The All*Star Thursday Chronicles: Ganky, Squirrely, Chilly Pre-Season Edition

Hail and Well Met,

On thing you can count on with The Hard Corps of the Big Apple, is that folks will turn out. We had beautiful weather early in the season but that was not this day. And we careth not!


(Not so) Young Daniel, Emma and Fresh were on the early shift already playing when I arrived, as were JB, Trevor, and Chuck. Also on hand were Roger (a late arrival from his new gig in Joisey), Tony, TedShred and TLC.

Most time I will wax poetic over the excellent play and wonderful Jams. Today? Not so much. Don’t get me wrong. We all had fun, but finding a rhythm was brutal. The conditions (which we generally do not need) were not conducive to continuous Flow.

Jam of the Day honors go to Trevor, Tony, Brad, and Chuck. They played long and hard, and seemed unbothered by the gusty breezes which came from hither and yon, pushing hard into the Bandshell and swirling out. You might start a set perfectly into the wind and by the time you are ready to make your move, the disc is being pushed away. That did not stop this group. Chuck’s fluency with the delay, utilizing both spins, is getting better by the day. Tony must have spent the entire winter dreaming of flying plastic because he is playing remarkably well–new moves and a good sense of anticipation. Bradford T. has every throw with both hands and will slip in a quick spinning Triple-Fake seal or that 720 body roll in a hot minute. The Ageless Trevor Brown? He is just The Man! He works on improving his game consistently and sets the best example of all.

I got in with Emma for a quickfastinahurry Jamlet before she had to exit, and yes she did Gitis out. The rest of my time was spent in a Mob-Op with Fresh, Sir Shred, (NSY) Daniel and Bradford T. with folks moving in and out until darkness embraced us. There were moments that were very tough but hey, it was fun. When its too easy, one can get lazy. If you have to fight to create Flow, hitting an O’Malley or when Fresh, TO, and Daniel get the passing game going and (NSY)D seals it with an Instant Gitis (one that suddenly materializes after a seemingly impossible combination) THEN you have earned you good times. There is something to be said for that. Makes us proud to be Noo Yawkuhs! 🙂

The one bad thing for your intrepid reporter is the playing on the hard concrete took its toll. Must’ve pinched a nerve or somethin’. My lower back and left leg were Not Happy. Not a bit. It was hard to get up, sit down, or lay down. And the hot shower didn’t help much. OOOOOOOYYYY! Gettin’ old stinks…though it does beat the alternative!

Peace Out, Yo!


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The All*Star Thursday Chronicles: The Return of Ted Shred and TLC Edition


The weather was good this past (All*Star) Thursday and the smile on my face was enhanced by what I saw as I arrived. The Oracle, Fresh, and Robbie-Rob were already Shredding mightily, and while she was on her way to finish an assignment for school, Emma K. was on hand so it was gonna be a good day.

TedShred and TLC were on hand for the first time this year, as was The Ageless Trevor Brown, Chuck K, Tony P. Mojito Jay, Susan, and Helene. Helene was the Beloved of our dearly departed friend Dutch who passed away last year.  It was wonderful to see her.


The Joey, Fresh, and Rob Jam was wonderful to see. They play well individually and collectively, knowing exactly where the disc is going and anticipating where they should position themselves not only for the next pass, but the one after that, and the one after that. Always moving and making it happen, without forcing the action. Chuck and Tony got some nice flow going and they were joined by BradfordT. Both of the former have stepped it up big time and Brad helped to make that Jam sing!

By happy coincidence, I got nailed up and was ready to get started at the same time as Teddy Ballgame. Honestly, it really doesn’t get better for me. Mr. Shred’s well of positive energy is boundless, and his disc skills are up there with the very best. The two of us paired off, working around the other Jam and getting loose. Teddy hit a couple of signature combos and I nailed a Goatis (standing Gitis) which made me a very happy camper. Somewhere around this time, Fresh and Rob sat down so The Oracle stepped into the fray. This was a catalytic moment. We hit consecutive O’Malleys, with the disc moving from man to man without delay and then things went to Eleven!

