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Achievement Hunter RTX ScheduleWondering where to find members of Achievement Hunter during RTX 2014? Use these images as a handy guide to help you locate your favorite Cast and Crew!

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2 months ago  |  Comments (30)
caleb Cast & Crew
Doublewide 2014Tryouts are over and the roster is set for Austin Doublewide. Thankfully, I've made the team again this year. This season, we only plan on attending 4 tournaments, so if one happens to be in your area, please feel free to come out and watch!

Tournament: Pro-Elite Flight Challenge (Chesapeake Invite)
Location: Loudoun County, VA
Dates: July 12th and 13th

Tournament: Pro Flight Finale (Labor Day)
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Dates: August 30th and 31st


Tournament: Pro Flight Finale (Labor Day)
Location: Burlington, WA (North of Seattle)
Dates: August 30th and 31st

Tournament: Regionals
Location: TBD
Dates: September 27th and 28th

Tournament: Nationals
Location: Frisco, TX
Dates: October 16th through 19th

I'll post more details about each tournament as I find out more details. I'd really love to have some of you come out and cheer Doublewide on. I'd also appreciate if you'd be willing to follow our social media pages!

Twitter
Facebook
Website

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2 months ago  |  Comments (11)
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7, 5, 3, 1Fun facts of my life with RT.

-7 years ago (well, 7 years 3 months, but close enough) I met Geoff and signed up for this site
-5 years ago (4 years 11 months) I work my first convention booth with RT
-3 years ago (3 years and two days) I started my first day as Community Manager of Achievement Hunter
-1 year ago (345 days) I had my first day full time.

Really strange to think about how playing a random game of GRAW ended up changing my life. Had I never joined that lobby, I'd never have met Geoff, never discovered RT, and sure as hell would have never moved to Texas.
2 months ago  |  Comments (25)
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Mexico!!!!Hola amigos!

Sadly, this may be most of what I know in spanish. Oh well. The point of this journal isn't to flaunt my spanish knowledge (or lack there of), it's to announce I'M GOING TO MEXICO THIS WEEKEND!!!

For those who have paid attention, last December @koogashark and I went to Mexico to play in a tournament for fun. After having a great time, one of the teams we played with, Slash, invited us to join them this coming August at the World Championships in Italy later this summer. In order to prepare for that, they invited us to join them this weekend at the Mexico Coed National Championships! Sadly, Jordan is graduating college that weekend so I'll be making the trip alone. It's probably a good thing I know so much spanish.

Anywho, what are you Memorial Day weekend plans?
3 months ago  |  Comments (12)
caleb Cast & Crew
Trainwreck 2014Another season of coaching Texas State Trainwreck (Women's Ultimate) is in the bag and I'm going to do my best to keep this journal short.

Last January (2013), Haley approached me (and about 50 other people) in search of a coach for her college women's Ultimate team. While many were interested, few had the time, or lived south enough in Austin to commute to San Marcos. This really left me as the team's only option (suckers!). With that fact, and my stellar interview with Stacey and Rhea (the team captains), I was awarded the gig.

I'd heard some bad rumors about Trainwreck from a variety of people, so I was a bit worried for the first practice. I didn't want to coach a program that didn't want to work hard and play with spirit. Thankfully, what I found was a program full of talented women who wanted to grow as players, as people, and as friends. A team that had a rough reputation who wanted teams to respect them as a worthy opponent and not just a chippy team who got lucky. A team that wanted to make it to Regionals for the first time in it's history.

16 months later and we have done not just that, but so much more. The team has turned it's reputation around, so much so that at one tournament multiple coaches approached me thanking Trainwreck for such spirited play. Not only did we make regionals, we broke seed to finish 8th our of 12 and played great games against some of the best teams in the Nation. I've seen so many of these women grow as players and as people and being apart of that has been nothing short of incredible.

