Club Sports Team of the Month: Ultimate Frisbee

CRI has named Ultimate Frisbee the Club Sports Team of the Month for May. Ryan Randall, captain of the Ultimate Frisbee team has shared information about this accomplished group. Read on to find out more about the Ultimate Frisbee team!

What is a tradition your team has? 

We go on “fun runs” when it rains. We try not to cancel practice ever, so when it does rain we take a team run on campus, around campus and through campus. And we call it a “fun run” because sometimes we take a quick run through some of the buildings. Let’s keep that our little secret.

What is your favorite thing about playing Club Sports at Georgia Southern? 

I love the competition and teamwork that is involved in Club Sports. Georgia Southern does a great job at helping the club leaders have the proper tools to succeed as a team, whether its facilities, funding or support.

How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like?

We practice Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 5:30-8:30. At practice we generally do a 25 minute warmup of stretching throwing and running. Next we tend to do drills and work on skills. Then we scrimmage and work on chemistry with each other. To close practice we usually do sprints, especially if its been a rough day.

How often do you have games? 

We don’t just play one game. We play at tournaments about every other weekend, we play around 4 or 5 games Saturday, and then 4 more games on Sunday. Games last about 90 minutes.

What is it like to travel around and play different schools?

A ton of fun, we have built good relationships with a lot of teams from other schools. This year we went to Louisiana, Tallahassee, Clemson, and Athens. This weekend we will be traveling to Knoxville for our Sectionals tournament.

What is your best memory about Club Sports?

My favorite memory about club sports has been playing the sport itself and learning about Ultimate as a young Freshman. It’s amazing to look back at the memories I have createdbecause I decided to walk out on the CRI fields in the fall of 2007.

When did you start playing ultimate?

I played Ultimate in High School, but not competitively. When I got College I knew I wanted to play Ultimate but didn’t know when the team met or where. One day I was playing basketball at the RAC, and as I was leaving I saw Discs flying on the fields. So I checked it out, and got hooked immediately, the people were friendly and I had a blast playing.

What if someone is interested in playing your sport? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts?
 If you are interested in playing or finding out more info please visit www.GSultimate.com. All the information you need should be on there. We play pickup games all summer and fall until tryouts, so keep checking the website for information or email me at GSUltimate@yahoo.com.
When was your club established at Georgia Southern? 

We officially began in 1998 and hope to continue that tradition for many more years.

Does your team have any achievements the team is especially proud of? 

After this weekend we hope to finish in the top 5. If we can accomplish this, then it will be the first time in 7 years that our team has qualified for Regionals.

What is your team looking forward to? Any big events? 

Sectionals and Regionals.

Update on the Ultimate Frisbee team! The team qualified for Regionals and will go on to compete with major schools in the Southeast. Like Ryan said, this is the first time the team has qualified for Regionals in seven years, so it is a very exciting time for the team!

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Navigating the Wellness Website

This post is a guide to the Wellness website. It has a lot of useful resources, and now you can understand  what they are!

The seven dimensions of wellness are highlighted on the Wellness website.  The website outlines ways to achieve each of these dimensions both on campus and off campus.  The seven dimensions of wellness are: emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual.

For example, if you want to achieve emotional wellness, you will see the definition of emotional wellness first. Emotional wellness is defined on the website as “being aware of and accepting one’s feelings, the ability, and having outlets to express emotions constructively, and being happy and positive.” After reading this definition, you may feel like you could work on your emotional wellness. There are over ten links to resources on campus to help achieve emotional wellness, including the Counseling Center, where students can take advantage of free sessions, and Massage Therapy, where you can relieve stress with a professional massage at a low rate.

The website also makes it easy to search programs that CRI offers to enhance the different dimensions of wellness. Whether you are a student or faculty member, there are programs for you.

If you are looking for resources off campus, the website can lead you to many credible sources. Again, for emotional wellness, you can view websites outside of Georgia Southern sponsored departments, like Learning Meditation, American Psychological Association, and National Association for Self-Esteem.

