ul·ti·mate – the best or most extreme of its kind
Fris·bee – a plastic disc for tossing between players
I started playing ultimate frisbee in September of 2001 at Dalhousie University for the Dal/King’s Ultimate Team (or DKUT).
But, before ever playing a game, I first learned how to throw – on my own. I first researched online to read about the different types of grips, throws and anything else that talked about throwing and then I went and threw. For 8 months; roughly 10 hours PER week, I worked on his backhand, forehand and hammer. By the time I started playing with DKUT, I could throw the disc further than most people but I still had a lot to learn.
In the spring of my first year, I ended up playing with a veteran team in the annual Tournament of Fools. That weekend, I learned about edges and how to throw a disc in the wind and I never looked back. What was taught to me would change my throwing forever but it wasn’t until I really dedicated myself to practicing that I became a good thrower.
If you ever ask me about throwing, I’ll compare throwing to hitting a golf ball – until a golfer goes to the range and works on his shots, he’ll never become a better golfer. Same is true with an ultimate frisbee player. In order to become a better thrower, you must first practice throwing for many hours.
It’s been said that in order to master a skill (i.e. throwing a forehand) you need to repeat the motion 3,000 to 5,000 times. That’s a lot of throwing – and it needs to be quality throwing in addition to the number of reps.
Why this website?
When I first started throwing a disc in the fall of 2000, I searched online to find out all I could about the grips, throws, etc. At the time Youtube didn’t exist and I was able to find only a few websites which showed the power grip and split finger grip and which talked a bit about the different throws but as time went on there really wasn’t a good encompassing website for ultimate. And even when Youtube was created, there was a lot of really poorly done videos so I decided to make my own to teach players how to play ultimate better.
I created this site in the hopes that someone like you will find it useful. If you can take just one thing from this site then it’s served its purpose. Also, I would love to hear your questions, requests for articles/videos, and feedback if you’ve found my site useful for your game.
How long have you been playing ultimate for?
I started throwing in the fall of 2000 and started playing ultimate in the fall of 2001.
What teams have you played with?
I’ve played with:
- Red Circus
- Lawn Party
- Dirty Sand Chairs
- Team Xtreme
- The Wedding Party
- Forest Lawn Party
- Little Bierut
- Malaki UFC
- Bunny Thugs
- May the Force Be Away From You
- Electric Mayhem
- Tenacious D
How far can you throw?
I have thrown an ultimate disc roughly 130 yards. My longest throw with a golf disc is 213.5 metres (700.46 feet) which is the current Canadian Distance Record. I currently hold 6 Guinness World Records including the Guinness World Record for Longest Throw with a Flying Disc Caught by a Dog on October 14, 2012 when I threw a disc 134 yards (402 feet) to Davy Whippet, breaking a record that was set in 1994. My goal is to set many other records, including “Longest Field Goal with a Disc”, “Longest Free Throw Made with a Disc” and “Longest Throw with a Flying Disc”.
What other disc sports do you compete in?
Along with ultimate, I also compete in disc golf, dog disc and overall flying disc competitions. You can find out all about my competitions, world records and latest adventures by visiting https://frisbeerob.com.
Will you ever do a trick shot video?
I’ve done quite a few trick shots and trick shot videos. The shots I’m most famous for are when I attempt to throw a frisbee into a basketball net in front of a school during my school assemblies. I’ve made it on the first try mutiple times!
What do you do other than be Ultimate Rob?
I’m also known as Frisbee Rob, where I spend most of my time and energy.
Check out what I’m up to: https://frisbeerob.com.