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MZU Gender Equity Committee update

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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

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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.

 

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

MZU offering indoor and outdoor fall leagues

Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU) is offering outdoor and indoor fall leagues in St. John's.

Members looking for more ultimate have two options for co-ed play this fall.

Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU) is offering both an outdoor hat league and an indoor build-it-yourself (BIY) league.

Fall Outdoor Hat League

Registration is open until Wednesday, Sept. 5. The league will take place on Sunday nights from Sept. 9-Nov. 4.

Players who are new to the league, or whose first league was in the Capital Subaru Summer League, receive a $10 discount on the registration fee. Players may sign up alone or with a partner.

New to this league is the implementation of the WFDF Ratio Rule A, which alternates the gender ratio every second point so that players of all genders receive equal play.

More information

Fall Indoor BIY League

MZU is now taking expressions of interest from interested teams. Captains must submit EOIs by Sept. 10 at 6 p.m.

The BIY league has space for 24 teams. If there is interest from more than 24 teams, a lottery will be held to see which teams gain entry.

Individual players looking for a team, or teams looking for players, may use this matchmaking form to join a team or complete a roster.

The league will run on Monday nights from Sept. 24-Dec. 17.

More information

Young Guns claim MZU championship

Young Guns poses with the Flaherty Cup after winning the 2018 summer league title from Mile Zero Ultimate.

Young Guns poses with the Flaherty Cup after winning the 2018 summer league title from Mile Zero Ultimate. Photo credit: Kenny Budgell.

Young Guns unseated long-running MZU champs Fellowship of Awesome to claim the 2018 Flaherty Cup on Saturday.

The final score of the tightly contested final was 11-10. Fellowship of Awesome had previously won the title 10 years in a row, an unprecedented achievement.

Playoff day for Mile Zero Ultimate’s Capital Subaru Summer League was held on Aug. 25 with 26 teams participating.

Division Winners

  • A final: Young Guns
  • B final: Huck Up? Huck Off!
  • C final: Team Slow Clap
  • D final: Rubber Huckies

Award Winners

  • Most Spirited Team: Flickapedia
  • Most Spirited Players: Brandon Kilfoy (Beer Pressure), Jon Power (Canadian Armed Flickers), Lynsey Alcock (Sunny D’s)
  • Most Committed Male: Paolo Mascarin (Fellowship of Awesome)
  • Most Committed Female: Rachael Fitkowski (Flickapedia)
  • Male MVP: Andrew Ward (Sunny D’s)
  • Female MVP: Whitney Mullett (Scoober Doo)
  • Captain of the Year: Andy Porter (Frisky Dingo)
  • Favourite Opponent: Half Cut
  • Favourite Team Name: Darkwing Huck

Congratulations to all the winners and to MZU on another fabulous summer league!