ULTIMATE–The First Five Decades

During COVID, we are reducing the price of the Ultimate History books significantly.
We are also offering special “case” pricing for teams and family gifts.

♦ ULTIMATE–The First Five Decades, Vol. I (1968-2004)

(Vol. I is reprint of 2005 “ULTIMATE–The First Four Decades” w/192 pages)

♦ ULTIMATE–The First Five Decades, Vol. II (2005-2018)

(Vol. II is a new book with 224 pages of history & 200+ photos)

♦ ULTIMATE–The First Five Decades, Vol. III (eBook)

(Vol. III eBook covers the behind the scenes of making the sport tick)

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To order Vol. III eBook, click here.

About the New Ultimate History Books

The first volume is a reprint of the highly acclaimed first history book, ULTIMATE – The First Four Decades, highlighting the history of ultimate from 1968-2004. The new, second volume is a continuation of the first book, highlighting how ultimate has advanced from 2005-2018 and looking toward what is in store for the future of the sport.

Vol. II was expanded to 224 pages with over 200 photos. You wouldn’t think just 14 years would have a lot to cover, but what an amazing time period:
– Tom Crawford is Hired
– Triple Crown Tour Begins
– Semi-Pro Leagues are Born… and Die
– Gender Equity Backlash
– Expansion of the Masters Division
– College Division Grows and Adds D-III
– Youth Division Explodes
– Local Leagues Grow Exponentially
– Ultimate Expands Around the Globe
and much more…

You may be surprised how much you didn’t know happened… or at least the details you didn’t know about. And of course it covers much of what happened on the field especially at the National Championships. Over 600 players and over 200 teams are highlighted plus a huge gallery of the best photos taken over the past 14 years is included.

Additionally, a third book, Vol. III (eBook), covering the little known and amazing stories of the History of the Disc, Rules & SOTG, Ultimate Hall of Fame, and History of the USAU/UPA with over 100 pages and over 50 rarely seen photos is available as an “eBook”.

Vol. I (1968-2004)
• Introduction
• Chapter 1. The Birth of Ultimate (’68-’74)
• Chapter 2. First National Championship (’75-’79)
• Chapter 3. The Creation of the UPA (’80-’87)
• Chapter 4. Ultimate Heats Up (’88-’94)
• Chapter 5. Ultimate Settles Down (’95-early ’05)
• Chapter 6. Leagues Take Flight
• Chapter 7. WFDF and International Expansion
• Chapter 8. Looking Ahead
• Appendix

Vol. II (2005-2018)
• Recap of Vol. I
• Introduction
• Chapter 1. Ultimate Plants Its Feet (’05-’09)
• Chapter 2. Divergent Visions Take Root (’10-‘13)
• Chapter 3. Competing Priorities Bloom (’14-mid-’18)
• Chapter 4. Local Disc Organizations and Leagues
• Chapter 5. Equity & Diversity in Ultimate
• Chapter 6. WFDF and World Overview
• Chapter 7. Where Does Ultimate in the USA Go Now

Vol. III eBook
• Introduction
• Chapter 1. History of the Disc
• Chapter 2. Evolution of Rules & SOTG
• Chapter 3. Ultimate Hall of Fame
• Chapter 4. History of the UPA/USAU NEW
(To order Vol. III eBook, click here)

Who Created Vol. II and III

It takes a village to publish books like these. Fortunately the ultimate community is the perfect place to ask for and find all the help you need. I hope you like how the book looks because it takes amazing talent and a huge amount of effort to produce a great looking coffee-table style book. And Jason Wedekind is the perfect guy for the job. His company Genghis Kern Letterpress & Design in Denver is a ‘magic shop’ where ideas go in and beautiful results come out.

I also hope you like all the photos in the book. You wouldn’t believe how much time, effort and creativity it takes to find and select them. But the ultimate village had the perfect person – William ‘Brody’ Brotman.

Of course the core of a history book is the words. Writers start with research, then interviews, then racking their brains how to develop a story worthy of the people who lived them, and then comes the hard part… putting words to paper (or computer). The book writers all live in the ultimate village, and they all understand how wonderful our sport is and how important it is to document the history so it is not lost:
Kevin Cramer               William ‘Bunny’ Bartram        Will Deaver              Dan ‘Stork’ Roddick Kyle Weisbrod             Heather Ann Brauer                 Suzanne Fields        Isaac ‘Ike’ Saul Robert ‘Nob’ Rauch    Michelle ‘Chip’ Chang

Then comes the work to smooth out the chapters so the book tells an interesting story rather than seem like unconnected bits of writing. That’s the job of the editor. Steve Sullivan has been doing it for a long time, and this book benefitted from his talents.

Before the book is ready for the printer, the technical work of finding all the errors falls on the copyeditor and finally the proofreader. Elisabeth Bowman is the best copyeditor I’ve ever known. And Madeline Barbier was a real find to do the final proofreading. Last comes the index thanks to the team at Scholarly Indexing.

Please join me in thanking all these people. But before you turn the page, there is one more group in the ultimate village that made this book possible – the financial backers. Without Andrea ‘Andy’ Cummis, Chris Fletcher, David Leiwant, Doug Propp, Robert ‘Nob’ Rauch, Dan ‘Stork’ Roddick, Henry Thorne and Geoff West these books would not exist.

Joe Seidler,

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