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With Partners in Pride, we hope to increase exposure to LGBTQIA+ causes 

With Partners in Pride, we hope to increase exposure to LGBTQIA+ causes 

Pride is a time to celebrate LGBTQIA+ voices, but 2020 offers an important reminder of Pride Month’s roots in protest. The event is a commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York City, which sparked the modern gay rights movement. With its focus on equality for all LGBTQIA+ people, Pride 2020 has a poignant connection with the growing movement for racial equality happening right now. 

Although we delayed launching our Pride collection for 2020 out of deference for the Black Lives Matter protests, we do want to take time to recognize the significance of Pride and the ongoing fight for equality. We fully support a greater focus on black and brown members of the LGBTQIA+ community, which is why a portion of this year’s proceeds will be donated to the Center for Black Equity.

For Pride this month, we decided to broaden our reach by collaborating with some of our partners that also care deeply about LGBTQIA+ rights. We’re calling this effort Partners in Pride, because the focus is on working together to spread awareness and raise funds.

We’ve worked with each one of our partners to create unique Pride jerseys that they can promote to their followers in the hopes that we can increase exposure to the cause. Stay tuned to our blog over the coming weeks, as we plan to highlight how each of these organizations works to support LGBTQIA+ causes. Our 2020 Partners in Pride include:

In addition to our partner jerseys, Savage has created two Pride offerings, including a light and a dark option. A portion of proceeds from the sale of these jerseys will be donated to Side by Side, an organization in our hometown (Richmond, Va.) that focuses on creating supportive communities for LGBTQIA+ youth.

Check out our full Partners in Pride collection here.

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We want to thank you for supporting the Black Lives Matter movement

We want to thank you for supporting the Black Lives Matter movement

As the protests and demonstrations continue, we are recognizing small but significant victories across the country. The officers involved in the murder of George Floyd have all been charged, new community review and accountability boards are being established, police officers and departments are having to answer for their actions, and physical structures of racism are being removed — including the Robert E. Lee monument in our own hometown of Richmond, Va. 

To those of you demonstrating and leading this fight: Thank you and please stay safe. Look out for each other. 

While we see shifts in the right direction, we know that there is so much more work to be done. We call on everyone to keep engaged and to support those organizations out there that have been and continue to fight for justice and equality.

In conjunction with some of our partners (credit to L.A. Throwback Foundation for being a leader with this campaign and in the community), we are offering this jersey as a gift to anyone who makes a contribution of $50 or more to an anti-racism organization. Thank you also to the AUDL, Major League Quidditch, and the Color of Ultimate for making this fundraiser possible.

Simply email us a copy of your donation receipt (photo, PDF) to, and we'll give you a one-time use code for a FREE Black Lives Matter jersey to show your support of the movement. We will accept multiple donation receipts totalling $50 or more.  

Wondering where you can offer your support? Below is a list of organizations that work directly toward justice and reform, that are supporting protestors unfairly being detained, or are holding institutions accountable for their mistreatment or misrepresentation of and to the black community. We understand that there are also hundreds of other worthwhile organizations that do great work at the local, regional, or national level, and we encourage you to do your own research to find one worth giving to.

Any direct purchases of this jersey (100% of sales) will be donated from Savage to one of the organizations listed below.  

Black Lives Matter

Equal Justice Initiative

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Community Justice Exchange - National Bail Fund Network

Black Visions Collective

Color of Change

Center for Policing Equity

Black Trans Advocacy Coalition


Thank you to our partners who are helping us to put this fundraiser together:

L.A. Throwback Foundation

Color of Ultimate

Major League Quidditch



UPDATE: Due to the overwhelming support of this campaign to fund anti-racism organizations, we have reached our maximum allotment of free jerseys. Thank you for your ongoing support in eradicating white supremacy. 

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We believe that Black Lives Matter — How do we take action as a company? 

