Saturday, June 24, 2017

U.S. Beach Ultimate Teams Win 6 of 7 WCBU Divisions, Falls Short of Sweep

All the US National beach ultimate teams advanced to their respective finals at World Championships of Beach Ultimate in France, yet the sweep was denied by the Russian team in the Women's division final.
Overall, U.S. medaled in every division - 6 golds (men's, mixed, men's masters, mixed masters, women's masters and grand masters divisions) and 1 silver (women). Congrats to all U.S. players for their amazing accomplishment.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Results of World Great Grand Masters Beach Ultimate Championships 2017

Congrats to the inaugural World Great Grand Masters Beach Ultimate Championships 2017.


The results of the international WGGMBUC tournament in Portugal:

Gold: USA (13-3 over Canada)
Silver: Canada
Bronze: Austria (13-9  over Germany)


Chart: Club Teams of U.S. Rosters at World Championships of Beach Ultimate

Forty one different club teams are represented across the seven USA National teams competing at World Championships of Beach Ultimate.


San Francisco Fury is the represented the most with 9 players. There are 23 club teams with more than 1 WCBU player, and 18 club teams with one WCBU player.

[Club team data based on 2016 or most recent USAU roster data; chart by SLUDGE]


Thursday, June 22, 2017

RECAP: 2017 World Championships of Beach Ultimate Teams in the Semifinals

One hundred nineteen (119) countrie across 7 divisions competed in France at WFDF's World Championships of Beach Ultimate. Here are the divisional semifinalists:

Follow the remaining beach ultimate games to crown the WCBU champs.


Events Sites of World Championships of Beach Ultimate

Here are the five locations of the World Championships of Beach Ultimate:


2004: Figueira da Foz, Portugal
2007: Maceio, Brazil
2011: Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy
2015: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2017: Royan, France

[updated from original WCBU post.]


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

WCBU Logo Maps Location of 2017 World Championships of Beach Ultimate

Let's dig deeper about the logo for WFDF's 2017 World Championships of Beach Ultimate.
Obviously, the blue-white-red logo colors match the flag of France.

Also, the outline of France can be seen subtley etched in the disc shape.

Moreover, the specific location of the international beach tournament - Royan - is embedded within the country's boundary. Royan is a seaside resort town on France's Atlantic coast -- look for the dot.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

2017 WCBU Stats for USA Beach Ultimate Teams

The 7 U.S. beach ultimate teams at 2017 World Championships of Beach Ultimate are off to a hot start. Here is a current compilation of the top-3 offensive players on each U.S. divisional squad.



[Stats via WCBU 2017; chart by SLUDGE]



2017 World Great Grand Masters Beach Ultimate Championships

Concurrent to the World Championships of Beach Ultimate in France is the inaugural Beach Ultimate Championships for the Great Grand Masters division (48+ years old) in Portugal.



Six countries plus 3 additional teams from the Currier Island are competing at WGGMBUC: USA, Austria, Canada, Germany, UK, Sweden, plus CI Atlantis, CI No Borders and CI Americas.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Chart: WCBU 2017 Teams per Country by Division

The international competition has begun in Royan France at the 2017 World Championships of Beach Ultimate. A total of 119 teams from around the world are playing beach ultimate this week at WCBU.



Six countries have teams participating in all 7 divisions: Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, and USA.

[NOTES: Guam and Currier Island are considered countries for this data visual]



Saturday, June 17, 2017

MAP: Participating Countries at WCBU 2017

Thirty eight countries from five continents (plus the Currier Island) are represented at the 2017 World Championships of Beach Ultimate.

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Currier Island, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Guam, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Venezuela.

WCBU starts in Royan, France on June 18.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Exact Yardage for a Beach Ultimate Field

With WFDF's World Beach Ultimate Championships starting this weekend in France, it's important to note the recommended field size could vary depending on your preferred unit of length.

