about ribbons..I don't, have seen it rarely here. heard about someone cutting their finger with one when it wrapped around upon release, so now I don't want to try. I'd rather lose the disc, I can always get more. I tend to just not throw my 'tournament' plastic or anything fancy in the winter. good luck with the teaching of the sport, I have done several school assemblies like so, and hope it helped.
Tom, I've never thought of Freestyle as a 'fading' sport. Rather maybe just a bit more difficult to master through trial and error, pitted against limited attention spans of youth. In many ways, that is what Heave H.O.E. (HH) provides a solution for.. and, by the way, thank you for YOUR kind words about HH.
On the school assembly front you, of all people, will appreciate the standing offer we have to tour the US. $44k! to each of us (Doug and I) for doing 2 assemblies a day over 9 months of the year. Alas, we would start on the West coast in the Fall, be in the Midwest in the Winter, and end up on the East coast in the Spring. Then get the summer off.. and start up all over again each Fall, with a whole new schedule for the year! Doug and I love knowing the offer exists.. however, the long stretches away from home/family (for months at a time) has us hesitant to accept, for now. We assume we would each probably end up with $22k after expenses?
Thanks for the including that article on your site. An update is that I am now teaching my Flying Disc Sports class at Samford University here in Birmingham.
I had to give up the assembly programs because I ran out of people who could Freestyle. One tour we did was throughout the Midwest in the winter. 3 shows a day , 5 days a week. Pick up the check on Friday and go to the nearest Hol-O-Dome for the weekend. Too bad Freestyle is fading.
After the first round, being that I was out of money for mulligans (I used 4 in the 1st), I was just hoping to place in the top 5. Mulligans are two-faced in that having them gives you the notion that you are safe if you miss a shot and the other side is that they are for charity. Oh well, thanks. It was a fun tournament.
Way to commit! Good motivation to be in good shape.
Still, anything at the X is already truly "extreme," so IMHO there is no need to take it to the hyper-X-levels for people with bad knees. I mean, do we want to be able to walk for the week after the tourney, or do we want to hobble around with (more?) potentially irreversible knee damage? Not to mention, for those who have troubled knees, the climbing down can be an invitation for a malfunction of the deadly kind. So who is slated to be the Director for State Championships? Cory?
It's a simple idea.. I even encouraged the Big Sky State Games Director for DG.. (Jim Rott) to keep the format since he did it this way this year. The key is, one round at the X, on the standard (I think it is called the Black course), and then one round on Pioneer in Billings. But none of the Safari course action for the Open Masters. And no pushing us for TWO rounds on the X in one day. Let the Open Pros push themselves, and hopefully they all just respect the fact that we (Masters) are still alive, and able to do one round on a classic part of Diamond X.
Like I said, the State Games did it that way this year.. and it made a HUGE difference in body wear and tear -even with pretty high heat. Key is that we do one round in the morning temps at the X.. and another round later, but at a gentler course.
So what is your idea? After Regin VII's in 06 I vowed to never play the X again. Now, with Spring Fling along with States in Billings, I either had to not play in the series or just get in better shape, I'm choosing the latter. I really like the X, but my knees hate the X. It may also help to play in temperatures less than 100 degrees. Now I am pumped for Spring fling along with the whole series for the first time.
Happy Holidays Craig. And that would be "former MT Masters Champ". I think ol' Tolito might have something to say about that. Looking forward to a very competitive Masters Division in our state this year. I'm definitely committing to the whole series in 2008.