We believe that Black Lives Matter — How do we take action as a company? 
Last week, George Floyd was murdered. Our hearts were heavy for this loss of innocent life, each of us processing this tragedy independently. It took until late Friday for someone to broach the subject at a staff meeting. Regrettably and with great consequence, our executive team was unprepared. The setup was wrong, the timing was wrong, and our response was wrong — but if not for all these wrongs, we may have just remained the same company.  Continue reading

Disc Golf Pro Tour is Back! Here’s What You Need to Know

Disc Golf Pro Tour is Back! Here’s What You Need to Know

Some much-needed good news came to the Disc Golf community today when Disc Golf Pro Tour (DGPT) made the big announcement that they will return to Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) Elite Series sanctioned play this June. The Tour came to a grinding halt on March 13, 2020, in the middle of the Waco Annual Charity Open in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Disc Golf Pro Tour’s announcement came on the same day as the PDGA update that 23 states and 11 countries are now available for PDGA sanctioning. While we’re starting to see sports and other businesses open up again, COVID-19 is still a major concern and both the PDGA and the DGPT have presented detailed plans outlining new policies and best practices to keep players and staff safe during events. 

The Disc Golf Pro Tour will restart in the Midwest in Emporia, KS, with a brand new event — The Dynamic Discs Open on June 26-28. The San Francisco Open and Portland Open have both been canceled in order to stay in alignment with local government guidelines. The Portland Open will be replaced by another new event — the Preserve Championship in Clearwater, MN on July 3-5. The Jonesboro Open has been rescheduled to Oct 1-3. With these changes, the DGPT will continue to have an Elite Series consisting of 11 events, as originally planned. The Tour also plans on keeping 7 of 9 original Silver Series events for a schedule of 18 total events in 2020. 

To protect the safety of players, staff, and volunteers, the DGPT has outlined a detailed three-phased approach to resuming play. When the Tour resumes in June with Phase 1, there will be strict precautions in place. The Phase 1 guidelines include:

  • Spectator-free events
  • No caddies
  • Sanitization of common surfaces and hand sanitizer available during play
  • Enforcement of social distancing measures, requiring all players, staff, and media to stay at least 6 feet away from each other at all times 
  • Group sizes will be limited to three
  • Field sizes will be reduced for speed of play and to allow for better social distancing

The DGPT will also provide optional COVID-19 testing for all players. If any player shows possible symptoms of COVID-19 or has come into contact with someone who has tested positive, testing and a negative result will be required in order to participate in the event. 

Once state and local governments declare that it’s safe for gatherings of 50 or more people, Phase 2 of the DGPT safety procedures will go into effect. During Phase 2, limited spectators will be allowed and players will be grouped into foursomes. Testing, social distancing, and sanitization procedures established in Phase 1 will continue in Phase 2. 

While it will be quite different than what we’ve seen in past years, we’re unbelievably excited to see the Tour return. As a DGPT partner and with several members of our Savage Squad participating, we’re unbelievably excited about this news and for the future of Disc Golf. We can’t wait to follow the coverage and cheer everyone on while social distancing in our homes.

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Spikeballer Tori Farlow: Quarantine has been a healthy change and transition for me

Spikeballer Tori Farlow: Quarantine has been a healthy change and transition for me

We're all getting through this quarantine in different ways, and we love hearing updates from all of you on how you're staying healthy despite the circumstances. N.C.-based pro Spikeball player and personal trainer Tori Farlow (who we profiled on the Savage blog back in February) has been keeping us motivated with active and upbeat Instagram posts, so we tapped her to share some of what's gotten her through the past weeks. Take it away, Tori!

Quarantine life has definitely been a huge change for all of us, and not all of it has been positive — but that doesn’t mean it can’t be used for good.

Like I say to most people, including my clients, everything is transformed through perspective. Whatever you focus on magnifies.

Here is a glimpse into what my life has been like as of late, and things I have realized for my own positivity and health. No one is the same, so I’m not saying this will work for you, but I do hope that it pushes you in a direction or a realization that does help you!

Three things you can do to come out of this quarantine as a healthier person


1. Find a morning and night routine.

For me, this requires waking up without a screen. Whether that means making breakfast, doing yoga, or spending time with my dog, I try to allow my brain to wake up in the morning without screens, especially knowing that I work throughout the day from my computer or phone.