I was not aware that Chuck managed to capture some of this on video. At the beginning of the clip I snapped off my newly minted Counter UD thumb throw to TedShred. He smacks it, turns it over, and roll passes it to Joey who demonstrates once again why “He’s Joey, and you’re not” to quote Mr. E. Fresh. The sequence starting at :57 is my favorite of the day. Joey throws a forehand which I cuff brush to Ted. He rim delays the disc enough to set up the southpaw brush to Joey, who in turn, does a two-handed tip/brush pass to me. I hit an (only option) kick tip back to The Oracle that he converted into a Gitis. Joey then threw a High-Z quasi-Helicopter throw, and Ted finished the play with a Hein combo.

Joey Gitis’d out, and Brad joined the fray as the dusk settled in. We all gathered for some of Chrissy’s Marvelous Marghies and catching up. In fact, the Board convened to choose this years All*Star Thursday Guest Jammer Initiative Honorees. A sacred trust compels me not to divulge the identities of those chosen, but suffice to say, the Jammin’ will be Shredful all summer long.

The Tribe is Truly Blessed. The Meadow should be open in a couple of weeks. The only question that remains is:

When are YOU Comin’ Down!

 Peace Out, Yo!


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The All*Star Thursday Chronicles: Pre-Season Opener


The first “Official” All*Star Thursday Pre-Season Jam takes place after we revert to Daylight Savings Time.Ahm just sayin’…

The weather was not quite as pleasant as the previous week, but folks were out to represent. Roger is still on the DL and I brought a change of clothes, but forgot my sneakers. Therefore,  we both were relegated to cheering/heckling from the sidelines. Fresh, Kevin, and Chuck anchored the main Jam.

The story of this day is how well Kevin is playing this year and how much Chuck has improved. Kevin has been working hard on his game and it shows. Chuck? He added delaying to his arsenal of skills to go with ambiDISCerous throwing and a bunch of Hein seals. The Jam they had with Doug was sweet and smooth, with a number of long stretches of droplessness. Gotta like that.

Bradford T.  got it going with Mio The Magician, who was in from Miami. Mio and I played Ultimate for the SUNY Binghamton Whippets back in the day, and have stayed connected through flying plastic over the years. Brad and Mio’s Jam featured a lot of Speed-Flow/Quick Catch work, with Mio demonstrating that his sleight of hand work is not reserved for playing cards. Very cool to see him back in NYC!

Da' Fellas with some 2,000 Year Old Beer. Seriously Vintage!

It may have been chilly when the evening came to a close, but Spring was definitely in the air. Very Happy Frisbee!

Peace Out, Yo!


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The All*Star Thursday Chronicles: Pre-Preseason Jam Session

Hail and Well Met Fellow Travelers,

2012 in NYC has been notable for its absence of two things: snow and extended periods of really cold weather. While the white stuff made an appearance at Chateau Oberhaus when TedShred and The Lovely Chrissy hosted their annual NFL Championship Sunday Jam, the Hard Corps of the Big Apple has been playing pretty much through the winter.

Suddenly March was upon us.  An early harbinger of Spring, not unlike the return of the swallows to Capistrano was the arrival of Paul Kenney–and his much better half Cheryl. They were coming in a week earlier than usual for an Allman Brothers show at the Beacon Theater. They also were kind enough to place an order for spectacular weather for the first All*Star Thursday Pre-Preseason gathering of the Tribe.

PK and Mr. E Fresh

It was about 70 degrees when I arrived to see PK Jammin’ with Doug E. Fresh. After greetings were exchanged, I went to nail up and discover that the two strangers that I had walked into the park by Strawberry Fields behind, were actually Plastic Peeps from our Famiglia Italiana. Fabio Vinciguerra–along with Marianna and Sylvia–were in town and so our first All*Star Thursday gathering had some international flava. Rounding out the crew were Tony Parker (who must have been Jamming in his living room all winter), Mojito Man Jay, Chuck K. our resident videographer, Bradford T., (not so) Young Daniel and Sir Roger, who is on the DL recovering from a snowboarding mishap.

The Jam of the Day was the continuously flowing Mob-Op the was anchored by Mr. E. Fresh and my buddy Namesake. I jumped in, followed by Fabio and Sylvia, both of whom shredded.  PK was playing very well, doing some nice turnovers and hitting the “Center Snap/Hike” brush in bunches. Doug E. was treated us to a variety of sweet moves, along with the occasional Doug Mug for emphasis.

