The Callahan Award is the highest honor awarded to college ultimate players and is given to one male and one female player each year who best epitomizes the qualities of high skill, talent, good spirit, sportsmanship, and leadership. One of the fun things about the Callahan Award for ultimate fans is the pile of promotional videos put together by friends and teammates of potential Callahan Award winners. The videos pull together each players highlights and are set to music and edited to be exciting to watch.
Here are the Callahan videos from a few of the past year’s winners as well as some of this years videos from other college stars.
2015 Women’s winner— Alika Johnston (University of Virginia) —
2015 Mens winner— Jonathan Nethercutt (University of North Carolina) —
2016 Thomas Edmonds (University of New Hampshire & Falmouth High School) —
2016 Henry Babcock (University of Richmond & Cape Elizabeth High School) —
2016 Julia Ting (Georgia Tech) —
2016 Khalif El-Salaam (University of Washington)
2016 Ari Lozano (Whitman College)
Ari Lozano for Callahan 2016 from Sarah Adams on Vimeo.
2016 Mira Donaldson (University of British Columbia)
Find more Callahan videos on YouTubemore Callahan videos on YouTube.
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 Callahan Award is the highest honor a college level ultimate player can receive. Each season candidate players and their friends create nomination highlight reels that they share with judges and the world-at-large.
Here are a couple of great ones to get started with.
Max Thorne for Callahan 2015 from Joseph Bender on Vimeo.
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!
The NexGen Tour featured a team of all-stars pulled from various top club teams playing all over the country. This game pits NexGen against Revolver, one of the best men’s club teams in the country. Beau Kittredge played on Revolver and is in this game, as are tons of other ultimate stars like Jimmy Mickle, Josh Wiseman, and Dylan Freechild.