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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mario O’Brien – Leadership Resume and Bio

by Mario O'Brien

    Mario O’Brien – Seattle, WA Bio Mario O’Brien is an ultimate renaissance man, but at heart, a life long learner, teacher and leader. He currently plays as an offensive handler with Seattle Sockeye, but has also coached and captained at every level of ultimate (from middle school to elite club) in the past 5 years. His recent leadership and playing accomplishments include gold at WCBU 2015, a silver medal at the 2015 USAU Club Championships, and the 2015 Seattle ECL co-coach of the year. His professional background, experience, and education as a teacher and his desire to give back to the ultimate community inspired RISE UP, the world’s only professional ultimate instructional video company.   Ultimate Playing History USAU…

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

RISE UP Seattle – Coaches Conference

by Mario O'Brien

LOGISTICS REGISTER Date: February 13 Time: 10am – 6pm Location: Seattle – Rainier Beach Community  Center CONTENT Description: 1-day conference for ultimate coaches and leaders. Our goal is to empower leaders with tools and experience to improve their confidence and grow their programs. Target Audience: Coaches, Program Coordinators, Community Leaders Presentation Topics: Team Culture and Dynamics, Program Development, Skill and Strategy Development, Season and Practice Planning, Youth Development Participant Capacity:  50 PRESENTERS Heather Ann Brauer (YCC coach, GUM chair) Age Up (Seattle Youth) Ren Caldwell (Ren Fitness) – 3 Strategies to Promote a Team Culture of Better Health and Performance  Melissa Witmer (Ultimate Results, Ultimate Athlete Project) Frank Nam (Franklin HS, Seattle Underground, DiscNW YCC Mixed, 2016 Korean National Team) Dr….

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

WOMEN’S WEDNESDAY – ASUT HIGHLIGHTS, CONFIDENCE, PRO VS RE-ACTIVE

by RISE UP Ultimate

ALL-STAR ULTIMATE HIGHLIGHTS Craving more women’s ultimate? The All-Star Tour is still producing excellent content for viewers. If you didn’t get a chance to watch the All-Star Ultimate games, make sure you watch this ASUT highlight video chock full of envy-inducing throws, layouts, and plays. FROM A HS SOPHOMORE – HOW TO BOOST GIRLS’ CONFIDENCE IN YOUTH ULTIMATE As a high school sophomore, Kaia Lokan offers a genuine and rare perspective on the roadblocks in building confidence in girls ultimate. Through her own experiences at U16 tournaments and anecdotes from her teammates, she identifies four principles that will increase confidence, and invites all to apply the principles to their communities — youth or not. No “S” words Welcome Competition Get…

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

WOMEN’S WEDNESDAY – RETURNING AFTER CHILDBIRTH, CONTESTED STRIP, DARCH HUCK

by RISE UP Ultimate

RETURNING AFTER CHILDBIRTH After giving birth, many women choose to stop playing club ultimate. With a newborn child, bodies and priorities shift, frequently leaving commitment to ultimate on the back burner. Heidi Marie Wiggins chose a different path and decided to return to Seattle Riot after giving birth. In her Riot blog post, she fearlessly and passionately details her emotional return, sharing her perspective on getting back into shape, adjusting her expectations, and loving her teammates and the sport. CONTESTED STRIP: TEAMMATES Contested Strip is a comic series that appears on Skyd Magazine. Megan Praz and Meghan Kemp-Gee, or Megan and Meghan, write and draw each of the cartoons that pokes fun at the hypocrisies and idiosyncrasies in ultimate. In “Teammates”, the…

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Coach Mario O’Brien on RISE UP Season 8

by Mario O'Brien

This Season of RISE UP means so much to me. I’m so proud that it exists. This is new territory for RISE UP. Building Athleticism is unique in the RISE UP world because it’s our first content that doesn’t directly involve discs, skills, and strategy. S8: Building Athleticism is all about improving your athletic performance. The game has evolved so much in the last 10 years, and one piece of evidence is the existence of people (ahem, rockstars) like Ren Caldwell. The ultimate community as a whole is recognizing that to be better ultimate players, we have to be better athletes. The community is acknowledging that consulting experts and professionals in health and performance can have meaningful impact. The community…

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WOMEN’S WEDNESDAY – A BLOG POST FROM REN, JENNY FEY, GMG ON SPIKING

by RISE UP Ultimate

REN CALDWELL ON BUILDING ATHLETICISM Coach Ren Caldwell, the mastermind behind the upcoming RISE UP Season 8, took to the Whiteboard blog to talk about why strength and mobility training are so important. Not only is Ren a super active member of many ultimate communities, but she’s also an all-around rockstar. This is a great chance to hear about the training methods she teaches from her perspective. Check it out here! Here’s a snapshot of @RenCaldwell coaching Alyssa Weatherford of Seattle Riot. We can’t wait to share Season 8.1 with you next week! #WomeninUltimate #WomensWednesday A photo posted by RISE UP Ultimate (@riseup_ultimate) on Aug 26, 2015 at 8:04am PDT JENNY FEY DESTROYS THE MARK Seattle Riot acknowledges that the defending USA…

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Building Athleticism with Coach Ren Caldwell

by Ren Caldwell

I’m really excited to be offering RISE UP viewers a back pocket resource for developing athleticism! I’ve been working with teams and individuals in Seattle and all over the world for the last few years, running clinics to help reduce injury and improve performance. And you know what I’ve discovered? It’s not rocket science. You can do it for yourself, and for your team, with a little guidance. My goal with this series was to provide detailed blueprints for using athletic prep and targeted drills to up your game in several key areas: acceleration, deceleration, change of direction, low defensive stance, and top end speed. Recent research has shown that strength training and proper attention to running/cutting mechanics drastically reduces…

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