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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

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.

Holiday Huskfest: save the date

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador presents Huskfest on Dec. 27.

Ultimate NL’s turkey-burning, cookie-cleansing HuckFest ultimate tournament is back for another year!

Save the date for this mixed, five-on-five hat tournament from 5-10 p.m. on Dec. 27 at the Techniplex.

Registration will open on Nov. 23. Get all the details here and sign up to receive notification when registration goes live.

MUTT earns best finish at CUUC

The Memorial Ultimate Touring Team at the 2018 Canadian University Ultimate Championships (CUUC).

The Memorial Ultimate Touring Team at the 2018 Canadian University Ultimate Championships (CUUC).

The Memorial Ultimate Touring Team (MUTT) earned its best-ever finish at the Canadian University Ultimate Championships (CUUC) in Brampton, ON from Oct. 12-14.

Nineteen players took part in the open division, where they finished ninth overall with a 6-3 record in CUUC’s tier two (the top eight teams compete in tier one). MUTT also placed second in spirit.

It’s the sixth year MUTT has participated in the tournament.

Results:

Day 1:

  • Memorial vs. Western (W 9-5)
  • Memorial vs. Waterloo A (L 8-11)
  • Memorial vs. York (W 15-4)

Day 2:

  • Memorial vs. McMaster B (W 15-2)
  • Memorial vs. Algonquin (L 7-9)
  • Memorial vs. Laval A (L 6-15)
  • Memorial vs. Sherbrooke A (W 11-10)

Day 3:

  • Memorial vs. Winnipeg (W 12-10)
  • Memorial vs. UQAM (W 8-0)

This was the last CUUC for four players: Benjamin Dowden, Colin McDonell, Kurtis Thornhill and Luke Dyer. Dyer has captained the squad for the past four years.

Congratulations, MUTT!

NL Storm members named national junior all-stars

Madison Hull is pictured at the 2018 Junior Canadian Ultimate Championship.

Madison Hull

Cameron Penney at the 2018 Canadian Ultimate Championship.

Cameron Penney

Two members of NL Storm were named to junior all-stars at the 2018 Junior Canadian Ultimate Championships.

Madison Hull was named to the junior female squad and Cameron Penney to the junior open team. A player from each team at the tournament is named a junior all-star.

NL Storm competed at CUC Aug. 12-19 in Brampton, ON, finishing with the province’s best performance at the national competition. The open team broke seed to finish 20th (up from 24th) and 11th overall in spirit. The junior women made their first-ever appearance at CUCs, finishing 20th overall and second in spirit.

Read more from Junior CUCs here.

Congratulations, Madison and Cameron! We look forward to continuing to see you on the field.

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.

Register now

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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.

Tempest ties best-ever finish at No Borders

Tempest, posing with former captain Suzy Stever in white, at No Borders in 2018.

Tempest, posing with former captain Suzy Stever in white and coach Patrick Snow, at No Borders in 2018.

Congratulations to Tempest on placing fifth at No Borders in Ottawa, July 21-22.

The province’s travelling competitive team for women was seeded seventh of 19 teams going into the tournament and faced a tough pool that included QUB (Quebec), defending champs Stella (Ottawa) and the U20 Team Canada team.

With day one temperatures reaching as high as 31 degrees, Tempest defeated QUB 10-7, lost to Stella 5-8 and lost to the U20 squad 5-10. Stella went on to win the tournament with the U20 team finishing second.

Tempest was reseeded to third in the division and had to play a crossover game to stay in the top eight. They faced Ottawa-based Luna and, thanks to a strong zone, won 13-3.

Day two saw deteriorating conditions due to persistent wind and rain and a rough start for Tempest. The team lost to Halifax-based Salty, preventing them from advancing to the top four.

Tempest then faced Toronto’s Tox6ix, winning 13-3 and advancing to play for fifth place against Eclipse, a master’s team from Ottawa that also included former Tempest captain and UNL president Suzy Stever on its roster.

After a tough battle in windy conditions, Tempest emerged the victor by a score of 7-5. It was the first time Tempest has beaten Eclipse in tournament play. The result put the team fifth overall, tying a best overall finish at No Borders (they also finished fifth in 2016).

Eighteen players, including rookie Sarah Strickland, took part in the tournament.

Congratulations on a successful competitive season, Tempest!