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Frisbee Rob Wins 5th Consecutive World Championship in Self Caught Flight

During the 2019 World Overall Flying Disc Championships, I repeated as Self Caught Flight World Champion for the 5th consecutive time!

This is my favourite disc sport, and the one that best represents the essence of frisbee – throwing, running, and catching while using the wind to get the best flight possible!

My totals were:
– MTA: 12.12 seconds
– TRC: 82 metres
– SCF: 148.66

I came super close to breaking two world records – the Open O35 SCF record which is currently held by my good friend Jack Cooksey at 149.65. I missed it by 0.18 seconds!

I also just missed breaking the Open O35 TRC record which is currently held by another good friend Rick Lebeau at 85.85 metres. I missed that one by less than 3 metres!

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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 of seconds between the throw and catch; in Throw, Run and Catch (TRC), the object is to accumulate a maximum number of meters 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)
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 player must release the disc from inside a circle that measures 4 metres in diameter. 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.