Frisbee Rob McLeod will be introducing, entertaining, and promoting what’s possible with frisbee – both on and off the ice – on Saturday, February 16 from 12-1pm at the 2019 Silver Skate Festival.
Frisbee Rob has 6 Guinness World Records and 12 World Championships in frisbee, and has been performing and entertaining at the Silver Skate Festival since 2013.
The frisbee on ice program will be very different than in the past. Typically, Rob has always attempted to break the World Records for Self Caught Flight on Ice Skates but this year, he’s giving a youth hockey player the opportunity to have his name added to the record books. Additionally, there will be a disc golf and ultimate frisbee demo along with free throwing lessons for the public.
- Introduction to Frisbee – There are more than 150 ways to throw a frisbee because no matter how you hold the disc, you can throw the disc. Get a preview of some of the things that are possible with frisbee including an introduction to Self Caught Flight.
- World Record Attempts – Jackson Pawluk, a 15 year old hockey player, will be attempting to establish the World Records for Self Caught Flight on Ice Skates. The 3 records he will be attempting to establish are for: MTA (Maximum Time Aloft), TRC (Throw, Run, Catch), and SCF (Self Caught Flight). Since no records currently exist, Jackson is guaranteed the records as long as he has a successful catch. Come out and cheer him on!
- Ultimate Frisbee Demo – Ultimate is the only team sport in frisbee and is played by more than 10 million people in over 100 countries. Edmonton has a very active ultimate league and will be hosting the 2019 Canadian Ultimate Championships in August 2019. Find out more at http://www.eupa.ca.
- Disc Golf Demo – Disc Golf has been growing steadily in Edmonton and is a great sport for people of all ages. Rundle Park is the main disc golf course in Edmonton and is free to play – all you need is a disc! Find out more at http://www.edga.ca.
- Wrap Up – Your chance to meet Frisbee Rob and ask him questions, get an autograph, and find out more about frisbee.
About the Records
Self-Caught Flight (SCF) includes two events with the intention throwing the disc in a high boomerang flight allowing the thrower to then catch it — with one hand! In Maximum Time Aloft (MTA), a player aims to accumulate a maximum number ofseconds between the throw and catch; in Throw, Run and Catch (TRC), the object is to accumulate a maximum number ofmeters between the throw and catch. To get good results, players must be adept at gauging the wind, “reading” the flight of a disc and employing good catching techniques.
- Maximum Time Aloft (MTA)
- Throw, Run and Catch (TRC)
- Self Caught Flight (SCF)
Maximum Time Aloft (MTA)
The intention is to have your disc stay in the air (aloft!) as long as possible and then catch it with one hand before it reaches the ground. The time that the disc remains in the air is measured with a stopwatch. Players get five attempts and the best time counts. For an accurate timing, three stop- watches are used. The median or middle time of the three times is used. At the moment the world record is 16.72 seconds.
Throw, Run and Catch (TRC)
The player throws, and then runs to catch the disc with one hand. The distance between the circle where the disc was thrown and where it was caught, is measured. Players get five attempts and the best one counts. At the moment the world record is 94 meters.
Self Caught Flight (SCF)
MTA and TRC are often combined into one event by having players throw five attempts of each discipline. The SCF score is derived by taking the TRC result in meters and adding it to the MTA time in seconds which is multiplied by a factor 5.5. This is because the general rule of thumb is that 1 second equals 5.5 meters. Therefore, a 40 m TRC and 7.3 second MTA would result in an SCF score of 40 + (7.3 × 5.5) = 80.15.