Russian Kate (??)
Unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to meet Ashlin in person. But I heard a lot about this young talented guy who evolved very quickly from a rookie to high level ultimate player. So I tried couple of times but every time he answered “Sorry, but no”. That was sad. Comparing to our other very experienced coaches Ashlin could be a great example that years of play is not all you need to be a good coach. Much more important is passion and intellect.
So, let’s say thank you to Martin and Mac who persuaded Ashlin to come to Russia.
That’s all I want to say now. This time Ashlin's roommate Beau Kittredge is gonna write introduction for Ashlin instead of me :)
Beau about Ashlin
I am exuberant.
A task worthy of all attempted writing has been laid upon my feet. Unfortunately, it is a task with so many great options and so many voluptuous variables that the solution, even at its best, can only be incomplete. It shall not be my writing that is the cause for such lack of completion; nay it will be the lack of the English words that are available to do justice to the subject matter I am blessed to describe. That subject matter is, as you may have guessed, none other than old long face Ashlin Joye. Properly pronounced “Joy-yeah”.
See, the reason I call Ashlin “subject matter” is because of the noun “matter” that makes up a large portion of who Ashlin is. Most matter usually has volume and one would usually measure the volume of space to find the object’s mass, but it’s a little known fact that Ashlin is not made from usual matter. Neither is he antimatter, dark matter, exotic matter, baryonic matter and surprisingly not degenerate matter, though it does seem like it judging by his thinning hair. No; Ashlin is new type of matter, one that is soon to be named paunchy matter. There is close to zero scientific research done on paunchy matter but what is known is that there is no possible way to measure it’s true girth, for it hides in both this universe and the next and since we don’t know what type of metrics are used in the next we are left only with aw. If you have ever seen Ashlin’s paunch you will be nodding your head and muttering “yup yup”. If you live the sad unfortunate life were Ashlin’s paunch has not graced your sight allow me to expand your view as best I can.
That paunch, pulled from the depth of another world bulges into existence from the frail frame of an almost six foot white boy with such an exquisite curve that pregnant women everywhere have been seen blushing with envy. And then just like the blush the paunch melts away, dissipating back into the murky waters of myth (note from RK: to illustrate - on this picture on the right Ashlin is a guy without jersey)
But how, how can such a frail man have such a buoyant paunch? His secret is milk. Gallons upon gallons of milk. For those who argue milk is unhealthy for humans, Ashlin is your shining star, stop your search, your poster child has been found. A milk mustache on Ashlin’s face once caused an entire cow colony to quit lactating from the sheer horror of seeing what milk could do if abused. It has gotten so bad that the corner market has a picture informing the tellers that Ashlin has a stipend of two gallons a week. Sadly, there are other darker ways to acquire the white substance. A cluttered alleyway called the Cow’s Cud is a place I have caught Ashlin more times than I want to share. On his disheveled knees a dity utter in mouth he balls like a baby when I push his dealer cow away, the tell tale white upper lip reveals the time he has wasted sucking down the milkmaid’s delight. I have even tied Ashlin to the couch and listened to the whimpering “moos” all through the wee hours of night when sleep should be given it’s right to rule.
You would think this person who I have painted would be useless in every facet of life and you would be painfully right if it weren't for one barely redeemable characteristic that is Ashlin’s ability to play ultimate. Even with his high level of laziness, his out of this world paunch, and his steadfast determination to drink the world dry of milk, he manages to play a game of ultimate that should be reserved for those who actually train hard.
So it is with strong reservations that I send Ashlin Joye to Mother Russia to teach the game of ultimate. As for the wonderful country of Russia, you would be wise to warn your women, hide your cows, and keep your many dash cams rolling because you are in for one hell of a show. For better and definitely for worse.
By Beau Kittredge
- Date of birth: 04/13/1988
- Place of birth: Woodland, CA
- Height: 6’ 0”
- Weight: 175
- University of California, Davis
I was first exposed to ultimate at a young age. My dad played for a very good team from San Francisco called Double Happiness for a few years, and then he also played for what used to be a Davis club team. I would get dragged along for tournaments all the time growing up, and I would just lay around, bored out of my mind, waiting for one of my dad’s teammates to throw with me. I enjoyed the culture of the sport, and the aspects of the game that were different from others, but I really hadn’t begun to appreciate the sport yet and I thought it unlikely that I would ever start playing competitively.
I was very committed to basketball, and from 15 to 20 years old that’s about all I did. But then I was in college and unable to continue playing basketball (aside from recreational pickup), and I missed being on a team. I was at the gym one day in my second year of college, and ran into one of the ultimate players at my university. I remembered the old days, sitting bored in the sun (or the cold and windy rain)and watching ultimate, and promising myself that I would never get involved. In spite of this, I asked him about the team, and he informed me of their practice times. The next week I went out to a practice to see what it was like. I practiced with the B team my first practice, and then with the A team my second.The following weekend I went to my first tournament. I was hooked.
I began playing Revolver in 2009, about a year after I started playing ultimate in college.
Revolver was the 2nd best team in the Bay Area, having just finished behind Jam, the National Champions from the previous year’s US Nationals. However, Revolver had the reputation of being a very respectful, talented, fun, and rapidly improving team. So I made the choice to tryout with Revolver, and I’m very glad I did.
Before Revolver I played college at UC Davis and 1 club season with YR.
I move a lot between cutting and handling depending on the personnel on the field.
I always thought it was important to be proficient in every aspect of the game, so now I can both cut and throw effectively. This makes it possible for me to play whatever role might be needed.
