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Labrador hosts first ultimate tournament

The team from Menihek High School, with coach Jeff Pardy, pose with the Northern Varsity Ultimate Frisbee banner.
Menihek High School won the first SSNL ultimate banner for the region.

The growth of ultimate across Newfoundland and Labrador continues with Menihek High School in Labrador City hosting the region’s first school tournament on April 5-6.

Four teams from Labrador competed in the Northern Varsity Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, sponsored by School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador (SSNL). In addition to Menihek, J.R. Smallwood Middle School in Wabush also fielded three teams

“Ultimate is new to this region,” says tournament director and Menitek coach, Jeff Pardy. “However, interest in ultimate is high, and we’re excited to see the sport continue to grow. We also hope to have at least Menihek compete at the Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador high school provincial tournament in St. John’s next year. That’s our goal.”

Menihek defeated J.R. Smallwood (yellow) in the final to take home the regional championship banner.

Ethan Sexton from J.R. Smallwood (yellow) was named Most Valuable Player while Brooke Janes from Menihek won the Most Spirited Player award.

Some of the players in the first ultimate tournament in Labrador are pictured at Menihek High School.
Four teams participated in the tournament. Some of the players are pictured.

“Our partnership with School Sport NL is helping the sport of ultimate reach areas of the province, like Labrador West, that we haven’t had the resources to access in the past,” says Nick House, president of Ultimate NL.

“Just one year after being accepted as a Foundation Sport, there’s now ultimate being played where it wasn’t possible before. Those athletes are now showing interest in competing in provincials championships and joining our provincial club teams. The results are exactly what we hoped for!”

Click here to learn more about ultimate in schools.

Ultimate NL memberships

It’s time to renew your membership in Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador!

As the provincial sport organization for ultimate in the province, Ultimate NL membership enables you to play in any of our member leagues (Men’s Avalon Ultimate League, Mile Zero Ultimate and St. John’s Women’s Ultimate Recreational League), tournaments and other events throughout the year.

Ultimate NL membership also ensures that you are covered should you be injured and require medical treatment as a result of playing in these leagues or tournaments.

Learn about your insurance coverage here.

Players must have a valid 2019-2020 membership by June 1 to play in upcoming summer leagues.

Annual Ultimate NL membership costs $30. Purchase your membership here.

Date set for Salmon Cove tournament

The Salmon Cove Sands Beach Ultimate Tournament will be held on July 6, 2019.

The 2019 Salmon Cove Sands Beach Ultimate Tournament is back!

Held in beautiful Salmon Cove, just an hour from St. John’s, this one-day beach ultimate tournament will be held on Saturday, July 6. If the forecast is unfavourable, the tournament will go ahead on Sunday, July 7.

The tournament is open to all skill levels, and players may register as a team or an individual. Teams get a full day of ultimate, a great communal meal and a camping spot nearby the beach.

Team bids will open on May 1! The deadline for team bids is Friday, June 7. Captains may submit a team bid here.

Individual players or small groups may fill out this matchmaking form to be added to a team.

See you on the beach!

Storm tryout dates

Members of Storm, Newfoundland and Labrador's junior competitive club teams, march in the opening ceremony of the 2018 Canadian Ultimate Championships.
Storm at the opening ceremony for the 2018 Canadian Ultimate Championships.

Youth players are invited to try out for Storm, the province’s junior competitive club teams, next month.

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador offers junior open and female teams in its competitive Storm program. Male- and female-matching players who are between the ages of 14 and 18 as of Dec. 31, 2019 are eligible to try out.

The teams will compete at the 2019 Canadian Ultimate Championships from Aug. 11-14 in Edmonton, AB.

Tryout dates are as follows:

Junior Women

  • Wednesday, April 17, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 20, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 1, 7-9 p.m.

Junior Open

  • Saturday, April 6, 8-9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13, 8-9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 20, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

All tryouts will take place at the Techniplex in St. John’s.

Athletes outside the Avalon who cannot make the tryouts and are interested in the team, as well as all other inquiries, may be directed to Luke Dyer, Youth Development and Competition Director, at youth@ultimatenl.ca.

Storm is sponsored by Veterinary Specialty Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Regiment seeks players for 2019 season

Regiment at the Canadian Ultimate Championships in 2018.
Regiment at the Canadian Ultimate Championships in 2018.

Regiment is seeking expressions of interest from any male-matching players in the province who are interested in playing competitive ultimate.

Regiment is the province’s travelling open club team. The squad has plans to compete in at least three out-of-province tournaments in the 2019 season.

Due to high anticipated numbers, interested players are asked to complete this form if they are interested in joining the team. If there is sufficient interest, a second team may be organized to participate in a recreational tournament this summer

The deadline to express interest in Regiment is Sunday, April 14. Click here for more information and to express your interest in playing.

Register for MZU’s summer league

Mile Zero Ultimate‘s largest league of the year is fast approaching!

Registration is now open for this co-ed adult league in St. John’s. Click here to register.

Games will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 4-Aug. 24. Teams can expect one game per week.

League Details:

  • Team Composition: 14 player minimum, with a minimum 6 male-matching and 6 female-matching players.
  • Field Composition: 7 on 7, using WFDF Gender Ratio Rule A.
  • Format: Wager Ranking System.
  • When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 4-Aug. 24. Game times: 5:30- 6:55 p.m. and 7-8:25 p.m. For the first six weeks, the top half of the league plays on Thursday evenings and the bottom half plays on Tuesday evenings. For the next five weeks, the top half of the league plays on Tuesday evenings and the bottom half plays on Thursdays.
  • Playoff Day: Saturday, Aug. 24. End of Summer Party that evening at Swilers.
  • Cost: $55 per person + $30 Ultimate NL fee per person.
  • Registration:  Ends May 13 at midnight (players that register after April 29 will not receive a jersey).
  • Jerseys: Included with registration fee. In order to receive a jersey, you must register before April 29. Registration after this date does not guarantee a jersey (and cost will not be adjusted as such).
  • Team Building: Both pre-formed teams and MZU Board team building.
  • Signup:  Register as individuals, pairs, groups or a full team. (In the applicable field pleas provide your team name or a list of players with whom you wish to play).