What led to this success? Last night at our end of season banquet, Trainwreck was quite kind in giving me so much credit (and Stacey and Rhea almost made me cry with their kind words), but I want them to understand that they deserve even more credit. You all worked so hard to recruit new players, practiced with intensity and focus, and you believed in your ability to grow. Trainwreck had all the tools for success even before I showed up, and as long as they continue to believe and work hard, this team will continue to succeed!

So thank you to Stacey and Rhea for being great captains for this team. It's been wonderful working with you these last two seasons, you will both be missed! Thank you to Trainwreck, each and every one of you. This season has been nothing short of incredible! It's been such an honor coaching you and a privilege to get to know you. I'm so excited to see where this team can go from here!



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3 months ago  |  Comments (9)
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TEP Colombia 2014 RecapEDIT: Click to watch the full game of finals!

What a trip! I must say that my experience the last few days was nothing short of incredible. The food, people, weather, and the Ultimate blew me away! I'd like to thank the organizers of the event for not only inviting Doublewide to come play, but for also organizing such an amazing event!

For those who don't know what I'm talking about, for the last 5 days, Doublewide (the Ultimate Frisbee team I play for) has been in Colombia. We were invited to go compete in their premiere tournament against the best the ams the country has to offer. Feel free to read my previous journal regarding our excitement!

Our team flew into Colombia Wednesday evening and upon our arrival we were greater by our bus driver. Normally, this wouldn't be exciting, but the Medellin airport is pretty far from the heart of the city and the drive to and from takes you over a mountain. The way our driver maneuvered that bus around those narrow rows both amazed and terrified me! The gorgeous views helped make the trip less nauseating (so many tight turns and ups and downs). After grabbing a quick bite to eat, our driver took us to our hostel. Nothing like cramming 12 men into one room for 5 days! Thankfully, the hostel was super nice and even had wifi.

Thursday morning brought us the start of our games. Round 1 brought us up against the reigning Colombian National Champions, Euphoria. They played extremely well, caught us sleeping, and took the win 15-14. Congrats to them. This tournament was set up in a way we didn't play back to back so luckily we had some time to explore, nap, and eat. Round 2 we faced the Colombia Junior team who played with incredible speed. We ended up taking the game 17-6! After our victory we had some team dinner/drinks and went to bed early due to our 7am Friday game time.

Waking up at 6am to play isn't on the short list of things I like to do in my life, but at least we were only about a mile from the stadium so the walk there was actually quite refreshing. Our round 3 game came as a 17-5 victory for us over Kie, but the game was closer than the score tells. While the early start time wasn't ideal, it worked well with our second game that started at 5pm. It allowed Doublewide to go out and explore the city, highlighted by the gondola ride to the National Park (photos in the Facebook album linked below). The trip made for a great break and allowed us some relaxation before our round 4 match up where we again faced a team who loved to run, Mamoots. The game ended 17-6 in favor of Doublewide setting us up in a semifinals spot!

Saturday morning meant, semis, and for the first time in the tournament we'd face a non-Colombian team, Seattle Sockeye. For those not familiar with Sockeye, they are a 3 time National Championship team who finished 3rd place at US Nationals last season. While both our squads were understaffed (13 players compared to other teams 20+), this match up featured fast play and high intensity. Incredible to see so late in a tournament where both teams feature low numbers. The battle resulted in a 16-13 Doublewide win! The other semifinals match up featured the Colombian National Championship finals, Euphoria and Osos. Since they played at the same time as Doublewide, we weren't able to see all of the game, but what we saw was extremely fast and physical play. The end result was a Euphoria win!

Saturday's TEP Colombia Final featured the rematch of Doublewide and Euphoria, an extremely close first round match. The big question on everyone's mind was whether Doublewide could continue to run with the larger rostered team so late in a tournament. The answer was yes, and Doublewide took home the gold in a 13-9 victory. One of the coolest parts of the game was that it was aired on a local Colombian station and streamed online. People all over the world were able to watch the event. They even have been airing a recap on local news stations (you can see me running down a score about 40 seconds in, #49)!