WCBU 2017 5-on-5 rules dictate:
The field consists of a 45 m x 25 m (49 x 27 yd) rectangle called the playing field proper, with a 15 m by 25 m (16 x 27 yd) rectangle called an endzone aligned along each of the 25 m (27 yd) sides.

However the conversion from meters to yards is not a round number.

15 meters = 16.4042 yards
45 meters = 49.2126 yards
25 meters = 27.3403 yards


The yardage specifications of a 5-on-5 beach ultimate field measure larger in all areas than presented by BULA. So, a beach ultimate specced out in meters, as regulated by WFDF and BULA, is smaller than a yardage field; and, a beach ultimate field measured in yards is larger compared to a beach field in meters. Above is the updated field size if measuring a beach ultimate field by yards.

It might be worth for international players at WCBU to inquire whether their beach ultimate field is in meters or yards.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Ultimate Tickets for 2017 The World Games

Tickets to the flying disc competition at The World Games in Wrocław, Poland are now available. Tickets are being sold online via eBilet.

The flying disc competition of "ultimate" is explained as:
a team game that combines elements of basketball, football, handball and rugby. The game involves two teams of seven members. The playing ground has dimensions of 100 x 37 meters, but the dimensions are subject to slight changes depending on the conditions and capacities of the organizers of the game. It is forbidden to run with the disc, and points are won if it is caught within an eighteen meter long "end-zone." One thing that distinguishes ultimate is the fact that are no referees in this game and all disputes are resolved by players in accordance with the principles of fair play. Players with high technical training can toss the disc unbelievable distances. The sport's governing body is the World Flying Disc Federation.
The "Ultimate frisbee" event runs from July 21-23.


75,00 PLN (or $20.19 USD) pays for all 17 scheduled matches at Marsowe Fields, .

TWG 2017 Schedule for Flying Disc (ultimate)



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Ultimate Glory: David Gessner's Ultimate Frisbee Memoir

David Gessner's memoir, ULTIMATE GLORY, a story of obsession, glory, and the wild early days of Ultimate Frisbee has been published. You might remember Gessner from his essay about ultimate frisbee in 2012.

Before he made a name for himself as an acclaimed essayist and nature writer, UNCW's David Gessner devoted his 20's to the sport of Ultimate Frisbee. Like his teammates and rivals, he trained for countless hours, sacrificing his body and potential career for a chance at fleeting glory without fortune or fame. His only goal: to win Nationals and go down in Ultimate history as one of the greatest athletes no one has ever heard of.

Gessner has said: "I had begun to form myself through Ultimate. Frisbee helped make me."



David Gessner is the author of nine books, including the NYT bestseller "All the Wild That Remains." He has taught environmental writing at Harvard and is currently a professor at UNC-Wilmington, where he founded the award-winning literary journal, Ecotone.


Ultimate Glory: FRISBEE, OBSESSION, AND MY WILD YOUTH [352 pages]
Price: $9.73

RELATED: Children's Book on Ultimate Frisbee . YA book on ultimate.


Monday, June 12, 2017

D.C. Breeze Pay $5k Toss Contest Winner

It took a week for the grand prize winner to get paid five thousand and 00/100 dollars.


The winning $5k Toss was successful on Sunday June 4th, yet the only thing the winner could show for it was a mannequin dressed in Breeze swag. At the Breeze's subsequent home game on Sunday (another win against Toronto Rush), Dave Ohls was handed a big check - both in size and the amount.


Interesting to note the check refers to the "Hit the Breeze" Contest," not the $5k Toss, which is now the #1kToss.


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Summary: D.C. Breeze Games 8 & 9, 2017 AUDL Season

The D.C. Breeze had their first back-to-back this AUDL season - a rare away game on Saturday then home game on Sunday. On Saturday, DC lost to Philadelphia for the first time since June 29, 2013. On Sunday, the Breeze won in sudden-death double OT over New York Empire. The story from Sunday's game was the big $5000 winning toss by a local high school coach.

