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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.

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

Moose Still Spreading Schtick in China!

A postcard from Moose Johnson of Australia, on his efforts in Harbin, China (near Siberia):

Just thought I’d checkin and let you know how things are going over here in China. It’s a great relief you sent those extra frisbees over as frisbee (and schtick) has become a huge hit with the new first year students. While previously we struggled to number up most weeks last year (at least initially… many more tended to come a little later in the evening!), the start of the new semester here has been amazing.

First game there was about 15-20 people making for an insanely wild running game with nobdy really knowing what was happening.

This exploded the following as numbers doubled to almost 40 people and, whereas we normally have just one game with numerous frisbees and sometimes a second scoring zone, this time there were just too many people. With so many new players, I set up the game and started to explin, only to try and then make one game without realising that there was no way you could know who was and was not on your team with so many people playing.

Quickly it turned into a shambles so instead we split up into three separate games which were all played at a frantic pace for well over an hour and a half each.

Since then, numbers have fluctuated, but we tend to get enough for games of 7-8 a side each with new players coming and going all the time. Unfortunately many of the old players are a little intimidated by this new fearless (and sometimes a little insane) breed of player. In the first few weeks there were a few little accidents with one girl rolling her ankle (it must be noted that she was wearing high heels during the game, but was enjoying it too much to stop. She subsequently promised that broken ankle or not, she was going to play the following week… which she sadly couldn’t courtesy of crutches, but now they’re gone, she’s back with avengance!), a few discs to the head, one guy somehow landing on his shoulder and various other scrapes and bruises (we play on a concrete sqaure because the fields are unlit at night and we don’t have time to play during the day). These have certainly not been enough to deter anyone however, only seems to make them even more enthusiastic.

I should note that Iw as particularly impressed last week when some of the new guys showed an absolutely wonderful mastery of the game after only playing it for a week or two. They constantly ran one player down one side, drew our entire defensive team across and then scored with the other two discs. Then, while our team was standing hands on faces looking distraught, they ran the third one in and scored there too. This probably happened near on a hundred times and our team still didn’t pick it up, but I was so impressed with the running and aggressive nature of these other guys at such an early stage of learning!

Unfortunately many of these guys are down and out with Swine Flu at the moment (or at the very least a similar disease which is sweeping through north eastern China at present) so the game tonight was a little less well patronised, but even so we still got up to 8 a side at one stage which was pretty crazy.

There is a bit of a casualty rate on the frisbees too with one falling down a drain and two getting cracked, but we’ve still got plenty for the numbers we have turning up and, with winter fast approaching, I imagine we’ve only got about a month worth of games left in us before we have to go into hibernation.

All things considered, it is going incredibly well. With many of them super keen, I’m pondering also introducing them to Ultimate some time but will wait and see whether they get a hang on throwing it accurately first!

Thanks again for all your support and assistance though. You can certainly rest assured that the frisbees you have sent over are getting a sound work out and are enormously well appreciated!

Sadly Facebook is blocked here in China so I can’t post any messages of success there, but just wanted to let you know how things are faring. Bring on Spring and I might even see if I can’t get some sort of competition going??

Trust things are going well for you over in the States.

cheers
Moose

P.S.
I’ll see how I go with discs. I might actually be moving again at the end of the year, just trying to make some decisions at the moment so probably don’t want any extra baggage, but will let you know. Besides, at the moment we’ve probably got enough to be going on with despite the casualties courtesy of your previous greatly appreciated donations. Perhaps if numbers of players grows more, I might request more sent over as a few students have actually asked to borrow them so they can practice throwing in their own time!

Actually, we’re also playing twice a week at the moment which is cool and I’m considering investigating indoor options again for the winter, although I almost killed some people when I tried to plan this last year, so I’ll see how I go. If we move indoor, I’ll most likely change to ultimate instead… learning to play with smaller numbers without wind on a small court would probably be good for their throwing.

I’ll try and get some photos for you, but it’s a little difficult as playing at night means the light is not very good and therefore action shots don’t work very well. Maybe I’ll just get a group picture taken somewhere along the line.

Moose Spreads Schtick in Asia

Teaching your way around the world is a great way to spread the Word of Schtick as many people are very interested to find out just what sports we really play in Australia. Most don’t believe a sport such as Australian Rules really exists, so Schtick is a nice, peaceful alternative.While occasionally reluctant to start, once a game commences the players love it mainly because it involves so many people at any time. Whereas most sports really only involve the players who are fast or particularly skilled, the amount of action in a game of Schtick (particularly when there are 9 frisbees in operation) is insane. Even the slowest and least coordinated of students, those who often detest PE time, frequently start to enjoy the game.Whereas Ultimate Frisbee needs superior throwing skills, Schtick can get an entire class of students out and running around – screaming, shouting and generally having a wild old time. In the future I might introduce Ultimate as an alternative, particularly since improved throwing skills would certainly benefit the quality of the games, but as a starter, Schtick is… ultimate!Thus far I’ve successfully introduced Schtick to elementary school kids in Korea, junior high school kids in Romania and am currently going head-to-head against Yao Ming for the hearts of university students in China. Once you get past the initial skepticism and have people playing, it sells itself…

muz “Moose” Johnson of Canberra, Australia, 13 October, 2007

“Super Sports” like Schtick

I do love hard scrimmaging, but playing games like shtick [sic] (running-allowed disc-related game much like capture-the-flag except the goal is to set the disc in a small square on your opponents side without getting tagged) are incredible fun. Reminds me of elementary school and staying after to play dodgeball, CTF, and random other “super-sports”, as we called them.

Schmelz, October 12, 2005

40 Canadians!

I organized a game of Schtick Disc for 40+ ultimate players this past weekend with 3 discs. At first they had the attitude that nothing is more fun than ultimate, but after 10 minutes of play, they couldn’t stop. With the great success of this event, hopefully, more people can be exposed to this awesome game. Like Chuck Norris, this game can only be describe with the word “awesome”.

Nelson Lee, Toronto, Canada – October 11, 2006

Schtick b cool

I know I’m biased.  But this game is seriously fun!  I believe its greatest strength is how engaging it is for players of disparate athletic abilities and disc skills.  Kids and adults truly can play and have fun side-by-side.  And because there is multiple discs in play, there is constant action & excitement.

David Donohue

Aussie Origins?

schticknic: like a picnic only many times better because it’s combined with Schtick. Schtick, for the uninitiated, is a game of obscure (but probably Aussie) origins that’s a little bit like capture the flag, a bit like touch rugby, a bit like ultimate (it is, of course, played with at least one disc), and (on soft sand anyway) a bit like work. But most importantly, it’s a lot like fun.

Dave Lane (probably Aussie)

Broken Fingers, Bloody Nose

Schtick is the fastest growing disc sport in the world. It is dynamic, skillful, mentally challenging and very, very dangerous. Spectators have had broken fingers watching schtick. Last week I was playing and I had a blood nose within 2 minutes of the throw off.

Jonathan Potts, Australia

Pre-game warm-up for ultimate team

Schtick was used on occasion as a pre-game warmup exercise before big games by an unnamed college team. In fact it was widely credited with propelling this team to a hard-fought victory over Black Tide in their tournament in 1998.

Daniel Eisenberg, former captain, Stanford Mens Ultimate Team (SMUT), 23 Dec 2003

As threatened…

as threatened, I played schtick with my son , 4 nephews, and my brother in law this past weekend. they loved it. the rules were bent a little, but what fun… a great way to share my love of disc with folks who have little or no disc skills. a great equalizer.

Garbo, MonkeyLove Ultimate