[Travels] When Ultimate gets a little Rugby

Last weekend we had the joy of attending the second edition of Symp’HATrick, a St. Patrick’s day HAT organized by Arnas Shamrock Ultimate Frisbee. They also organized Winter League the day after, in which many of the HAT’s players also participated. The pictures below are from that league and were made by John Kofi.

It was a wonderful weekend of Ultimate in perfect Irish conditions: an exciting balance of grass, mud, grey skies and the threat of rain.

Cover Photo Credit: Arnas Shamrock Ultimate Frisbee

6 Nations Ultimate

In honor of the occasion, the tournament was heavily themed in keeping with the 6 nations tournament. That’s a rugby tournament, for the many of us who forget that from time to time, or never knew that to begin with. Short of exchanging the disc for a ball, Shamrock Ultimate did all they could to infuse rugby into the proceedings. Their commitment to theme added a lot of levity to the day.

There were 6 teams, each named after one of the nations that participate in the 6 nations tournament: England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. Wins earned teams four points, losses earned you zero points, and ties (which were possible) earned teams two points. The tweaking did not end there since winning teams that had scored 12 or more points earned an additional point as an offensive bonus while loosing teams that lost by 2 points of less also earned an extra point but as a defensive bonus. And points, as always, mean prizes.

Had to share this gathering of TOKAY’s on the field!
Photo Credit: The Ultimate Life of John Kofi

To add rugby to the game itself, there was even a 2 minute period per game of touch frisbee. You could run with the disc, you had to ground tap discs in the endzone to validate a score, and a turn-over resulted if and when an opponent touched you with two hands while you had possession of the disc. It was anarchy. Players forgot to ground tap the disc for scores resulting in rather brutal touch turnovers, desperation throws were very common and all structured play was thrown out the window.

Camila effected another first for us: the first pair of TOKAY cleats in the lost and found!
Photo Credit: The Ultimate Life of John Kofi

In addition to crowning the winners (England) and spirit winners (Wales), the tournament also awarded a Golden Leprechaun and Wooden Spoon for the respectively the best and worst action of the weekend. Joss from team Italy won the Golden Leprechaun for a huge layout grab on an upline pass. Théo from team England won the Wooden Spoon: perfectly placed and open in the endzone while playing against a zone defense, he failed to catch the goal scoring pass from his teammate due to slipping in the mud. Despite crawling desperately towards the disc afterwards, he fell short of the disc and earned himself a Spoon instead.

It served as a nice reminder for us to own and learn from both our successes and failures. And having an extra wooden spoon around the house can always come in handy.

Between games we had the joy of welcoming many players into the shelter of our testing tent to try on some TOKAY’s. The feedback we received, just at this tournament, was incredible.

“I could play all 8 games of the weekend comfortably and without getting my feet wet.”

– Anaïs

“After a day, my first feeling is very positive. My feet remained dry despite the high humidity, the grip was good and the comfort excellent.

I didn’t feel the usual foot pain that has me limping at the party and the day after. Now I hope I can rely on durability and quality.”

– Backman

“The grip of the shoes was nice but the best remains the comfort, the warmth and keeping my feet dry despite the Irish weather!”

– Clémentine

We had a great weekend running back and forth between playing in the HAT itself and manning the booth. Thank you to all the players in attendance, everyone who dropped by for a chat, and all of you already wearing TOKAY cleats! It was very exciting to see so many TOKAY’s sprinting and jumping about in Arnas.

Thank you Arnas Shamrock Ultimate Frisbee for organizing. Merci!

[Interview] Talking About Upwind Ultimate

Laurel Oldershaw is the founder and CEO of Upwind Ultimate. Founded in July 2017, Upwind Ultimate works to increase the value of women in Ultimate. The organisation is currently undertaking a tour of the US and Canada, the Crosswind Tour, to play, discuss and celebrate Ultimate.

To mark the partnership between TOKAY and Upwind Ultimate, we caught up with Laurel between Montreal and Burlington to discuss the start, present and future of her exciting, young company.

What led you to founding Upwind Ultimate?

