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Storm coaches named for 2019 season

Left to right: Craig Stoyles, Laurel Penney, Natalie O’Donnell and Claire Moore-Gibbons.

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador has selected two returning coaches and two new coaches to lead the 2019 Storm season.

Craig Stoyles is returning as head coach for the junior open team while Laurel Penney also returns as assistant coach.

Stoyles is a trained community ultimate coach and Special Olympics coach with 15 years of coaching experience. He also currently heads the team at Holy Spirit High School and is working on competitive coaching certification.

Penney is a trained community coach and is also working on certification at the competitive level. She’s currently the head coach at Beaconsfield Junior High and Waterford Valley Senior High and has organized many events and tournaments related to promoting Spirit of the Game.

“I love this sport,” says Stoyles. “I want to foster growth at a grassroots level by teaching the team the importance of Spirit of the Game and how to win with dignity and lose with grace.”

On the female-matching side, Natalie O’Donnell has been selected as head coach with Claire Moore-Gibbons filling the assistant coach role.

O’Donnell and Moore-Gibbons are two of only three nationally certified competitive coaches in the province. They are co-coaches at Mount Pearl Senior High, and O’Donnell also leads a team at Paradise Elementary School. They both coached the junior women’s team in 2015 that attended the Canadian Ultimate Championships (CUC).

“I’m excited to work with Ultimate NL to build a junior women’s program that’s sustainable and successful in the long-term,” says O’Donnell. “I really think that we have a lot of talent and room for development at this level here in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

All four coaches are currently involved in Ultimate NL’s youth competitive development camp.

Storm tryouts will be held in April.

Coaching courses being offered in February

Do you love ultimate? Are you interested in expanding your knowledge and introducing the game to others? Become a coach!

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador is hosting two free coaching courses in February.

Feb. 2: Community Coaching Course

This one-day course incorporates both classroom and practical learning for participants interested in coaching at a beginner level. For more information and to register, click here.

Feb. 9-10: Competition Introduction Coaching Course

This two-day workshop is aimed at those interested in coaching competitive youth programs or adult development programs. For more information and to register, click here.

Both courses will be held at the College of the North Atlantic on Prince Philip Drive in St. John’s.

There is a $40 registration fee per course that will be refunded upon completion of the course.

Coaches needed for Storm

We are currently seeking head coaches (two positions) and assistant coaches (two positions) for the junior open and women’s divisions of Storm, the province’s premiere junior ultimate club teams.

The application deadline is Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Click the links below for more information and to apply.

Click the links below for more information and to apply.

Head coach

Assistant coach

Coaches needed for Acadian Games

Franco-Jeunes de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador is looking for coaches to lead Newfoundland and Labrador’s French youth ultimate team at this summer’s annual Jeux de l’Acadie.

The games are being held this year from June 27-30 with about 1,500 athletes from across Atlantic Canada participating in a variety of sports.

One or two coaches are needed to lead tryouts and practices leading up to the games as well as coach the team during the games itself. French skills are an asset but fluency is not required.

For more information, contact Stephen Theriault at stephen.theriault@liebherr.com. 

Inaugural youth summer leagues a success

UNL's first elementary summer league saw up to 21 kids come out for skills and games to learn about ultimate Frisbee.

UNL’s first elementary summer league saw up to 21 kids come out for skills and games to learn about ultimate Frisbee.

Ultimate NL launched successful junior high and elementary summer leagues this year with about 50 youths participating.

“This was the first year that UNL has had a summer youth camp and it won’t be the last,” says UNL president Nick House. “We hope to expand on these camps next year with more offerings.”

The elementary league was held at the NL Sport Centre (PowerPlex) on Crosbie Road with up to 21 kids taking part. Coached by UNL member Megan Roome, who also coaches elementary and junior high teams at Villanova Junior High, the group learned throwing, cutting and defensive skills and took part in scrimmages and games.

“There was interest for more leagues throughout the school year as some of the players came from schools that didn’t have ultimate teams,” says Roome. “It was a great summer. They were eager learners and we all had a lot of fun!”

At the junior high level, William Kerr, UNL’s tournaments co-ordinator, took students through drills and game play to help them develop their skills. They played at Swilers Rugby Club field and the PowerPlex.

“It was a great experience helping the kids develop their skills and then watching them take their game to the next level,” said Kerr.

See you next year!

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.

New video showcases senior high tournament

The 2018 Senior High Provincial Tournament was our biggest yet with 12 teams taking part over two days in May.

Check out this awesome video from the tournament, created by Dominique Jean and Chapel Street Digital.

Background:

Held on May 5-6, the battle for the senior high provincial banner came down to Mount Pearl Senior High and Holy Heart of Mary High School with the squad from Mount Pearl defeating the defending champions.

The tournament, now in its eighth year, also saw a team from Ferryland’s Baltimore School compete for the first time, as well as two teams from Queen Elizabeth Regional High School (another first!). The participating teams were:

  • Mount Pearl Senior High (two teams)
    Holy Heart of Mary High School (St. John’s)
    Holy Spirit High School (St. John’s)
    Queen Elizabeth Regional High School (St. John’s, two teams)
    Gonzaga High School (St. John’s)
    Baltimore School (Ferryland)
    Laval High School (Placentia, two teams)
    Dunne Memorial Academy (St. Mary’s)
    Prince of Wales Collegiate (St. John’s)

Thank you to all of the coaches and volunteers who have helped grow this tournament each year and make it such a success!

New Class of Competitive Coaches

April 14th and 15th saw a new class of competitive level coaches get trained through a coaching course lead by Erin Daly. Daly is a certified coach trainer for The Coaching Association of Canada. The first half day was in the classroom, and the rest (Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday) was in the gym. The course focuses on structuring drills and teaching techniques for the sport of ultimate. Those who completed the course are Aaron Power, Craig Stoyles, Hilary Walsh, Cam Segger and William Kerr. Several of the new competitive coaches will be involved with the NL Storm teams this summer for as they head to Brampton for the Canadian Ultimate Championships.

Competitive Coaching Course

Competitive Coaching Winter 2018
College of the North Atlantic, St. John’s, NL

Two days. April 14th Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday April 15th 9am to 5pm

DETAILS:

Are you coaching a High School or a Junior Competitive Program?
Are you coaching a Development Adult Team?
Do you introduce player to competition or develop/refine their performance?
Do you run practices and attend tournaments with your team?
Are your athletes at the Train to Play and/or Train to Compete LTAD Stages?
If you answered YES to the above, you are a COMPETITION COACH.

Ultimate Competition – Introduction: Designed for coaches 16+ years of age who work with U18 competitive players (e.g. high school competitive programs, competitive junior programs) or adult developmental teams programs. The participants will understand learning styles and appropriate feedback through hands on activities. They will learn how to identify and correct common Ultimate errors, and how to lead drills for Ultimate.

What you’ll learn?
What a Competition Coach should know (Rules, SOTG)
Defining Learning & Understanding Learning Styles
Key factors in assessessing the effectiveness of coaches
Components of effective learning using Ultimate skills
Different approaches to teaching skills
Running an Ultimate specific drill, and planning a new activity