Saturday's Game Leaders for the Breeze [via UltiAnalytics]:
Minutes = Lloyd Blake (34 minutes)
Defensive Blocks = Max Cassell (2)
Completions = Nathan Prior (46)
Catches = Lloyd Blake (41)
Assists = Tyler Monroe (8)
Goals = Lloyd Blake (4)

Sunday's Game Leaders for the Breeze:
Minutes = Lloyd Blake (55 minutes)
Defensive Blocks = Alan Kolick (3)
Completions = Lloyd Blake (53)
Catches = Lloyd Blake (48)
Assists = Tyler Monroe (3)
Goals = Max Cassell (5)

AUDL East Standings:

DC Breeze are (6-3) on the season and in second place in the AUDL East.

Saturday's Full Game:
n/a

Saturday's Highlights:


Sunday's Full Game:
n/a

Sunday's Highlights:


Next Game:
DC hosts Toronto Rush on Sunday, June 11.

Previous Summary.


Friday, June 09, 2017

The Washington Post Corrects D.C. Breeze Article After Tip

Two days after the details of the D.C. High School Ultimate Coach Winning $5000 at the D.C. Breeze game was published, The Washington Post attempted their own recap of the $5k Toss. WaPo's D.C. Sports Bog supplied exceptional coverage except for one minor detail - when the winning toss actually occurred.

BEFORE:
"D.C. high school coach wins $5000 with 50-yard halftime Frisbee toss"

AFTER:
"D.C. high school coach wins $5000 with 50-yard Frisbee toss"


This is not the first time The Washington Post has needed to correct an ultimate oversight. Hey, not everyone has the chops to be an ultimate frisbee blogger.


Thursday, June 08, 2017

AUDL's Only Undefeated Team: Minnesota Wind Chill (7-0)

The Minnesota Wind Chill are in first place of the Midwest Division with a perfect record of (7-0). Going into Week 11 of the season, Minnesota is the only undefeated team in the AUDL (24 teams).
minneSEVEN-Ota

Five of the Wind Chill's seven wins have been home games; there are seven more games remaining in the regular season. Their next game is another home game versus Madison Radicals on June 10th.


Wednesday, June 07, 2017

WaPo D.C. Sports Bog Covers the Breeze Game...Promotion

As you may have heard a local high school ultimate coach won $5,000 at the D.C. Breeze game on Sunday. The winning toss happened in before the start of the 4th quarter - not halftime.

Today (June 7), Dan Steinberg wrote a recap of the promotion in The Washington Post's D.C. Sports Bog - D.C. high school coach wins $5,000 with 50-yard halftime Frisbee toss.

From the WaPo article:
The club thought that a win in this challenge would be good: exciting for fans, thrilling for the winner, possibly noteworthy enough to entice an extremely bored and depressed local sportswriter into covering a stunt at an ultimate Frisbee game.

Don Grage, D.C. Breeze managing partner: "We didn't think anybody would, to be honest. It's not too easy to hit a little mannequin from 50 yards...we were very happy to give away this prize...we thought it would be just great for the sport, great for awareness and exciting for the fans."

Dave Ohls ($5000 winner): "I'm not an elite level player, but I'm one of a set of people who could potentially do it. That's where I am in the hierarchy of Frisbee."



Omitted in the DC Sports Bog piece - though, covered here - is the game outcome. (DC Breeze won 18-17.)


Tuesday, June 06, 2017

SPOTTED: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wearing Team Canada Ultimate Jersey

Before Justin Trudeau became the Prime Minister of Canada, he was involved in ultimate frisbee. PM Trudeau was recently photographed wearing a Team Canada ultimate jersey that was given to him by Canada-based VC Ultimate back in 2015.

Here's a timeline of how this happened...
November 2015: VC Ultimate sends ultimate swag to PM Trudeau

February 2016: PM Trudeau thanks VC for ultimate swag

May 2017: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau jogs in Sicily after a G7 Summit.


June 2017: A GQ article uses a photograph of PM Trudeau wearing Team Canada ultimate jersey.

