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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.

MZU Summer League registration

Registration for Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU’s) popular summer league is ongoing until May 13.

Games for this adult, co-ed league will take place on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings from June 4-Aug. 24.

Teams are required to have a minimum of six male-matching and six female-matching players, and WFDF Gender Ratio Rule A will be used.

For more information, click here.

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.

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.

MZU Gender Equity Committee update

The logo for Mile Zero Ultimate, or MZU.

Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU)’s Gender Equity Committee has been working hard to improve gender equity in the ultimate community.

Begun in December, the committee is exploring a variety of initiatives to make the adult co-ed league in St. John’s more welcoming to marginalized players, primarily focusing on issues related to female-matching players. Working in co-operation with Ultimate NL and the St. John’s Women’s Recreational Ultimate League (SWURL), the committee aims to:

  • Increase awareness that female-matching players experience the game differently than male-matching players;
  • Support women to become equipped with knowledge and skills on the field;
  • Promote female-matching players to participate in ultimate;
  • Support female-matching players to take on leadership positions; and
  • Highlight the efforts of others working towards gender equity.

MZU has been releasing information on social media and its website related to the committee’s working, including a recent examination of some statistics looking at the participation levels of female-matching players in its 2019 winter toque league.

To learn more and join the conversation, follow MZU on Facebook or visit www.milezeroultimate.com.

Kitchen Party winners crowned

Buddy Wasisgame and the Other Handlers

Buddy Wasisgame and the Other Handlers took the title in Mile Zero Ultimate’s 2019 Winter Toque League recently.

Sixteen teams participated in the Newfoundland and Labrador kitchen party-themed league

Buddy Wasisgame took on The Play That Paddy Murphy Tried in the final, winning a tight match by a score of 15-10.

Other league winners were:

  • Most Spirited Team: The Rocky Road from the Techniplex
  • Most Spirited Players: Fred Perry and Sheila Delaney
  • All-star Players: Cameron Penney and Allie Guerra

Ultimate NL honours top coaches, athletes and volunteers

Pictured left to right are Madison Hull, Erin Daly, Luke Dyer, Andrew Workman, Craig Stoyles, Stefan Barnes, Kathleen Sullivan and Kurtis Thornhill.
Left to right: Madison Hull, Erin Daly, Luke Dyer, Andrew Workman, Craig Stoyles, Stefan Barnes, Kathleen Sullivan and Kurtis Thornhill.

We were thrilled to recognize top athletes, coaches and volunteers with our 2018 Ultimate NL Awards recently.

The winners of the annual awards were announced at our volunteer gala on Feb. 9. They are:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Stefan Barnes
  • Female Athlete of the Year Award: Erin Daly
  • Male Athlete of the Year Award: Luke Dyer
  • Junior Female Athlete of the Year Award: Madison Hull
  • Junior Male Athlete of the Year Award: Andrew Workman
  • Coach of the Year Award: Craig Stoyles
  • Justin Frampton Spirit of the Game Award: Claire Genest
  • Kristine Cadigan Award: Kathleen Sullivan
  • Joe Coady Award: Kurtis Thornhill

“Our community, from running youth leagues to guiding the development of ultimate in the province, is led primarily by volunteers,” said Nick House, president of Ultimate NL. “Our awards are intended to recognize the hard work and commitment of these individuals, as well as the excellence demonstrated by our top athletes and coaches. Ultimate has seen tremendous growth in recent years, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without their passion and dedication.”

Introducing the award winners

Barnes was the first president of Mile Zero Ultimate and also served on the Newfoundland and Labrador Ultimate Association, the precursor of Ultimate NL. He also played on a number of competitive teams including Granite, the province’s first co-ed competitive travelling team.

Daly became the only female from Newfoundland and Labrador to ever play at the World Ultimate Club Championships in 2018. There, she was the top-scoring female player in the mixed division with 22 goals, finishing 11th overall in total goals out of 1,100 athletes.

Dyer captained the Memorial Ultimate Touring Team to its top finish to date at the Canadian University Ultimate Championships (CUUC) and at the Canadian Ultimate Championships (CUC) with Regiment, he finished fourth in scoring and 11th in total points (out of 360 athletes). His performance earned him a tryout with the U24 Team Canada  squad later this month.

Hull co-captained Storm at the Junior Canadian Ultimate Championships, where she lead the team in scoring and was named the team’s tournament all-star. In December, her St. Bonaventure’s team won the Mount Pearl Senior High Invitational.

Workman was a leader on Mount Pearl Senior High’s ultimate team that won the provincial high school tournament in 2018. He was also a member of Storm and led the team in points at the Junior Canadian Ultimate Championships.

Stoyles served as head coach for the open squad of Storm in 2018 and coached the team to its first two victories at the Junior Canadian Ultimate Championships, including an upset win over the ninth-seeded team. Storm finished 20th overall, up from a seeded position of 24th. Stoyles also coaches the ultimate team at Holy Spirit High School.

Genest is a member of Tempest, the province’s female competitive club team, where she is a leader in sportsmanship, fair-mindedness and respect for her teammates and opponents. She currently captains the Mount Allison Ultimate Team and has led them to numerous first-place finishes in Spirit of the Game rankings.

Sullivan is the current sport development co-ordinator for Ultimate NL. A leader on and off the field, she’s played on competitive club teams Tempest and Wreckhouse and is a current captain of Tempest. She regularly volunteers at youth ultimate tournaments and is an ambassador for Spirit of the Game at all levels of play.

Thornhill served as the youth co-ordinator for Ultimate NL from 2016-2017, where he was instrumental in the growth of the province’s competitive and recreational youth programs. His leadership led to the start of Storm, a junior competitive program that fields teams in the open and women’s divisions. In addition, Thornhill has served as tournament director for many high school, junior high and elementary school tournaments and was heavily involved in managing the city’s high school metro league.

MZU seeks expressions of interest for winter BIY

The logo for Mile Zero Ultimate, or MZU.

Mile Zero Ultimate, the adult co-ed recreational league in St. John’s, is seeking expressions of interest for its winter build-it-yourself (BIY) league.

There is space for 30 teams in the league, which will run on Mondays from Feb. 25-May 6 at the Techniplex.

This league will also use WFDF’s Ratio Rule A, which offers equal playing time to male- and female-identifying players, meaning teams must have a minimum of five players of each gender.

Team captains are asked to complete the expressions of interest form by Friday, Feb. 15. A lottery to select which teams may participate, if needed, will be held on Feb. 16.

Individual players or groups who are looking for a team, or captains who are looking for players, can use this matchmaking form to find teams.

Click here for more information.

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!

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.