December 30, 2013 by Charlie Eisenhood in Links, Other with 0 comments
As we look back on the closing year, we thought it would be a perfect time to direct you to some of the best work on the website. There are plenty of important news articles from this year as well, but we focused here mostly on features, profiles, analysis, and opinion pieces — which can often be lost in the shuffle of breaking news.
Here are 12 of the best Ultiworld articles in 2013.
An Open Letter To WFDF: It’s Time For Observers – Kyle Weisbrod pens a vital op-ed after the conclusion of the 2013 World Games, calling for the World Flying Disc Federation to implement third-party observers to international matches.
When Wham-O Was King: Why The Innova v. Discraft Debate Is Old News – A fascinating look back at the history of the flying disc development and why the Innova Pulsar v. Discraft Ultrastar debate, ignited by Major League Ultimate’s adoption of the Pulsar as their official disc, is just history repeating itself.
With Provisional IOC Recognition, WFDF Pushing Ultimate Slowly Towards Olympics – An inside look at WFDF’s work on getting ultimate into the Olympics. It’s much more complicated than you might think.
A Complete Victory: Scandal Ends Era Of Fury Dominance – Keith Raynor penned an outstanding article about Scandal’s takedown of Fury and Riot at the 2013 National Championships and why it matters.
Jam It In: New Ultiworld Scoring Charts Show NexGen Endzone Dominance || More Statistics Content – Sean Childers and Jeremy Weiss have pioneered advanced statistics in ultimate. This was their finest article and they both are submitting papers to the Sloan Sports Conference, the most prestigious in sports analytics.
Seven Mistakes To Remove From Your Team’s Offense – Sion “Brummie” Scone debuted on Ultiworld with an incisive look at offense, giving some food for thought to any team at any level.
Building Your Tribe: Why Your Team Needs A Culture – New Ultiworld columnist Tiina Booth is always a must-read, but this was her most-read post of the year. It’s about the importance of a deliberate team culture.
Top Women’s Players Concerned About Gender Equity In Triple Crown Tour – Monica Heger did the most important gender equity piece of the year regarding the Triple Crown Tour and the growing emphasis on promoting the Men’s Division.
Quitters Never Win: Miranda Roth, An American Superstar In China, Balances Passion With Injury – Matt Dagher-Margosian wrote my personal favorite profile of the year about former US superstar Miranda Roth-Knowles and her dominance in China.
15 Years Of Greatness: Greg “Hollywood” Husak Returns To Nationals After Five Year Hiatus – A profile of all-time great Greg Husak and his return to the 2013 National Championships with the Santa Barbara Condors after five years out of the Men’s game.
Joining The Club: A Broadcaster’s Journey Into Ultimate – ESPN play-by-play announcer Mike Couzens wrote about his experience discovering ultimate through his job and finding himself enamored with the sport.
Niche Warfare: Can Two Professional Ultimate League’s Coexist? – A still-relevant article about the two semi-pro leagues and their ability to coexist, with historical context and a look ahead to 2014.