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AthleteIamA Pro Ultimate Disc Player AMA!

Jun 8th 2016 by DRoughnecks • 30 Questions • 403 Points

EDIT: We're taking a break for kittens, but will answer more questions later. We are a semi-pro Ultimate Disc team out of Dallas, Texas. Our AMA will include Beau Kittredge, Jimmy Mickle and Dylan Freechild. Between them, there are 2 Callahan winners (college MVP), AUDL 2x MVP (league MVP), and multiple national and world championships. They are also some of the first players ever be able to play Ultimate fulltime.

My Proof: https://www.facebook.com/dallasroughnecks/ Jimmy: https://twitter.com/livelaughlime Dylan: https://twitter.com/theSPIKEZILLA Beau: https://www.instagram.com/beau_show/

Q:

Who has the best throws on the team? Be honest. If you really, realllly think about it... isn't there only one correct answer?

A:

Not Matt Bennett- JM


Q:

What is the salary range for you as full-time ultimate players?

A:

Doing various odd jobs (ERIC National Youth Director, contract enginnering work, Roughneck things ) I'm able to afford eating out a few times a week, drive my 2006 Subaru Forester, and pay for tinder plus. Nothing too crazy but fortunate to be part of this all. -JM


Q:

I think saving Mitch seems reasonable, and Will is as good a sacrifice as any... But could you be on board with getting rid of Kurt?

A:

Danny is mafia, always. -JM


Q:

Jimmy, are you single?

A:

Single enough. - JM


Q:

Excluding yourselves, who would you put on a universe O line and D line? Let's say you can't use the same player on both lines.

A:

O line: Ashlin, Cassidy, Rehder, Joel, Simon Higgins, Kurt, Kai Marshall. D line: Matt Jackson, Stanley, Russell, Ryan Farrell, Henry, Kanner, Little Stubbs, young Martin Cochran.


Q:

Who has been your favorite opponent in the South this year?

A:

I've really enjoyed our games against Austin, they have a bunch of talent a a great home crowd. -JM


Q:

honestly- do any black people play "ultimate frisbee"?

I mean--I look at your sport and say to myself "that's some legit white people stuff right there, yo"

A:

Actually, yes. There are a few black athletes, but I agree there is not nearly enough diversity. I hope one day that changes. - BK


Q:

What does your in season training look like outside of practice?

What does your off season training look like?

Most importantly, what's each of your favorite brewery?

Also, I've really enjoyed watching your games this year. Tried to catch them live if I could but if not I try to watch the replays.

A:

In season training - right now is rehab 2-3 hours in the morning, practice/track/pilates in the evening. Followed by Netflix and chill. And snacks.

Off season involves lots of weights, lots of track, tanning, swimming, Netflix and chill. And snacks.

Favorite brewery - Revolver. -BK


Q:

For someone who knows nothing about this sport what would be the first start of conversation to fake it to make it about knowing it and without using google?

A:

Use words like scoober, force side, flick, huck it, cup, poach, play honest, spike it, pull, dump, handler.

Combine into any order. Such as, "Did you see that guy cut force side for the flick, good thing the handler saw the poach and threw the scoober instead." - BK


Q:

I've played elite level ultimate for the past four years and it has destroyed my body. What are your tips for staying healthy?

A:

As I've just learned the hard way, proper training is super important. This involves lifting and plenty of single-leg dynamic mobility exercises. - BK


Q:

I wear #50 in the name of the man who said to work hard for something for an entire life. Ill prob change it next year though. Im a foot shorter than beau but im taking the club season off to get stronger at lifting things up and putting them down until i can jump out the roof. Wont you write more, beau? Your stories have been good to read, especially that prisoner one.

A:

Hey push_pass, yeah you should definitely choose your own number and carve your own destiny. And just for you, I will write something. I won't enjoy it, but I'll do it. Hugs. - BK


Q:

Beau, will you do something special in London for your birthday or just try to forget that you're another year older/?