When you think about it, if we are looking through emails or social media right when we wake up, we are training our minds to wake up stressed. We see all of the work that we need to do, immediately compare our lives and bodies to others, exercise FOMO, and hype up our insecurities — all in a matter of seconds once our eyes open. Before we even get out of bed, we possibly have a feeling of less worth and joy without even realizing it. 

I have noticed a difference in my mood and productivity throughout the day when I wake up without these things, even though it’s sadly not easy. It had become such a routine for me to look at my phone as the first and last thing I did in the day, and I never saw it as an issue. I definitely didn’t figure this out on my own. It took me spending time with a very smart, seasoned, and loving human to even realize that’s what I was doing and that it would be in my best interest to make a change.

For me, the most trouble is in the morning, but it might be the night time for you. Allow yourself to be quiet, still, and present. My favorite way to cool down is with some jams, tea, and a lit candle. Find what soothes you the best!

Tori Farlow Personal Trainer

2. Move every day.

I am used to lifting weights 4-6 days out of the week, and lifting pretty heavy most of those days. I’ve been doing this for eight years now and my passion continues to grow. The most strict cardio you’ll find me doing is five minutes on a bike or stairmaster as a warmup because I prefer to get my cardio from playing sports. I coach soccer as well as play in multiple soccer leagues, travel for Spikeball, and play as many sports as I can get my hands on, so I stay pretty busy and active. With the feeling like everything got stripped away from me, this time of quarantine has been a test of my patience, determination, and creativity. I have had to come to grips with the fact that since I cannot change the current reality — there is no sense in being upset over it. The new question is, “what am I going to do to continue to try to be the best version of myself?”

I have done way more bodyweight and strict cardio workouts than I ever have before and I honestly think it has been a healthy break for me. I have been able to give my body rest when it needs, push my body to new and different limits, and show my body that different is okay. Most importantly, I’ve learned how to love my body through those differences. I’ve had to realize what I truly want out of this time and make the choice to be productive even though it’s much easier to sulk. 
Some of my favorite workouts during this time have been…

  • Various HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) workouts
  • Riding my bike 
  • Yoga 
  • Banded exercises (glute kickbacks, creative lat pulldown, abductor walks, etc.)
  • Jumping to conclusions
  • Lots of squats
  • Sprints
  • Playing Spikeball in my basement

Tori Farlow Spikeball Player

3. Be willing to accept a new norm.

I graduated in 2018 with a degree in exercise science and have been a soccer coach and personal trainer since then. I started to lose steam with my training position because I wasn’t sure of the full value of what I was offering. I wasn’t finding my passion in it anymore. I was going through the motions, and while I felt like I didn’t deserve that, I was realizing more and more that my clients didn’t either. If you can’t show up for yourself, then you also can’t show up for others the way that you want or the way that they deserve. 

So, I redirected my attention to why I do what I do. I thought of the reasons why I was so drawn to coaching and it was because I was able to work with girls who trusted me with more than just their skill training. They trusted me with their home life situations, friendships, breakups, and all the worries under the sun. I felt purpose when I was being a mentor and realized a huge reason of why I even stay in shape myself and why I love exercise — it’s an amazing outlet with incredible mental health benefits.

So how could I bring all of those things together? With the help of some amazing people, I was pushed and encouraged to start my own online wellness business. It’s not just about the workouts anymore. It’s about full-body wellness and health. Most of the time I spend with my clients one-on-one is by working through mental perspectives and how to truly love our mind and body during the journey, not just the destination. It’s always about the big picture.

I’m not saying it is going to be easy, but I am saying it is going to be worth it. Once we can sit down, accept, and embrace life for what it currently is, then we are more able to move forward in a positive manner.

Whatever you focus on magnifies.

If you are interested in the personal program that I have created, you can get in touch with me on Instagram (@torefarlow) or through this link

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Savage Check-in: Working through the pandemic

Savage Check-in: Working through the pandemic

A lot has happened in the nearly two months since we first posted about the effect of COVID-19 on Savage and XII Brands (which includes partner companies Five Ultimate and ARIA Discs). Like large and small business around the world, our operations have been deeply impacted by the pandemic. Like others, we have been struggling to survive.