Fabio was very skilled, snapping off nice throws with Z’s and accuracy, while nailing a number of Hein Combos with big chomp seals. Sylvia’s Flow was excellent. She consistently made good decisions regarding when to pass and when to seal the deal.

Tony Parker was a bit nervous about bustin’ the Jam, but with a none too subtle nudge (“Get in there—just don’t F*** up the Flow”) he really added positive energy to the Jam.

A late arriving (Not so) Young Daniel gets his own paragraph. He continues to improve exponentially. He sees things differently–converting throws and passes into the most remarkable combinations and seals. And his Flow is almost supernatural. He will pull out Gitis or a double spinning Triple-Fake from out of nowhere. We are so lucky that he and (not so) Young James, who is on a European Walkabout, have become part of the Tribe.

Spring has Sprung! All*Star Thursdays Baby! Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark!!!

We stayed well into the darkness, fueled by Mixmaster Extraordinaire Mojito Jay’s tasty beverages. A wonderful way to start the All*Star Thursday Season.

We stayed well into the darkness, fueled by Mixmaster Extraordinaire Mojito Jay’s tasty beverages. A wonderful way to start the All*Star Thursday Season.

Peace Out, Yo!


My Man Namesake surrounded by Beautiful Women!



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10/27/11 -The All*Star Thursday Chronicles: The Gloucesterman Edition

Hail and Well Met,

The Penultimate All*Star Thursday of 2011 was for the Hardest of the Hard Corps of the Big Apple.  The only folks that were not Yella were Robbie-Rob, Doug E. Fresh, The Reliable One, Young James, Kevin, and your intrepid reporter.  And I was not happy.

Actually, I was plenty happy to be there but it was dark, dank, and pretty miserable.  Folks did Shred it up pretty well.  Rob did his thing early, Young James is just killing it and Roger was  his normally rambunctious self.  Fresh played extremely well though his ankle issues are quite serious.  The doctor has taken one of the best surgical options off the table, so he is contemplating his next move.  I suggested China Syndrome, but that is restricted  to action on the Meadow.   Kevin was last to arrive and he played extremely well when he paired off with Roger, while I joined Fresh and James.  To tell the truth, my hands were so freakin cold that everytime I brushed the disc, the Ouchie Alarm went off in my head.

Hey…did I just catch me whining about the conditions, which we don’t need?  YES!!!!

The clocks change this week, so the official A*T Season is coming to a close.  It has been a real Blast.  The attendance disc is filled and the last entries are indeed on the inside rim.  Gotta Like That!  Can’t wait for 2012.

Peace Out, Yo!


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10/13/2011 – A*Thrusday Chronicles

The pattern has been set. For more than a month we have alternated Jam spots. Sheep’s Meadow one week, the Bandshell the next. True to form, rain in the morning and early afternoon gave way to a light drizzly mist, sending us all to the hard concrete. Lucky for us, the ground was pretty dry and a window opened up for Hein Behavior.

The attendance disc is filled to the center, and I will start on the inside rim next week. Young James, Robbie-Rob, and Doug E. Fresh were on hand first followed by Roger, The Ageless Trevor Brown, TedShred, Jaime-TJH, Ivan-TJH, Clare and BenJAMin rounded out the regulars. Bill Doobs snuck in from upstate, taking a brief break from Woodstock style Daddy Duty. We also had real treat because former NYC and current International Jammer, Jason Salkey came in unannounced. Yet another week where we have multiple Guest Jammers…Woo Hoo!

I neglected to take notes on the Jams (Shame on you, TP!), but do recall a few things. Fresh, Rob, and James started things off. My first Jam was with Roger and then we were joined by TedShred. This was a good one, and it got even better when Jason joined in. He started out hot, sealing everything sent his way with a flourish, and snapping off mighty Z’s with both hands. Mr. Salkey plays a joyously aggressive style of disc, with tremendous hustle to boot. Plenty of spins, attitude adjustments, and he is always on the move, putting himself into position to make the next play. Don’t sleep on him either. He’s really unselfish, so you have to be ready because what you think is surely a seal, just might turn out be a pass to you.