It was a few years ago that I started looking at what would it take to build a women’s professional league. In undergrad, I had studied Education and Community Health so I understood the social importance of empowering women and nonbinary folks, although I didn’t have the business or technical knowledge to support it. I then got my Masters in Business Administration at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada to dive into these questions more in depth.

I founded Upwind to be a for-profit company that aggressively invests in women, nonbinary, and Trans folks in ultimate since that’s the definition of gender equity. It’s the acknowledgement that some groups (women, nonbinary, and Trans folks) have had a lack to resources, opportunity, and power based on their gender & gender identity, and so we have to provide an imbalance of resources to support those groups that need it.

You can check out more resources on our website: www.upwindultimate.com/learn

What are the current activities Upwind Ultimate is involved in?

This first year, we’ve established a newsletter (The Current), as well as hosted our first online courses, Upwind Academy, and are right now on a 40+ city tour across the US and Canada called The Crosswind Tour.

We’re also working with different companies that are either women-run or have good values, such as TOKAY, to create an economic network that supports and funds a better future in a capitalist world.

The Madison, Wisconsin stop of The Crosswind Tour.
With 116 people in attendance, this is the tour’s most well attended event yet.

Upwind Ultimate, like TOKAY Ultimate, is quite a young company. What have been some of your greatest successes, most euphoric and most educational moments so far?

This past year, we did a poster campaign with some top US players (Opi Payne, Lien Hoffman, Kami Groom, Robyn Wiseman, Georgia Bosscher, and the talented World Games players from Vancouver Traffic), which was super successful and an awesome way to start. We’ll be continuing that this upcoming season with even more posters and I can’t wait for those to drop!

Upwind Poster with the Canadian World Games players from Vancouver Traffic

The most educational moments for myself would have to be the business side of things, which this is still very much my rookie year in the sports business. I have a personal background in coaching and writing and so to develop a business has been entirely out of my setting, but also very rewarding!

What are your goals for Upwind Ultimate?

Upwind’s short term goals are to make sure we are all on the same page when we talk about equity. Right now, the equity movement in ultimate has been primarily hosted in the US or online, and we’ve all been using different definitions of equity. The point of The Crosswind Tour is for communities to practice using these conversations themselves and exploring what we can specifically do next to bring equity to our community, especially for those who support the cause but don’t know how to engage.

Long-term, Upwind will continue to economically empower women, Trans, and nonbinary folks to thrive in ultimate and in business. Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date as we release that new strategy moving forward!

Laurel, thank you so much for your time!

TOKAY Ultimate is incredibly excited to be partnering with Upwind Ultimate.

Check out all of the incredible work Laurel and Upwind are doing by following the links below. And don’t forget to order your TOKAY cleats with the coupon code UPWIND10 to directly support Upwind Ultimate and yourself with a 10% discount.

[Travels] ISPO Munich 2018

When TOKAY travels, we usually travel to Ultimate events. But for ISPO Munich, the largest sports industry trade fair in the world, we definitely made an exception.

Last week Robin traveled to Munich for a one-day sprint around the fair’s 2,800+ exhibitors. ISPO Munich focuses heavily on the spectacular world of Outdoor, Snowsports, and Urban sport. Multiply your excitement at visiting a sporting good store by a thousand, and you might get close to the giddy feeling of a Robin at ISPO. Here you can discover the products and trends that will hit the market next season, surrounded by tiny future pro-riders landing back-flips on their scooters, hipsters carving longboards and factories presenting their latest mermaid-style mono-fins.

Robin started attending the trade fair years ago, in his pre-TOKAY days working in the sporting goods innovation industry. He was glad to attend this year with our good friend Antoine, the man who designed TOKAY cleats, to feast their eyes and be inspired by the many innovations and trends in attendance. Having already sampled Bavaria’s finest beverages on a previous visit, Robin could focus instead on meeting with technical suppliers and trying on hats he pretended not to like.


