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Ultimate NL launches competition development camp for youth athletes

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador is offering a youth competition development camp for teens ages 13-18 this winter.

Participants will enjoy drills, skills development and game situations while also receiving one-on-one mentorship and guidance from experienced ultimate players and coaches. It’s the the first time that Ultimate NL has offered a camp specifically targeted at developing potential competitive athletes.

“The purpose of this camp is to help young players take their skills to the next level,” says Luke Dyer, Ultimate NL’s youth performance and development co-ordinator. “We will work with them to identify their strengths and weakness as well as show them what’s necessary and expected for players on a provincial-level team. Through individual feedback, we hope they can gain a greater understanding of what they need to work on to improve as ultimate players.”


“The purpose of this camp is to help young players take their skills to the next level.” – Luke Dyer

One of Ultimate NL’s priorities is to grow its junior competitive program. There are currently two competitive club teams in the junior open and women’s divisions, both named Storm. The competition development camp is intended to build player skills and capacity that will eventually help increase the competitiveness of the Storm teams.

In 2018, Ultimate NL sent its first junior women’s team to the Canadian Ultimate Championships where they finished 20th overall and second in the spirit rankings. The open team broke seed to finish 20th (up from a 24th-place ranking) and 11th overall in spirit.

“We’re offering them the opportunity to demonstrate and improve their skills, which they can then bring to competitive teams like Storm now and in the future,” said Dyer. “While you don’t have to be a Storm player to take part in the camp, we hope many participants will discover the fun and camaraderie that comes with playing on high-level teams and come out to tryouts later this winter.”

Storm tryouts will be held in February and March. Details will be announced in the coming months.

The competition development camp will be held on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Techniplex in St. John’s from Feb. 7-March 14. The cost is $60.

Register here

C4UC: Call for expressions of interest

The 2019 Canadian 4-on-4 Ultimate Championships (C4UC) will take place on April 6-7 at Complexe Branchaud Brière in Gatineau, QC.

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador plans to send two teams to represent the province at C4UC. Players who wish to be considered for these teams must express their interest by Jan. 25 using the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/jM9s4qpuHJl7NfMh2.

Captains

Any player who would like to take on a role of team selector/captain should also fill out the selector/captain section of the form.

Team captains will be chosen by the Ultimate NL board with one female-identifying and one-male identifying captain selected per team (four captains in total). Successful team captain applicants will be notified on Feb. 1.

Selection Process

Once captains have been notified, they will be provided with a list of players who have expressed interest via the call for expressions of interest (above). However, captains are not limited to this list when selecting their rosters.

The top-seeded captains have two weeks to select their roster (Feb. 1-14). The second-seeded captains may begin to select their roster on Feb. 15. The deadline for rosters for both teams to be finalized is March 1 and payment is due to C4UC.

It is the full responsibility of team captains to select players and run the teams, including practices, if desired. Captains should be aware that there is no tryout or practice time booked. If teams wish to practice, it will be up to the players and captains to book space.

For more information about the team selection strategy, click here.

Timeline

  • Jan 7: Call for expressions of interest for players and captains begins
  • Jan 25: Deadline for expressions of interest for players and captains
  • Feb 1: Captains selected and notified
  • Feb 1: Seed 1 captains begin contacting players
  • Feb 15: Seed 2 captains begin contacting players
  • March 1: Roster and bid payment deadline

More information

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Holiday Huckfest

Team members from Naughty List and Holly Jolly's pose for a group photo at Ultimate NL's 2018 Huckfest.
Naughty List (in red) faced Holly Jolly’s in the final of Huckfest.

Ultimate NL’s annual holiday tournament, Huckfest, was a resounding success with 60 players taking part on Dec. 27.

The turnout made it was one of the largest Huckfests to date. The annual, fun holiday tournament saw participants don their finest green and red apparel to celebrate the holiday season in ultimate style.

The final saw Naughty List defeat Holly Jolly’s to take the 2018 Huckfest title.

Thank you to everyone who took part! If you have feedback on the tournament, please contact events director Erin Daly at tournaments@ultimatenl.ca.

St. Bon’s wins Mount Pearl invitational

St. Bonaventure's College recently won the Mount Pearl Senior High invitational tournament.
St. Bonaventure’s College recently won the Mount Pearl Senior High invitational tournament.

Six teams recently took to the court at the third annual Mount Pearl Senior High invitational tournament.

Mount Pearl Senior High, Holy Heart High School, Holy Spirit High School, Gonzaga High School and St. Bonaventure’s College participated in the one-day tournament held Dec. 8.

