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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

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.

SWURL winter league dates announced

The St. John’s Women’s Ultimate Recreational League (SWURL) will hold a four-on-four league this winter that will be open to all skill levels.

Save the date for 9:30-10:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights from Feb. 27-April 17!

Registration will open in January. For more information, visit click here or visit SWURL’s Facebook page.

Ultimate NL launches new high school league

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador is hosting a fall league for high school students this year. It's the first year for this league.

We’re proud to announce that Ultimate NL is hosting its first-ever fall high school hat league!

This league will play the four-on-four format of ultimate recently adopted by School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador as a Foundation Sport. It’s a fast-paced version of ultimate that’s great for newcomers and experienced players who want to learn and have fun.

A hat league encourages players to sign up alone or in small groups and be assigned to teams. This allows players to meet and learn from new people while making friends and having fun!

Sign up solo or with your friends (maximum of four) to be placed on the same team!

League Details:

  • Dates: Oct. 14-Dec. 9 (Sundays)
  • Times: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Ages: 14-18
  • Location: Techniplex, St. John’s
  • Cost: $60

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New fall camp for elementary and junior high athletes

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador will hold a development camp for youth in elementary and junior high schools this fall.

Ultimate NL is offering an eight-week junior development camp for elementary and junior high school-aged athletes this fall.

The camp focuses on skill development through progressive drills, one-on-one coaching and weekly scrimmages. It’s great for newcomers and experienced players who want to learn and play ultimate!

Camp Details:

  • Dates: Oct. 14-Dec. 9 (Sundays)
  • Time: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Location: NL Sports Centre (PowerPlex), 90 Crosbie Rd., St. John’s
  • Ages: 9-14 (by Dec. 31, 2018)
  • Cost: $60

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Ultimate named Foundation Sport by School Sports NL

Students and coaches at the 2018 senior high school provincial tournament.

Students and coaches at the 2018 senior high school provincial tournament.

We’re excited to announce that ultimate has been named a Foundation Sport by School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador!

School Sports NL is a provincial organization working to ensure students develop healthy living habits and experience the life-long benefits of participation through physical activity and sport. In the 2017-2018 school year, School Sports NL organized over 200 regional and 45 provincial tournaments. The organization offers programs in 10 Official Sports and six Foundation Sports for male and female student athletes.

“This is exciting news for the growth of ultimate in the province,” says Nick House, UNL president. “Being named a Foundation Sport with School Sports NL will expose kids all over the province to ultimate and allow us to support them with funding, equipment, training and resources. It’s a great step towards making ultimate a truly provincial sport.”

“This is exciting news for the growth of ultimate in the province.” – Nick House

Road to varsity sports

Foundation Sport is the introductory phase of any sport wishing to become part of School Sports NL’s varsity program. Foundation Sport status helps develop interest and skills on a regional basis so that when enough participation is generated, it can become an Official Sport with the organization.

“School Sports NL encourages diversity in sport and promotes balanced athletic development for student athletes,” says Sean Connolly, the organization’s varsity co-ordinator. “We’re happy to welcome ultimate as a Foundation Sport and hope to see it reach Official Sport status in the near future.”

The version of ultimate being introduced to schools will see co-ed teams of four face off against each other in one of ultimate’s most fast-paced iterations.

Accessible sport for rural schools

“Ultimate is a co-ed sport and that makes it especially accessible to rural schools with small populations,” says Mr. House. “Using the four-on-four version of the game means that small schools also have a greater number of students to form teams with, making it easier for them to field teams in regional and provincial competitions.”

As part of the Foundation Program, School Sports NL will oversee and promote regional tournaments for students. Ultimate NL will provide coaching resources, equipment and other support. Teams and individuals may also apply for funding to assist with travel costs associated with participating in school tournaments.

Participation in the School Sports NL Varsity Program exceeds 7,000 student athletes and over 500 volunteer teacher-coaches across the province.

Over 800 people play ultimate each year in adult and school leagues in the St. John’s area.

Teachers and coaches interested in introducing ultimate to students may find more information here.

MUTT holding tryouts for open and women’s teams

The Memorial University Ultimate Touring Team (MUTT) is holding tryouts this month.

The Memorial University Ultimate Touring Team (MUTT) is holding tryouts this month.

The Memorial Ultimate Touring Team (MUTT) is holding tryouts for open and women’s teams this month.

Tryouts are open to current students at Memorial University.

Open Tryouts:

  • Sept. 6, 5:30-7 p.m. @ MUN Fieldhouse Soccer Field
  • Sept. 9, 12-2 p.m. @ Lower Ayers Soccer Field
  • Sept. 11, 5:30-7 p.m. @ MUN Fieldhouse Soccer Field
  • Sept. 14, 5:30-7 p.m. @ MUN Fieldhouse Soccer Field

Women’s Tryouts:

  • Sept. 9, 2:30-4 p.m. @Lower Ayers Soccer Field
  • Sept. 10, 5:30-7 p.m. @ MUN Fieldhouse Soccer Field
  • Sept. 12, 5:30-7 p.m. @ MUN Fieldhouse Soccer Field

For more information, email captain Luke Dyer at muttcaptain@gmail.com.

And stay up-to-date by liking the MUTT Facebook page here.

Toilet Bowl is back!

UNL's annual Toilet Bowl is being held on Saturday, Sept. 22.

The most fun tournament of the year is back!

UNL’s annual Toilet Bowl will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fieldian Grounds.

(Please note that this has been rescheduled from the original date of Sept. 15 due to a conflict at the field.)

This 5×5 mixed hat tournament brings together players of all skill levels to compete for the prestigious title of Toilet Bowl champs.

But this ain’t no ordinary ultimate tournament. Expect some surprises and unconventional throwing implements in your quest to win the trophy!

This year, there will also be an equal number of spots (30) for male and female players. The tournament will use WFDF Ratio Rule A to ensure equal playing time if the necessary registration numbers are reached.

Cost is $20 for UNL members (non-UNL members need to purchase a UNL annual membership and pay the $30 registration fee).

Field snacks will be available for all players and UNL will be on site selling apparel so bring some cash to snag this year’s merch before it’s all gone.

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Princess Layout tops sold-out SWURL league

Team Princess Layout poses after winning the 2018 summer SWURL championships

Princess Layout, 2018 summer SWURL champs

A sold-out summer league saw four teams competing over seven weeks in the St. John’s Women’s Ultimate Recreational League (SWURL) this summer.

With a mandate to grow the sport of ultimate among women in the province, SWURL added weekly skill development clinics to game nights to help female players improve their skills. Fifty-six players participated in the league.

On the final night of competition, Princess Layout took on Han Block in the championship, emerging the victor with a score of 15-3.

Jessica Mandville was named most valuable player for the winning team with Yolanda Kuai chosen as most spirited player.

Luke Skybattle also defeated Threwbacca for third place.

For more photos from SWURL’s summer league, click here.

Wheelchair ultimate launches in St. John’s

Ten people took part in the province's first wheelchair ultimate session last month.

Ten people took part in the province’s first wheelchair ultimate session last month.

A new partnership between Ultimate NL, wheelchair basketball and ParasportNL is bringing wheelchair ultimate to the province.

Ten players took part in the inaugural session at the School for the Deaf in July. Thanks to Margaret Tibbo of Parasport NL, Laurel Penny of UNL and several Storm players for helping to to make ultimate more accessible to a wider community.

Anyone interested in learning more or participating in wheelchair ultimate may contact Laurel at sportdev@ultimatenl.ca. Wheelchairs are also available for anyone who does not have one of their own.

Funding for this project was made available by the Ultimate Canada Art Hawkins Fund.