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New Ultimate NL board elected

Ultimate NL’s 2018-2019 board of directors.

A new board of directors for Ultimate NL was voted in at its annual general meeting (AGM) on Oct. 2.

Following a successful bylaw amendment to revamp available board positions, the following people were elected:

  • President: Nick House
  • Vice-president: Melissa Wheeler
  • Chief financial officer: Sarah Hoddinott
  • Communications director: Susan White
  • Youth school director: Hilary Walsh
  • Youth development and competition director: Luke Dyer
  • Tournament and events director: Erin Daly
  • Sport development director: Kathleen Sullivan
  • Volunteer and outreach director: Mark Kavanagh
  • Member at large: Yolanda Kuai

Representatives of Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU), St. John’s Women’s Ultimate Recreational League (SWURL) and Men’s Avalon Ultimate League (MAUL), as assigned by those leagues, are:

  • MZU rep: Michael Walsh
  • SWURL rep: Hilary Walsh
  • MAUL rep: Nick House

Congratulations to the board of directors for 2018-2019!

We also offer a big thank you to outgoing board members Kurtis Thornhill, Myles Dooley, Aaron Goulding and William Kerr for all their time, commitment and hard work.

Ultimate NL to hold annual general meeting

Ultimate NL's annual general meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

 

Ultimate NL’s annual general meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 7-9 p.m. at The Loft at Memorial University.

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The AGM is a time to recap the year’s challenges and triumphs and elect the board of directors for 2018-2019.

Proposed bylaw change

This year, the board is proposing a bylaw change that would amend board positions to better reflect the growth of ultimate in the province. The current board is proposing that the positions of tournaments co-ordinator, volunteer co-ordinator and administrator be eliminated and those responsibilities folded into existing or newly created positions.

The proposal would split the current youth co-ordinator position into two: one focused on high-performance development through leagues and NL Storm (youth director, performance and development) and the other focused on ultimate in schools (youth director, schools).

The board also proposes creating three new positions: sport development director, which would be responsible for sport development not related to youth (e.g. clinics, coaching, leagues, etc.); a community outreach director responsible for events and outreach to partners, etc.; and a member-at-large position.

Proposed positions:

  • President
  • Vice-president
  • Finance director
  • Communications director
  • Sport development director
  • Youth director (performance and development)
  • Youth director (schools)
  • Events director
  • Community outreach director
  • Member at large (1 position)

Representatives from MZU, SWURL and MAUL are also assigned to the Ultimate NL board by those bodies.

Who can participate?

Anyone interested in the growth of ultimate in the province may attend the AGM. Only current Ultimate NL members may vote or run for a position on the board.

A current member is anyone who has played in a league, under the umbrella of Ultimate NL, since the last AGM, including the fall of 2017.

Can’t attend?

You can still run for a board position and vote on motions by assigning your vote to another current Ultimate NL player. Proxy forms are available here.

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Ultimate NL launches new high school league

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador is hosting a fall league for high school students this year. It's the first year for this league.

We’re proud to announce that Ultimate NL is hosting its first-ever fall high school hat league!

This league will play the four-on-four format of ultimate recently adopted by School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador as a Foundation Sport. It’s a fast-paced version of ultimate that’s great for newcomers and experienced players who want to learn and have fun.

A hat league encourages players to sign up alone or in small groups and be assigned to teams. This allows players to meet and learn from new people while making friends and having fun!

Sign up solo or with your friends (maximum of four) to be placed on the same team!

League Details:

  • Dates: Oct. 14-Dec. 9 (Sundays)
  • Times: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Ages: 14-18
  • Location: Techniplex, St. John’s
  • Cost: $60

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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

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Register for MAUL fall parity league

Winners of MAUL's 2017 fall parity league.

Winners of MAUL’s 2017 fall parity league with general manager Kathleen Sullivan.

Registration is now open for the Men’s Avalon Ultimate League (MAUL)’s fall parity league.

The stakes are high as the winning team name, general manager and season MVP all get their names engraved on MAUL’s wrestling belt parity trophy.

The league will run from Oct. 18-Dec. 6 on Thursday nights at the Techniplex. Registration is $100.

Register here

In a parity league, teams are drafted by general managers, who make trades each week based on team and player performance in order to stay under a designated salary cap. Players receive stats each week and enjoy competitive games that are open to newcomers and more experienced players.

For more information about MAUL, check out the Facebook page.

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.

