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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.

Summer of SWURL

Registration for summer league offered by the St. John’s Women’s Recreational Ultimate League (SWURL) is now open.

SWURL is a women’s league open to female-matching players age 15 and up. The upcoming summer league will take place on Monday nights from June 17-Aug. 12 (with no games on Canada Day, July 1).

The league will be outdoor 5 vs 5 and is open to all skill levels, from “I’ve never held a disc” to advanced.

Game times will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. or 7-8 p.m. for the first four weeks of the league, then 5:30-6:45 p.m. and 7-8:15 p.m. for the remaining four weeks. All registrants may also participate in a skills and drills session that will take place from 6:30-7 p.m. for the first four weeks of the league. Topics covered will include throwing backhand, throwing forehand, defense 101 and offensive strategies.

Registration is $35 for eight weeks of play (plus a $30 2019-20 Ultimate NL membership if one has not already been purchased).

Interested players may register in pairs or as individuals.

Register here.

Holy Spirit wins metro league

Members of Holy Spirit High School's ultimate team pose for at team photo.
Members of Holy Spirit High’s ultimate team.

Holy Spirit High School recently emerged the victor in Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador’s six-week high school metro league.

The squad from Conception Bay South defeated Mount Pearl Senior High by a score of 16-9 in the final game. Both teams had only one loss in the five-week league.

Holy Heart of Mary High School placed third. Teams from Brother Rice Junior High School, Gonzaga Regional High and St. Bonaventure’s College also participated.

Holy Spirit also won team Spirit of the Game accolades with Diego Kenny from Gonzaga being named the Most Spirited Player.

Momoh Octavious from Brother Rice was the overall male-matching Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Marcie Whelan from Holy Heart was the female-matching MVP.

Holy Spirit’s win in the metro league means that three different schools have won each of the major tournaments so far this year (Mount Pearl won the School Sports NL regional tournament in March and St. Bon’s won the Mount Pearl Invitational in December).

All three teams will next compete at Ultimate NL’s Senior High Provincial Tournament on May 4-5.

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.

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.

New 4×4 tournament

We’re pleased to launch our first four-on-four ultimate tournament this spring!

This one-day co-ed tournament will be held on Saturday, April 20 from 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Techniplex in St. John’s.

Players may register solo, in pairs or in groups of three or four (groups of four are preferred). Groups of four must have a 2:2 gender matching ratio (two female-matching and two male-matching players). Teams will be built by the board.

The cost is $30. Open to ages 16 and up.

Register now for this fun day of ultimate!

Upcoming Tempest tryouts

Logo for Tempest, the women's competitive ultimate frisbee travelling team in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Tempest Ultimate is holding tryouts for its 2019 competitive season this month.

The province’s competitive travelling women’s team, based in St. John’s, marks its 10th year in 2019. Tryouts will take place over three weeks on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, March 5: 10-11:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 12: 10-11:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 19: 10-11:30 p.m.

To sign up for tryouts, click here.

All sessions will take place at the Techniplex in St. John’s.

Tempest aims to select a roster of 18 players that will travel to at least two tournaments (Boston and Ottawa) this summer.

The cost to participate in the tryouts is $30. Any female-matching player that is interested in attending the tryouts is welcome.

Questions may be directed to tempestultimatenl@gmail.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

Annual charity game aids local food aid non-profit

Nick House, president of Ultimate NL and MAUL (right), poses with Jody Williams, manager of Bridges to Hope, and donations from the annual MAUL/SWURL charity game.

The fourth annual MAUL/SWURL holiday charity game raised $800 and over 400 non-perishable food items for Bridges to Hope.

The St. John’s-based non-profit organization offers several programs aimed at providing food aid assistance to citizens in the Northeast Avalon region. These include a food pantry, community kitchen and community outreach and education.

“This game is a highlight for many players in our leagues,” says Melissa Wheeler, SWURL president. “It’s a great opportunity for our players, as well as players that have returned home for the holidays, to get together and play a game for fun with the intent of giving back to the community. SWURL and MAUL provide the field space free of charge for any players that want to play in our charity games with the caveat that players bring cash or non-perishable food items that we can then bring to Bridges to Hope.”

“Being able to provide such a substantial donation each year is something that our leagues are very proud of, and our players continually impress us with their festive spirit and their generosity for those in need,” she adds.

Participants in the annual MAUL/SWURL holiday charity game.

Forty players from the Men’s Avalon Ultimate League and St. John’s Women’s Ultimate Recreational League took part in the annual tradition, which sees the two leagues challenge each other to raise the most donations from its players. MAUL narrowly won the challenge for the fourth year in a row.

“It’s heartwarming to see generosity of our members at this time of year, just one more example of what makes our community special,” says Nick House, president of MAUL. “We are grateful for their contribution to an important cause.”

The charity game was held on Dec. 20.

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.