Episode 31 - Hannah at 1st London Indoor Winter League

January 24th, 2014

This episode we are delighted to introduce the wonderful Hannah Pendlebury as our first guest host for UTalkRaw!

Hannah took her interviewer hat and microphone to the first London Indoor Winter League event where she spoke to TD Luke.

Luke runs tournaments mainly in the South East under the banner of Team TG, often with an array of tournament 'extras' such as free physios, sponsor prizes and hand made trophies.

London Indoor Winter League is a series of tournaments being held at the SportHouse, a superb quality Olympic legacy venue which boasts up to four 40m x 20m sprung floor pitches. The upcoming dates are Sat 1st February (Open, Women's & Developer) and Sat 1st March (Mixed) and the SportHouse will also be hosting UKU Club Open and Women's Nationals on the 22/23rd February. 

Hannah then recorded quick interviews with wome of the Ultimate players at the event; meet Andy with the St Albans team, Hannah from Crown Jewels and Simon & Richard playing with Brixton. 

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You can record you question here to on the show or email me

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Episode 30 - Benji on diagnosis skills for coaching

December 3rd, 2013

Benji Heywood is back on the show answering a great question about coaching from a listener.

Benji shared his story of building a career as a professional coach back in Episode 1 and since then he has started the excellent UnderstandingUltimate blog.

In this episode we start with a listener question about how to diagnose & fix mistakes when coaching Ultimate players. We really deep dive into the discussion to try and answer the question in as much detail as possible.

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Episode 29 - Brady Meisenhelder on better players with better coaching

November 25th, 2013

In this episode I talk to Brady Meisenhelder from pulleddisc.com about coaching and improving your and your player's skills.

I came across Brady's excellent coaching videos on pulleddisc.com via the wonderful Melissa Witmer - so huge thanks to Melissa! (you can hear Melissa on Episode 20 of UTalkRaw).  

The discussion with Brady about his background as a player and a coach and his approach to Ultimate coaching is really fascinating. I believe it will be valuable to anyone leading, coaching or captaining an Ultimate Frisbee team. 
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Episode 28 - LookFly Steve on 10 years of an ethical Ultimate business

July 17th, 2013

This week I am joined by Steve Giguere; famous from both BlockStack TV (the best sofa based Ultimate TV show) and LookFly (UK's Ultimate clothing & gear suppliers). 

In this episode we talk about both! 

Steve describes the energy and passion (and learning!) that went into creating BlockStack TV; "the hottest sofa based Ultimate Frisbee internet TV show ever to rock your digital world". 

We then talk about the amazing story of LookFly, which was started over 10 years ago and remains the UK's only Ultimate clothing manufacturer & supplier. Along the way Steve describes the importance that environmental ethics & local suppliers has for LookFly and the challenges and opportunists this provides. 

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This podcast ends with the song Don't Gotta Work It Out (Live @ KEXP) by Fitz & The Tantrums, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.

Episode 26 - Dan ‘Stork’ Roddick on the early days of Ultimate

July 3rd, 2013

Dan Stork Roddick and Cribber USA Ultimate Hall of FameThis week I am honoured to have Dan 'Stork' Roddick on the show. Dan is one of the great pioneers of all disc sports. 

After discovering the original "flying saucer" at age 5 he later was the MVP of the first college Ultimate game in 72; on that famous parking lot in New Jersey. Between '75 and '92 Dan was "Director of Sports Promotion" at Wham-O, where he had a huge impact on the growth of Ultimate and all disc sports. He is credited with framing the "Spirit of the Game"; still a fundamental aspect of our sport. Dan Stork Roddick playing Ultimate Frisbee in 1972

Dan, very deservedly, has a place in USA Ultimate's Hall of Fame - though he has also had a been instrumental outside the US - for example he helped to found the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF).

I could spend forever listing Dan's achievements and impact on our sport over the last 40 plus years, basically he is an absolute Frisbee legend and it is a great honour to have him on UTalkRaw. 

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This podcast ends with the song Expressway by The Monitors, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.

Episode 25: UK Ultimate’s plan for the future

June 26th, 2013

UK Ultimate logoThis week I talk to the legend that is Simon Hill, CEO of UK Ultimate. We chat about UK Ultimate's strategic plan and the future of Ultimate in the UK.

UK Ultimate is the national governing for our sport in the UK and Si is the driving force behind it. Si is also chair of the WFDF Ultimate committee as well as on the Rules, Spirit and championships for WFDF! Oh, and he plays too.

In this episode though we talk about UK Ultimate. Why the organisation exists, what it does and the existing goals laid out in the new UK Ultimate strategic plan.

Listen to hear Si explain the full details and find out how to get involved!

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Episode 24: Matalan Sporting Promise and Community Clubs

June 19th, 2013

MATALAN Sporting PromiseToday I'm welcoming Liam Kelly from UK Ultimate back on the show to talk about an exciting new part of the "Matalan Sporting Promise", supported by Sport England, called "Community Clubs".

The "Matalan Sporting Promise" provides a frame work for non–traditional sports, such as Ultimate, to be introduced into schools to create opportunities for young people to take part and become a part of something new or different. Ultimate has been part of this program in England since it started 3 years ago; during that time over a thousand schools have been exposed to Ultimate in some way!

The "Community Clubs" is a pilot for a new scheme to augment the schools program by building local community sporting clubs.

Listen to hear Liam explain more plus how you can follow along and get involved!

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Episode 22: Patrick on Beach Ultimate Loving #ECBU2013

June 5th, 2013

Patrick van der Valk Ultimate Frisbee legendMy guest this week is Patrick van der Valk, President of BULA (Beach Ultimate Lovers Association) and one of the main guys behind the European Championships of Beach Ultimate happening this June in sunny Spain. He started playing Ultimate in 1979 and is an absolute legend of the game - especially on the beach. Patrick is also a WFDF board member and believes passionately in Spirit of the Game, so much so that he is chair of WFDF's spirit committee.

Patrick talks about his journey through Ultimate over the years, his special love of Beach Ultimate and the story behind the huge European Championships of Beach Ultimate on 27-30 June 2013 in Calafell, Spain; where there are over 70 teams competing!

He also describes the plans for an amazing live, online experience of the tournament for those of us that can't be there.

Links mentioned in this show:European Ultimate Championships of Beach Ultimate logo

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Episode 21: Ulti.tv growing Ultimate through video

May 29th, 2013

Ulti.tv Logo on UTalkRaw

In this episode we have our first Aussie guest on the show! Dan joins us to talk about the journey from idea to successful Ultimate video company that has covered a number of tournaments in several different countries; including World Clubs 2012 in Japan!

Dan describes their adventures learning how to create great Ultimate Frisbee coverage on a shoestring budget and travelling to different tournaments. He also talks about how they "dream big, think of the most crazy stuff; and then try and make it happen". That is an awesome approach and I hope you are as inspired by their story as I am.

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Episode 20 - Melissa’s Mission for Ultimate Athletes

May 22nd, 2013

Melissa Witmer on UTalkRawThis week the amazing Melissa Witmer joins us! Melissa's mission is "to improve the sport of ultimate by giving players the tools they need to train like the serious athletes they are".

To achieve this inspiring goal she founded "Ultimate Results" in 2010, and is incredibly prolific online. You need to check out her blog and her numerous sites (links below).  She is also the author of "The Ultimate Athlete Handbook".

In this episode we focus on planning an Ultimate training program and the important things you, as an Ultimate player, need to consider when planning a progressive training and conditioning program in the build up to and during the season.

Links mentioned in this episode:Melissa Witmer low release Ultimate Frisbee throw

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