This year, the tournament format was changed to four-on-four to reflect the version of ultimate recently adopted as a Foundation Sport by School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador (SSNL). This version of ultimate is fast-paced and provides equal playing time for male and female players with a 2:2 ratio.

“Players really seemed to enjoy this change!” said Aaron Power, tournament organizer and coach of the Mount Pearl Senior High squad. “Play was very competitive and quick-paced with all games in the round robin being close and exciting games.”

The gold medal game saw St. Bon’s take on Holy Heart in a competitive and highly-spirited match. St. Bon’s won the game 14-9.

Celebrate Spirit of the Game!

International Spirit of the Game Day

Spirit of the game is an integral and essential aspect of ultimate, and on Monday, Dec. 3 it’s being celebrated worldwide with International Spirit of the Game Day!

As International Spirit of the Game Day falls on Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU)’s regularly scheduled league play, we’re pleased to partner with MZU to help mark the occasion. We are:

– encouraging spirited play in all games (and leagues!);
– inviting all teams to play a spirit game following their spirit circle;
– celebrating the Most Spirited Players with swag and photo ops; and
– encouraging players to have discussions about spirit both on and off the field.

This year, the theme for iSOTG Day is “youth,” so we’ll also be giving Spirit of the Game extra emphasis in our youth leagues on Dec. 2. We’ll talk about the importance of spirit in ultimate as well as play some spirit games so the next generation of players is able to carry forward the respect, passion and fair-mindedness that spirit of the game represents.

Learn more about Spirit of the Game.

Follow our social media channels for much more about Spirit of the Game and iSOTG Day!

Register now for 2018 Huckfest

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador presents Huskfest on Dec. 27.

Registration for Ultimate NL’s holiday Huckfest tournament is now live!

Register here

Join the Facebook event

Huckfest is a co-ed 5-on-5 tournament that will take place on Dec. 27 from 5-10 p.m. at the Techniplex. The cost is $40 for five hours of turkey-burning, cookie-cleansing fun!

This year, we’re aiming for equal numbers of male and female players to alternate gender ratios each half (i.e. the first half will be 3:2 of one gender and the second half will be 3:2 for the other gender). This will depend on the number of registrants for each gender  and we’ll notify participants of changes prior to the tournament in the Facebook event.

See you there!

Meet the Ultimate NL Board

Curious about who exactly comprises the Ultimate NL board of directors? Check out this Facebook album to learn about your board, why they love the sport of ultimate frisbee and what they hope to achieve over the next year!

Meet the Board

MZU elects new board of directors

Mile Zero Ultimate's new board of directors for 2018-2019.

Mile Zero Ultimate’s new board of directors.

Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU) has elected a new board of directors for the upcoming year.

Board elections took place during MZU’s annual general meeting on Nov. 14. The new board includes:

  • President: Allan Johnson
  • VP league: Jason Murphy
  • VP finance: Adam Drover
  • VP spirit: Jordan Kavanagh
  • VP communications: Rachael Fitkowski
  • Members at large: Michael Walsh, Colin Martin, Gina Reid, Jill Henderson, Dana Howse and Jessica Wade

MZU runs adult co-ed leagues in St. John’s with over 500 people playing in a variety of leagues year-round.

Congratulations to the new board of directors! Thank you as well to outgoing board members Tiffany Warren, Mark Flynn and Peter Thompson.

 

Team Batman wins MZU Outdoor Fall League

Team Batman won MZU's 2018 outdoor fall league.

Team Batman won MZU’s 2018 outdoor fall league.

Mile Zero Ultimate’s Super Sunday Outdoor Fall League wrapped up on Nov. 11 with Team Batman taking home the victory 7-3 over Deadpool.

The superhero-themed league saw 42 new players take to the fields for the first time.

It was also the first league in the province to implement the use of the WFDF gender Ratio Rule A, which alternates the gender ratio on the field every second point to provide near equal playing time for male and female players.

Congratulations to MZU for its leadership on gender equity initiatives, and player recruitment!

Super Sunday Outdoor Fall League Winners:

  • Overall winner: Batman
  • Most Spirited Male: Jason Murphy
  • Most Spirited Female: Kathleen Sullivan
  • Male MVP: Jerry Croke
  • Female MVP: Tori Kearney
  • Most Spirited Team: Harley Quinn

Holiday Huskfest: save the date

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador presents Huskfest on Dec. 27.

Ultimate NL’s turkey-burning, cookie-cleansing HuckFest ultimate tournament is back for another year!

Save the date for this mixed, five-on-five hat tournament from 5-10 p.m. on Dec. 27 at the Techniplex.

Registration will open on Nov. 23. Get all the details here and sign up to receive notification when registration goes live.