Doobs, Jaime-TJH, and Forever Trevor had an excellent Jam. Jason, Fresh, and The Oracle really shredded it up as well. There were many other combinations and we played until it got good and dark. Young James and Ivan kept trying to prove Freshian Philosophy #14.2 (Seeing is overrated) by attempting to nail one last Gitis as darkness fell. Overall, it was another wonderful day in the neighborhood.

Robbie-Rob brought our the Cowardly Coverlet but there was no Yella Designee this week. After he lobbying the Board pretty hard without much success to just give away, the question of the whereabouts of a certain maker of ambrosia might be arose. Sir Tedley said something about a twisted ankle preventing TLC from coming out. After making sure she was okay and careful deliberation, the Board sent the Jaundinced Jersey home with TO. Playing with pain is a core value that the Hard Corps of the Big Apple embraces, and Chrissy’s Margarita’s are an essential element of our weekly gatherings. Plus, she looks great in Yella!

Adios, mis Hermanos y Hermanas,


A*T Disc almost filled

A*T Disc almost filled

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10/6/2011 – The A*T Chronicles: Double Your Pleasure Edition

We were back on the Meadow with a lovely day in store as we continue easing into the Fall season. There was a FB notice that Toddy B. was in town for an Early-Earl Jam. It’s always good news when Mr. Brodeur makes his way down from New England. His good vibe, positive energy, and World Champion caliber skills are always welcome.

The Tribe was rounded out by JB, Chris Heaver, Young James, Rob (Lovely in Yella), Roger, Ivan-TJH, Roger Fox, TedShred n’ TLC, Jaime-TJH, Mary-Mary, The Ageless Trevor Brown, Alex, Quinn-O, Fresh, Bradford T., Chuck, Kevin, Jill, BenJAMin n’ Clare. On a more somber note, our dear friend Fearless Lou is still away dealing with the health challenges of his Mom, after the passing of his Dad. Please keep him in your thoughts.

Teddy and James paired off, as did Joey and Brad, and Rob and Kevin. After a warm up toss with Chris Heaver, I lucked into a great first Jam with The Roginator and Toddy B. Roger’s controlled spontaneity was on display right from the start when he nailed a double spinning Triple Fake off of his first combination. Toddy answered with a series of brushes and rolls that ended in a Figure 4 catch, and we were off. Once flow was established, things went Tri-zarre (beyond bizarre is…). We hit an O’Malley and then an O’Malachy which Toddy finished with a big rollout Gitis off Roger’s set. He also crushed a spinning Gitosis in there somewhere. Big fun!

During this jam I looked up to see an Old School Jammer sidling up to the gang. It was none other than Bruce Page! He and Quinn-O were regular partners back in the day, before ‘sponsiblities took him off to Paris for several years. Toddy wandered off to join Ted and James as Roger and I caught up with Bruce. This left us no choice but to give him his first Jam. BP’s style is incredibly smooth. He has the grace of a dancer matched with a refined sense of disc-dexterity that make him great fun to play with. We Jammed shredfully until Quinn-O was nailed up and Bruce cast a ‘come hither’ look in his direction. James played the role of super-sub, so Roger and I were not lonely for long.

The Quinn-O and BP Jam was excellent. There is nothing quite like seeing how old Jamming partners fall into rhythm. It is as if there was some kind of special music that only they can hear. For example, Quinn’s southpaw mac-throw would settle in over Bruce’s shoulder for a kick tap, then with a quick attitude change, he set about doing multiple standard and inverted rolls, ending with a tasty behind the head seal. The Oracle liked what he saw, and he went to see how they did things over there. This Jam was really great, with tremendous Flow and many, high degree of difficulty, co-ops and combos.

At some point I broke for hydration and by happy coincidence, TedShred and Toddy B. were doing the same. The three of us decided to sally forth into the sunset together. The 94-octane Happy-Happy, Joy-Joy energy those guys bring to the Jam really made this one fun. I was able to play the point as well as hit a few ‘new to me’ moves, which is always the best feeling. Doug E. Fresh must’ve liked what he saw, because he announced “I’m comin’ down!” and joined the fray. This one tied with Quinn, Bruce, and Joey for the Jam of the Day honors. The last Jam standing was Joey, James, Emma. Ms. Kahle’s play has been a real revelation and I have been lucky enough to Jam with a bunch. Another one in the books.