The VC Ultimate jersey worn by Canadian PM Trudeau was the official red jersey of Team Canada uniform from 2015. The short sleeve jersey is available in red, white and black for the price of $74.00 (CAD).
VC Team Canada jersey


Monday, June 05, 2017

DC High School Ultimate Coach Wins $5000 DC Breeze Prize

The D.C. Breeze debuted their $5kToss promotion at home games for this 2017 AUDL season. After 5 games in they already have a winner.


The rules are simple: a contestant has three chances of hitting targets - mannequins wearing DC Breeze swag - with a Discraft Ultra Star (AUDL's official disc). First, the contestant must throw and hit the mannequin on the fly with a throw from 5 yards away as a gateway to the next 2 options. With any remaining discs left, the contestant can choose to run downfield and throw again from 25 yards away at another target for a DC Breeze fan pack and/or throw from 50 yards away to win the grand prize...$5000!

On Sunday, during the break between the 3rd and 4th quarter of DC's game versus New York, a contestant threw a forehand 50 yards that hit its target to win FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS! The contestant is a former Carleton College ultimate player with nearly 20 years of playing ultimate. Dave O is the ultimate coach at Wilson High School where the Tigers have won multiple DC state championships.
Prize winner (center) after winning $5000 with mannequin target (left). [via]

Video of his prize-winning flick:
The DC Breeze would also win...the game; an 18-17 win over New York in double overtime.


As a generalized equivalent, Dave's $5000 winning = a D.C. Breeze player's pay after 200 AUDL semi-professional games.




Friday, June 02, 2017

Ultimate Coach Appreciation Day 2017

Today is Ultimate Coach Appreciation Day!
If you are an ultimate player lucky enough to have a coach or coaches on your team, then today's the perfect time to reach out them. Go ahead and thank or honor those individuals who encouraged and guided you as an ultimate player and, possibly, as a person. Ultimate coaches are hardworking individuals who dedicate time and effort - sometimes even sacrificing their own ultimate playing opportunities - to coach competitions for the sport of ultimate.

Take time today to show your appreciation of ultimate coaches.

Want to celebrate Ultimate Coach Appreciation day?
Post an appreciative message on social media, and @ your coach.

Use the hashtag "#UltimateCoachDay" so everyone can follow the conversation.

Copy and post any of these Ultimate Coach Appreciation Day images into your social media.

Design your own image for Ultimate Coach Appreciation Day and post it somewhere online.

Hug your coach (if you see them in-person).

Send a thank-you email or text to a coach of your current or former ultimate team.

Why celebrate Ultimate Coach Appreciation day?
Join this grassroots movement to recognize these essential contributors to the sport of ultimate.


Thursday, June 01, 2017

Summary: D.C. Breeze Game 7, 2017 AUDL Season

The D.C. Breeze played another close game versus New York. DC's had a 4 goal lead in the 3rd quarter. After New York tied it at 23's, the Breeze outscored the Empire 5 to 2 for the 3-point win. This was the D.C. Breeze's first win on the road of the season.


Game Leaders for the Breeze [via UltiAnalytics]:
Minutes = Rowan McDonnell (38)
Defensive Blocks = David Bloodgood, David Shields, John Agan, John Walden, Markham Shofner, Delrico Johnson (1 each)
Completions = Jonathan Neeley (41)
Catches = Rowan McDonnell (43)
Assists = Rowan McDonnell (6)
Goals = Chuck Cantone, Tyler Monroe, Markham Shofner (4 each)

AUDL East Standings: 


DC Breeze are (5-2) on the season and are in 2nd place in the AUDL East.

Full Game: 


Highlights:


Next Games: 
DC play in their first back-to-back games this AUDL season; away at Philadelphia on Saturday, then home versus New York Empire on Saturday, June 4.

Previous Game Summary.


Do Over: May 2017

Catch up on last month's noteworthy posts you may have missed...