The overall experience was nothing short of unbelievable. The level of competition was high, the people were friendly, and the food was tasty. The most emotional moment of the tournament hit after our round 4 win when we left the stadium only to be stopped by dozens of kids from the our areas of Medellin who wanted nothing more than to shake our hands and say hello. It was incredible to see the passion these kids had for the sport I love so much and such an honor to share my time with them (some of them told me we were the first blue eyed people they had seen not on TV). A close second came after the award ceremony. Tons of the youth teams (who competed in the Youth Division) approached Doublewide for photos and autographs and many wished to trade jerseys (I managed to get my hands on a sweet U23 Colombia jersey).

I'm still in awe from the event and only wish I could have stayed longer. Thank you so much to TEP Colombia and everyone who made it happen. Thank you to the RT Community Members who came out and watched the event! I really hope to go back again next year!

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P.S. Feel free to check out some of my photos!
4 months ago  |  Comments (6)
caleb Cast & Crew
Excited for TEP ColombiaAs I've mentioned many times before, I quite enjoy Ultimate Frisbee and contrary to my coworkers jokes, it's an extremely competitive sport. Part of participating in a competitive sport is traveling to play. In the past the team I play with, Doublewide, has traveled together within the United States. Next Wednesday, we will be taking flight to a new destination; Medellin, Colombia.

We are unbelievably grateful for the invitation to participate in the TEP Colombia tournament and are so excited to get there. Don't believe me? We made a quick video about it! Not the highest quality production, but I think it got the point across.

If anyone out there happens to live in that area, please feel free to come to the tournament and say hello. Tournament information will be post in the linked Facebook page above. You can also like/follow the below pages for updates!

SO EXCITED!!!

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TEP Colombia Twitter
TEP Colombia Facebook
Doublewide Twitter
Doublewide Facebook
Doublewide Website
4 months ago  |  Comments (17)
caleb Cast & Crew
Debunking RT Podcast MythsApparently my name was brought up in the RT Podcast discussion last night due to my recent injury. While the jokes and quick jabs about me and the sport I play are for fun and games, I'm actually bothered by the fact that some people actually believe I "tripped on a frisbee".

Before I get into this more, please go watch a few minutes of this video.

Watched it? Awesome! Now that you have a slight idea of what Ultimate Frisbee looks like and you know it's not this, or this, or this, we can talk a little bit about what I do.

This first video I linked to you is footage of Austin Doublewide, the 2012 National Champions, and the team I play for. Plays like you saw in that video are how I've gotten injured. Don't believe me? Here is a photo of me getting horizontal. Please don't get it confused with photosohpped images like this one.

During the season (May-October), my team practices 4 days a week. 2 hours of conditioning on Tuesdays, 2 hour practice on Thursday, 5 hour practice on Saturday, and 4 hour practice on Sunday. We practice about 13 hours a week in 100 degree weather throughout the summer. Weekends we don't have practice we are traveling for tournaments. Last year we had tournaments in North Carolina, California, Colorado (twice), and lucky for us Nationals were in Dallas (and will be again this year so come watch).

Not only do we compete Nationally (Canada and Mexico compete at our Nationals), but we also get to compete Internationally. In two weeks I'll be heading to Colombia to compete in a tournament with Doublewide. This August, I'll be heading to Italy to compete in the World Championships (which happen every 4 years). Over 50 countries and 150 teams across 5 divisions compete at Worlds. Sadly, Doublewide finished 5th at Nationals in 2013 and didn't qualify to go (needed 4th or higher), but I've been asked by the National Champion Coed team from Mexico to join them.

I think I've gone on a bit of a ramble, but it's nice when people understand a little more about what I do. Also, I met Holly (my girlfriend) at a party. While she does play Ultimate, we don't play together. She plays for Texas Showdown, one of the best women's teams in the world and she is also loads better than I. In college she was Callahan runner-up (think Heisman Trophy or MVP) and is one of the best players in the women's game.

tl;dr WATCH THE VIDEO AND READ THE POST

P.S. Happy 11th birthday Rooster Teeth!
5 months ago  |  Comments (43)
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