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New skills and drills league for female-matching players

Ultimate NL is pleased to introduce a new skills and drills league for beginner and intermediate female-matching players.

This six-week league will focus on introducing and improving skills related to throwing, cutting, defence and offence.

Kathleen Sullivan, Ultimate NL’s sport development coordinator, says the league will help gender equity efforts in the provincial ultimate community.

“With the increased attention on gender equity and the use of WFDF Rule A by Mile Zero Ultimate, increasing the confidence and skill level of female-matching players will translate to a better experience in all their encounters with the sport,” she says. “The goal is to have these players feel comfortable with the disc so they can fully enjoy their playing experience and continue playing ultimate in the future.”

The league is open to female-matching players ages 16 and over. Each session will focus on a specific skill with participants being divided by skill level for some drills in order to help players master the concepts being taught.

“This will be a learning series focusing on skills and drills to allow female-matching players the opportunity to improve their skills in a safe and inclusive indoor environment,” says Sullivan.

League dates:

  • Wednesday, April 10: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 17: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 24: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 1: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 8: 8:30-10 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 15: 8:30-10 p.m.

All sessions will take place at the Techniplex in St. John’s. The cost is $60.

Register here

New board for SWURL

2019 SWURL board of directors.
2019 SWURL board of directors.

The St. John’s Women’s Ultimate Recreational League (SWURL) elected a new board of directors at its annual general meeting on March 12.

“I am feeling very optimistic about the upcoming year. We have four new faces and five returning board members, and there’s a noticeable level of liveliness and excitement,” says Melissa Wheeler, who was elected for her second term as president. “We’re all very eager to start planning our leagues, clinics and other initiatives for the year ahead.”

The new board consists of:

  • President: Melissa Wheeler
  • Vice-president: Rachael Fitkowski
  • Treasurer: Hilary Walsh
  • Secretary: Rosie Myers
  • Members at large: Jessica Mandville, Nicole Bishop, Jennica Seiden, Meghan Hollett and Sophie Blais

Outgoing members are Erin Daly as former president and member at large and Sarah Hoddinott as secretary. Daly has served eight years in various positions on the board while Hoddinott served two years.

SWURL is one of the longest running women’s leagues in Canada.

MZU Gender Equity Committee update

The logo for Mile Zero Ultimate, or MZU.

Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU)’s Gender Equity Committee has been working hard to improve gender equity in the ultimate community.

Begun in December, the committee is exploring a variety of initiatives to make the adult co-ed league in St. John’s more welcoming to marginalized players, primarily focusing on issues related to female-matching players. Working in co-operation with Ultimate NL and the St. John’s Women’s Recreational Ultimate League (SWURL), the committee aims to:

  • Increase awareness that female-matching players experience the game differently than male-matching players;
  • Support women to become equipped with knowledge and skills on the field;
  • Promote female-matching players to participate in ultimate;
  • Support female-matching players to take on leadership positions; and
  • Highlight the efforts of others working towards gender equity.

MZU has been releasing information on social media and its website related to the committee’s working, including a recent examination of some statistics looking at the participation levels of female-matching players in its 2019 winter toque league.

To learn more and join the conversation, follow MZU on Facebook or visit www.milezeroultimate.com.

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.

SWURL to hold AGM

The St. John’s Women’s Ultimate Recreational League (SWURL) will hold its annual general meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, March 12.

The meeting will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the Rocket Room (upstairs at Rocket Bakery and Fresh Foods).

Current board members will provide an overview of events and leagues from the past year and a new board of directors will be elected.

Available positions include:

  • President
  • Vice-president
  • Treasurer
  • Communications
  • Members-at-large (four positions)

To stay up to date, join the Facebook event.

Registration open for SWURL sprinter league

The St. John’s Women’s Ultimate Recreational League (SWURL) is offering another opportunity for female-identifying players to practice their skills with its sprinter (spring/winter) league.

This four-on-four league will run on Wednesday nights from 9:30-10:30 p.m. from Feb. 27-April 17 at the Techniplex.

The cost is $40 and players may sign up solo or with a partner. Competitive players are asked to sign up solo or with a new player to facilitate the team-building process.

Registration is now open.

This league is open to all skill levels and new players are welcome.

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.

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.

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.