EDGE Ultimate Director Peter Dreisbach traveled to Amsterdam during the week of June 10-16, to undergo the uncanny amusements that is Windmill Windup. The RISE UP Ultimate organization ran a skills and coaching clinic that led up to the Windmill Wind-Up tournament. Pete was a member of the RISE UP staff during the skills clinic and gave a presentation during the conference portion of the program, which will be featured in a future season of RISE UP. The RISE UP staff featured a multitude of outstanding Ultimate players and Pete was honored to be a part of such an All-Star cast of instructors. During the week of festivities, EDGE Ultimate was also able to demonstrate some advanced speed training equipment. To top off an exciting week, Pete played alongside Cranberry Snack (the world-famous international mixed team) in the Windmill Wind-up tournament and was awarded the very special elephant trophy as a welcome back present!
A very special “Thank You” goes out to all of the tournament organizers and volunteers who hosted EDGE Ultimate and the rest of the RISE UP crew. You put on a fantastic tournament and we hope to be invited back to offer a more comprehensive introduction to the EDGE Ultimate training program!
“RISE UP instructor Ben Wiggins leads a planning meeting before another full day of skills instruction.”
EDGE Ultimate travels to Amsterdam this weekend to Windmill Windup 2013. We have gotten a very important and gracious opportunity of teaming up with RISEUP Ultimate and being able to present EDGE at the conferences that will be held during the week of the tournament. This is a great chance to showcase what EDGE Ultimate is about and what we do, to the ever growing European Ultimate scene. We will be showing off our equipment and some of the various techniques and training methods that Chain Lightning and Ozone do themselves that has help get them to be the teams they are today. We will also be mentioning and discussing the Nike Edge Ultimate Camps we have coming up here shortly in the months of June and July. This will prove to be an excellent marketing experience for EDGE and will help us breakout into the European Scene and show them what we are all about. For more information about Windmill Windup and RISE UP Ultimate, see below.
For those of you who do not know, Windmill Windup is the biggest European ultimate frisbee tournament on grass. The carnival of ultimate frisbee lunacy in Amsterdam originated in 2005 and is completely run by a community of volunteers. They expect almost 1400 players from all over Europe to join and for those three days to be packed with hardcore ultimate and exiting amusement in relaxed Amsterdam-style atmosphere.
RISEUP is Ultimate’s first professional instructional video series. If your goal is to become a better Ultimate player or make your team better, you’ve come to the right place. The mission of RISE UP is to improve the level of play of Ultimate teams and players through the creation of engaging instructional videos created by experts. The goal of RISE UP is to create useful teaching tools that empower players at any level to call a friend, grab a disc, and immediately improve their game
Do you want to gain explosiveness on your layouts, be able to change direction more quickly and efficiently, jump higher over your opponents?
Then our camps would be perfect for you! This year we are excited to announce that we have partnered up with Nike for our 2 EDGE Ultimate Camps for the upcoming summer. We will be holding two camps, one that will take place in Duluth, Georgia from June 24th to the 29th. And the other which will be held in Hardinsburg, Kentucky from July 15th to the 20th.
Our camps are run by Peter Dreisbach And Katrin Dreisbach
They train the premier Elite Ultimate Frisbee teams in Atlanta, Chain Lightning and Ozone. Players from both teams will be there instructing as well. This is a great opportunity to learn from the best of the best who compete at Club Nationals every year. Camps are filling up fast so reserve your spot today! Links to both camps can be found below.
This holiday season, EDGE Ultimate is giving away some great prizes. As a way of celebrating our signature clients Ozone and Chain Lightning qualifying for the USAU Pro Flight Division, we will be giving away discs signed by the members of these awesome Atlanta teams! These discs were game-used during Club Nationals in Sarasota, Florida and they have been autographed by the entire roster of each team. The discs feature the EDGE Ultimate logo on the front and team signatures on the back.
At the end of the December, we will have a random drawing to determine the lucky winners of these discs. There will be one winner for the Ozone disc and one winner for the Chain Lightning disc. We will contact the winners and we will mail the discs anywhere in the world. Multiple entries are accepted and encouraged! There are several ways to get your name entered into the drawing:
1. Share this photo on your Facebook page (1 entry per day)
2. Share this photo on a friend’s Facebook page (2 entries per share)
3. Re-tweet this photo (1 entry per day)
4. Mention a friend in your Re-Tweet (2 entries)
5. Sign up for the EDGE Ultimate newsletter at edgeultimate.com (5 entries)
These discs will make great gifts to the Ultimate-junkie in your life. Or you may just want to keep it for yourself! Either way, it’s free to enter the drawing and these discs look great!