Players MUST pay their $30 Ultimate NL membership fee through the Ultimate NL website.

If you are a player looking for a team, or a captain looking for a few more players, use the matchmaking form here.

Corner Brook wraps up indoor season

Ultimate players in Corner Brook wrapped up a great semester of pickup with a four-on-four mini tournament.

Four teams competed at Grenfell Campus of Memorial University on March 31. Organizers says they’re pleased by the growth of the ultimate community over the past year.

Outdoor pickup games will once again be held in Corner Brook this summer. For more information about ultimate in Corner Brook, contact Rebecca Milley at rmilley@grenfell.mun.ca or visit the Facebook group.

MPSH hosts first SSNL ultimate tournament

Mount Pearl Senior High, pictured with coaches Aaron Power, Natalie O'Donnell and Claire Moore-Gibbons, won the first School Sports NL banner for ultimate frisbee.
Mount Pearl Senior High, pictured with coaches Aaron Power, Natalie O’Donnell and Claire Moore-Gibbons, won the first School Sports NL banner for ultimate frisbee.

The first ultimate frisbee school tournament in the province was hosted by Mount Pearl Senior High (MPSH) on March 22-23.

Eight teams participated in the tournament, which marked the debut of ultimate as a Foundation Sport with School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador (SSNL). The tournament used the four-on-four version of ultimate that has been adapted for school gymnasiums, which requires each team to field two male-matching and two female-matching players on the court at all times

“This tournament represents the first significant ultimate four-on-four, co-ed tournament at the high school level hosted in our province, and also the first tournament sponsored by SSNL — both huge accomplishments!” said Aaron Power, tournament director.

After two days of round robin play, teams from MPSH, St. Bonaventure’s College, Holy Heart of Mary High School and Baltimore School qualified for the semi-finals. St. Bon’s beat Holy Heart in a tight battle by a score of 13-11. In the other semi-final, MPSH defeated Baltimore 30-11.

MPSH then claimed the first SSNL high school regional ultimate banner by defeating St. Bon’s 19-7. They were undefeated in the tournament

Shae LeDevehat of MPSH was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and Diego Kenny from Gonzaga Regional High was the Most Spirited Player

Holy Heart won the Team Sportsmanship banner

“Overall, it was impressive to watch all the teams play throughout the weekend and to see how much ultimate is growing in our region,  both in terms of the number of teams participating and the skill level demonstrated,” said Power.

Ultimate NL would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped make this tournament a success. In particular, our thanks go to Power; assistant tournament directors Claire Moore-Gibbons, Natalie O’Donnell and Kathleeen Sullivan; game facilitator and Ultimate Canada president Rob Langridge; and those who manned the welcome, score-keeping and merchandise tables.

Check out some photos from the tournament here.

Ultimate NL announces Storm, youth tournaments sponsor

Pictured are Ultimate NL vice-president Melissa Wheeler, John Mackenzie, Dr. Trina Bailey and president Nick House at the 2018 awards gala.
Left to right: Ultimate NL vice-president Melissa Wheeler, John Mackenzie, Dr. Trina Bailey and president Nick House.

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador is pleased to announce that Veterinary Specialty Centre (VSC) of Newfoundland and Labrador is the new corporate sponsor for Storm and our youth provincial tournaments.

VSC, co-owned by Dr. Trina Bailey and John Mackenzie, is the only clinic in Newfoundland and Labrador that provides advanced medical care for pets in the province.

The duo became interested in sponsoring ultimate after watching their son, Ewan, participate in the junior open Storm program last year.

“I am so impressed by the communication, problem-solving skills and camaraderie of players on and off the field,” said Mackenzie. “I wanted to determine if there was anything our company could do to further support this inspiring behaviour, the skill development of the players and the growth of this commendable sport in the province.”

VSC’s sponsorship will help offset the cost of field rentals, athletic gear, travel and other expenses related to operating Storm, the province’s junior open and female competitive club teams. The sponsorship will also go towards expenses associated with hosting Ultimate NL’s annual elementary, junior high and senior high provincial tournaments this spring.

“We’re excited to partner with Veterinary Specialty Centre as it’s an organization that is invested in our community and shares our values in providing many opportunities for young people to play ultimate in this province,” says Nick House, president of Ultimate NL. “It will have an immediate impact on our Storm and youth programs, and help us expand them beyond what has been possible until now.”

“Ultimate is a great sport that is adaptable to many skill levels, making it inclusive and fun. It also brings people together in a positive way,” adds Dr. Bailey. “We look forward to being a part of an exciting season ahead.”

To learn more about Storm, click here.

Upcoming Tempest tryouts

Logo for Tempest, the women's competitive ultimate frisbee travelling team in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Tempest Ultimate is holding tryouts for its 2019 competitive season this month.

The province’s competitive travelling women’s team, based in St. John’s, marks its 10th year in 2019. Tryouts will take place over three weeks on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, March 5: 10-11:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 12: 10-11:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 19: 10-11:30 p.m.

To sign up for tryouts, click here.

All sessions will take place at the Techniplex in St. John’s.

Tempest aims to select a roster of 18 players that will travel to at least two tournaments (Boston and Ottawa) this summer.

The cost to participate in the tryouts is $30. Any female-matching player that is interested in attending the tryouts is welcome.

Questions may be directed to tempestultimatenl@gmail.com.