Ultimate named Foundation Sport by School Sports NL

Students and coaches at the 2018 senior high school provincial tournament.

Students and coaches at the 2018 senior high school provincial tournament.

We’re excited to announce that ultimate has been named a Foundation Sport by School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador!

School Sports NL is a provincial organization working to ensure students develop healthy living habits and experience the life-long benefits of participation through physical activity and sport. In the 2017-2018 school year, School Sports NL organized over 200 regional and 45 provincial tournaments. The organization offers programs in 10 Official Sports and six Foundation Sports for male and female student athletes.

“This is exciting news for the growth of ultimate in the province,” says Nick House, UNL president. “Being named a Foundation Sport with School Sports NL will expose kids all over the province to ultimate and allow us to support them with funding, equipment, training and resources. It’s a great step towards making ultimate a truly provincial sport.”

“This is exciting news for the growth of ultimate in the province.” – Nick House

Road to varsity sports

Foundation Sport is the introductory phase of any sport wishing to become part of School Sports NL’s varsity program. Foundation Sport status helps develop interest and skills on a regional basis so that when enough participation is generated, it can become an Official Sport with the organization.

“School Sports NL encourages diversity in sport and promotes balanced athletic development for student athletes,” says Sean Connolly, the organization’s varsity co-ordinator. “We’re happy to welcome ultimate as a Foundation Sport and hope to see it reach Official Sport status in the near future.”

The version of ultimate being introduced to schools will see co-ed teams of four face off against each other in one of ultimate’s most fast-paced iterations.

Accessible sport for rural schools

“Ultimate is a co-ed sport and that makes it especially accessible to rural schools with small populations,” says Mr. House. “Using the four-on-four version of the game means that small schools also have a greater number of students to form teams with, making it easier for them to field teams in regional and provincial competitions.”

As part of the Foundation Program, School Sports NL will oversee and promote regional tournaments for students. Ultimate NL will provide coaching resources, equipment and other support. Teams and individuals may also apply for funding to assist with travel costs associated with participating in school tournaments.

Participation in the School Sports NL Varsity Program exceeds 7,000 student athletes and over 500 volunteer teacher-coaches across the province.

Over 800 people play ultimate each year in adult and school leagues in the St. John’s area.

Teachers and coaches interested in introducing ultimate to students may find more information here.

MUTT holding tryouts for open and women’s teams

The Memorial University Ultimate Touring Team (MUTT) is holding tryouts this month.

The Memorial University Ultimate Touring Team (MUTT) is holding tryouts this month.

The Memorial Ultimate Touring Team (MUTT) is holding tryouts for open and women’s teams this month.

Tryouts are open to current students at Memorial University.

Open Tryouts:

  • Sept. 6, 5:30-7 p.m. @ MUN Fieldhouse Soccer Field
  • Sept. 9, 12-2 p.m. @ Lower Ayers Soccer Field
  • Sept. 11, 5:30-7 p.m. @ MUN Fieldhouse Soccer Field
  • Sept. 14, 5:30-7 p.m. @ MUN Fieldhouse Soccer Field

Women’s Tryouts:

  • Sept. 9, 2:30-4 p.m. @Lower Ayers Soccer Field
  • Sept. 10, 5:30-7 p.m. @ MUN Fieldhouse Soccer Field
  • Sept. 12, 5:30-7 p.m. @ MUN Fieldhouse Soccer Field

For more information, email captain Luke Dyer at muttcaptain@gmail.com.

And stay up-to-date by liking the MUTT Facebook page here.

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!

Toilet Bowl is back!

UNL's annual Toilet Bowl is being held on Saturday, Sept. 22.

The most fun tournament of the year is back!

UNL’s annual Toilet Bowl will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fieldian Grounds.

(Please note that this has been rescheduled from the original date of Sept. 15 due to a conflict at the field.)

This 5×5 mixed hat tournament brings together players of all skill levels to compete for the prestigious title of Toilet Bowl champs.

But this ain’t no ordinary ultimate tournament. Expect some surprises and unconventional throwing implements in your quest to win the trophy!

This year, there will also be an equal number of spots (30) for male and female players. The tournament will use WFDF Ratio Rule A to ensure equal playing time if the necessary registration numbers are reached.

Cost is $20 for UNL members (non-UNL members need to purchase a UNL annual membership and pay the $30 registration fee).

Field snacks will be available for all players and UNL will be on site selling apparel so bring some cash to snag this year’s merch before it’s all gone.

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