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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Episode 19: the Ultimate Physios on surviving tournaments

May 15th, 2013

UltimatePhysios.jpgThe Ultimate physios are back! It is awesome to have Angela and Laura back on the show; they are part of the outstanding medical team that supports GB Ultimate and the UK domestic tournaments. Check out episode 7 to hear more about them and the some great advice for Ultimate players of all levels from these two very experienced sports physios.

In this show we talk through a typical weekend tournament and the best things to be doing to maximise your performance, reduce injury risk and generally keep yourself going. Starting a few days before the tournament and then go through every stage of a typical tournament (including the journey, arriving, sleeping, first game and between games) and then finish up a day or say after you get home. At each stage we discuss the best strategies and things to think about to enusre you are at your best when you need to be.

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Episode 18: GB Mixed Beach

May 8th, 2013

GB Mixed BeachThis episode is the second in the GB Team series.

2013 sees 15 GB teams representing UK Ultimate in 4 major international tournaments - including, the "World Games" the "European Youth Ultimate Championships", the "WFDF World U23s Championships" AND the "European Beach Ultimate Championships"

All this means there is a huge amount of training, time and money being put in by a large number of the best UK players - and a lot of stories to hear!

This episode I have the great pleasure of speaking to David Pryce and Lauren Bryant from the GB Mixed team travelling to Spain in June for the "European Beach Ultimate Championships".

Links for this show:

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Episode 17: GB U23 Women

May 1st, 2013

GB U23 WomenThis year there are 15 GB teams representing UK Ultimate in 4 major international tournaments - including the "WFDF World U23s Championships".

All this means there is a huge amount of training, time and money being put in by a large number of the best UK players - and a lot of stories to hear!

This episode is the start of a series where we'll talk to representatives from as many of these GB teams as possible.

GBU23The first GB team we get to hear from are the U23 Women, travelling to Toronto in July for the "WFDF World U23s Championships": meet Carla, Jen, Kim and Grace!

Links for this show:

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Episode 16: Mark Early from UltimateInterviews.com

April 24th, 2013

Mark EarlyFor this show I've finally managed to corner the ever busy Mark Earley. Mark is the dynamic force behind ultimateinterviews.com and has been an integral part of the Irish Ultimate scene for many years.

This is a fascinating episode, Mark reveals the huge amount of energy and time that he puts into making Ultimate Interviews the amazing site that it is. He also mentions some of the interviews that have had the most impact for him personally.

We then discuss some of his many other Ultimate related commitments; including as a player and coach!

Links for this show:

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Episode 15: Ultimate Rob

April 17th, 2013

UltimateRob.jpgThis episode I have the huge pleasure of welcoming "Ultimate Rob" on to the show. I'm really excited about this interview and I hope you find it interesting too.

Rob McLeod is a disc sports competitor living in Alberta, Canada. He competes in ultimate frisbee, disc golf, dog disc and overall flying disc competitions. Rob currently holds 9 World Records (which includes 2 Guinness World Records) and has won 3 World Championships. Rob founded ultimaterob.com in 2009.

Listen out for a UTalkRaw exclusive scoop in this episode!  We are delighted to have Rob share some news with UTalkRaw before anyone else...

Links mentioned in this show:

PS: Visit http://www.ultimaterobstore.com if you need a clue on Robs announcement!

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Episode 14: 8 easy tips to be a better coach, with Felix

April 10th, 2013

Felix ShardlowThis episode is a little different. I have invited Felix Shardlow back on the show and we discuss 8 simple things that will make you a better Ultimate coach.

For our purposes a "coach" is anyone who organises or runs training sessions for an Ultimate team or club of any level; you could be the captain, training coordinator, team coach or just the guy or gal who gets landed with the job of running training.

Now many of you will (or indeed should) be familiar with advice such as plan-do-review or attended coaching courses so we will not be discussing much of that; we have assumed you are already planning your training sessions, writing things down and so on. Instead we have tried to identify some of those little tips and tricks which are easy to implement and could have a huge impact on your coaching!

I hope that if you are a coach that you will find it fun and interesting. Please do get in touch if you think we have missed something vital or if you disagree with anything we say!

PS If you haven't yet listened to episode 9 where Felix explains how he combines coaching, videos, events and playing to live the Ultimate life - then you need to check that out!

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Episode 13: Jools on preparing your body for layouts

April 3rd, 2013

Jools Murray

This weeks show is based on a question from Peter who, after hearing episode 10 on Strength and Conditioning with Jools Murray, emailed to ask the following question:

"Jools talked about how training should be functional in terms of how it applies to the sport situation. I'm interested in how this applies to laying out ... At my Uni team we've had a problem in the past with freshers seeing experienced players laying out, and suddenly being very keen to emulate that, sometimes with injurious results. There can also be a lot of pressure from experienced players to lay-out in important games (I'm sure most people have heard shouts of "Lay it!" from the sideline).

So ... my question is, how best can we prepare our bodies for laying out? How best can we teach beginners (and experienced players...) to lay out safely?"

Thanks Peter, that is a very true observation and a truly excellent question. So to help answer it I have dragged the lovely Jools back on the show!

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Episode 12: Saz & Jen on recruiting Women

March 27th, 2013

jen_saz.jpgThis episode was recorded on Mothers day in the UK and international Womens day has just happened. I mention this because in this episode we are talking about Womens Ultimate; and specifically about recruiting and keeping female players.

I have the great pleasure of welcoming Saz and Jen from Nice Bristols - one of the largest and most consistently successful womens clubs in the UK.

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