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2014 Butch Cassidy Cup

2014 Butch Cassidy Cup
Karlsruhe, Germany
August 30-31,2014

Fotos: Heinz Schmidt & Nadine Klos

Open Pairs Final

1. Sanna, Fabio / Pecchiari, Andrea (TOT 51.7 | EX 16.4 | AI 14.1 | DIF 21.2)
2. Leist, Alex / Lamred, Christian (TOT 50.9 | EX 16.6 | AI 14.9 | DIF 19.4)
3. Hosseinian, Mehrdad / Dittrich, Robert (TOT 50.1 | EX 16 | AI 13.7 | DIF 20.4)
4. Hess, Florian / Scherzinger, Sascha (TOT 50.1 | EX 14.8 | AI 15.7 | DIF 19.6)
5. Imazio, Eleonora / Bragagnolo, Anna (TOT 41.1 | EX 16.3 | AI 10.8 | DIF 14)
6. Faustini, Emanuele / Schwarz, Nico (TOT 40.1 | EX 13.2 | AI 9.5 | DIF 17.4)

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How To Cuff

Cuffing is an essential part of a strong wind game. It’s also a fun way to play with disc angle and a skill people can learn early in their freestyle experience. In this video, Jake Gauthier demonstrates how to cuff:

Check out the alternate version of this video, filmed on smartphone technology instead of Jake’s fancy video camera.

(via Jake’s article at Heinsville)

JAMpionsleague 4.0 Results

JAMpionsleague 4.0
Hat Tournament
April 26, 2014

1. Jan Zverina/Sophie Wolf
2. Benjamin Edelmann/Raphael von der Grün
3. Philipp Krüger/Udo Engeter
4. Ian Schwarz/Irena Kulisanova

Semi A
1. Benjamin Edelmann/Raphael von der Grün
2. Philipp Krüger/Udo Engeter
3. Daniel Weinbuch/Nico Schwarz
4. Chris Bellaj/Toby Künzel

Semi B
1. Jan Zverina/Sophie Wolf
2. Ian Schwarz/Irena Kulisanova
3. Freddy Finner/Katrin Schmeisser


New FPA Judging System Announcement

Dear FPA Members (Jammers),

What started almost 5 years ago has finally come to an end – the revision of the judging system. Freestyle Disc is a sport with many facets and passionate players each of whom have their own perspectives about how judging should work. This, together with a very detailed, thorough and democratic process (according to the FPA judging system changes process rules) and the fact that all members of the judging committee* are volunteers and come from different time-zones contributed to the long process time. I’m a bit sorry for that, but on the other hand I’m also convinced/proud of what we did and I hope that our hard work will result in an improved judging system that meets with the needs of competitive freestyle play. Be assured that we always tried to act in the best interest of the sport and that many decisions made were the best compromise between all numerous valid arguments presented to the committee as well as pragmatic considerations like financial, time and human resources at tournaments.

Based on your initial input in 2009 we had set three overarching goals the last of which we probably accomplished the least due to the many facets and complex nature of Freestyle Disc:

– Encourage diverse, risky and innovative styles of play;
– Make judging more fair;
– Make judging less demanding.

The new judging system will be active 6 weeks after publication/now, starting Monday the 19th March 2014. It will be implemented tentatively for 15 months from that point on. This means that after 15 months, all changes will be reviewed again and one-by-one accepted, dismissed or adapted. The FPA board will form a new committee for this. Please collect your feedback about the new system for the 15 month implementation time-period and share it when the FPA board asks you to do so (of course, you can start discussions anytime and anywhere before this, but then there’s no guarantee that your thoughts will be considered for the review in that case).

The hyperlinks below lead you to the new judging documents and explanations about them (I recommend to read the explanations first!). Please note that the format, numbering and wording of the documents (but not the content!) is still subject to changes until March the 19th. I wanted to post them quickly, so you can read them before Frisbeer in Prague and ask me questions there. The explanations are based on a proposal for changes to the previous judging system that the committee had published on in 2012. Jammers had the opportunity to give feedback to this, based on which the committee accepted, dismissed and fine-tuned their proposal. The results were then accepted by the FPA board (majority vote per item):

Explanations about the judging system changes, including:
1. Artistic Impression
2. Difficulty
3. Execution
4. The Bonuses
5. Crossing out high and low scores
6. Judging Education

All explanations as a PDF file

The new judging documents:
Judging system manual (PDF)
Judging sheets (XLS)
Variety checklist (PDF)
Difficulty mp3 audio files (3 minute | 4 minute | 5 minute)

* Many thanks to Lori Daniels, Claudio Cigna, Rodney Sanchez and Jan Zahradnicek for all those endless hours of dedicated and competent work. It was really a pleasure working with you!!!
And thanks to Arthur and the FPA board for their support, too!