There were definitely moments when we didn't know if we could get through this. As sporting events were canceled around the world, we recognized there would not be a need for our services for the foreseeable future. Incoming orders dried up almost immediately, and we were forced to lay off a large portion of our staff. We simply did not have the revenue to pay them anymore. 

Since March, we have been forging ahead with a dramatically reduced number of team members. We implemented new safety and sanitation measures in our production facility to keep our remaining staffers healthy while catching up with remaining orders. Things slowed down, but with our reduced staff, we still struggled to keep up.

We also had to think of new ways to make money in order to pay our bills and our skeleton crew's salaries. We started pushing our Neckies, and prioritizing those orders, knowing that our customers needed face coverings ASAP. Our sewing team started making masks to donate to local healthcare workers. We sorted through old merch stored away at HQ and hosted sales to try to bring in some money. We even started to explore new markets, including making scrubs. 

Still, our money was running out, and we got to the point where we wondered if we'd have to close our doors completely. Then just in time, in late April we received our PPP loan as well as a grant to help us not only keep the lights on, but also bring back many of our team members. 

What's next for Savage and XII Brands?

The future is still uncertain for our industry and the sports that we work with, but we are forging ahead with the hope that things will return to normal in the not-so-distant future. We are thrilled to have so many of our team members back working for Savage and XII Brands, and to finally have the staff we need to be able to catch up on outstanding orders.

To our customers who have been so very patient and understanding as we work through this, we want to extend our deepest gratitude. It's because of you that we have remained functioning, and will hopefully continue to do so as we figure out what life looks like in a post-pandemic world.

For those of you asking where your late orders are, we are happy to report that we can finally give you some answers, thanks to our recently replenished workforce:

  • Where's my High Tide back-ordered gear? After High Tide was cancelled halfway through the tournament, we had a huge clearance sale to try to at least break even with all of the leftover merchandise we had. We also made some of the more popular, sold-out gear available as back-ordered merchandise to be made on-demand, noting that those items would take eight weeks to produce and deliver. Well, that deadline is fast approaching and most of these orders won't be ready for shipping. Rest assured that these aren't forgotten, and we're in a much better situation to catch up quickly. Our goal is to have all of these orders to you by June 1, if not sooner.
  • Where's my AUDL gear? Savage is proud to be the official apparel partner of the AUDL, and we have continued working on their uniforms and fan gear through the pandemic. However, as the league has been adjusting their season plans, we have adjusted our own production timeline as well, and some other orders have taken priority as a result. Our goal is now to have all AUDL orders shipped by June 15, with the oldest orders taking priority and shipping out within 7-10 days. 
  • Where's my Team Marketplace order? Our typical turnaround time for Team Marketplace orders is 4-6 weeks from the closure of each Team Marketplace. We have a handful of TMP orders now that are overdue or approaching their shipping deadline. Our goal is to have all of these orders shipped by the end of May. 
  • Other orders: When will I get my stuff? We totally get it. You're anxious to receive the order you paid for, and you're wondering where the heck it is. It's taken longer than we promised, and that is frustrating — for you as well as for us. Please know that we haven't forgotten about you. Our crew is working hard to get back on track, prioritizing any outstanding orders in the order that they were received. Our goal is to have all outstanding orders shipped over the next three weeks.

Again, we thank each and every one of you for your orders, your support, and your patience. Your kind emails and tweets and Instagram messages have added some brightness to this dark time, and served as a much-needed reminder of why we do what we do. We think of you as family, and we're excited to get through this together and move on to the other side.

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Savage Training Club: Stay in shape while social distancing

Savage Training Club: Stay in shape while social distancing

We may not know when we'll be able to safely play with our teams again, but we do know one thing: We've got to try to stay in shape in the meantime. It's important for our physical and mental health, and to ensure that we'll be ready to play like a champ when this COVID-19 nightmare is over. 