The most impressive booth, by far, (at least for a shoemaker), was the FitStation where they had basically installed an entire shoe factory in the middle of the fair! The shoe factory was part of an inspiring project that aims to automate the production of custom-tailored running shoes. The project still has a ways to go, but has already had some impressive results. At the fair they could scan someone’s feet and gait to calculate and directly inject a custom outsole, tailored on length, width, drop (the height difference between your heel and forefoot once wearing the shoes) and dampening (injecting different kind of foams depending on your gait).

a few shots of this super custom shoe factory

What makes this innovation so crazy impressive? (more so than just the crazy awesome act of installing a shoe factory into a trade fair?):

  • Biomechanically, most customization projects so far could only only be based on a static foot, not a foot in motion.
  • Technically, the customizable injection molds are also quite a nice puzzle challenge.

The next steps could be able to also customize the upper. The future of footwear is exciting indeed! (If that is one too many technical footwear terms, check out our article on how shoes are made for more insight).

Other Innovation

Some of the innovations on show are better explained with a video, just like this water repellent product. The product, sprayed onto a coffee filter, prevents water from going through in one direction while still allowing air injected by the pump to pass through in the other direction.

Magic trick or straight up magic? You decide.

Technical Suppliers

Once we had walked past all of that excitement, we also visited the supplier portion of the trade fair. This portion does feel a bit less impressive, but it serves a crucial basis for any quality product. There you can see machines like this one. This particular machine tests the abrasion resistance of transfers, to verify that images like the TOKAY logo on the cleats don’t disappear after one training.

It was really inspiring to see so many projects and the caliber of the innovation present at ISPO Munich. We brought back many ideas that we hope to infuse into TOKAY and its products. If you have any ideas you would like us to realize or improvement suggestions for the cleats, get in touch!

[Interview] Melissa Witmer on Ultimate Fitness

Melissa Witmer is the mind and body behind The Ultimate Athlete Project, a fitness program designed specifically for Ultimate performance. She has graced us with her fitness and training knowledge on this blog already, and so we were happy to finally catch her for a more thorough interview.

We sat down with her ahead of the Ultimate Athlete Project’s reopening this week to find out more about Melissa herself, her journey through fitness, the UAP, and a brief look at the boatload of other projects Witmer is involved in.

Read those previous blogposts here:
Three Agility Drills for Ultimate
2 Easy Exercices to Warmup your Feet

Had you done strength and conditioning work before you started playing Ultimate? And when did you first partake in fitness for Ultimate?

Like many players in the US at the time, I started playing when I got to university. That was in 1996 at Virginia Tech. I was introduced to strength training in high school with the girls field hockey team. I loved it and continued strength training as a normal part of my fitness routine even before I started training for ultimate. It wasn’t until much later that I made the transition from playing ultimate to stay in shape to training for ultimate.

I started to train for ultimate when I was in graduate school. I left my PhD program in chemistry with no backup plan and decided to just pursue all of the things I loved for a year or two. I got a masters in kinesiology and made a first pass at applying what I was learning to getting better at ultimate. In graduate school the training I was doing was not tailored to athletic performance in the way it is now. I made the most progress in understanding how athletes train after school, when I was in my thirties and decided to give myself one more shot at playing elite level club.

I devoted a lot of time from 2010-2012 to studying how professional athletes actually train. This studying was much more specific and much more in-depth than the learning I did in school. I also had the benefit of working at a center where american football players prepped for the NFL combine. My exposure to professional athletes and the programs they were doing confirmed much of what I had learned. Of course, experimenting on myself was the most convincing confirmation. Despite doing less work, I got far more out of my body athletically in my mid-thirties than in my mid-twenties. It wasn’t even a close comparison.

The main difference is in the focus and timing of training sessions. It’s difficult to understand what a profound difference proper planning makes until you experience it for yourself. The difference in philosophy is to plan training sessions for maximal adaptation, not maximal output. This causes some difficulty for us because when some athletes begin The Ultimate Athlete Project they have the misconception that it’s too easy. Anyone can make a workout hard. But not everyone can plan your schedule so that you adapt to training consistently over a long period of time. The UAP puts a high priority on being efficient and effective with time spent on training. We put zero priority on making sure the workout or the training schedule “feels hard.”

What was your main goal in starting the UAP?

The Ultimate Athlete Project was built to improve the way that players train for ultimate. Ultimate players were already putting time into training. But by not understanding how to train for athletic performance rather than general fitness, they were leaving a lot of athletic potential untapped.

