About

Hello readers!  I’ve been working on this “About” page for quite some time.  I have officially given up hope for making it clever.  My apologies.  On the plus side, I now have an “About” section.

The Blog

This blog is an outlet for me to talk about the sport that I love.  I had originally planned to center articles around personal stories, but I find myself increasingly interested in topics like: spirit of the game, professional ultimate, and self-officiating.  It’s more fun for me to discuss these topics because there is a greater possibility for feedback and reader involvement.

As a result, my blog will be full of that kind of stuff.  I may expand it to include other personal articles about me or technical articles about junk defense or something, but I’m pretty happy right now with the direction things are headed.

If there is something I do cover you don’t particularly like or something I don’t cover you wish I would, feel free to let me know.  I’ll try to oblige if there is enough interest/lack of interest. Broadly, this blog is about ultimate though – nothing more or less than that.

Me

I chose to write this blog to share my ideas with others.  If I just wanted to write, I could have scribbled in a journal.  I’ve done that before.  It’s ok.  I think the whole idea of getting to share my thoughts on ultimate with people I’ve never met with different views, perspectives, and ideas is incredibly cool and exciting.

Having said that, you may want to know some specific information about the person whose ideas you are reading.  Concerning my ultimate “pedigree”:

  • I’ve been playing ultimate since I was a freshman in high school (97′)
  • I captained and coached my college team for the better part of three and a half years.  It is a small liberal arts school.  We never had enough club interest to take more than 14 players to a tournament, and we never competed in the series (There wasn’t enough player interest at the end of the year to field even a savage squad for sectionals).  Our biggest accomplishments were regular season wins over Indiana University, Purdue University, and a couple wins over Luther College.  We also managed to win a couple smaller tournaments and some B pool tournaments.
  • I bounced around as a league/pickup tournament player for a few years after college, and I played for my college team as an alumni.  There were no club teams where I was living at the time, but I still managed to have a lot of fun.
  • I currently reside in California near the Bay Area.  Compared to my home state, it seems that everyone plays ultimate all the time out here.  It is pretty amazing.
  • I watch pretty much any ultimate videos I can get my hands on.  I’m partial to NGN’s coverage, but I like the work done by UltiVillage as a very close second.
  • I had my first opportunity to play club this year at the ripe age of 30, but I didn’t make the team.  I feel like I gave it my all.  I played well and practiced hard.  I even had a pretty strong performance at my last trial tournament (I finished +14 on the weekend – including a +4 game against Polar Bears), but there were a lot of people vying for spots, and the captains went a different direction.  I’m still looking to find a team for the series, but I was let go late in the season as far as rosters are concerned, so I’m not getting my hopes up.  The truth is, I’m getting a bit older, and competitive club, aside from masters in a couple years, may be out of reach.

To sum up, I have a ton of experience and knowledge about the game, but I’ve never been on club team, and I’ve never played in a single UPA, USAU, WFDF, WJUC, AUDL, or similar series.

Beyond ultimate, there are a few things worth mentioning about myself for those who are interested:

  • I have two dogs: a border collie and a pug.  They both can play disc (the pug uses Chef Boyardee instant food lids instead of a disc).  The pug mostly likes to sleep.  The border collie is also very interested in attacking shadows and trying to crush them with her front paws.
  • My hobbies also include: video games, reading, and sneaking up on people as though I were a stealth assassin.
  • I am a bar certified lawyer, but I don’t live in the state where I have certification.
  • My favorite movie is The Princess Bride.

Basically, I am your average guy who plays ultimate.

6 responses to “About

  1. Hello, I am trying to start an ultimate group in Northwest Indiana. Do you already have a group established? I linked our facebook group. We are just starting thus I am doing a lot of research about frisbee in NWI / Porter County. Any feedback is welcome. Thanks

    • HI Caleb. I am not currently living in the area. I do know that Valparaiso has a college team. I found a page on the web that indicates they have games there. You can check the link at http://www.valpo.edu/student/ultimate, but I’m not sure how old the page is.

      I’m from LaPorte County. I know there is a pickup group that meets in LaPorte a couple times a week. I’ll see if I can get the moderator to add you to the group.

      If you are willing to make a bit of a drive, there is a summer league that runs in South Bend. I believe it is called the Michiana Summer League. You can read about ultimate up in that area at http://www.southbendultimate.com. I think they also have ultimate up there.

      Anyway, I hope some of this information is helpful. I’ll let you know if I find out anything more.

      • Hey Caleb and Pushpass: I have been living in Laporte for almost 1 1/2 years now and havent played ultimate the entire time ive been here. I am from West Virginia about 80 minutes from D.C. and i have been an ultimate player for the past 7 years. I love the sport and miss it greatly. I certainly want to get back into it and like you, Pushpass, I am now in my thirties and in desperate need of some regular ultimate to bring me some much needed youth. I would greatly apreicate it if you could let me know if and when pickup is held here in laporte. Thanks. Gock on.

      • Ray Ray: I know a couple of the guys that play in LaPorte. I can get you added to the Facebook group entitled “ultimate frisbee”, but there hasn’t been any real activity on the page since the end of July. Even if you don’t want added, I’ll talk to the guys that put it together and badger them into getting a game going.

        They typically play at Kessling Park somewhere. I know that is pretty vague. I think they try and use the football field when possible. The high school cross country team also used to play there sometimes, but those games were pretty spur of the moment.

        If those games don’t end up happening, I’d recommend trying South Bend or Valpo. Both places have some regular pickup the last time I checked on pickupultimate.com. I think Caleb made the Valpo post on that site.

        Anyway, I hope this helps. Let me know if you want the Facebook group invite. I’m also pretty available to toss whenever I’m in town, but that does not happen very often right now.

  2. thanks man…that would be awesome. Im actually one of the very few americans who dont have a facebook page, but i will give you my email address which is **********. Hope fully i will cross paths with these fellows who play out here, because i definitely miss regularly playing. I appreciate your attempts at spreaing the good spirits. peace.

    • No problem. I know what it is like to not be able to find a game. I’m also going to delete your email so it doesn’t get crawled on this site and spammed from bots or whatever.

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