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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

Coaches needed for Storm

We are currently seeking head coaches (two positions) and assistant coaches (two positions) for the junior open and women’s divisions of Storm, the province’s premiere junior ultimate club teams.

The application deadline is Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Click the links below for more information and to apply.

Click the links below for more information and to apply.

Head coach

Assistant coach

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.

Celebrate Spirit of the Game!

International Spirit of the Game Day

Spirit of the game is an integral and essential aspect of ultimate, and on Monday, Dec. 3 it’s being celebrated worldwide with International Spirit of the Game Day!

As International Spirit of the Game Day falls on Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU)’s regularly scheduled league play, we’re pleased to partner with MZU to help mark the occasion. We are:

– encouraging spirited play in all games (and leagues!);
– inviting all teams to play a spirit game following their spirit circle;
– celebrating the Most Spirited Players with swag and photo ops; and
– encouraging players to have discussions about spirit both on and off the field.

This year, the theme for iSOTG Day is “youth,” so we’ll also be giving Spirit of the Game extra emphasis in our youth leagues on Dec. 2. We’ll talk about the importance of spirit in ultimate as well as play some spirit games so the next generation of players is able to carry forward the respect, passion and fair-mindedness that spirit of the game represents.

Learn more about Spirit of the Game.

Follow our social media channels for much more about Spirit of the Game and iSOTG Day!

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.

Coaches needed for Acadian Games

Franco-Jeunes de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador is looking for coaches to lead Newfoundland and Labrador’s French youth ultimate team at this summer’s annual Jeux de l’Acadie.

The games are being held this year from June 27-30 with about 1,500 athletes from across Atlantic Canada participating in a variety of sports.

One or two coaches are needed to lead tryouts and practices leading up to the games as well as coach the team during the games itself. French skills are an asset but fluency is not required.

For more information, contact Stephen Theriault at stephen.theriault@liebherr.com. 

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.

Ultimate NL to hold annual general meeting

Ultimate NL's annual general meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

 

Ultimate NL’s annual general meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 7-9 p.m. at The Loft at Memorial University.

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The AGM is a time to recap the year’s challenges and triumphs and elect the board of directors for 2018-2019.

Proposed bylaw change

This year, the board is proposing a bylaw change that would amend board positions to better reflect the growth of ultimate in the province. The current board is proposing that the positions of tournaments co-ordinator, volunteer co-ordinator and administrator be eliminated and those responsibilities folded into existing or newly created positions.

The proposal would split the current youth co-ordinator position into two: one focused on high-performance development through leagues and NL Storm (youth director, performance and development) and the other focused on ultimate in schools (youth director, schools).

The board also proposes creating three new positions: sport development director, which would be responsible for sport development not related to youth (e.g. clinics, coaching, leagues, etc.); a community outreach director responsible for events and outreach to partners, etc.; and a member-at-large position.

Proposed positions:

  • President
  • Vice-president
  • Finance director
  • Communications director
  • Sport development director
  • Youth director (performance and development)
  • Youth director (schools)
  • Events director
  • Community outreach director
  • Member at large (1 position)

Representatives from MZU, SWURL and MAUL are also assigned to the Ultimate NL board by those bodies.

Who can participate?

Anyone interested in the growth of ultimate in the province may attend the AGM. Only current Ultimate NL members may vote or run for a position on the board.

A current member is anyone who has played in a league, under the umbrella of Ultimate NL, since the last AGM, including the fall of 2017.

Can’t attend?

You can still run for a board position and vote on motions by assigning your vote to another current Ultimate NL player. Proxy forms are available here.

More information

 

Ultimate NL launches new high school league

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador is hosting a fall league for high school students this year. It's the first year for this league.

We’re proud to announce that Ultimate NL is hosting its first-ever fall high school hat league!

This league will play the four-on-four format of ultimate recently adopted by School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador as a Foundation Sport. It’s a fast-paced version of ultimate that’s great for newcomers and experienced players who want to learn and have fun.

A hat league encourages players to sign up alone or in small groups and be assigned to teams. This allows players to meet and learn from new people while making friends and having fun!

Sign up solo or with your friends (maximum of four) to be placed on the same team!

League Details:

  • Dates: Oct. 14-Dec. 9 (Sundays)
  • Times: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Ages: 14-18
  • Location: Techniplex, St. John’s
  • Cost: $60

Register now