The Ultimate Athlete Project is not the 100% perfect solution. The gold standard is to work with a strength and conditioning coach (not the same thing as a personal trainer!) over a period of several years.

What I am doing is providing a system that will get players far closer to athletic performance training then they currently are. I provide an effective, practical solution that is about a tenth of the price of a personal strength and conditioning coach.

In your experience, where do athletes who design their own fitness plans often go wrong? What aspects do they over and under emphasize?

Common mistakes:

  • too much volume
  • prioritizing endurance over power
  • too little focus (trying to improve everything at once)
  • deciding strength is important and jumping on a common barbell plan that does not include functional strength
  • deciding functional strength is important and neglecting getting really strong

But the biggest problem is really not having a plan. Players have very little idea of how to approach long term planning, and why should they? It’s hard. That’s why people spend multiple years studying the topic of strength training. What The Ultimate Athlete Project does best is to tell players exactly what to do and when to do it. So they can focus on training and on all the other things they need to worry about to become better players.

The UAP is customizable to a specific athlete’s needs, and caters to any level of players (no previous fitness experience required), but how does that work? How is this fitness program able to work for the variety of athletes it caters to?

The UAP is a system built on solid scientific principles. Not many ultimate players have had experience with a strength and conditioning coach writing an individualized program. So despite being at various levels of play, most ultimate players are relatively new to athletic performance training. This is why the UAP works for almost everyone. In fact, it tends to work best for those who have the most strength training experience. Experienced athletes are already used to putting in training time. The UAP directs that effort in the most efficient direction.

I would not say that it is customozable to a specific athlete’s needs. It is customozable to various schedules. The UAP by itself is not individualized training. If an athlete wants some extra attention or modifications due to an injury history, we provide the option to pay for consulting with Ren Caldwell of Ren Fitness. She is familiar with the UAP programming and is excellent at helping players sort through movement pattern problems. Ren and I are huge fans of each others work and it’s an honor to have her hanging out in the UAP, answering member questions when she can, and helping players with individualization when they need it.

Subscription to the UAP opened on Monday the 9th of October. Why is subscription opening at this time, and only open for a limited period?

In the past the UAP has been open for a week at a time during various opening windows. The reason we close is that we need players to understand that the UAP is a long term plan. We do not want players signing up 8 weeks before their season begins. Having everyone join at the same time has helped us to handle the customer support issues that come with managing a large group of people. It has been helpful to have people get started on the program together.

This year we’re doing things differently. We will leave the UAP open for several months. We hope this will allow people to sign up when they are most ready to begin training. The UAP has more help on board this year to take care of ongoing customer support. We hope this change will be beneficial to everyone. We may close at the end of February to again when most players are close to in season.

You first launched the UAP in 2011, how has the program evolved since then?

The principles behind athletic performance training have not changed dramatically since 2011. The UAP is committed to using scientifically validated training methods whenever possible. We won’t change every year depending on what new piece of equipment is fashionable at the time. Every year we make improvements that either make the UAP easier to use or that help our athletes better understand the principles behind the training. We try various experiments each year to see what our athletes find most helpful.

Our latest and upcoming changes are about providing modules that athletes can use to slightly tailor their programming. For example, last year we provided conditioning modules specific to beach ultimate. This year we will provide substitute SAQ and conditioning modules for those who are playing indoor over the winter. We may do a module specifically for those who want to work on their running form. We have other ideas and will be consulting our members for more.

Our biggest innovation on the horizon is the UAP app which will allow athletes to log their workouts on their phones. This project is still in the beginning phases so we don’t want to promise too much. Our long term goal is to help our athletes use their own data to drive better adaptation to training. That’s more like a five year project. Right now we’re happy if the app makes the program easier to use by making it fully functional on mobile.

You’re very well known for your work on Ultimate fitness with the UAP, but that is not the limit of your contribution to Ultimate specific knowledge. What other projects are you currently working on?

Our newest adventure is The Ultimate Skills Project. Like The Ultimate Athlete Project, the focus is on providing players with things they can do to improve their playing. I have brought in some of the best ultimate coaches in the world to create skills modules that players can work on in 1-2 hours per week by themselves or with a partner.