Fare Thee Well,


Robbie looks lovely in Yella

Robbie looks lovely in Yella

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9/22/2011 – A*T Chronicles: The Just Us Edition


The All*Star Thursday Chronicles: The Just Us Edition

Thanks again to Jens and Erwin for hosting Jersey Jam Camp, to our Familia from around the world who joined us of the A*TGJI Festivities, and to all who have come in for an All*Star Thursday over the years. You have helped make an inside joke into something very special.

Please say a prayer for our Brother, Fearless Lou Sumrall. His father passed away last weekend. We Love You, Lou!

After several weeks of Guest Jammers from across the country and around the world, September 22nd was just a regular day. It was kind of quiet as folks settled in. Everyone talked about the previous week’s Jams, parties, and all of the great company, as we nailed up in preparation for the day. The Tribe consisted of Barak, Young Daniel, JB, Alex, Kevin, Young James, The Oracle, Roger, TedShred, Quinn-O, The Ageless Trevor Brown, Tony, and Chuck.

I got in a nice warm-up Heave with Alex, one of the few people that knew Washington Square Wizard, Jeff Felberbaum, from BEFORE he played Frisbee. He threw strike after forehand strike, helping me get a nice rhythm before I started my Jammin’.

Barak, Daniel, and Daniel got it started, and Rob got up with Kevin. Kevin, has upped the level of his game immensely this year, adding variety to his seals and throwing the disc with authority. Rob, of course, played incredibly well hitting one No Bones, and a Spinning CHOMP of a Scarecrow off of a wild cuff, mac, brush combination. Quinn-O and Chuck got in a Whiz Ring Jam which was fun to watch, and I had the pleasure of getting time with Barak and Roger, and later with Kevin and James.

Jam of the Day honors go to TedShred and The Oracle. They got up together solo, played incredibly right from the start, and never sat down until it started getting dark. Joey hit a Gitis off of a Scarecrow brush and Teddy answered with a 6-roll combination including one behind the head, another inverted, and something I still can’t wrap my head around, before sealing the deal with a spinning Gitosis. I actually delayed my own Jam just to watch these two masters at work. No one dared bust this one for about fifteen minutes, then Young Daniel eased his way in. At one point he did a wild and wooly UD combination that involved all kinds of shenanigans that I believe he sealed with an Olivia. At that point, Joey just broke out laughing saying to me “Man, I have been dreaming about that for Years, and he just did it!” while shaking his head. This one really was as good as it gets. Later, as we were exiting, Joey said “Teddy and I were Dropless for a long stretch when Daniel jumped in. I told him ‘Don’t F*** this up!’ and he just shredded big time.” S’Nice!

The Yella Jersey has not been mentioned for a couple of weeks. The Lovely Chrissy was the (dis)honoree for the A*TGJI Extravaganza, but she never actually donned the Cowardly Coverlet. Then she was absent this past week and neglected to make sure that Sir Tedley brought it out for Quinn-O, whom the Board had decided would be the rag-bearer. Looks like a Double Yella Day for our fair lady! 😀

Th-th-th-th-that’s all, Folks!


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9/17/2011 – A*T Chronicles: The Interstate International Weekend Edition

By Jam Time (4:37er) on Friday the rainy weather was gone. The warm feelings from the Jams and after-party at Chez Meier lingered all day. I got to Sheep’s Meadow at the same moment as TedShred, so we walked in together. We talked about how lucky we are to be able to draw so many folks to Jam with the Tribe, and chuckled at our good fortune.

Sir Tedley could not even put his bag down before receiving a command from The Oracle. Joey, Bill W.  and Laerbs had warmed up with a 100 mold, and were beginning to Jam in earnest, requiring his immediate attention. The level of play was insane, well beyond the standard Eleven that gets tossed around for the great Jams. Bill and Larry play off of each other brilliantly, and Joey always knows where the disc should be in the Flow. Add in Ted’s boundless joyful noise energy and unique talents, and you have not simply Jam of the Day honors, but one for the ages.

Another serious combination was Sleepy Jammer, Fresh, Rob. I am not sure how Phillip became known as Sleepy, but he was very much awake while here. He is smooth, has plenty of moves, and positions himself to maintain the Flow. Dougie is certainly Fresh, and Rob was ripping it up. These spontaneous combinations of Jammers in a given moment in time really make our sport special.

