Jimmy Mickle is one of my favorite ultimate players- he’s fast, tall, and has great throws and catches. He dominates in the air and has an astute sense of the field and where things need to go and when. Here are a bunch of videos to get started- Google his name to learn more and watch more videos.
Here is Jimmy’s Callahan nomination video for 2013, when he was a player with Colorado University’s Mamabird. The Callahan Award is given each year to the top player in women’s and men’s ultimate.
A highlight video from his time as a pro player in the American Ultimate Disc League:
His 2014 Callahan nomination video, the year he won:
Another AUDL highlight reel:
Some great examples of fakes:
Check out the top ten plays from the first week of play in the American Ultimate Disc League!
The Dallas Roughnecks play in the AUDL, one of the two professional ultimate leagues in operation (the other is Major League Ultimate), have built an incredible lineup this year with some of the best names in ultimate on the roster. Built around living legend and captain Beau Kittredge, the Roughnecks round out their starting corps with Jimmy Mickle (my favorite player), Dylan Freechild, Kurt Gibson, and Cassidy Rasmussen. All huge names in ultimate.
You should note that there are a few rule differences between middle school ultimate and the AUDL:
- Double team defensive coverage is allowed in the AUDL but not in middle school ultimate.
- Games in the AUDL run a certain length of time, not a certain number of points. In middle school ultimate, we play games to 13 or 15.
- Games in the AUDL are run with observers/referees who make calls. In middle school ultimate, we make all of our own calls.
Bonus video: Beau jumping over a guy:
Bonus bonus: I drafted Beau on my summer league team waaaaay back in the day. It was his first year living in Colorado and I drafted him because he was tall. We ended up winning the league championship that year. I’m the beardless guy holding the disc up, Beau is second from the left. My only ultimate claim-to-fame.
The American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) is one of the two mens’ professional ultimate leagues up and running right now (the other is Major League Ultimate). There are some differences in the rules used in AUDL and the MLU—double team coverage is allowed and the fields are bigger.
No one is getting rich playing ultimate yet (most pro players have their travel expenses covered and receive a small per-game stipend), but it’s a start!