For anyone who has wondered what the difference is between intermediate players and the elites, The Ultimate Skills Project is where you can get that level of focus and detail.

Outside of the US, we are better known for our coaching resources in the Ulty Results Coaching Academy. Every year since 2013, we’ve brought the best ultimate coaches together for a yearly online conference. And we’re building a small but very dedicated group of global ultimate coaches in our URCA Classroom. For those who want a taste of what we offer, we’ve just put together a package of some of our best URCA content from the past few years that covers the breadth of what a coach should know about the game.

Melissa, thank you so much for your time.

The Ultimate Athlete Project and The Ultimate Skills Project are currently accepting new members.

The Ultimate Athlete Project provides a complete strength and conditioning program designed with athletic performance for ultimate in mind. Choose a plan from 2-6 hours per week of training and peak at the time you want to perform best.

The Ultimate Skills Project provides skills training you can do in 1-2 hours per week. Choose the skills you need to work on and work at your own pace.

[Travels] EUCF 2017 Recap

From September the 29th to October the 1st, we were happily surrounded by high level play at the European Ultimate Championship Finals 2017 in Caorle, Italy. Check out our short aftermovie below for a quick peek at the action!

Thursday night we arrived at camping San Francesco and joined the melee at check-in. After we finally found our spot in the dark, we set up our tents and first met our true foes for the weekend: the now notorious mosquitos of Caorle. They flew into my eyeballs the villains! Anyways… back to the ultimate.

Games started bright and early at 8:30 on Friday. As we set up our little booth the first warm-ups and pool play games carried on all around us. On Friday we mostly stayed near the tent, talking to players and coaches as they tried on the prototypes. As the wind picked up during the day and zones became the defense of choice, our little tent held fast.

We had announced another Disc Giveaway Contest(!) ahead of the tournament and were pleasantly surprised when both the first Callahan and the first Greatest of the tournament happened on the first day of play.

(left) 1st Callahan winner: Laurent of Sesquidistus (Stasbourg)
(right) 1st Greatest winner : Dvojta of FUJ (Prague)

The first Callahan was scored in Sesquidistus’ match against Colorado. During a time-out taken by the other team, the Sesquidistus O-line captain set up the defensive play. Laurent told his team: “Alright, let’s set up a cup and get a Callahan.” Setting the example, Laurent did just that. He even came back later in the tournament to claim the disc for the first successful Greatest assist, but Dvojta of FUJ had beaten him to it.

The first Greatest score of EUCF 2017 was successfully assisted in the game between FUJ and KFK. Dvojta was on the receiving end of a banana flick that was tailing out of bounds when he heroically layed-out and threw the disc back inbounds where it was caught by his teammate for the score. Nicely done!

These are just two small stories that showcase the incredible plays that were made throughout the weekend. Not just Callahans and Greatests, although they are of course shows of talent and focus, but beautiful offenses and stifling defenses, picture perfect throws, unstoppable cuts, and massive bids. Ingeborg was even fortunate enough to watch two games from the scaffolding while she co-commentated the Helsinki Ultimate – Troubles game and the women’s final Iceni – Atletico with the wonderful Hannah Pendlebury.

A huge congratulations to all teams, those that medalled this year and the SOTG award recipients. You were a joy to behold.

Thank you everyone for stopping by the stand to try on the cleats or just for a short chat. We enjoyed receiving your feedback and hearing your enthusiasm (which we totally share) that the cleats are almost here! Thank you to everyone who made this EUCF the incredible event that it was. We will see you next year in Wroclaw (Poland) and in the run up to EUCF 2018!

Photographing an ultimate tournament

Today’s guest author Quentin Dupré la Tour, founder and chief reporter of FOCUS Ultimate, is well regarded for his ultimate photography. Spotting Quentin at a tournament camera in hand means a great album is coming soon. He has been taking pictures since age 10, and photographing ultimate since 2005. Actively involved with TOKAY from the very start, Quentin has kindly agreed to share with us some of the insights and methods he has gained in his long photography career.

“Photographing an Ultimate Tournament” is a detailed look into the strategy and technical aspect of photographing a tournament, with a lot of additional insight into general ultimate photography.