We're working on a series of solo workout posts that we're calling the Savage Training Club, and we're starting with a workout designed by our own Keys Pattie. Besides being a sales and production mastermind on our team, he's also the president of Richmond Ultimate, captain of Revival, Richmond's new mixed team, and the former coach of UMW's Mother of George (he helped them to their first-ever Nationals appearance in 2018). He also played on Floodwall for four years. Keys may not be a personal trainer, but he knows a thing or two about playing Ultimate.

Without further ado, please enjoy the routine Keys put together for us while social distancing in North Myrtle Beach. 


1. PULL-UPS & REVERSE GRIP PULL-UPS — Feel free to get creative when looking for a spot for these. Luckily, there's a ledge under the roof of the porch that I'm able to get half of my hand on. Sure, it's got some bird poop on it, I'll just wash my hands afterward. I'm just doing 3 sets of 6 both regular and reverse grip. Don't let your arms extend all the way out and let your elbows lock.  

2. ONE LEGGED STEP-UPS — Find a bench or chair to do this on.  The leg you are stepping up with should be about 90 degrees.  Step up quickly and lower the leg you are not using, slowly back to the ground.  Try to keep your body straight up and down and don't lean to one side. 3 sets of 10 on both legs, why not.

3. WALL SIT — You most likely have a wall you can use for this — unless you live in a tent, in which case you can use a tree. Unless you live in a tent in the desert, in which case you can use a big rock or something. . . Options are pretty endless.  Legs at 90, back against the wall, 3 times at 60 seconds apiece at least.  


4. LEG RAISES — Find a bench or even the ground. If you're super hardcore with your core, then you won’t need to grab on to anything. In this case, I'm grabbing the bench to help stabilize myself. Who would've guessed, 3 sets of 10 once again, although you can probably do much more.

5. TRICEP DIPS — Suspend/elevate yourself in some way. Try using a chair, cooler, table, keg, whatever — just make sure it's stable so you don't fall and bust your butt. I went through multiple deck chairs in this instance. Lower yourself so your arms are at 90 degrees and lift yourself back up. This all sounds silly to type out, but hey, maybe you really have no clue how to do this stuff. Wow, 3 sets of 10, unheard of.  

6. TRACK WORKOUT aka TWERKOUT - "Sandy Checkers" — You'll need 4 cones. You can also use shoes, beer cans, sandcastles or horseshoe crab carcasses (depending on your location). The "agility box" you'll set up is a square with 10 yards in between each item.  

Set 1: 15 suitcase crunches. Then, from bottom left cone, sprint to top right cone.  Turning over your left shoulder, sprint to top left cone. Turning over your left shoulder, sprint to bottom right cone. Turning over right shoulder, sprint to cone you started at. Followed by 10 lunges.

30-60-second break

Set 2: The same sprinting/cutting pattern, but this one starts with 10 pushups and ends with 10 squats.

Do each set once. Then switch your starting cone to the bottom right. So now the pattern is ...

  • Bottom right cone to top left cone (right shoulder turn)
  • Top left cone to top right cone (right shoulder)
  • Top right cone to bottom left (left shoulder)
  • Bottom left cone to the cone you started at. 
  • Twice from this side of the box as well.

So far, we’ve done....

  • 4 box sprints
  • 20 pushups
  • 30 suitcase crunches
  • 20 lunges
  • 20 squats

Set 3:  Still starting with 15 suitcases, cutting pattern is bottom left, top right, top left, bottom right and bottom left and ending with 10 lunges. The thing that changes here is the shoulder turn. Now it’s on the outside shoulder. This is unorthodox, but this is to help with footwork and balance. Keep a low center of gravity and keep your feet and shoulders square as you chop step in what is essentially a 250-degree turn and explode out of the stoppage.  

Set 4: Same as set 2.  

30-60-second rest in between.  

Switch to bottom right cone and do the same thing twice. Same cutting pattern, just continuing to cut to outside shoulder.  


I'm not a professional — I'm just here trying to keep my mind and body right while living out this clusterfudge of a pandemic.  

I'd also like to take this time to thank Jedi Kneil Place from Tanasi for allowing me to build off of track workouts that he has compiled over many years.  

