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St. John’s Women’s Ultimate Recreation League (SWURL)

Summer league will run on Monday nights from June 17-Aug. 12 with games happening at 5:30 and 7 p.m. at Kitty Gaul field. Sign up in pairs or solo. A 30-minute skills and drills session will take place from 6:30-7 p.m. for the first four weeks.

Cost: $35

Register here

Men’s Avalon Ultimate League (MAUL)

Summer league will run on Mondays from June 17-Aug. 13 at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Bowring Park field. Open to male-matching players ages 16-and-over of all skill levels.

Cost: $40

Register here

Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU)

Summer league is underway with 23 teams taking part.

New this season is an update to the subbing policy, which allows both registered and unregistered players to sub for a maximum of four games throughout the season. Registered players may only sub in the regular season. Unregistered players may sub in a maximum of one playoff game. Further details are available here.

If you’re interested in subbing, join MZU’s Facebook group here. Unregistered players must complete this waiver form before subbing.

The summer league schedule is available here.

Mount Pearl wins junior high banner

Members of the Mount Pearl Senior High Grade 9 team pose with the Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador provincial banner.
2019 Junior High Provincial Champs: Mount Pearl Senior High 9s. Credit: David Hiscock

Mount Pearl Senior High (MPSH) 9s emerged the victor of our 2019 Junior High Provincial Tournament on May 25-26.

This marked the 10th year that Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador has hosted a provincial junior high tournament. Fourteen teams representing 11 schools participated.

MPSH 9s faced Villanova Junior High in the final and won by a score of 15-9. MPSH narrowly defeated 2018 champions Frank Roberts Junior High (FRJH) 3 by a score of 8-7 to make it to the championship game. In the other semi-final, Villanova edged out St. Bonaventure’s College 9-7.

The final standings were:

  1. Mount Pearl Senior High 9s
  2. Villanova Junior High
  3. St. Bonaventure’s College
  4. Frank Roberts Junior High 3
  5. Brother Rice Junior High (senior)
  6. Beaconsfield High School
  7. St. Paul’s Junior High
  8. Brother Rice Junior High (junior)
  9. Roncalli Central High
  10. Frank Roberts Junior High 1
  11. Laval High School
  12. Frank Roberts Junior High 2
  13. Macdonald Drive Junior High
  14. Cowan Heights Elementary 7s
Members of the Brother Rice Junior High junior squad pose with their coach.
The Brother Rice Celtics were the Most Spirited Team. Credit: David Hiscock

The junior squad from Brother Rice Junior High was the Most Spirited team.

Congratulations to all of the teams that participated!

A special thank you to all of our volunteers, coaches and tournament sponsor, Veterinary Specialty Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Check out the tournament photo album here.

Twillingate earns regional win in central

J.M. Olds Collegiate won the School Sports NL central regional banner.

The growth of ultimate in schools across the province continues with six schools in central Newfoundland and Labrador competing in the School Sports NL (SSNL) Central East Varsity Ultimate Frisbee Tournament.

Host team J.M. Olds Collegiate of Twillingate was undefeated in the tournament to earn the regional banner on May 25.

They defeated Lewisporte Collegiate 25-14 in the final.

Riverwood Academy from Gander Bay, Pearson Academy from Wesleyville, Lakewood Academy from Glenwood and Glovertown Academy also took part.

The tournament marks fourth regional tournament from SSNL since ultimate became a Foundation Sport with the governing body in September.

Congratulations to all of the participating teams!

Summer youth leagues open

Registration is now open for our junior high and elementary summer leagues.

These six-week leagues will focus on developing player skills in a fun and supportive environment. It will run from July 7 to Aug. 11.

Junior High Summer League

Open to athletes of all skill levels, this six-week league offers a great introduction to the sport of ultimate, allowing players to improve their skills and develop as athletes.

Details:

  • Sundays from July 7-Aug. 11
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Kitty Gaul Park
  • Ages: 12-14
  • Cost: $30

Register here

Elementary Summer League

We’re proud to announce our first Elementary Summer League! Open to kids of all skill levels, this league will offer a great introduction to the sport of ultimate, while teaching the skills and value of the sport. The emphasis will be on learning, fun and Spirit of the Game!

Details:

  • Sundays from July 7-Aug. 11
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Kitty Gaul Park
  • Ages: 8-11
  • Cost: $30

Register here

Skills and drills series a success

Melissa Wheeler, right, demonstrates throwing techniques. Credit: Nicole Bishop

Ultimate NL successfully hosted its first skill development series for female-matching players from April 10-May 15.

Fifty-three athletes participated in the inaugural series targeting female-matching players to improve their skills through group instruction and drills. With players divided into beginner and intermediate levels to better target the needs of participants, each session focused on one rule and one skill. Topics ranged from backhand and forehand throwing, proper cutting techniques, and offensive and defensive strategies.

All participants who provided feedback indicated that they enjoyed the sessions and felt that their skills improved over the series, says Kathleen Sullivan, Ultimate NL’s sport development co-ordinator.

“We identified the need for this series through feedback from the leagues and our membership, and we decided to create this league to improve the skills and confidence of female-matching players in the community,” says Sullivan. “I am so proud of all the facilitators for their commitment to this series and of all the participants for coming out and wanting to improve on their skills. It was amazing to see how much people improved their skills in only one hour sessions! I hope that everyone had fun and learned something.”

With participant feedback indicating an interest in continuous skill development, Ultimate NL will explore similar opportunities in the future.

Funding for this series was provided by the City of St. John’s Sport Grant.

