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Skills and drills series a success

Melissa Wheeler, right, demonstrates throwing techniques. Credit: Nicole Bishop

Ultimate NL successfully hosted its first skill development series for female-matching players from April 10-May 15.

Fifty-three athletes participated in the inaugural series targeting female-matching players to improve their skills through group instruction and drills. With players divided into beginner and intermediate levels to better target the needs of participants, each session focused on one rule and one skill. Topics ranged from backhand and forehand throwing, proper cutting techniques, and offensive and defensive strategies.

All participants who provided feedback indicated that they enjoyed the sessions and felt that their skills improved over the series, says Kathleen Sullivan, Ultimate NL’s sport development co-ordinator.

“We identified the need for this series through feedback from the leagues and our membership, and we decided to create this league to improve the skills and confidence of female-matching players in the community,” says Sullivan. “I am so proud of all the facilitators for their commitment to this series and of all the participants for coming out and wanting to improve on their skills. It was amazing to see how much people improved their skills in only one hour sessions! I hope that everyone had fun and learned something.”

With participant feedback indicating an interest in continuous skill development, Ultimate NL will explore similar opportunities in the future.

Funding for this series was provided by the City of St. John’s Sport Grant.

New fall camp for elementary and junior high athletes

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador will hold a development camp for youth in elementary and junior high schools this fall.

Ultimate NL is offering an eight-week junior development camp for elementary and junior high school-aged athletes this fall.

The camp focuses on skill development through progressive drills, one-on-one coaching and weekly scrimmages. It’s great for newcomers and experienced players who want to learn and play ultimate!

Camp Details:

  • Dates: Oct. 14-Dec. 9 (Sundays)
  • Time: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Location: NL Sports Centre (PowerPlex), 90 Crosbie Rd., St. John’s
  • Ages: 9-14 (by Dec. 31, 2018)
  • Cost: $60

Register now

Summer clinics reach 600-plus youths

Will Kerr leads a youth ultimate clinic in Bay Roberts this summer.

Will Kerr leads a youth ultimate clinic in Bay Roberts this summer.

Thanks to Ultimate NL’s summer outreach clinic program, over 600 youths experienced ultimate this summer.

William Kerr, UNL’s tournaments co-ordinator, led 38 clinics in St. John’s, Foxtrap, Paradise, Mount Pearl and Bay Roberts.

The clinic series was available to any individual or community group interested in learning more about ultimate. Kerr led participants through drills and scrimmages to introduce youths to the sport with the aim of growing ultimate throughout the province.

“Our summer clinics program is one of our most valuable tools in reaching new athletes and showing them how fun the sport of ultimate can be,” says UNL president Nick House.

Clinics are still being offered by request throughout the year. You can request a clinic here or by emailing tournaments@ultimatenl.ca.

UNL will be hiring a co-ordinator for its summer clinics program again next year. Please email president@ultimatenl.ca for more information.

Wheelchair ultimate launches in St. John’s

Ten people took part in the province's first wheelchair ultimate session last month.

Ten people took part in the province’s first wheelchair ultimate session last month.

A new partnership between Ultimate NL, wheelchair basketball and ParasportNL is bringing wheelchair ultimate to the province.

Ten players took part in the inaugural session at the School for the Deaf in July. Thanks to Margaret Tibbo of Parasport NL, Laurel Penny of UNL and several Storm players for helping to to make ultimate more accessible to a wider community.

Anyone interested in learning more or participating in wheelchair ultimate may contact Laurel at sportdev@ultimatenl.ca. Wheelchairs are also available for anyone who does not have one of their own.

Funding for this project was made available by the Ultimate Canada Art Hawkins Fund.

Learn-to-play-ultimate clinics available

William Kerr (in white) at a community clinic in 2017.

William Kerr (in white) at a community clinic in 2017.

Interested in learning how to play ultimate Frisbee? Are you a parent or coach who’d like to share this great sport with others?

UNL is pleased to offer clinics to schools, camps and community groups across the province. Led by William Kerr, UNL’s community clinics co-ordinator, these clinics help kids learn the basics of ultimate Frisbee while instilling the sense of fun and spirit of the game that makes ultimate so unique in the sport world.

We provide all necessary equipment — you provide the space and kids who are eager to learn!

To book a clinic with William, email tournaments@ultimatenl.ca. The clinic calendar with available dates can also be viewed here.

Fall Youth Development League Going Strong

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This fall Ultimate NL was pleased to once again offer an option for its youngest members to build their ultimate skills through a weekly blend of drills and scrimmages. Although we were only able to obtain a somewhat challenging time slot for parents, 6-7pm on Fridays at the Powerplex, registration numbers were positive with 35 youth registering. This winter we are going to continue the youth development with a school based league. Coaching and organization support have been lead by Ultimate NL president Nicholas House along with various Ultimate NL volunteers including Sports Development Coordinator Laurel Penney. This winter we are hoping to have a school teams based league for high school students along with a junior high development league in the spring.

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Coaching Courses Later This Month

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Attention UNL Coaches (and people who want to coach)! There are two courses happening later this month. The courses are:
 
Competitive-Introduction:
 
When: April 22, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM AND April 23, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Where: The Powerplex on Crosbie Rd. (starting near the vending machines)
What you need to bring: Indoor running shoes
Recreation-Initiation:
 
When: April 22, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Where: The Powerplex on Crosbie Rd. (starting in the Swiler’s Rugby Room)
What you need to bring: Indoor running shoes
We hope to see you there!

Two Coaching Courses Offered in January


Are you a coach who wants to take your training into your own hands? Or are you an Ultimate enthusiast and wonder where to start to become a certified coach?

UltimateNL will be hosting two coaching courses in January. The courses are:

Ultimate Community Initiation – This training covers subjects such as creating an emergency action plan, dealing with parents, making ethical decisions while coaching, teaching the basics skills of Ultimate, etc; and

Ultimate Competition Introduction – This training covers subjects such as creating an effective practice plan, considering learning types, providing valuable feedback, teaching advanced skills of Ultimate, etc.

If you are interested in attending one of these courses please email coaching@ultimatenl.ca.

For more information about the NCCP program and Ultimate Canada visit https://canadianultimate.com/en_ca/ultimate-coaching-programs.

Free Coaching Session in 2017

Ultimate coaches will have the opportunity to participate in free coaching sessions in the New Year. Sport NL will offer the multi-sport modules Making Ethical Decisions and Plan a Practice together in a one-day workshop, exact date TBD. These modules are required for anyone who wishes to become a certified coach, but are beneficial to anyone who coaches a school team or youth program. For more information or to inquire about registration please contact coaching@ultimatenl.ca.

 

FREE Intermediate Clinic

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Ultimate NL is putting on a FREE Intermediate clinic this Monday May 23, 2016 from 9-11pm at the Techniplex. For those individuals looking to further develop, or simply fine tune, their ultimate skills in preparation for the outdoor season the first half of this clinic will be dedicated to several skills including hucks, fakes, and breaking the mark. For those looking to put their skills to the test, the second part of the clinic will include a full field game of 7 on 7. Join in and encourage your teammates to come along for a great night of ultimate.