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  • Joel
  • Rogers
  • Joel-E, JR
  • United States
  • Nashville, TN
  • Oceanside, CA, US
  • Antique Toy & Collectibles Dealer
  • Player Bio

    When Joel Rogers started competing at disc sport evens in 1979 in his native Tennessee and neighboring Kentucky, he took to it like a fish takes to water. It began a life-long obsession that burns to this day. In 1987 he moved to the San Diego, CA area and challenged himself to become a great Freestyle Champion. He quickly reached his goal, winning the FPA World Co-op title (with Rick Castiglia and Dave Schiller) in 1989. In time he would win 6 Major Titles and 5 World Masters Titles. Along the way he would also take on Tournament Director, Administrative and Mentoring duties. He was always forward thinking in his approach and application. His style explored the untapped turnover game, taking it to levels unseen before. He is equally strong with both spins and is most at home on the beach with a kind wind.

    Variety is the backbone of Joels play. His motto is “Its not what you do in a five minute routine, its what you can do all day.” Joel comes from the old school of flow and go but he has also incorporated modern overall mastery and total control of the frisbee into his game. “I call that driving the race car at high speed, but smooth in the corners.”

    “I like to spend the day jamming trying to make everyone better around me. Some players want to show you what they can do. I want to see what WE can do. My advice is to seek out a group jam with a good vibe and of course: Gitis early, gitis often!

  • Career Highlights

    5 major titles (see below), plus 4 Master’s Freestyle Championships, facilitated by a 1987 move to San Diego

    Major Titles
    2002 1st Place Pairs w/ Larry Imperiale
    1992 1st Place Pairs w/ Dave Schiller
    1992 1st Place Co-op w/ Dave Schiller & Dave Murphy
    1990 1st Place Co-op w/ Dave Schiller & Rick Castiglia
    1989 1st Place Co-op w/ Dave Schiller & Rick Castiglia “Art Of Disc”

  • How I Started

    first competition in 1980

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Player Details

  • Favorite Moves

    Long, restricted, consecutive coop ending with a gitoss to a gitoss to a gitoss, double spinning scarecrow catch. Beach jam, Koh Ngai Thailand, 2003.

  • Partners

    David Schiller, Rick Castiglia, Larry Imperiale, Don Wallace, Mary Lowry, Dave Murphy, Ron King

  • Media & Appearances

    ESPN, MTV Sports, National Public Radio

Tournament History

2014 BeachStylersIndividual OpenFinals5
2005 30th Annual Arizona State Freestyle/OverallOpen FormatFinals3
2005 Aloha Beach FestivalOpen PairsFinals4
2005 FPA World Freestyle Frisbee ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals8
2005 Seaside SuperHeinIndividual OpenFinals6
2005 Santa Cruz Beach ClassicOpen PairsFinals3
2005 WFDF World Overall ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals3
2004 29th Annual Arizona States Freestyle and Overall TournamentOpen FormatFinals3
2004 Super Beach Bowl – $1,500 in cash prizesOpen PairsFinals2
2003 FPA World Freestyle ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals6
2003 World Disc GamesOpen PairsFinals4
2002 San Diego Round RobinIndividual OpenFinals4
2002 AZ StatesOpen FormatFinals4
2002 World Beach InvitationalOpen PairsFinals5
2002 Jammers Championships at Jacksonville BeachOpen PairsFinals2
2002 FPA World ChampionshipsCo-opFinals3
2001 FPA World Freestyle Frisbee ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals3
2000 FPA World ChampionshipsCo-opFinals3
2000 Summerfest Flying Disc ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals4
1999 Ventura Beach TournamentOpen PairsFinals5
1999 FPA Worlds – Santa CruzMixed PairsFinals5
1999 Indoor Championships – Jackson HoleOpen PairsFinals4
1998 AZ States – ScottsdaleOpen PairsFinals3
1998 FPA World ChampionshipsMixed PairsFinals6
1998 Masters Overall – Santa MariaMasters OpenFinals4
1998 Beach Championships – San DiegoCo-opFinals2
1997 Arizona StatesOpen PairsFinals4
1997 FPA World ChampionshipsMixed PairsFinals6
1997 World Masters Overall ChampionshipsMasters OpenFinals2
1997 Disc-a-paloozaMixed PairsFinals6
1997 Wintertime OpenOpen FormatFinals4
1996 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals3
1996 US Open Flying Disc ChampionshipsCo-opFinals6
1996 So. California State Overall ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals6
1996 Wintertime OpenOpen FormatFinals3
1995 FPA World ChampionshipsCo-opFinals2
1995 FPA Eastern Nat’l Flying Disc ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals4
1995 FPA Northwest ChampionshipsMixed PairsFinals7
1995 Wintertime OpenOpen FormatFinals5
1994 Arizona StatesOpen PairsFinals7
1994 Santa Monica CupOpen PairsFinals3
1994 California State ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals3
1994 World Beach InvitationalCo-opFinals6
1994 Wintertime OpenOpen FormatFinals4
1993 Amazing Flying Disc ChampionshipsOpen PairsFinals5
1993 FPA WorldsMixed PairsFinals10
1993 California OpenMixed PairsFinals4
1993 California State Overall ChampionshipsCo-opFinals3
1993 Wintertime OpenOpen FormatFinals2
1992 Ventura Fall ClassicCo-opFinals7
1992 US OpenCo-opFinals5
1992 California OpenOpen FormatFinals3
1990 Ventura Beach TournamentOpen PairsFinals3
1990 SeattleOpen PairsFinals2
1987 World Indoor ChampionshipsCo-opFinals6
2010 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries2
2005 30th Annual Arizona State Freestyle/OverallOpen FormatSemi-Finals2
2005 FPA World Freestyle Frisbee ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries1
2005 WFDF World Overall ChampionshipsOpen PairsSemi-Finals1
2004 World Masters/Juniors Frisbee ChampionshipsMasters OpenPreliminaries1
2002 AZ StatesOpen FormatSemi-Finals2
2002 Jammers Championships at Jacksonville BeachOpen PairsSemi-Finals2
2002 World Masters Overall Flying Disc ChampionshipsOpen FormatSemi-Finals1
2002 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries1
2001 FPA World Freestyle Frisbee ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries1
2000 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries2
2000 Summerfest Flying Disc ChampionshipsOpen PairsSemi-Finals4
1999 FPA Worlds – Santa CruzOpen PairsPreliminaries2
1998 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries2
1997 Arizona StatesOpen PairsPreliminaries2
1997 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsSemi-Finals7
1997 Disc-a-paloozaOpen PairsPreliminaries4
1997 Wintertime OpenOpen FormatPreliminaries2
1996 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries2
1996 US Open Flying Disc ChampionshipsCo-opSemi-Finals3
1995 FPA World ChampionshipsOpen PairsPreliminaries1
1994 Arizona StatesOpen PairsPreliminaries2
1994 Santa Monica CupOpen PairsPreliminaries2