast?
- Hear about Doug’s “Freshian Guidance” on Minimizing and Maximizing and who takes his guidance and who doesn’t. Do Jake & Randy agree with this philosophy?
- Hear who Doug gives extra style points, has deep pockets, a home court advantage, and who falls into the “whipped butter zone.”
- Who would be on your Fantasy Free Style team?
- Was their lighthearted approach the secret to success?
- Bill explains “Pick Your Poison” as a way of seeding the semi-pools before there were rankings.
- He also shares his thoughts on routine length and getting innovative around different formats.
- Bill says, “Different times call for different measures…We should try everything possible to get the sport to grow.”
The Spread the Jam Project helped shape the face of Freestyle Frisbee on YouTube. James Wiseman explains why he started the project, what he learned, and how the focus of his video efforts have shifted.
- James first encounters Freestyle Frisbee in Austin Texas, site of the American Freestyle Open in 2017
- The state of Freestyle Frisbee on YouTube at that time
- Tom Leitner takes James under his wing
- With the help of the FPA’s Spread the Jam Grant, James and friends embark on the project
- Success and Failure in the same breath
- Parallels between Freestyle Frisbee and skateboarding’s early days: skateboarding documentary DogTown and Z Boys
- Some videos of Rodney Mullen below:
We got a chance to talk with Allen Elliott and Donnie Rhodes. In this episode they talk about how the started playing, how they teamed up, and how they prepared for the ’81 Rose Bowl.
- Hear how all-time greats Allen Elliott, Donnie Rhodes, and Jeff Felberbaum joined forces to win the Rose Bowl in 1981.
- Donnie shares how he grew up “Dolly Parton poor” in Appalachia and how Frisbee became such a huge escape from his daily life.
- Ultimately, it was the many dance classes, generous mentoring, and a pure love of the sport, that drove Donnie’s Frisbee trajectory.
- Watch their semi Finals performance
- Watch the Semis and Finals edited together to Pinball Wizard, from a different camera angle.
We interview Bill Wright and learn about the birth of the Coloradicals, the iconic Freestyle team of Bill Wright, Rick Castiglia, and Doug Brannigan.
- Find out the origin of the Coloradicals & the inception of the delay.
- The birth of the Blur, and spinning catches.
- For you youngsters, find out how in heck you set up your music in the 1970’s.
- Hear how choreographed routines evolved for this team and listen to Bill share his memories about qualifying (and winning!) the 1980 Rose Bowl as a college senior.
- “Wow, I am a world Frisbee champion from Colorado. That’s amazing!”
In this episode we talk with all the winners from Frisbeer Cup 2017. See all the results here.
- Mehrdad Hosseinian – Paul Kenny – Open Pairs
- Ilka Simon – Paul Kenny – Mixed Pairs
- Ilka Simon – Anna Merlo – Women’s Pairs
- Rick LeBau – Juliana Korver – Challenger Pairs
- Naïm Megassabi – Steffen Verstichel – Battle
- coming soon
- Florian Hess – Alex Leist – Christian Lamred – CoOp
- Watch the routine
- This team is known for their routine planning and choreography. In this article, Arthur Coddington explains how to put together a routine.
In this episode we wrap up our conversation with Ryan.
In this episode, Ryan Young talks about his tablet based electronic judging system.
- What inspired him to create the system?
- How many “problems are hidden in the paper”?
- Find out about Potlatch’s experimental judging system, and what Ryan has learned along the way.
- What is Ryan’s perfect judging system.
- How could real time scores change freestyle competitions?
- Should the judging system be adjusted to make freestyle more audience friendly?