Love, @Keysopensdoors

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10 Fun Ways to Stay Connected to Your Friends and Teammates While Social Distancing (That Aren’t Just Skype)

10 Fun Ways to Stay Connected to Your Friends and Teammates While Social Distancing (That Aren’t Just Skype)

In the span of just a few tumultuous days, the sports world ground to a halt and social distancing became the norm — leaving many of us feeling unmoored. Humans are social beings, and sports are truly about so much more than the game itself. While we love the intensity and fun of playing, the community and social aspects are just as important — and one of the main reasons why we love sports like Ultimate Frisbee, Spikeball, Quidditch, Disc Golf, and Dodgeball so much.

So what happens when high-fives are suddenly forbidden, all social gatherings and games are canceled, local hangouts are temporarily closed, and social distancing becomes a critical part of staying safe and healthy? We get creative and come up with new ways to stay connected to our friends, family, and teammates. Social interaction, bonding, and coming together as a community are probably more important now than ever, which is why we’ve come up with a list of 10 fun and creative ways to help you stay connected. 

Host a Virtual Group Lunch or Coffee — When you’d normally be at practice, do a full-team coffee hour or eat a meal via Skype or Google Hangouts video chat. Having a set time to bring everyone together as a group helps to maintain a routine and stay connected and is a good way to check in on everyone.

Go Outside! — Large social gatherings are off-limits, and maintaining a distance of six feet is encouraged, but unless you’re in a city or state where you’re barred from leaving your house for unnecessary reasons, you should absolutely be going outside and getting some fresh air and a bit of exercise. Take a friend or two and go on a hike or a jog or bike ride (give the handlebars a good wipe with sanitizer before and after). So long as you’re all healthy/asymptomatic, refrain from high-fives, and maintain a safe distance apart, some time outdoors with a couple of friends should be totally okay.

Have a Remote Workout Sesh — Set up a group video chat and have your team captain or another volunteer lead the group in a basic workout or yoga session. Even though you can’t get out and play together, you can still stay in shape and game-ready for when seasons start up again. Group motivation and holding each other accountable is a great way to stay fit and healthy together so you can dominate next season. Stay tuned to the Savage Blog, Facebook, and Instagram for some tips and home exercises to help.

Do a Group Photo Challenge — A photo challenge is a great way to stay busy and have some fun together. Decide on your approach (Googling “photo challenge” will give you plenty of options to choose from, but here’s a good basic one). Every day, you each have to take a photo that fits the theme for that day then share in a group chat or on social with your own hashtag. 

Play Mobile Games — The great thing about mobile games is that everyone has a smartphone, and most of these games are free. Draw Something, Words With Friends, and Drawful are pretty much modern classics at this point. Ever get into a cut-throat game of Draw Something with your grandparents? If not, you have 100% been missing out. 

Host a Virtual Game Night — If you’re more a fan of playing board games and missing your regular Cards Against Humanity throwdown or poker night, there are also plenty of options for playing board and card games online with your mates. Monopoly, UNO, Yahtzee Party, and poker are all solid options for a virtual game night. There’s also a fun Cards Against Humanity clone that includes a very necessary group chat feature since commenting and laughing over the card combos is an essential part of the game. 

Organize a Virtual Book Club — Google Play, Open Library, Free eBooks, and Project Gutenberg offer an extensive array of free eBook options to choose from. If you don’t feel like falling down a black hole of book options, r/freeEBOOKS is a great place to find solid recommendations. Other than entertainment and offering mental escape, plenty of books can also impart valuable lessons in leadership and teamwork. Our friends at Five Ultimate put together this list of great reads that can also sharpen your game. Once everyone decides on a book, set up a reading schedule and video chats to discuss. And yes, it’s totally fair to read Harry Potter again together.

Give Each Other a Little Boost — Sarahah is a site and iOS/Android app that lets you post anonymous messages for your friends. Have everyone on your team sign up and share their links, then go through and leave everyone a nice message telling them something you admire or appreciate about them. It’s totally anonymous, but you can leave your name if you’d like.

