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Moose is Still at it in Suzhou, China

Schtick continues to grow in China with students from my old university in Harbin establishing the “Ultimate Frisbee Organisation (UFO)” while in Suzhou the first few games have commenced (see picture).  Despite drizzly weather typical of the English countryside, a group of more than 15 turned out to give it a spin.  True to form, while the athletic guys were certainly extremely influential, the female players were easily matching them stride for stride.  The girl in purple was probably the top point scorer for the day, sneaking through the defence time after time to score.  The girl in red (behind the girl in purple) pulled off save of the day coming from no where to put on the most fabulous foot block witnessed in the (relatively short) history of Chinese Schitck.

All of this is extremely encouraging and with UFO mooting the possibility of taking the game to schools and organisations in Harbin with a view to establishing a national competition (seems a fairly large step to me, but the Chinese have a knack of making the difficult or impossible happen), I can only presume this is the latest in a series of steps to complete world domination of, if nothing else, Schtick.

Indoor Schtick!

Schtick was played indoors at the Winter Indoor Family Sports Nights from November, 2009 through March, 2010.  The game played nicely on a basketball court, with 12 or more on a side.  We generally played with 6 discs.  I highly recommend the wonderful Aerobie Squidgee Discs when playing indoors or in close quarters or with kids.  These discs fly great!  You can plug your kid with em at point blank range as hard as you can with no repercussions (except the rare eye shot).  You might get giddy and start pelting the public at large with the thing.  Invariably when I randomly assail passers by with one of these discs they laugh it off and even thank me for the experience, but I digress.The basketball court comes with some convenient pre-drawn lines for your schtick convenience.  My favorite version was the Kids vs. Adults version devised by the ingenious Jonathan (age 8).  Warms/fuzzies abounded during these events.

Schtick Harbin-style

(Harbin is a city in the far north-east of China, basically an outer suburb of Siberia)

The word of Schtick has been passed on to the good people of Harbin with yet more variations and transmogrifications to cater for unexpected circumstances.  with students having about 34 hours of classes each week, the only available time to play was in the evenings, which meant that the only place to play was in a large square (concrete base) which was either floodlit or (if they forgot to turn the lights on) dully illuminated by the neon lights in a neighbouring classroom building.  Players were forced to contend with this darkness, snow, discs disappearing into drains, badminton games, uncontrollable young children, roller bladers (one of whom joined the game in his roller blades) and a constant supply of field intruders driving cars, riding bikes or just walking to class, dinner or other events.Regardless, the game flourished.  On one evening, so many students came that we had to divide into three separate games.  Particularly when the students were new to the game, the fervour was such that injuries were no barrier – in one game three players found themselves en route to a check up in hospital having put their body on the line in order to score (or block) that vital point.  And yet, they all turned up the following week with even more eager players.  Thankfully the more we played, the more skilled they became and injuries quickly became a rarity despite less than ideal conditions.  The range of approaches that students experimented with varied from absolute caution to all out attack, hard running to a casual (and easily ignored in the chaos of a ten-a-side game) saunter, and of particular satisfaction was an improved throwing game as time went on.  It was brilliant to see such a wide range of people joining in and cherishing the experience.It was sad to leave such an enthusiastic group behind, but they’ve got a bunch of frisbees and I hope they’ll keep the tradition alive.  For me now it is time to take the game into the heart of China, to the city of Suzhou.

- Moose Murray, Global Schtick Evangelist