I was very luck myself twice. First, I got Bill and Anton, which was a revelation. Watching Anton play is great, but playing with him was just amazing. Great disc knowledge, tremendous strength, and a deft touch…WOW! As we got hot, things got pretty zany. We were having so much fun that Joey said “Ahm Comin’ Down!” followed shortly thereafter by J-Will. After breaking for a bit, I was pleasantly surprised when Bill W. joined Ben Heaver, and I for some of that long tossing that I love so well. Suffice to say that his throws at distance are as sharp as the rest of his game. Ivan TJH jumped in with us, and it became a 70 yard jam session.

The rest of the Jams for the day included:

Fresh, Sleepy, Stefan, + Alan C.; Heather, Sue; Richie, Ted, Stefan; Ivan, Trevor, Kevin; and Daniel Fresh were the Last Jam.

Jam Camp

I took the train out to Morristown, NJ and was walking to the Neighborhood House when a car pulls up next to me honking it’s horn. I was prepared to say “Man, where’s the A-Train?” when I saw it was The Reliable One, with Bo, Christina, Anton, and Lizzy in tow. Nice timing!

Jersey Jam Camp, the first East coast edition of the Spread the Jam initiative created by Tita Ugalde (RESPECT!), was ably hosted by the Velasquez Brothers. The attendees were a cross-section of young folks and Old Timers. The day was filled with teaching and learning of new techniques, catching up with friends, and meeting folks who help lay the foundation for the sport. It was held indoors due to post-Hurricane Irene damage, but that meant folks had the chance to sink baskets with the disc full court, play Speed-Flow, and a variety of great activities

Late in the day, Jens arranged for a Freestyle a demonstration at the 4th Annual Morristown Green off the Green Festival. Bill and Laerbs were up first, followed by Bethany Sanchez and me, Young Daniel and Young James, Roger and Bradford T., and closed by Anton and Bo. We then retired to for an evening of BYOB wine and excellent food at a local establishment, which featured an auction of disc paraphernalia to benefit Neighborhood House. S’Nice!


Sunday was an Early-Earl day for me. Emma came out and we Jammed hard. She is a ferocious player, bearing scars from Ultimate and getting after it like nobody’s business. Roger, Barak, Chuck, JB, Doug, Jill, BenJAMin, and Clare, were out. Bill W. Sue, and Anton made late post-Jam Camp appearances, and TedShred showed up as evening approached.

Jams: Barak/Fresh/Dan; Bill/Roger/Sue; Barak/Bill/Fresh/Sue; Paul/Bill/Roger/Sue.

The Jam of the Day came after I left. I know something special was brewing, but Daddy Duty called. Young Daniel shared the following on FB:

“I had a killer 6 person jam today – Joey, Bill Wright, Doug E. Fresh, Anton, Ted and me… a lot of good stuff happened.”

Bill followed up by saying: “Theme Time Jam! There were themes that developed during each possession. Like a pinball co-op, or everything stayed UD. We were laughing about it [later].”

There were many wonderful Jams right up through Wednesday when the last of our German brethren left. It was an incredible experience for all of us. Thanks for all that made the trip to NYC from far and wide. The Board is already talking about the 2012 A*T season. We look forward to having YOU come down!

All the Best,


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9/15/2011 – The A*T Chronicles: German n’ Jersey Jammin’ Edition

Hail and well met to all,

All*Star Thursdays hold a unique place in our hearts because of the people―those who are fixtures, as well as those who wander through as part of their life’s adventure.

The All*Star Thursday Guest Jammer Initiative brought in Berlin’s own Anton Capellmann, our final honoree of the season. Last year our Invisible String friends brought The Big Throw to Sheep’s Meadow. This time around the Velasquez Brothers scheduled Jersey Jam Camp in nearby Morristown, NJ, making NYC the place to Bee!

