By: Jimmy Leppert
Grab your USA Ultimate log-in information, and head over to usaultimate.com to read the Winter 2014 issue of the member’s only magazine. After the jump, some highlights of the issue and other articles to read around ultimate:
Logged-in to USAU? Navigated yourself to the Winter 2014 issue? Good. Here we go:
- One of the strengths of the USAU Magazine has been finding a great photo for the cover. Damn, Stanley Peterson can climb the ladder.
- The “Letter to our Members” piece by Dr. Crawford and the infographic on 35 years of USA Ultimate do a great job summing up where the sport and organization are heading into 2015.
- The article #HeForShe by Jonathan Neeley is a great read – and just happens to be the article that prompted this entire look at the latest magazine issue. The piece is short, but sweet. It isn’t a rant, but accurately and definitively states why women are important to the game, why it’s important to treat everyone like equals, and why having the G.U.M. program is helping to increase the number of girls interested in the game. If there’s only one article you read in this issue, make it this one.
- For the 2014 Club National Championship recaps, Greg Gipson’s compilation of what happened in the Boston Ironside versus Raleigh Ring of Fire game (1st half – 2nd half) is a great look inside the minds of those who were a part of that game. Brittany Winner has a story about Columbus’ Santa Maria Mixed team; it’s an intimate look at a team which surprisingly finished tied for 7th at Nationals. And lastly, Leah Brown talks with Showdown about what defines the Texas women’s team – another great read. All three give a much more personal look at the tournament and specific journeys within. Exactly the kind of reporting that is perfect for a magazine, as all three pieces provide lessons for those hoping to make it to a tournament like Club Nationals.
- I remember hearing the name Terrence Mitchell a lot during the USA run at the World Junior Ultimate Championships and during the Club season where he played for Ring of Fire. Jonathan Neeley hits with, I think, a very honest look at one of the up-and-coming players in the sport. It’s a shame we don’t get to see more of his play until the club season.
- The conversation topics posed by Meredith Tosta in The Spirit Circle section of the magazine truly made me stop and think. Think about the teams I’ve played on, think about other players, and think about myself within the game. While the article is geared towards coaches, I think everyone can benefit from the self-reflection she asks of the reader.
Make sure you read this issue of USA Ultimate Magazine. Next issue is due out sometime this spring!
Other articles to read:
- USAU Triple Crown Tour dates tentatively announced for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Not much reading to be done here, just important to keep these dates in mind.
- Keith Raynor and Charlie Eisenhood of Ultiworld preview players to keep on eye out for for College Player of the Year in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions. It’s a great run-down of all the players to watch this spring.
- The first piece in DeAnna Ball’s new column for Skyd Magazine is up. It’s a great read for coaches everywhere.
- Continuing off of the conversation started by Jonathan Neeley above discussing women in ultimate, Tiina Booth of Ultiworld details submitting a proposal to the board of USA Ultimate about a proposed gender equity policy which was ultimately turned down by the board. Pay attention to not only the topic she discusses, but the comments as well for continued discussion on the entire issue.
- Skyd Magazine Editor in Chief Elliot Trotter writes about our community’s reaction to Frank Huguenard, and his recent interview with Ultiworld. And even simply as Gwen Ambler put on Twitter, “Don’t have to call someone crazy because I disagree, am frustrated, or don’t want to engage w/ them.” It reminds me a lot of one of the videos for #BellLetsTalk (which Elliot mentions in his piece), by Canadian media personality Michael Landsberg about the subject. Anything that contributes to the stigma, that makes it harder for anyone to feel comfortable with their own mental illness, is part of the problem in our societies awful approach to mental illness.
Apologies that two of the more decisive issues within the community now are relegated to a smaller section of this article. That wasn’t the intention when I set out to write about the magazine, and Neeley’s article. Just wanted to share what I thought was worth reading within our community this week.
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