  • College Ultimate Champions: D1 . D3
  • R.I.P. MLU stats
  • The saga of the cable guide listing for USAU College championships on ESPNU
  • ESPN continues with ultimate "Games


  • Wednesday, May 31, 2017

    Results of 2017 D-I College Ultimate Championships

    USA Ultimate's D-I College Championships were played over May 26-29. A total of 40 college ultimate teams competed at the end-of-season tournament in Ohio. The championship games were decided on Monday and broadcast live on ESPNU.

    Women's Division
    Dartmouth Women's Ultimate Team: Princess Layout (#2) won 15-9 [8-5 half] over Texas Melee (#4).
    From Princess Layout's website:

    "Our mission is to provide our players with high-level, competetive Ultimate skills, while fostering a positive, fun, team culture and friendships that go beyond the field."


    Men's Division 
    Carleton College CUT (#6) won 15-11 [8-6 half] over UNCW Seamen (#11). Carelton CUT's previous titles were in 2001, 2009 and 2011.

    Carleton College's D3 women's ultimate team won their 2017 championship last weekend.


    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    My Frisbee is On the Roof

    Losing a Frisbee is common punchline for the comic section whether it's on the roof or in a tree. Here's another one:
    ZITS [5//3/2017]

    [h/t Five]


    Friday, May 26, 2017

    Good Times! Roll Part 2




    Anniversary of Wham-O's Frisbee Trademark (1959)

    On this day in 1959, Wham-O Manufacturing Company's request to trademark "Frisbee" was officially registered by U.S. Patent Office. Frisbee (trademark #679186) was described as "toy flying saucers for toss games". The plastic flying saucer toy was originally sold to Wham-O in January 1957.


    According to this article:
    ~300 million = # of Frisbees® sold by Wham-O since it first began marketing their plastic flying saucer toys

    $2 million = royalties earned by Frisbee inventor "Fred" Morrison by 1982






    Thursday, May 25, 2017

    ESPNU's Cable Listing for College Ultimate Championships

    Taking a page out of Bent's gender equity book, it does not go unnoticed that the cable listing for the 2017 USA Ultimate college ultimate championship games is qualified for the women's game, but not the men's game.

    Below are how Monday's live broadcasts are listed in the cable guide on ESPNU:
    USA College Championship

    USA "Women's" College Championship 
    Qualifying one championship game as "women's" without qualifying the other as "men's" indubitably assigns greater importance to the men's.

    UPDATE: Bent club ultimate from New York started a letter writing campaign to ESPN on behalf of this issue:
    UPDATE [5/29]: ESPNU cable listing was updated!

    Chesapeake Open 2017

    The 2017 Chesapeake Open is scheduled for mid August.

    When: Saturday, August 12 - Sunday, August 13

    Where: Same location as 2016 at Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Maryland.

    Bid: Hosting Men, Women & Mixed teams and accepting bids on a rolling basis. The entry fee is $725 and bids are due June 11.

    Amenities: Lined soccer fields with player and gear lines, a tent for each team on the sideline, refilled water stations on each sideline, good competition, gear and food for sale on site, multiple athletic trainers, a venue using a ratio of one grass ultimate field per soccer field and an experienced tournament staff to make sure the event runs smoothly.

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    ESPN Continue to Broadcast USA Ultimate "Games"

    On Wednesday, USA Ultimate and ESPN announced a multi-year agreement for ESPN to continue broadcasting USAU's premier events, including the College Ultimate Championships and the Triple Crown Tour.
    From the USAU press release:
    USA Ultimate Chief Executive Officer Tom Crawford: "Their production and programming teams have been a pleasure to work with as we continually work together to improve the product we put out to our ever-expanding audience. They've been fabulous in working with us to enhance the entertainment value of our sport’s special blend of grit and grace. Enhancing our coverage is very exciting, and I can’t wait to see the end product."

    USAU started their broadcast relationship with ESPN in 2013.

    One problem I have had with this relationship is how ESPN has incorrectly categorized the sport of ultimate. This issue has not been resolved.

    screengrab WATCHESPN

    Ultimate continues to be considered a game like poker.