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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. 

NL Storm members named national junior all-stars

Madison Hull is pictured at the 2018 Junior Canadian Ultimate Championship.

Madison Hull

Cameron Penney at the 2018 Canadian Ultimate Championship.

Cameron Penney

Two members of NL Storm were named to junior all-stars at the 2018 Junior Canadian Ultimate Championships.

Madison Hull was named to the junior female squad and Cameron Penney to the junior open team. A player from each team at the tournament is named a junior all-star.

NL Storm competed at CUC Aug. 12-19 in Brampton, ON, finishing with the province’s best performance at the national competition. The open team broke seed to finish 20th (up from 24th) and 11th overall in spirit. The junior women made their first-ever appearance at CUCs, finishing 20th overall and second in spirit.

Read more from Junior CUCs here.

Congratulations, Madison and Cameron! We look forward to continuing to see you on the field.

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

Register now

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.

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.

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!

CUC 2018 Wrap Up

We just finished the single best year of CUC performance from Newfoundland and Labrador!

NL Storm Open breaks seed to finish 20th/24 and finish 11th in spirit!

NL Storm, the first-ever junior women’s team, compete at nationals finishing 20th and 2nd in spirit!

Regiment finishes 10th, the highest for a NL single gender team at CUC and NLs highest finish since 2012. Regiment also finished tied for 4th in spirit, their second consecutive years in the top 5.

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.