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Summer clinics co-ordinator hired

Summer clinics co-ordinator Annika Bieger poses with a frisbee.
Summer clinics co-ordinator Annika Bieger

Ultimate NL is pleased to introduce Annika Bieger, who will run ultimate clinics this summer for kids and community groups.

Annika began playing ultimate at St. Paul’s Junior High and Holy Heart of Mary, and says she has “loved and continued to play ever since!” She’s played on a variety of school teams and participated in after-school ultimate programs and adult scrimmages and continues to play recreationally.

“I often helped coached my high school team and now I look forward to sharing my skills and experience!” she says.

Last summer, Ultimate NL led 38 clinics involving over 600 kids of all ages in communities around St. John’s.

Community groups and sports organizations interested in offering clinics to youth participants may contact Annika at annika@ultimatenl.ca.

Board updates

Head shots of Yolanda Kuai and Kurtis Thornhill.
Yolanda Kuai, left, and Kurtis Thornhill.

There have been some recent changes to the Ultimate NL board of directors.

Member-at-large Yolanda Kuai has taken over the position of tournaments and events director. She can be reached at tournaments@ultimatenl.ca.

Also, Kurtis Thornhill has returned to the board, this time in the role of community outreach director. Kurtis previously served on the board as our youth co-ordinator. He can be reached at volunteer@ultimatenl.ca.

Special thanks to outgoing board members Erin Daly and Mark Kavanagh for their time and dedication!

Flood Watch wins first Elimin8s

A team picture of Flood Watch at Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador's first Elimin8s tournament.
Flood Watch

Team Flood Watch was undefeated in Ultimate NL’s first Elimin8s tournament.

With six teams and over 60 players participating, Flood Watch proved to be tough opponents in the tournament but emerged the victor when Erin Daly caught a pass from Mike Pineau to score the winning point against Gyr8tors.

Both teams were down to two players each on the field, making it a battle of both smarts and skill.

In Elimin8s style ultimate, teams start with eight players but lose a position on the field with each point scored. This makes for highly competitive games and most matches were separated by less than three points.

In a post-tournament survey, 92 per cent of respondents said their experience at the tournament was excellent or that they were very satisfied with it. Ninety-two per cent also said they’d like it to be an annual event.

Thank you to everyone who came out and helped make it a success! Special thanks to tournament director Kathleen Sullivan, and to Tempest for providing field snacks.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.