A:

Unfortunately and hopefully, we will still be playing in the tournament on my birthday and they have drug testing there. So, proper party will be delayed til we are done. In which case, I will be drinking tears out of a chalice or drinking champagne out of a trophy. - BK


Q:

Beside the American team, any ladies we should keep an eye for during WUGC? Which country?

A:

The Phillips sisters from Australia are a must watch. -JM


Q:

What would it take for you guys to come Asia more often?

A:

Money, beautiful women, fast cars, motorcycles, good food, snacks, Netflix and chill. - BK


Q:

Do you guys ever get tired of hearing the drunken Apes of Wrath crowd chant Kai related things all the time at home games?

A:

No. -JM


Q:

What kind of advice would you give to someone who has aspirations to be on a semi-pro ultimate team post-college?

A:

The best way to make a team is by being an athletic defender and trying out for a team that might not have the strongest roster. See: AUDL Power Rankings. -BK


Q:

How would you guys suggest a newcomer to practe and eventually master how to cut and when to cut?

A:

Good question, Sebisteel. I would say understanding timing is the key to proper cutting. Timing is a result of knowing both your thrower and the position of your defender. - BK


Q:

Do you think ultimate can be a sport that appeals to the masses and competes with the NFL, NBA and such?

A:

Yes. It has everything a successful sport needs, we just need greater visibility. We are in a good spot with all the live streaming broadcasts and new media, something that the other pro leagues are implementing. At the Roughnecks, we are really trying to step it up in a market like DFW, that has every major and minor sports team. - BK


Q:

Beau, it's been a long time since the Flyers game. Beth wants to know: does she still have all your love, forever and ever?

A:

" "Who is Beth" -Beau " -JM


Q:

where does your lap go when you stand up?

A:

This is a deep one. Where does it go? I assume it goes into hibernation until the long winter stand is over. Thank you. - BK


Q:

How many times a week do you guys stop and think that maybe it's all pointless, it's all a waste of time anyways?

A:

3-4 times a week, usually I'm in the middle of a grueling workout or listening to my boss, Jim, telling me to do something utterly ridiculous. - BK


Q:

All the time.

A:

Thanks JP! - EF


Q:

What kind of injuries do you guys get?

A:

Shoulders, ankles, knees, hamstrings and the worst and most painful of all, pride. -BK


Q:

Would you rather fight seven duck sized horses, or one horse sized duck?

A:

Definitely duck size horses. A horse sized duck is terrifying. -JM


Q:

Beau, do you find older women attractive? I'm asking for a friend.

A:

If they are rich. Also, if they like taking care of me. - BK


Q:

Has being a great Ultimate player ever helped to get you laid with a girl who doesn't play Ultimate?

A:

Absolutely. If you genuinely love what you're doing and are good at it, girls love that. - BK


Q:

Do you know MKBHD?

A:

Yes! We're hoping to do something cool with him this off season involving a Tesla. - BK


Q:

Hey guys.

We played loads and loads of ultimate at elementary school in the 90's and it was really hip and cool at the time. When seeing kids nowadays, it seems like they even don't know what Ultimate is. Has Ultimate (as a sport) experienced downhill from the 90's, or is it just me imagining things? Has Disc Golf stolen the spotlight from Ultimate?

Greetings from Finland, and all the best of luck to your team!

A:

I think it has been on an upward trajectory, Pro Leagues being featured on SportsCenter has brought visibility to the masses, the All Star and Nexgen tours have showcased the best college talent, and USAU has done a good job of developing youth ultimate around the country. Participation numbers keep increasing... -JM


Q:

Besides the great American players I already know about, what teams/players should I try to see playing in London?

A:

Look out for Japan - Matsuno. Also look out for Cupcake on Australia because his name's cupcake. - BK


Q:

Disappointed that this answer didn't come from Jimmy.

A:

It did come from me, Beau took my answer because he doesn't know anyone's name. -JM