It’s high time for a nice little check in. I want to do two things here: survey a bit of what’s been going on in the ultimate world and fill everyone in on what Inside Breaks is going to look like in the coming months.
On the first note…
- If you’re anywhere near Pittsburgh, Chicago, Madison, or Minneapolis, make sure you check out the NexGen Tour. Before it launched, I think that people were skeptical about how this thing would pan out, but bus issues aside, it’s been unreal. I had the pleasure of playing against them when they came through DC, and it was one of the most fun games I’ve ever played in: the atmosphere was awesome, the game was hard-fought, and there was really quick turnaround on both highlights and the full game. NexGen is one of the coolest things that’s happened to ultimate since I’ve been paying attention.
- It snuck up on us, but the club season is under way. I hope you’ve been checking out the team previews that have been going up here as well as some of the stuff that individual teams like Chain Lightning and Sockeye has been putting out. I kinda like how individual club teams handle their media stuff differently.
- This may be shameless, but check out Truck Stop/Scandal’s upcoming youth clinic. I’d like to do a better job of using Inside Breaks as a place to discuss best practices for club players looking to help out with youth development.
- If you’re going to Wildwood, have fun.
And on the second…
- If you read our stuff throughout the college season, you’ve surely noticed that Joaq and I have been pretty much absent from Inside Breaks since Carleton wrapped it up back in May. Most of that is due to involvement with our respective club teams, but we also both just needed a break…
- …still, it’s important to us that Inside Breaks keeps going. So on that note, I’d like to formally introduce Ian Toner and Alex Cooper. Ian’s the organizational guy behind the recent and forthcoming club team previews, and Alex wrote the piece on Ironside. They’ve got some cool ideas for articles and rankings in the works, and Joaq and I are excited to have them contributing. As a bit of background, Ian will be a fourth year with Virginia Night Train this year, and Alex is a rising senior at Tufts.
I think that about does it for now. Like I said, stay tuned. A Colorado Cup preview from David Belsheim should be up later today or tomorrow.