In addition to highlighting the seven dimensions of wellness, the site also gives access to useful wellness tips, the Wellness Advisory Board (where you can contact educated members of the board about specific wellness questions), and information about Wellness Ambassadors.

Now you are ready to go check out the Wellness Website so you can be on your way to  achieving the seven dimensions of wellness!

Strongest Eagle Competition… Are You Stoked?

The most unmerciful test of strength and endurance is calling upon you. Push your body to its breaking point, with the raw, unrelenting power and intense force that only a true strongman competitor possesses. With events like Atlas stones, Fingal’s fingers and tire flipping, only the most brutal can be worthy of this competition. This is no place for the weak.

Wow, that’s intense! If you are like me, then you haven’t heard of a lot of these exercises… That’s where I come in. I will lay out the basics of the competition as well as interview two of Georgia Southern’s Strongest Eagles.

The competition will consist of multiple preliminary events. The top two finalists will compete in the championship event, which is the truck pull. There are separate divisions for each of the events for men and women to compete against each other. There are not separate weight divisions.

Now that you have the basic information, read on for a true strong man’s perspective. Skyler Pyles is an assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Georgia Southern University.

How did you become interested in strong man competitions?

I became interested in strongman contests because I like challenges. I like doing things that I’m not very good at and things that are different.  This competition fits the bill.

When did you start lifting/training?

I started lifting and training as a freshman in high school for football. It became a habit and a hobby. Exercise will always be a priority in my life.

What is your favorite test of strength or exercise?

My favorite test of strength is max reps on pull ups.  Not many people are good at pull up, I wasn’t at one time, but I’ve worked hard at them and now I think I can hold my own.  You don’t see many big guys that can pull there own body weight up.

Do you have any tips/advice for people interested in becoming as diesel as you are?

My advice for people who train is to make sure they work your total body…that includes your LEGS. Too many meat heads ignore the biggest and strongest muscles in the body.

Another perspective comes from Kimberly Knipe, who is competing in the Strongest Eagle competition.

How did you become interested in strong man competitions?

This is my first strong man style competition and I became interested in it when Greg Stephenson, Fitness Director at CRI, first got Skyler and myself testing out the apparatus and weight for the different events in November. After I flipped my first tire in the tire yard I was hooked! That same day Greg told me I would be trying to pull a 1000 pound golf cart and I legitimately thought he had lost his mind… Then the golf cart was too easy, then the golf cart with a trailer was too easy… and the only thing left was the truck pull, so we tried it and the rest is history!

When did you start lifting/training?

I started lifting/training five days a week in October of this year. It’s amazing how much stronger you get in even such a short period of time as five months.

What is your favorite test of strength or exercise?

I’d have to say the truck pull is my favorite test of strength because of how intimidating it seems. Plus, I love that you drive with your legs almost parallel with the ground. I also think that pull ups are an all around test of strength…those suckers are hard! At the beginning of this semester someone challenged me to do 1 pull up in three months time, well its before the three month mark and I can now do 5 pull ups! I know that doesnt seem like alot compared to most men, but everyone has to start somewhere!

Do you have any tips/advice for people interested in becoming as diesel as you are?

Being “diesel” is as much a mentality as anything else.  I work out five days a week and have a steady crew of 3-6 girls that join me each day; without knowing that they are going to be waiting on me in the mornings I may never actually roll out of bed at 5:30 a.m. I would also say that remembering to rest is just as important as working out. No rest just leads to injury and sucks the fun out of your workouts. Getting to the gym is half the battle! Cameron Draughorne, a former personal trainer at the RAC, created the lifting plan for the women’s rugby team and we have followed it to the last detail for the past five months…the results have been excellent!

Are you prepared to accept the challenge and prove once and for all that you are Georgia Southern’s Strongest Eagle? Then your next step is to register here. The entry fee for this event is $15 before April 1st and $20 between April 2nd and April 7th. The actual competition is on April 9 at 10 a.m. at the RAC  Pavilion. Find out more details, including how to perform the exercises and how events are scored at the Strongest Eagle website.