Photographing a tournament is quite different from photographing a single match, it doesn’t stop at the story of the game. A tournament encompasses many stories that bump into each other along the entire weekend with events that might change the importance of the picture taken. Therefore you have to approach your weekend both strategically and technically to capture the range of emotions felt during the weekend in order to realize an album that feels complete.

The Strategy

You have to start your weekend with a clear idea of the album you want to create and its boundaries. To help you get started, answer the following questions :

  • Which types of shots do I want to capture?
  • How many pictures do I want?
  • What do I want to publish?

Once you have a better idea of the outlines of your album, you can set up an action plan to quickly get the “easy” but essential shots, pictures that won’t necessarily be the most outstanding ones but will ensure you have a solid basis to build your album on. This also removes the pressure of needing to succeed at shots, because you already have a good chunk of your album shot. Make a quick tour of the tournament grounds to get some game pictures, team pictures and sideline moments. In only 2 to 3 hours you should have between 100 – 300 pictures that will ensure an album of average quality.

The second part of the weekend is more artistic: you’ve already done the job, now you can use your eye to make the difference. While continuing the search for team pictures, try to feel the emotions around you and immortalize them. Move around the fields, observe, feel… In order to capture the atmosphere of the tournament you have to capture the emotions. If you keep photographing the ordinary actions, it’s mainly to be ready to shoot the extraordinary ones. You can now also play with the changing light that will come at the end of the first day.

On the second day, the morning always offers different lights and temperature conditions. Try to concentrate outside of the fields to find moments of life. Before you have completed your pictures, focus on remedying the weaker parts of your album, always trying to find the find the right balance between action on the field, off the field, as well as finding any missing team pictures. At last it is time for the finals, a key moment for you with no room for error: take your shot at the beginning and the end of the game, leaving more room for creativity in the middle of the match.

The Technical

Possible settings at the beginning of the weekend:

shutter speed : 1/400 to 1/100
aperture : 6 to 8

shutter speed: 1/800 to 1/2000
aperture : 4 to 5

Once your first pictures are ensured, GAME PICTURES
shutter speed : 1/4000
aperture : 2.8


If the aperture size depends on your zoom:
You can choose P-mode, or use aperture priority set to the widest possible aperture if your aperture is not open enough and you wish to gain more shutter speed or light. If there is enough light, it might also be interesting for you to stay in manual mode and choose an aperture suitable for all the zooms you will use.

If the size of the aperture is fixed:
Stay in manual mode on a setting that suits you according to the shutter speed you want to have.

For a static picture :
You can either get the desired light with manual adjustments; or you can use the automatic mode of your camera without flash, allowing you to rest and trust your camera to guarantee the picture (useful for team pictures).

Further Considerations


Look around the fields, you will see a lot of photographers “camp” always at the same place, and that was also my situation. You will also see a lot of photographers stay next to each other: don’t do that! There is no perfect spot to photograph ultimate; it varies according to the game, the division, the level and even some external conditions! Putting yourself near another photographer puts you in direct competition while the field is large and you can get another angle elsewhere! Furthermore, you will never have the same settings or equipment as your neighbor, and just risk having the same picture… but maybe a lesser version.

To determine your position, you need to identify :

At what distance are my picture good?
There is not need to photograph something that happens on the other side of the field if you have a 100mm lens. Take time to think about this, it will help you to analyse the game.

What is the direction of the wind?
An essential parameter of the game since it will determine the type of pictures you can expect.

GAME IS UPWIND: short play, mark is often flick.
In this case, if you are looking for duel pictures and layout bids stay on the break side a little deeper than mid-field. Stay on the open side for aerial duels with discs flying up.

GAME IS DOWNWIND: Long game, mark is often flick.
Teams will generally try to break or huck it. If the team plays the long game, position yourself near the corner of the endzone to capture some diving bids. If the team is more patient, stay on the break side for aerial duels.

SIDE WINDS: different kind of plays, often forced flick.
In this situation the game will be pressed on a line, you have two option: either go for aggressiveness, nervousness and small cuts with contact, or shoot from far to get the duels on unsure passes. I now have a weakness for the first, while I used to prefer the duels initially.

