Has anybody here ever participated in such leagues around Edmonton? Any leagues/groups you can suggest to a newbie to the sport? Now would probably be the time to register and what-not. I'm not looking for something too competitive, just some more recreational.
I did some preliminary web-searching, but haven't see much out there. Any tips/advice would be appreciated.
Just get a few friends together (even if there's just 3 of you in total), buy a 10" & a 13" Aerobie. The 10" is called the "Aerobie Sprint" & the 13" is called the "Aerobie Pro".
They are about 4mm thick & they go like the powers of piss! I can't even begin to describe how much fun these things are! In fact the Pro holds the world record for the farthest thrown object ever (1,333 feet / 406 meters).
My buddies & I used to take it down to our local park after a few hotties, just three of us & stand about 30m apart & just wing the Sprint at each other as hard as we could! It made for some absolutely AWESOME games & GREAT workout as you chased the thing trying to catch it. We had a points system whereby if you dropped the Aerobie (even it it just nicked your fingers if you dived for it) you garnered a point. The first person to 10 points lost. They were eliminated, then there were two. If the other two players deemed a throw to you was catchable (ie- you could have got it if you ran harder or dived or whatever, that's a point too). If you were the thrower & threw it so far out of range that there was no possibility of the catcher getting to it, you got a point also.
The best thing was when there was a gentle breeze blowing. You'd see this thing coming at you & it might be at stomach or chest level when all of a sudden an updraft gets underneath it & it rises FAST.....to like your eye level. Reflexes pay dividends here! Or alternatively, if it looked like it was going overhead & it's hit suddenly by a downdraft & then comes blazing straight toward your face! We all took a few awesome shots to the face from them. But they have a soft rubber outer lip which protects you from serious harm. None of us were ever hurt. So much fun to play.
Occassionally we'd pull out the Pro & stand about 50 or 60m apart & just hurl the things at each other, but we always preferred the Sprint in closer. There are a variety of ways to throw them. You can really generate some serious whip & speed by flinging the thing forehand, but it takes a little practice to get the accuracy that way. We'd always finish our Aerobie sessions feeling like we'd had a thorough full-body workout. The combination of running all over the place (most often sprinting), diving, jumping & throwing often made us feel like we'd just played a game of football. Seriously good & FUN workout! Getting back to the house to "recharge" always eased the aches & pains! lol
I bought mine online from RUDY'S TOYS & at US$7.35 for the PRO & US$5.55 for the SPRINT plus tax & very minimal shipping they are an absolute bargain. Their customer service was excellent. In fact they posted my Aerobies to me before I even posted them a check & my SPRINT (I bought both) had a manufacturing defect (the only one I've ever experienced) & they replaced it completely free of charge (including shipping) absolutely no questions asked without me even having to send the broken one back. I would highly recommend them if you can't find them in your local toy store (they can be difficult to find).
Here's what they look like anyways:
Rather than joining a frisbee league I'd rather just get some buddies together & make it a social thing with a couple of Aerobies. It really is a BLAST!