Thank you to everyone who supported EDGE Ultimate during 2012!
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
From July 4-8, 2012, USA Ultimate and the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation co-hosted the U.S. Open Ultimate Championships in Colorado Springs. The event celebrated “Character, Community, and Competition.” The event featured a tournament of top international club teams and an Ultimate convention for athletes, fans, and organizers from around the world.
EDGE Ultimate Director Pete Dreisbach traveled to the event to support signature clients Chain Lightning and Ozone, and also to share the EDGE Ultimate training program with people attending the convention. On the tournament side, Chain Lightning placed second after a close loss to Johnny Bravo in the finals, while Ozone finished in 5th place. In the Open Division, Chain Lightning was the winner of the team spirit award.
Jason Simpson and Emily Lloyd were both recipients of individual spirit awards.
On the convention side, Tim Morrill of Morrill Performance led a session on performance training. His presentation, “Maximizing Athletic Potential,” took place at the National Strength and Conditioning Association Headquarters. During this portion of the convention, Tim was gracious enough to allow Pete to speak to convention attendees and briefly explain how EDGE Ultimate is working with Chain Lightning and Ozone to improve performance and prevent injuries. Check out page 37 of the Fall Issue (Volume XXXIII, Issue Three) of the USA Ultimate magazine for a photo of Pete participating in the lifting portion of the presentation.
During the afternoons, Pete spent his time at the fields leading demos for anyone interested in trying out the EDGE Ultimate training equipment. The U.S. Open was an exciting opportunity to share the EDGE Ultimate training program with serious Ultimate players from all over the world. In the future, EDGE Ultimate hopes to play a larger role in the U.S. Open convention program.
During the week of June 11-16, 2012, EDGE Ultimate hosted the EDGE Ultimate Performance Training Camp in Duluth, GA. The event was the first camp to combine Ultimate skill and strategy instruction with professional-level speed and strength training.
The speed and strength instruction was based on the MORR training system (Movement-Overspeed-Resistance-Reaction) developed by Chip Smith of Competitive Edge Sports (CES). Pete Dreisbach, Certified Sports Performance Coach, was the director the speed and strength portions of the training camp. Campers were exposed to equipment and training techniques that are used by professional and Olympic athletes. On Monday and Wednesday, the training sessions focused on resistance training. On Tuesday and Friday, the campers participated in overspeed training. Thursday’s workout was a dynamic pool workout that served as a recovery day to help campers get their legs back after three difficult days of training. Every day of the camp featured weight training to teach campers how to get stronger, improve explosiveness, and prevent injury. The camp also featured presentations on workout planning and sports nutrition.
On the Ultimate side, Sam Chatterton-Kirchmeier (Sockeye, Chain Lightning) was the director of the Ultimate skill and strategy sessions. He was aided by an outstanding staff of instructors from Chain Lightning and Ozone. The Ultimate sessions covered cutting, throwing, catching, and defensive techniques. Instructors also shared insights on practice planning and in-game strategy. EDGE campers were filmed cutting and throwing and instructors reviewed the video to provide the campers with feedback on their form and technique. Chain Lightning captains also broke down game footage to teach campers how elite teams watch and analyze video.
With the exception of some Monday evening lightning storms, the camp went very smoothly. The event was a great success and was even featured on the local news:
Not only did participants get stronger, improve speed, increase explosiveness, and develop as Ultimate players, they also learned valuable tools that they can take with them and continue their development as athletes.
EDGE Ultimate would like to thank Chain Lightning and Ozone for working as instructors during the event. Thanks also to Spin Ultimate for sponsoring the event and for donating jerseys to all of the athletes on scholarship. A very special thanks to the AFDC, Chain Lighting, Andrea Lansford, Steven Blondeau, and the Mark Poole family for donating scholarship money to allow more young Ultimate players to attend this great event. EDGE Ultimate is very proud of the EDGE Ultimate Performance Training Camp and is looking forward to hosting more events in the future. Please check out the camp highlight video and contact EDGE Ultimate for more information on upcoming events.