NO WIND: party on the field, everybody knows how to throw.
It is up to you to position yourself according to the situation on the field, move with the lines to the prefered throwing areas of either the more nervous or the more confident handlers: they are the ones who will force their throws and provoke the duels or risk the turnovers.


How to act in accordance to the level of play?

Ultimate is not played in the same way at the second regional level as it is at the highest national level. Still, at any level, all the field will be used. Either due to a lack of tactical or technical discipline, or because a tight defense forces the use of all the available space.

The higher the level you will photograph, the more space you will need, but the less you will be surprised by the game. At a lower level stay alert since the action can happen anywhere. At a higher level, try to anticipate the game and read the strategies to get a head start on the action.


How to act in accordance with the division you are photographing?

Boys like depth in their cuts and throws, a lot of them will look for strong and fast moves. If the weather conditions are good, don’t stay close to the line, you put yourself at risk and risk missing some good shots.

In this division, everyone agrees that the girls will make the difference. Keep an eye on the boys trying to poach and get a slightly errant pass. Position yourself near mid-field to capture the duels. There are also a lot of hucks in this division.

Women tend to use the width of the field more, and use the depth of the field less. Often you will find more action on the sides of the field, position yourself near the sideline and near the endzone for a lot of the duels.

Juniors have no inhibitions, so keep your distance. They are sure of their physical capacities and won’t hesitate to send their teammates into a duel. The game will move quickly downfield, so it is convenient to stay near the endzones.

Masters like to keep the disc, but do not like points that last a long time. At first stay focused on the handlers, they will often be the first to show signs of fatigue and send the huck. So if the point drags on, move closer to the endzone.

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[Travels] EYUC 2017 Recap

From August the 7th to the 11th we had the distinct pleasure of having a booth at the European Youth Ultimate Championships in Veenendaal, the Netherlands. For a quick impression of our experience, with all of the rainy bits cut out, watch our aftermovie below!

For those of you who prefer to read about our adventures in Veenendaal, read on! From Tuesday onward we had a stand at Tournament Plaza with our fabulous new tent. This day was quite rainy, but we were happy to give others shelter as they tried on the cleats and indulged in some of our additional activities: coloring, nail polishing, stickers and temporary tattoo’s. Robin managed to find some weights that kept the new tent in place despite the buffeting winds; we met volunteer Jolien Meijer, an expert in 3D printing; and Ingeborg tried her hand at commentary and got absolutely soaked.

On Wednesday we set up the Serpentine Challenge; a course of 8 cones for participants to run between with the fastest time for both men and women winning a free pair of TOKAY cleats!

Robin and Ingeborg’s dismal 12”+ times were soon eclipsed by the much fitter EYUC participants. In the women’s division, even the Belgian women were soon outstripped on the leaderboard with a dominant showing by Heta Karjalainen of Finland with 8”96 (spoilers: nobody beat her during the rest of the tournament). Meanwhile, in the men’s division, an initial strong showing by the British Jok Felsberg was bested by the Italian Davide Parodi. Davide looked set to close out the day on top with a time of 8”57, but the late arrival of a contingent of Swiss guys ended that dream. They tried again and again to best Parodi’s time and then each other with layouts becoming essential to a quick finish (surprisingly to me, this tactic actually worked). Eventually they topped the leaderboard with Ralph Daucourt at 8”35 and the twins Louis and Noel Meier both at 8”40. But as night creeped in the Belgian supporter Ward Fock snuck in with the top time of 8”17.

Thursday saw another impressive day on the Serpentine Challenge with Josh East of GB just topping the leaderboard at 8”15. While Robin was busy at the booth, Ingeborg was lucky enough to commentate the U17 and U20 women’s bronze medal games as well as the even more thrilling U17 women’s final.

Friday was already the last day at EYUC. We had a bunch more curious people about trying on the TOKAY cleats, which was awesome. The Serpentine Challenge was set to close at 12:00 and Moons of Belgium snuck to the top of the leaderboard with an impressive 8”07. But just before noon, Josh East came back to best his previous record time and snag himself his free pair of TOKAY cleats with an astounding 7”67! Heta also came by again to confirm her status on top of the women’s leaderboard. While the men’s leader had changed multiple times a day, she just remained the fastest woman all week. An impressive effort that will also be rewarded by a free pair of TOKAY cleats!