Northern Peninsula hosts first school regionals

Long Range Academy won the first SSNL Northern Peninsula Varsity Ultimate Tournament.

Long Range Academy in Cow Head claimed the first school banner in ultimate for the Northern Peninsula recently.

The school hosted the School Sport NL (SSNL) Northern Peninsula Varsity Ultimate Tournament on May 14. Three teams participated: Long Range Academy, Gros Morne Academy from Rocky Harbour, and Jakeman All Grade School from Trout River.

Long Range Academy was undefeated in the tournament. The team topped Gros Morne Academy 24-9 in the final.

Jakeman All Grade won the team sportsmanship banner.

Congratulations to everyone who participated!

The ultimate elimination challenge

Get ready for a new, fun tournament to kick off the summer ultimate season!

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador will hold its first elimination 8s (Elimin8s)-style tournament on Saturday, June 8.

In Elimin8s, each team begins with eight players on the field. However, every time they score a point, they lose a player! The first team to score with only two players on the field wins. Because the scoring team is handicapped with each point they score, blowouts are uncommon and games usually come down to the wire.

Teams are allowed to make substitutions between points, and gender balance is maintained at all times.

For more information about Elimin8s-style ultimate, click here.

Format: Build It Yourself

  • Build your own team of eight to 12 players.
  • Teams may have a minimum of eight players if they commit to not forfeiting any games.
  • A maximum of 12 players per team is permitted.
  • Individuals may register and be assigned to a team that the board will build. (Details coming soon.)

Tournament Details:

  • Date: Saturday, June 8
  • Time: 10 a.m. -5 p.m.*
  • Location: Bowring Park
  • Ages: 16+
  • *There will be a one-hour break during the tournament to accommodate the Art Hawkins Great Canadian Ultimate Game.

Fees & Registration:

Register here.

We’re hiring!

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador is hiring a summer clinics co-ordinator to help facilitate the growth of ultimate across the province.

Our sport continues to grow, and the demand for clinics from interested communities, schools and individuals exceeds what we, the board, is able to manage as volunteers. The summer clinics co-ordinator will help us showcase and teach ultimate to a greater number of people than ever before!

Responsibilities:

The summer clinics co-ordinator will be responsible for co-ordinating all youth clinics during the summer season on behalf of Ultimate NL. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Receiving and scheduling clinics requests from community groups;
  • Promoting Ultimate NL’s youth clinic service and expanding reach to different community groups;
  • Developing clinic plans based on the Ultimate NL LTAD guide to fit each request;
  • Teaching clinics to youth groups of all ages;
  • Requesting and co-ordinating extra volunteer effort if needed;
  • Organizing and maintaining Ultimate NL equipment;
  • Documenting client feedback;
  • Managing all forms, paperwork and other information related to clinics; and
  • Submitting weekly reports to Ultimate NL.

Compensation:

The summer clinics co-ordinator will be paid at an hourly rate of $12.25 and will be required to complete 240 hours throughout June, July and August. The working hours will primarily be between the hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; however, there may be some evening and weekend work.

The employee is expected to travel to clinics locations in their own vehicle. Travel outside of the regular working area will be compensated in accordance with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Travel Reimbursement and Meal Plan Policies.

In addition to regular compensation, this position offers the benefit of flexible hours, the joy of working outside and with children, the ability to seek out new opportunities to work and earn more and the opportunity to travel. Plus, you get to play ultimate every day!

Qualifications and requirements:

The preferred candidate must possess the following qualities and qualifications:

  • An in-depth understanding of the sport of ultimate.
  • NCCP training would be an asset.
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle.
  • Experience and ability in completing basic paperwork and managing hard copy and digital information;
  • Experience in teaching or organizing children’s groups of all ages;
  • The ability to work independently and be proactive in searching for opportunities;
  • The ability to manage groups of volunteers and delegate work accordingly.
  • All candidates will be required to submit to a background check by the RNC in order to apply.
  • Be a current student.

How to Apply:

Please apply by emailing your application to finance@ultimatenl.ca. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The deadline to apply is Friday, May 31.

Free MZU/Tempest clinic

Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU) and Tempest, the province’s competitive club team for female-matching players, are hosting two free skills clinics soon.

The first clinic will take place on Monday, May 13 from 9-11 p.m. at the Techniplex in St. John’s. Primarily targeting beginner and intermediate players, the clinic will help participants improve their backhand and forehand throws as well as learn how to defend both cutters and throwers, and different cutting techniques.

There will also be a group warm-up and an injury-prevention discussion.

For more information, click here.

To register for the clinic, click here.

Details about the second clinic will be released in early June.

Summer of SWURL

Registration for summer league offered by the St. John’s Women’s Recreational Ultimate League (SWURL) is now open.

SWURL is a women’s league open to female-matching players age 15 and up. The upcoming summer league will take place on Monday nights from June 17-Aug. 12 (with no games on Canada Day, July 1).

The league will be outdoor 5 vs 5 and is open to all skill levels, from “I’ve never held a disc” to advanced.

Game times will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. or 7-8 p.m. for the first four weeks of the league, then 5:30-6:45 p.m. and 7-8:15 p.m. for the remaining four weeks. All registrants may also participate in a skills and drills session that will take place from 6:30-7 p.m. for the first four weeks of the league. Topics covered will include throwing backhand, throwing forehand, defense 101 and offensive strategies.

Registration is $35 for eight weeks of play (plus a $30 2019-20 Ultimate NL membership if one has not already been purchased).

Interested players may register in pairs or as individuals.

Register here.