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!
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".
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.
Sponsor Minecraft Server FunFor those who don't already know, Rooster Teeth has a Minecraft Server for sponsors of the website. It's a pretty great time and if you want into for how to join or want to stay in the loop, be sure to follow @Burnie on the site. Granted you have to be a sponsor to gain access.
Anywho, I hopped in a little bit yesterday and thought it might be fun to goof around a bit. One thing led to another and after about 45 minutes of disorder and randomness, we came to a very interesting result.
Anyway, hope to see some more of you in the server!
February 19th, 2014 - This first part of my journal has very little to do with Frisbee. In mid February, Holly and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary by catching Wicked! Still counts as a Frisbee post though cause that's how we met and we both play competitively!
February 23rd, 2014 - Shortly after, Holly and I won Austin Winter League. Our team went 14-1 on the season and avenged our one loss by beating the team in the finals! #PrettyInPink
March 1st-2nd, 2014 - My brother Jordan aka @KoogaShark flew from San Diego to Austin, then drove 8 hours with Holly and I to Baton Rouge, LA for an Ultimate Frisbee tournament. He is such a sucker. We won the tournament for a second year in a row but most importantly, the tournament provided Jambalaya was again incredible. Yay for delicious free food!
March 7th-8th, 2014 - Flew to Nashville with enemy (but also friendly) coach, Janel, from University of Texas and one of their players/my friend, Brady. We spent the flight coloring in a Disney Princess coloring book. Some lady even asked to join in on the fun (and of course we included her).
I'm incredibly proud of the team. After driving 14 hours (one way) they showed up to the tournament with only 13 players (5 couldn't make the trip) and absolutely crushed it. Our Sunday morning victory (game 4 of the weekend) over the 27 woman rostered Rochester highlighted the success of Trainwreck who finished the weekend an impressive 5-1.
While I flew to the tournament, my team (Texas State Trainwreck) borrowed my Prius to drive to the event. They returned the car with some cosmetic additions. I approve of the changes!
WUCC 2014While I'm sure the abbreviation WUCC 2014 doesn't mean much to you, it means the world to me. It's short for World Ultimate Club Championships 2014. (Yes, this is another Frisbee journal.) The WUCC come around every 4 years and to qualify, your team has to place in a certain spot at your country's National Championships (number of spots vary by country). This year, your team had to place top 3 in it's division to qualify. Sadly, my team finished 5th.
Good news though, the National Championship Coed team from Mexico, Slash, is short on players and have asked me to join them this year (same team I played with back in December)! I'm unbelievably honored that they asked me to help them in this International tournament that features over 50 Countries across 5 divisions.
Oh, did I mention that the tournament is going to be in LECCO, ITALY???
That's right! The tournament is taking place in Lecco, Italy (on Lake Como and about an hour from Milan) from August 2nd-9th. What's even cooler is it's only 40 minutes from where I lived as a kid! The plan right now is to be in the area for about 10 days, so if anyone in the area wants to do so, let me know and maybe we can organize a meet up!
It's that time of year again where I run the Youth Ultimate Frisbee League here in Austin. This means I need help creating a design that would look great on a disc for the middle and high school kids. This year we chose the theme of Jurassic Park, so we are looking for something similar to it's logo.
The trick though is that the design can only have one color (transparent background) and follow all of the discraft rules for a Ultrastar Hot Stamp. The color of the disc will be white. I'd also like it to read "Jurassic Huck" and in smaller print say "UPLA Spring League 2014". I know this is asking a lot, but it is for the kids!
Please feel free to get creative. The main point is dinosaurs and frisbee in a logo. Let me know in the comments if you are willing to give it a try!
Lei Out 2014 - SUCCESSLast Thursday I took off to Southern California for the beach Ultimate Tournament, Lei Out. On the way I made a quick stop at my older brother, Micah's, house to spend time with him, my sister-in-law, and my super cute niece. Friday with them was wonderful, and I really enjoyed the brother bonding time. While seeing Micah is always a good time, he can't compare to his 19 month old daughter, Quinn. She's such a cutie, especially when she gave me a kiss goodnight! First person ever to get one that isn't mommy or daddy!! Only downside is that my brother taught her to call me "Uncle Caca", oh well.
Friday night to Sunday evening was spent on the beach with people from the Ultimate Frisbee community. While the team I played for, Shotgun for Pull, went 3-4 on the weakend, we still had a great time. The best part about Lei Out is that so many people from around the country (and sometimes world) travel to this event in Santa Monica. It's a time to see old friends, make new ones, grab a few drinks, and party (although the DJ at the Saturday night party was the worst DJ in the history of man).
Big thanks to those of you who came out and said hello, it's always great to meet you. Big shoutout to @dacalac for taking a few photos!
Lei Out 2014This weekend I'm heading out to Santa Monica, CA to play in the annual Lei Out Beach Tournament (Ultimate Frisbee). Sadly I missed the tournament last year but I am beyond excited to play with my team from two years ago, Shotgun for Pull! As you can see below, we have fun!