I believe that I have strong open field moves that get me open underneath, and I have the hucks and break mark throws to make me dangerous when I have the disc.
My favorite throw? This is tough, but I’m going to have to say the inside out flick break. Following a signature shimmy.
This is my first year as a Revolver captain.
The process goes like this: Previous year's leadership gets together and decides who wants to continue being captain, and who they think would be good candidates to take over the role. Then they have a meeting with those likely candidates and figure out who even wants to take on the responsibility of captaining, and which ones are the best suited for the job in that coming year.
I wanted to be captain because I believe it's my time to take on a bigger role with Revolver and help shape our future.
Our leadership has always helped us advance forward with greater goals in mind than just winning that year's championship, and I hope I can help extend Revolver's record of outstanding leadership.
Revolver practices in the past have generally focused on skills and chemistry. We expect people to train and condition on their own time, and therefore practice time is reserved for getting better as a team.
We do drills to work on specific areas of our game that need improvement, and we practice certain strategies that we hope will be effective against other teams.
That being said, our intra-squad scrimmages and drills are at a very high level of intensity and practices are usually brutal on the body without having to focus on conditioning.
A revolver season schedule (without any World Championships to complicate things) usually consists of
- a large open tryout,
- an extended closed tryout process,
- a few early season tournaments to get things going and figure out player roles,
- a break for about a month to let people relax and not get burnt out too much on ultimate,
- then a high level tournament to show us where we're at and get us focused on our goals for the season,
- a couple more tournaments to get things fine-tuned,
- and then the series begins and we apply everything we've worked on towards our goal of winning a National championship.
My greatest achievement is being a part of Revolver’s rise from a bunch of underdogs to a world class ultimate program.
The rapid rise of the team resulted from our IHD (Intensity, Humility, and Discipline) and from every individual’s commitment to work hard and do whatever it takes to win: the right way.
We take pride in our spirit and respect for the game/opponents, and we would never compromise those values in order to win.
The only chance I’ve had to play National teams was this past summer in Sakai, Japan. Revolver (+ Mr. Kurt Gibson) earned the spot to represent as Team USA at the World Championships in Japan, where we got to compete against other National teams. It was an incredible experience, getting to matchup our skills and strategies against other countries and different styles of play. The culture exchange is always very enjoyable as well.
Some of the most memorable times from Japan:
- Team Ramen dinners, with everything ordered by Ryo or Russell because the menus were in Japanese.
- Japanese style karaoke that included the D-line serenading the O-line with Aladdin's "A Whole New World".
- Team USA (mens and womens) dance party on the JR trains, stereo included, on the way back to the hotel after finals. We got a lot of stares.
My most memorable tournament would have to be Worlds in Prague, 2010. It was the first time I’d ever won anything.
Some of the most memorable times from Prague:
- Going to The Pub multiple times throughout the week to enjoy bar food and our own private beer taps at our tables.
- Dancing at a 5 story club with 5 different types of music on each floor, each one getting more hot/humid/sweaty as you went up.
- That feeling of being a world champion, and having some of the best teammates anyone could ask for to share the experience with.
Now I wear #27, but when I first joined my college team, there was one set of extra jerseys with the #60. The next summer I played club ultimate with YR, and wore #21. The next college season I wore #13.The following summer when I made Revolver I wore #15.We lost in the finals of the National Championships.
The next year on Revolver I wore #27. We won Worlds in Prague, then the National championships later that season. Maybe it’s good luck, maybe it’s not, but I’ve stuck with #27 ever since.
I chose #27 because my mom's birthday is February 27th. I always had a hard time remember the date, because for some reason I would always think it was the 23rd. Hopefully I will remember the connection from now on.
I enjoy traveling. I’ve been to Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Japan, Thailand, and Borneo. Aside from ultimate, basketball is my favorite sport, but I also enjoy rock climbing, snowboarding, backpacking, and watching movies.
I just began working at Location Labs in the Bay Area. They are a company that makes smartphone applications.
Considering about half of Revolver works at Location Labs, along with many other ultimate players, yes, my colleagues know that I play ultimate. However, I’m sure the people that don’t play wonder why in the world we are always flying all over the world to play some game they’ve barely even heard of.
Sports at a high level develop respect, hard work, communication, and dedication. In addition, to be good you have to be a team player, and that is always a helpful quality for anyone looking to be successful in life. Captaining teams throughout my career has helped me gain valuable leadership experience as well.
Captaining always includes teaching strategies and higher level aspects of the game, and my coaching experience consisted of clinics/camps for kids that focused on the fundamentals of the game.
I’ve gained insight into effective communication with individuals at differing levels of understanding and ability. It’s very important to understand who you are trying to teach, and what the most effective method might be for that individual.
I have experience captaining and coaching in both ultimate and basketball.
Ashlin Joye D at Worlds 2012 (video)
Something most people don’t know about me, is that I’m a better salsa dancer than Kurt.
I also just spent the last 3 months in Guatemala doing medical volunteering at a free clinic to gain experience before medical school. I learned Spanish, was very involved in the health care, and even got to deliver a baby! I had some amazing experiences, and I hope I benefit greatly from them during medical school and my career as a doctor.
I am excited to experience Russian culture and history, and I want to be part of the growth and development of Russian ultimate!
I want to be shown the best spots around St. Petersburg and Moscowby locals. And by locals I mean beautiful Russian women.
I know next to nothing about Russia. But I do know how to say one phrase in Russian. I can’t write in Russian, but it sounds something like “Ya tebya loobloo”.