By Lily Anderson
When you think of a sport, what do you think of? Football? Soccer? Baseball? Maybe basketball? Well me, alongside 824,000 other people in the world, we think of Ultimate Frisbee. You might be asking yourself, “Frisbee is a sport?” Well, actually it is. It’s a team sport that utilizes running, quick thinking and incredible aim to get the disc to your teammate regardless of rain or wind. The most amazing thing isn’t the high jumps they do to catch the disc or the flips and amazing layouts they perform, it’s the fact that it is completely self reffed by the player. There are no referees and in some cases there aren’t even any coaches. The players make all the calls on the field themselves without any help from the sidelines. They must compromise with each other, come to an agreement, make honest calls and learn good sportsmanship.
It really is a game of integrity. There are rarely fights or arguments during a game. You may be wondering, how do you even play a game like this? You start with 7 players from both teams lined up on opposite sides of the field. To start each game one of the teams throws a “pull”, which is when they throw the disc across the field to the other team. Then the team puts the disc in play by starting to throw the frisbee to their teammates within 10 seconds from when they get the frisbee until when they release it. Your teammates may run, but the person who has the frisbee can’t take any steps. To get a point, you have to have a successful throw/catch into the endzone without the defense intercepting it. The game ends when someone reaches 13 total points.
At Pennsbury High school in Fairless Hills, I asked the team captain of the Varsity Ultimate Frisbee team (Colin Anderson) a few questions. “What would you want people to know about Ultimate?” He replied “I would want people to watch us play themselves before making assumptions on the sport. They’ll be surprised to see how much effort it takes to play and how cool it really is. Ultimate frisbee uses all types of skills. We run a lot, use hand eye coordination, aim, strength, and a bunch more.” Another question I had was, ”What’s the hardest thing about playing?” Colin’s answer was similar to what I expected, ”one of the hardest things is not getting mad if the wind carries the disc somewhere other than where I threw it. Especially when it matters most in the last few points of the game.” My favorite part of the game is the spirit the Pennsbury team has regardless of the score. You’ll always hear the team chanting and cheering during the game. The Pennsbury Ultimate Frisbee team has a very impressive record. They are Seven Time Pennsylvania State Champions, Northeastern US Regional Champions, Two Time Eastern US Regional Champions, Seven Time Tidewater Tuneup Champions, Three Time Amherst Invitational Champions and more to come. Watching the Pennsbury boy’s team has taught me many things about this unique sport and even encouraged me to become apart of the girls team. So next time you think of a sport, what will it be? Ultimate frisbee!
Interview by Olivia Bush
When did you start your YouTube channel & how many subscribers do you have now?
I Started my YouTube channel five years ago in 2012 & the last time I looked I had a little over 118,000.
What editing software do you use?
I used to use imovie, but three years ago I updated to Final Cut Pro.
What inspired you to start YouTube?
It really happened progressively. On the first day of school my mom would always film me and what I was doing and wearing so I was really used to being in front of the camera. One year my mom got me one of those small flip screen video cameras that were really popular. Me and my friends would film videos on that and I would pretend I had a YouTube channel but I never uploaded any of those videos. Then one day when I got home from school I decided to upload one and it really just took off after that.
What is your favorite thing about doing YouTube and why?
It exposes you to different kinds of people. You get to meet new friends and get exposed to companies. You are surrounded with this community of people that you look up to, that will be there to help you. Kind of like a family.
How do you manage YouTube and college?
I thought it definitely would be harder than high school, but it wasn’t as hard as I thought. In the second semester I scheduled my classes to have Tuesdays and Thursdays off. Those days are dedicated to business and work days. I mostly vlog during the day so I do most of my editing at night.
Is YouTube something that you see yourself doing after college/ for a living?
I do major creative media, so yes, I am hoping YouTube will still be big and I hope that it could possibly expose to big companies and for me to get a job with them.
How did you get over that nervous feeling of vlogging in public?
It’s a little weird still and a little uncomfortable. If I’m out with friends I will vlog and not feel awkward because I am with someone. I also live in a college town so when I’m vlogging by myself people know and look at me and they know what I’m doing but it is still a little awkward.
What is one thing that YouTube has taught you/ what have you learned from YouTube?
Definitely not care what everyone thinks and that there will always be haters. My mom would always tell me to delete the negative comments and overtime I have learned not to care what people think and I have realized that I am doing YouTube for myself, not for others.
What is your favorite video you have uploaded and why?
My favorites are definitely travel diaries. These videos are about three minutes maximum and they are montages of your trip. They have so many memories and flow really well with the music and just looks cool.
What video have you been most proud of that you have uploaded and why?
My college week in my life I have been most proud of. This is because it was very different. I wasn’t uploading all week and I have never done that. It was a very interesting experience and rewarding because people really liked that video.
What other YouTubers do you look up to?
The first YouTuber I watched was Bethany Mota but I don’t watch her that much anymore because she doesn’t upload as much. Some of my other favorites are Alisha Marie and Remi Ashton because they are so relatable. Also, Danielle Carolan because she is currently in college at a big school like me is going through some of the same things I am currently going through.
Favorite brands you have partnered with/ what’s it like working with brands?
I worked with Sketchers a year or two ago. They were so easy to communicate with because some brands don’t respond until four days later, but they were not like that. They sent shoes to me and put me on their social media and the way they had me incorporate the shoes into the video was very cool. I also worked with Its Sugar Candy. I had actually bought some of their products and had a store near me, so I was actually able to go to the store and look at the candies myself.
What advice would you give to others who want to start a YouTube channel?
My biggest piece of advice is to be yourself. People can tell when you fake your personality, and also people know you can get paid by doing YouTube so don’t just do it for that because in my opinion your content won’t be as good. Finally, just be original, don’t copy other people’s video ideas come up with your own original content to put on your channel that showcases who you are.
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