Best regards,

Philipp (a.k.a. Sleepy Jammer)

Results for Alpenbrise Munich Wies’n Jam 2013 (aka Oktoberfest Jam)

Below are the results from the 2013 Alpenbrise Munich Wies’n Jam. In its second year, the “Oktoberfest Jam” is shaping up to be another mainstay of the German tournament scene. Taking its cue from the Berlin Hat series, the Wies’n Jam is a random-team event where the “hat” portion is taken very seriously. Toby, the tournament director, insists on using an authentic Bavarian hat for deciding the teams, and this year the teams were pulled in the beer hall by a dirndl-clad woman using a tattered-looking hat. She and others seemed amused that so many people would bring Frisbees to the hall, but the hat ceremony had a feeling of tradition that made it seem almost appropriate.

Sunday’s competition was, of course, more reason to jam than anything, especially after a long day (and night) of enjoying Oktoberfest. The judging system was based solely on general impression and the light atmosphere made for fun and interesting routines. Every team got to play twice with the finals being split up into an A and B final. The B final was very strong, with a particularly inspired performance by the winning team of Melanie Kranz and Piccioni Cusma, the former displaying a formidable range of abilities (after only a short time of playing) under the seasoned guidance of Piccio.

The A final, unfortunately, had a setback with the music and the last two teams played without accompaniment. Even so, both held seed. Sophie Wolf played two incredible rounds, showing poise and confidence with both spins, despite having only started last January. The winning team of Toby Kunzel and Markus Gotz really impressed. Even without music, these two completely shredded, falling into the kind of smooth flow that requires no accessory. In addition, they followed a longstanding and long-honored tradition of td’s winning their own tournaments. Congrats to both of them!

During the awards ceremony and dinner (graciously hosted by Niki Thoma), Toby and Markus decided to give away their awards. There was a vote held for move of the tournament and spirit of the jam. James Wiseman was voted for move of the tournament (though nobody was quite decided on what the move was, what it was called, if it was caught, or if he was even at the tournament). Toby, incredibly and almost despite himself, won back his own award for spirit of the jam. And truly, no one deserved it more. Toby ran a great event with the help of the Munich crew. For a tournament held in the midst of the largest beer festival (and party!) in the world, it was run with the kind of ease and efficiency that make players want to keep coming back. He provided food and housing for everyone, transportation, and even managed to reserve tables months in advance for everyone who came. And on top of all this, he totally shredded.

And may it be forever more.

Alpenbrise Munich Wies’n Jam 2013 (aka Oktoberfest Jam)
Munich, Germany
September 28-29, 2013

A Final
1. Toby Künzel/Markus Götz (33.5)
2. Sophie Wolf/James Wiseman (27.75)
3. Ilka Simon/Jakub Mystiq Matula (26.5)
4. Lorenzo Telo/Irena Kulišanová (26)

B Final
5. Melanie Kranz/Piccioni Cusma (22.5)
6. Niki Thoma/Dario Marinoni (20)
7. John Titcomb/Daniel Weinbuch (18.5)
8. Anna Longoni/Jonathan Kriss (15)

1. Toby Künzel/Markus Götz (48.75)
2. Sophie Wolf/James Wiseman (48.5)
3. Ilka Simon/Jakub Mystiq Matula (44.75)
4. Lorenzo Telo/Irena Kulišanová (38.5)
5. Niki Thoma/Dario Marinoni (37.75)
6. Melanie Kranz/Piccioni Cusma (32)
7. John Titcomb/Daniel Weinbuch (28.25)
8. Anna Longoni/Jonathan Kriss (16.5)

Move of the tournament: Hammer Flamingitis (James Wiseman)
Spirit of the Jam: Toby Künzel
Winner of the Party: Mistiq Matula

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