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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.

Corner Brook wraps up indoor season

Ultimate players in Corner Brook wrapped up a great semester of pickup with a four-on-four mini tournament.

Four teams competed at Grenfell Campus of Memorial University on March 31. Organizers says they’re pleased by the growth of the ultimate community over the past year.

Outdoor pickup games will once again be held in Corner Brook this summer. For more information about ultimate in Corner Brook, contact Rebecca Milley at rmilley@grenfell.mun.ca or visit the Facebook group.

School tournament dates

The team from Mount Pearl Senior High is pictured holding the 2017-2018 provincial championship banner.
Mount Pearl Senior High won the coveted provincial title in 2018.

Save the dates!

Ultimate NL’s annual provincial tournaments are coming up soon! For the first time this year, we’re hosting a standalone tournament for elementary schools.

Senior High Provincial Tournament

  • —May 4-5
  • 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Techniplex, St. John’s
  • Registration and jersey orders are due April 15.
  • Register here
  • Sign up to volunteer here

Junior High Provincial Tournament

  • May 25-26
  • May 4-5
  • 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Techniplex, St. John’s
  • Get notified when registration opens here
  • Sign up to volunteer here

Elementary School Provincial Tournament

  • June 2
  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • PowerPlex, St. John’s
  • Get notified when registration opens here

Questions? Email Hilary at schools@ultimatenl.ca.

Ultimate NL’s provincial school tournaments are sponsored by Veterinary Specialty Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador.

MPSH hosts first SSNL ultimate tournament

Mount Pearl Senior High, pictured with coaches Aaron Power, Natalie O'Donnell and Claire Moore-Gibbons, won the first School Sports NL banner for ultimate frisbee.
Mount Pearl Senior High, pictured with coaches Aaron Power, Natalie O’Donnell and Claire Moore-Gibbons, won the first School Sports NL banner for ultimate frisbee.

The first ultimate frisbee school tournament in the province was hosted by Mount Pearl Senior High (MPSH) on March 22-23.

Eight teams participated in the tournament, which marked the debut of ultimate as a Foundation Sport with School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador (SSNL). The tournament used the four-on-four version of ultimate that has been adapted for school gymnasiums, which requires each team to field two male-matching and two female-matching players on the court at all times

“This tournament represents the first significant ultimate four-on-four, co-ed tournament at the high school level hosted in our province, and also the first tournament sponsored by SSNL — both huge accomplishments!” said Aaron Power, tournament director.

After two days of round robin play, teams from MPSH, St. Bonaventure’s College, Holy Heart of Mary High School and Baltimore School qualified for the semi-finals. St. Bon’s beat Holy Heart in a tight battle by a score of 13-11. In the other semi-final, MPSH defeated Baltimore 30-11.

MPSH then claimed the first SSNL high school regional ultimate banner by defeating St. Bon’s 19-7. They were undefeated in the tournament

Shae LeDevehat of MPSH was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and Diego Kenny from Gonzaga Regional High was the Most Spirited Player

Holy Heart won the Team Sportsmanship banner

“Overall, it was impressive to watch all the teams play throughout the weekend and to see how much ultimate is growing in our region,  both in terms of the number of teams participating and the skill level demonstrated,” said Power.

Ultimate NL would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped make this tournament a success. In particular, our thanks go to Power; assistant tournament directors Claire Moore-Gibbons, Natalie O’Donnell and Kathleeen Sullivan; game facilitator and Ultimate Canada president Rob Langridge; and those who manned the welcome, score-keeping and merchandise tables.

Check out some photos from the tournament here.

Ultimate NL announces Storm, youth tournaments sponsor

Pictured are Ultimate NL vice-president Melissa Wheeler, John Mackenzie, Dr. Trina Bailey and president Nick House at the 2018 awards gala.
Left to right: Ultimate NL vice-president Melissa Wheeler, John Mackenzie, Dr. Trina Bailey and president Nick House.

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador is pleased to announce that Veterinary Specialty Centre (VSC) of Newfoundland and Labrador is the new corporate sponsor for Storm and our youth provincial tournaments.

VSC, co-owned by Dr. Trina Bailey and John Mackenzie, is the only clinic in Newfoundland and Labrador that provides advanced medical care for pets in the province.

The duo became interested in sponsoring ultimate after watching their son, Ewan, participate in the junior open Storm program last year.

“I am so impressed by the communication, problem-solving skills and camaraderie of players on and off the field,” said Mackenzie. “I wanted to determine if there was anything our company could do to further support this inspiring behaviour, the skill development of the players and the growth of this commendable sport in the province.”

VSC’s sponsorship will help offset the cost of field rentals, athletic gear, travel and other expenses related to operating Storm, the province’s junior open and female competitive club teams. The sponsorship will also go towards expenses associated with hosting Ultimate NL’s annual elementary, junior high and senior high provincial tournaments this spring.

“We’re excited to partner with Veterinary Specialty Centre as it’s an organization that is invested in our community and shares our values in providing many opportunities for young people to play ultimate in this province,” says Nick House, president of Ultimate NL. “It will have an immediate impact on our Storm and youth programs, and help us expand them beyond what has been possible until now.”

“Ultimate is a great sport that is adaptable to many skill levels, making it inclusive and fun. It also brings people together in a positive way,” adds Dr. Bailey. “We look forward to being a part of an exciting season ahead.”

To learn more about Storm, click here.