Slowly we started to pack up our own tents and the booth while attempting in vain to dry out our sopping wet artificial grass. Robin set out at a reasonable time for the 10 hour drive back home. Ingeborg meanwhile had booked a plane ticket back, cause she was not about to miss the Dutch U20 women’s team taking on Russia in the final. She was rewarded for this decision with a Dutch victory, the Netherlands seemingly the only team able to deny a Russian comeback during bracket play. An exciting end to a great week in Veenendaal.

We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again: thank you everyone who made (our time at) EYUC the awesome event that it was. See you next year!

[Welcome] Meet Ingeborg, TOKAY’s new community manager

TOKAY is growing, with Ingeborg Kuijlaars recently joining our team as your community manager.

Her primary mission is to use all her creativity to run the social media accounts with beautifully designed artworks and heartbreaking poetry, plus the many little joys a startup job brings you every day.

But who could introduce her better than herself?

With the Power PUF Girls at Rising High

[Credit: Daan van Duijn]

“I first started drinking coffee seriously in 2007, when I started studying architecture. Incidentally also the same year I found out about Ultimate. I joined the newly founded D.C.U. of Downing College at Cambridge University. As a lefty and a recreational player with a heavy course-load, I managed to avoid learning the forehand until studying for my master’s at the TU Delft. Initially joining Force Elektro as a ploy to make friends, I buckled down to develop some actual Ultimate skill and made the Dutch National Women’s Team for the EUC in 2015 and the WUGC in 2016.
In the Netherlands I also got involved with the organisational aspects of Ultimate. Joining the board of my club for two years, I later became a trainer for Force Elektro and co-founded the women’s team, a challenging move in a technical university town. Along the way I picked up the additional role of co-coordinating the Dutch Indoor Competition, a role I felt compelled to adopt after advocating for the creation of a Dutch Women’s Competition. The Competition (both indoors and outdoors) only counts 8 to 10 teams; but I am absolutely proud of her unofficial role in its creation, and my more active role in its continued existence.

With the FE women’s team at the Dutch Outdoor Competition 2017

[Credit: Martine Bootsma] 

My first year as a trainer and captain of the FE Women

[Credit: Caroline “Bubbles” Jaffe]

Until recently, I worked as an architect in the Hague. As a licensed architect, and therefore a hyper-critical and detail oriented design professional, I had a lot of experience balancing form and function. This experience will come in useful for creating the content that will dazzle you and your news feeds. I am incredibly excited to be joining the TOKAY team to help bring our ultimate specific cleats to as many happy feet as possible. My first trip with TOKAY will see me back home to the Netherlands to attend the European Youth Ultimate Championships in Veenendaal. If you’re at the EYUC (from Tuesday to Friday), do come by our stand at Tournament Plaza to say hi (if you don’t have this chance, you still can say hi here!).”

[Job] We hire a community manager


TOKAY develops shoes destined to ultimate frisbee players all over the world.  Within the scope of our product launch, we are looking for someone to support the development of our brand on the internet, mainly via social networks.

Directly linked to the founder, you take part to the setting up of the product launch strategy and execute it.


Our ideal candidate has exceptional oral and written communication skills and is able to develop engaging content. If you are experienced in social media and brand management, if you are interested in diving into a new adventure and be part of the development of a brand on every continent, we would like to meet you.

  • Set and implement social media and communication strategies
  • Set up the web marketing tools
  • Provide engaging text, image and video content for social media accounts
  • Plan and coordinate the publications on social networks and blogs
  • Respond to comments and customer queries in a timely manner
  • Monitor and report on feedback and online reviews


  • Proven work experience as a community manager
  • Master the graphic design and video editing tools
  • Hands on experience with social media management for brands
  • Attention to detail and ability to multitask
  • Writing skills and good spelling expected
  • English mandatory, other langages highly welcome
  • Knowledge of the sport is highly valued


Fixed-term, part time contract.

Based in Chambéry, Fr.


Please send your application at:

  • Robin
  • Founder
  • robin@tokay-ultimate.com