Poll: What is the Ideal Playing Surface?

Jamming on SandThis Poll was suggested by Dan “Lusti” Lustiger. He asks, “what is the ideal playing surface?” This is a very interesting question. My favorite place to play is the beach, mainly because of the wind. So, my first thought was “sand, of course”. But then I realized that there are places with beach wind that have grass, like Palm Park. Upon further reflection, I realized how great artificial turf can be because it’s cushion allows me to crash and burn a little more. Of course a hard surface allows for skips and easier spinning, and I do love playing in doors as well. The more I think about it, the more confused I become. I like them all!

So the question really becomes, if you can only pick on surface to play on, regardless of any other playing condition, which on would you choose?

What is the ideal playing surface?

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Thanks, Lusti, for the great suggestion. If you have a poll idea, please let me know.

By the way, a few years back, Lusti wrote a great tutorial on the Flamingitosis. Here it is, if you’re interested.

Which Hand Do You Gitis With?

World Gitis Day is May 28th this year. It’s a day when jammers go out and celebrate their love for Freestyle Frisbee by posting photos of themselves catching a gitis to Facebook, Instagram, and the like. Here’s the photo gallery from 2016. But the true purpose is to get us all out and playing on the same day. Imagine, all the jammers in the world jamming together, if not physically then in spirit.

In honor of World Gitis Day, this poll asks, which hand do you catch gitis with?

In honor of the upcoming World Gitis Day, which hand do you catch gitis with?

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If you want to learn how to catch a gitis, click here.

If can’t can’t do it, don’t fret. To be a part of World Gitis Day all you really have to do is play some Frisbee with your friends.

Poll: What Do You Teach a New Player First

Jake Teaches

We’ve all had this experience. We’re jamming and someone comes up and wants to know what the heck we are doing. After a little conversation they want to try. The next moments could be critical. There exists the potential to inspire this person to take up Freestyle Frisbee. Ensuring they are sufficiently engaged could go a long way. So what do you teach them first? The nail delay? The air brush? Throw and catch?

That’s what this poll aims to uncover. What do you teach a new player first?

What Do You Teach a New Player First?

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Poll: Ideal Wind Speed

In our second episode with Doug E Fresh, we talk about mob-opping and our love for jamming. One of the interesting things about jamming is how much the wind changes the game. A good wind can slow the disc down opening up a whole new set of tricks.

This poll asks, what is the ideal wind speed for a jam?

What is the ideal wind speed for jamming?

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Poll: What is Your Interest in Freestyle Frisbee Competition?

Kate and PaulThis website started as a teaching website. My assumption was that the audience were people new to Freestyle Frisbee. Since then, we have expanded our content. There’s the Live Stream and tournament results, Shootin’ the FrizBreeze Podcast, and more.

In this poll I want to learn more about our readers. With the emphasis on Freestyle as a competitive sport, I wonder how you would describe your interest in Freestyle Frisbee competition? You can choose as many options as you like so please select all that apply to you.

Which answer best describes your interest in Freestyle Frisbee competition? Select all that apply.

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Poll: What Spin do You Take?

Lori throwing clock

Lori Throws Clock Spin – Grrrr

When freestyler’s meet one another for the first time, the first question is, “what spin do you take?” The answer to this question could change how they treat each other forever. Will they throw clock? counter? third world? Or does it even matter?

For this weeks poll, let’s find out if there’s a dominant spin in the world. When someone asks you what spin you take, how do you answer?

When someone asks what spin you take, how do you answer?

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Anyone have any good stories about this conversation?

Poll: Have You Read the Competition Manual

Reading the Comp ManualFor those of you who compete at FPA events, the event is run and judged based on the competition manual. It defines the divisions, the pools, number of judges, judging categories, seeding, and all other aspects of how the competition works. Most events that are not FPA events still use many of the themes and concepts laid out in this manual.

When I first started competing I had no idea that such a manual existed. I was already overwhelmed by the welcoming people and amazing talent. I learned by following their example. As I got more serious competition I took the time to read the manual cover to cover. There were several “aha” moments for me. Like how the seeding worked and why being ranked high is an advantage. Also, if your music messes up you can restart your routine, something Matt and I ended up using later on. It also improved my understanding of what judges look for so I could tune my choreography.

Since that time, the competition manual has been revised. I’m embarrassed to say that I have only read bits and pieces. That plus my previous experience seems to be enough to get by. Then again, I was able to get by for several of my early years without reading it at all.

This weeks question, how much of the competition manual have you read?

How much of the FPA competition manual have you read?

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When you read it, what did you learn?

Poll: Routine Lengths

TimeIn the 2nd episode with Bill Wright, the discussion turns to routine lengths. It’s an interesting topic. The Freestyle Player’s Association (FPA) competition manual defines routine length as 4 minutes for any pairs and 5 minutes for co-op (teams of 3). This was defined in 1986 (I deduced this by watching old footage, so someone please jump in with more info). Although the competition manual was revised as recently as 2015, routine lengths have not changed in 3 decades.

One might conclude that routine lengths are perfect. However, routine lengths have been a topic of debate and experimentation for many years. Earlier Freestyle Frisbee routines, like the Rose Bowl and pre-1986 FPA events, were longer: 5 minutes for pairs. As a young player in the late ’90s, I attended Skippy’s Manresa and Tampico events where routines varied from 8 to 12 minutes. Fast forward to recent times and events like Frizbeer and Potlatch are experimenting with shorter routine lengths. In fact, AFO 2017 will be using routine lengths of 3 & 4 minutes. It’s clear that 4 & 5 minutes are not absolute.

So, the question for today: What routine lengths would you prefer in the FPA competition manual?

I would prefer routine lengths in the FPA competition manual to be

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Poll: How Old Are You?

Young BeastOn the podcast, we’ve interviewed people that span all eras of Freestyle Frisbee. We’ve gotten feedback from people of all eras as well. This started me thinking about our demographics. This question is as much about Freestyle as is it about the readers of Heinsville. So, let’s start with our age, in decade sized brackets: How old are you?

I am age

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Poll: What other skills do you use to enhance your Freestyle Game?

Donnie Rhodes, Ryan Young, and many other players have used Ballet as a way to improve their Freestyle Game. Steve Scannell has brought juggling into his Freestyle game. My approach is different. I focus only on the Frisbee stuff with a little bike riding on the side to keep my cardio strong. What about you? What other skills do you use to enhance your Freestyle Game?

This poll lets you choose multiple answers so select all that apply.

What other skills do you have or practice to improve your freestyle game? Check all that apply

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Let us know in the comments how you think your other skill has changed your game.