Ultimate Frisbee in Austin, Texas
When I started styrochrome I knew it wasn't just going to be a tech services firm, although those were the skills most obviously in demand. I started playing ultimate in 2007 at Duke TiP and it became a lifelong passion for me, so I knew that ultimate would be a part of the styrochrome story, but I didn't expect that I'd go as far as coaching a high school team, filming/editing video, and covering events for the biggest ultimate news outlet around.
I've been coaching since I was in high school - first Lincoln-Douglas debate, then leading entrepreneurial workshops with 3 Day Startup - but coaching ultimate is a totally different challenge. Working with young men in their formative high school years isn't new - I did that coaching debate - but a team sport means uneven experience levels, a high degree of personalization, and clashing egos.
In its first year, Austin High School took 5th in the state of Texas. In 2017, we took 4th. This year, we're looking to grow our program and have officially added two new teams including a dedicated girls coaches.
Like many other women's sports, women's ultimate is currently underdeveloped. There are a lot of reasons and it'll take a shift in thinking to make significant lasting changes, but we wanted to make a contribution, no matter how small.
The first full women's tournament we filmed was Women's College Centex 2017. It's one of the biggest ultimate tournaments during the college season and a perennial favourite for the best American college teams. With men and women competing on back-to-back weekends, Centex provides an early glimpse on frontrunners for the national championship with an emphasis on south central talent.
Our second project was a write-up for South Central D-I Regionals for Ultiworld. We also filmed a brief video wrap-up.
The most recent projects were making dedicated women's highlight reels for the 2017 UPLA Winter League and the Texas YCC U20 girls team, Texas Tango.
I produced a series of highlight reels for UPLA, our local Austin ultimate league.
Additionally, in the summer of 2017 we were contracted by Caleb Denecour, professional ultimate player (Minnesota Wind Chill #49, formerly Austin Sol) of Rooster Teeth fame to produce a highlight reel for him.