Start a D&D Group  There’s a reason why Dungeons & Dragons has been the most popular role-playing game since the 70s — it’s fun! With everything going on right now, this feels like the perfect time to get together with a group of friends and escape into a fantasy world for a few hours. With social distancing, you might not be able to gather around a table to play, but fortunately, there are some really amazing online options. Roll20 is a great way to play D&D together online, either building your own campaign from scratch or using one of their ready-to-play campaigns. Set up a video chat using FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangouts and get ready to party with rangers and warlocks.

Start Planning for Next Season — It’s a very rough and uncertain time right now, and many of us are mourning our interrupted seasons. Though things can seem pretty grim at the present moment, it’s more important now than ever to keep looking ahead. There will be a light at the end of all this. Sports will come back. Leagues will start up again. Tournaments will be rescheduled. And when they do, it’ll be such an incredibly celebratory moment. The start of next season will likely be the biggest, most exciting start to any season ever. And it’s totally okay to start getting hyped about it now! Skype with your teammates and discuss game strategy and ways to kick more ass than ever next season. Brainstorm ways to introduce new people to your sport and get them excited and involved. Start designing those new uniforms you’ve been talking about for ages. Come up with some cool fundraising ideas. Plan the most epic first-game after-party ever. Because we will all play again. And together, we’ll come back stronger and better than ever.

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A Phase of College Ultimate May Be Over, But We’re Ready to Focus on What’s Ahead

A Phase of College Ultimate May Be Over, But We’re Ready to Focus on What’s Ahead

In the four years I’ve been attending the High Tide Ultimate Tournament as a Savage employee, I’ve seen a lot of crazy things happen — but 2020 is the year I know I’ll always remember. The spread of COVID-19 ended this year’s tournament two weeks early, and most of us also recognized it could mean the end of the college season as well. For many seniors, it was a heartbreaking moment. 

There was a distinct shift at the tournament among players and staff as we all began to process what was about to happen. There was a deep feeling of mourning as news spread that not only was the tournament ending, but schools were closing their doors for the foreseeable future, effectively ending the college Ultimate season.

It’s natural for players to obsess over what didn’t happen, or what could’ve been. I know I’ve struggled with this myself. For some players, it may be the last time they see some of their seniors for a long time. For some seniors, it’s the last time they’ll be playing with some of their teammates. 

But this is what I keep thinking about, and why I’m grateful that I was at High Tide at this moment in time: Witnessing the love players have not only for each other, but also for their opponents at this event, has been life-changing. This truly is a special sport we play. From seeing teams treat a fun Spring Break tournament like it was their last Nationals run, to crying with new players on my old college team, High Tide 2020 was unforgettable. 

It’s painful to think about, but we ought to stay positive, keeping this in mind: Our family of Ultimate players may just be one of the most tight-knit sports communities in the world. I — and the rest of the Savage team — love to come to Myrtle Beach not just to interact with you all and see you play some of the wackiest “games” of ultimate possible, but to be reminded of how much we love this sport ourselves. 

Seniors, addressing you all directly for a moment, we want to offer our sympathy for the abrupt end to some of your seasons. While this is the end of one chapter, we can assure you there’s so much more in store for you. Look forward to joining new teams, new players to befriend, plays to make, and yes, more tears to be shed. 

For now, make sure you leave your teams in a better state than you joined them. Leave a lasting impression for the younger crowd, and continue to be the leaders you wanted when you started playing. While the season’s ending early can lead to questioning of what might’ve been, it’s pointless to wonder about the unknown. Try not to mourn the fact that this chapter is over. It’s better to focus on the incredible times we had, celebrate the fact that you got to experience it, and that you have so much to look forward to. 

It’s crucial during times like this that we hold our favorite people and memories close to give us comfort. We can and probably will feel sad thinking about it, but remember: This community doesn’t end with college. One of the things I love most about Ultimate is that it’s truly a year-round sport if you want it to be. With almost unlimited access to seasonal leagues, club tryouts, and even just casual pickup, Ultimate has never stopped growing — and this will not stop it. 

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay Savage. 


Written by Savage's Production/Order Rockstar, Nick Evans 

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