In all we had eleven (11) people who traveled by plane from Germany, Colorado, Florida, and Ohio to join us on our Green Beach September 15th. Attendees included the aforementioned Anton Capellmann, Phillip “Sleepy Jammer” Lenarz, Stefan Duenkel, Boguslaw Bul, Lizzy Leudicke, Christina Kunze, Bill Wright (our very first A*TGJI invitee), Larry “Laerbs” Imperiale, Sue Strait, Richie Regs, Vic O, Young James, JB, Bill Doobs, The Ageless Trevor Brown, Bradford T., Fresh, Jill, BenJAMin, Clare, Alan C. Kevin, Jaime-TJH, Joey, Mark ‘The Estivator’ Sebastian, Peter and Paul (The Accidental Tourists), Chuck, Young Daniel, Barak, TedShred n’ TLC, J-Will and Cele (sic?), Alex, Robbie-Rob, and Chuck. That’s more than thirty people who came in to Jam with the Tribe. Wow!

Our friends from Germany arrived a couple of days early and wound up catching the last real day of summer when they went out to Long Beach (home of the 2011 World Surfing Championship?!) for an All*Star Wednesday. By all reports the day was spectacular, with a perfect 8-10mph breeze off the water, and an incredible amount of Shredding to boot. As Doug E. Fresh said during our first year of play:

“Let’s not dilly dally. All Hein-No Bail!! 80 degrees and sunny! The National Weather Service has issued an All*Star Thursday Jam Advisory: THERE WILL BE COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF CUFFING; GITIS WILL OCCUR IN GREAT NUMBERS; SKIDS AND AGAINST MOVES ARE HIGHLY PROBABLE; SOME ACTION MAY OCCUR ON CONCRETE. BULGOGI IS MARINATING.”

The sun was peeking out when I arrived on the big day, but hid its smiling face behind clouds for good shortly thereafter. Young James rolled in next, giddy with anticipation. He was followed in short order by Sleepy Jammer, Stefan, Young Daniel, Mr. Fresh, BenJAMin, Clare and Jill, with a surprise appearance by The Estivator. In a Cosmic Coincidence, two gentlemen came across the empty Meadow to join us. Paul and Peter are Plastic Peeps visiting from Germany. They heard through the grapevine that Sheep’s Meadow was the gathering spot for our brethren and sistren in flight. This was their lucky day, as they wound up joining us for All*Star Thursday, the after party at Chez Meier, and the All*Star Friday Jam as well. Two more additions to the Tribe!

James, Stefan, and I commenced to Jammin’, as did Fresh, Daniel Sleepy, and Mark, just before it started to rain. Sleepy has improved tremendously since he spent a month with us in 2006, and Stefan has got serious game. Excellent throws, hellified Scarecrows, and plenty of hustle. We kept playing as Clare and Jill sat under my umbrella, and Ben practiced heckling his Dad. Rob rolled in about this time, making the executive decision to make that move to the Bandshell. The Flow in both Jams was excellent, but we all knew the shelter of our off-season home would be more welcoming, so we soon followed his lead.

The rain continued as we walked over but our spirits were not to be dampened. There were already folks on the scene setting up shop inside the Bandshell, making themselves at home. Everyone was greeting, stretching, nailing up, and laughing. There was kind of a subtle hum in the air when the Rob and Daniel hit the hard concrete for the first Jam. Over the course of the next 107 minutes, there were a minimum of nineteen (19) distinct combinations of Jammers. Each one drawn to this place, at this time, united by a single thought: Most Fun Wins!

Rob, Dan + Anton

James, Stefan, Sleepy + Vic

Barak, Fresh + Bo

TP, Bill Doobs, Richie Regs + Daniel and Emma

Alan C., Vic, Stefan

Ted, James + Rob

Bill, Sue + Rob

Joey, Daniel

Ted, Daniel, Anton, Vic, Stefan

Barak, Alan, Joey

Alan, Paul, Ted

Bill, Barak, Sue, Rob

Christina, Bo

Doobs, Vic, J-Will

Jaime-TJH (Shredding!), Trevor, Kevin

*James, Bo, Anton, Fresh, Barak*

James, Anton, Fresh

James, Emma, J-Will

Ted, Trevor, Kevin + James

These were the ones I was able to write down, and doubtless some were missed. At one point there we four separate minimum 4-player Jams going on at once. It was really amazing to stand up on the bandshell stage, seeing the space filled with Jammers and flying Stylers. My memory of play is a blur of Hein Highlights–flash images of people and plastic in motion, with lots of joyful noise echoing all around. All under the watch eye of the NYPD. Seriously. There was one lonely cop in a three wheeler who watched us for almost an hour. Their new motto must be Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect…and Shredding!

The alchemy of Freestyle makes each Jam special in its own right. Jam of the Day Honors? Fuhgeddaboutit! There’s no way I can do justice to all of the happenings, even with my notes, and I don’t want to leave anything out.* That said, Stefan did nailed down the Combo du Jour. He did a wild and wooly combo off of a Daniel via TedShred set. He was treading on dangerous ground, tip toeing around Jammers, spectators, and the benches before finally sealing the deal with a CHOMP of a Vacation. S’Nice!!!

* – I invite all attendees to share their thoughts about Jams they were in, those they observed, or funny moments on the All*Star Thursday blog, on Facebook, or send me an e-mail at

My first Bandshell foray was an Old School Counter Jam with Richie Regs and Bill Doobs. These gents were two of my first ‘regular’ Jam partners due to spin preference. Flow came easy because we all knew how to set each other up for the best results. Something must’ve been going right because Daniel and Emma jumped in as a pair. Instant Mob-Op! We hit an O’Malley straight away, and Emma nailed a roll-brush to Gitis shortly thereafter. As for Daniel, he is growing into a Monster Shredder. He’s got spontaneous connectivity reminiscent of some of our crustiest Brethren, he’s hungry, and those young legs allow him to match anything he can think of with direct action. How about thigh brush, to spinning thigh brush, to 3 consecutive hop-skipping Turbo-Rolls, to spinning Lacer? Heinous!

The Jam that folks talked most about was James/Bo/Anton/Fresh/Barak. Dougie is a player with marvelous disc-dexterity and a knack for setting up his partners. Bo and Anton play amazingly together, flowing naturally, while Barak and James are simply electric. Anton, the A*TGJI Honoree, is a very special player. Always moving, he has an uncanny ability to hit every brush, cuff, and mac so that the disc is wobble free, perfect for the next move. His backhand mac-throw sizzles as it slices the air, and his Scarecrow-brush is as accurate as a throw. Bo’s style is very subtle. His high difficulty moves are so smooth that when you roll the tape back, you wind up just shaking your head in amazement. James and Barak hit back to back No Bones Double Spinning Gitosis’, not to mention the former’s Bad Attitude and Olivia seals, and the latter’s very long Vacation. This Jam went well past Eleven.

As darkness fell, Bill W. had a no see-um Jam, while TedShred, Forever Trevor, and Kevin were the Last Jam Standing. James was pacing around after his final foray and decided he wanted just a little more, so he jumped back into the action. No one really wanted the Jams to end, but the lack of light, combined with the promise of tasty beverages, pizza, and Robbie-Rob’s extraordinarily delicious bulgogi, made the transition a bit less painful.

The party at Chez Meier was wonderful as always. Roger had a loop of Frisbee inspired pix that spanned from the 60’s through today, and screened a documentary of Freestyle from 1977 that Bill W. found hidden in his basement. It was a riot to hear the very serious voice of the narrator comparing Freestyle to ballet, and seeing how the producers included footage of all types of activities to give the lay public context for this new sport of Freestyle Frisbee. Mr. Wright also presented The Oracle with a disc and the original poster featuring his image that was used for last year’s tournament in Colorado. Very cool! The best part of all was the camaraderie. Groups of 3, 4, 5 and more, all talking about moves, co-ops, competitions, international connections, and a lifetime of friendships that have grown over the years. It felt like I was walking on air as I headed home on the subway.

The Hard Corps of the Big Apple has become a wonderfully eclectic extended family. We’ve got Familia from around the world, who have become part of an ever expanding circle of loved ones. Special Thanks to Ted and Chrissy for serving as the catalysts that ignited this movement; to Roger and Tricia Meier for hosting so many people and gatherings, to Roger (again) for putting together the All*Star Thursday blog; to Chuck for having film in that camera; and to the rest of the Tribe for doing whatever it takes to make Jammin’ here such a blast.

So, when are YOU Comin’ Down?

All the Best,


Here are some vids from the Sunday post NY Jam-Camp Meadow Jams and a quick shot from jamcamp.



Roger, Anton, Robert, Stefan and Phillip

Roger, Anton, Robert, Stefan and Phillip

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