Monday, August 21, 2017

How to View the Eclipse Using a Frisbee

The eclipse of the sun starts today! Here's an indirect viewing method using a plastic flying disc:

WARNING: It is never safe to look directly at the sun – even if the sun is partly obscured. During the short time when the moon completely obscures the sun – known as the period of totality – it is safe to look directly at the star, but it's crucial that you know when to take off and put back on your solar eclipse viewing glasses.

WARNING 2: Don't ruin a perfectly good ultimate disc by poking holes in it!

Friday, August 18, 2017

AUDL Division Champions by Season (2012-2017)

The American Ultimate Disc League in its 6 seasons has had nine different teams win a division title. Twenty four (24) AUDL teams competed in the 2017 season.

Against the logic of team owner/coach and AUDL promoter, Madison Radicals won their 5th consecutive division championship. Similarly, Toronto Rush have been the mainstay in the East Division since 2013. The nascent South, just like the Midwest and East, has seen only two teams win its division; the Dallas Roughnecks have now won 2 straight division championships. The West has experienced the most variation with 3 different teams winning the division championship in 4 seasons; after many successful seasons, San Francisco FlameThrowers are the most recent division championship.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

EuroStars Ultimate Tour 2017 Game Results

The 2017 EuroStars Ultimate Tour completed their 9-game schedule in July and August. The team of elite club ultimate women players from Europe posted a (3-6) record allowing 98 goals and scoring 103 total goals. The Americus Cup, which was decided after the 7th match, will stay in America.

Game Results of 2017 EuroStars Ultimate Tour.
[Halftime score: indicated by tick mark within scoring bar.]

(2-5) = EST record in July 2017
(1-1) = EST record in August 2017

5 = # of games decided within 3 goals

11.4 = average goals per game (9 games)

(3-0) = record of EST when leading at halftime

+8 = largest goal differential in a win (vs Underground, game to 11 and vs Heist, game to 15)

-6 = largest goal differential in a loss (vs Scandal)

[Stats compiled by SLUDGE via EST website]

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Funny Camp Letter: Frisbee Edition

My niece spent 7 weeks at summer camp. She thoughtfully mentions the Frisbee activity in her camp letter to me. However, her note implies that she chose the "goofy obstacle" over the frisbee toss activity.

Well, at least there's a frisbee activity being offered!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

DC Breeze Scoreless for Nearly 2 Hours, Still Win Home Playoff Game

The D.C. Breeze were scheduled to play host to the Montreal Royal on August 11th. The AUDL playoff game started after 7PM on Friday night and was abruptly postponed due to inclement weather (lightning, lightning and rain, and rain).

Not all DC sports teams (ahem, Nationals) with Friday night games chose to stick out the weather delay and play their game as scheduled.

DC's playoff game started after 7PM on Friday night. Montreal scored first and then the DC Breeze were held scoreless for nearly 2 hours in their game on Friday, yet the Breeze won 28-16. DC would eventually find the scoreboard at 9:51PM and outscore the Royal 28-15 after the long weather delay. The game ended at 11:35PM.
[via AUDL App with SLUDGE add-ons]

Friday's Playoff scoRECAP

DC's first round playoff win advanced them to Sunday's AUDL East Division Championship game which the Breeze lost 26-29 (13s HT) versus the Rush in Toronto.

D.C. Breeze's 2017 AUDL season is over. D.C. finished second in the AUDL East in the regular season with a (10-4) record like in 2016 and, similarly, won 1 playoff game and lost the division final to Toronto.

Monday, August 14, 2017

San Francisco FlameThrowers Finally Win a Postseason AUDL Game

Top-seeded San Francisco earns their final four spot with a decisive victory over Los Angeles in the 2017 West Division Championship game.

The FlameThrowers are arguably one of the most successful franchises in American Ultimate Disc League history. In their 4 AUDL regular seasons, the FTs have won 40 of their 56 games.; a .714 blazing winning percentage in the West Division. And, the San Francisco AUDL team has posted a winning record in all 4 regular seasons and also made the playoffs all 4 seasons. They have claimed the regular season division title twice - in 2016 and in 2017.

The AUDL postseason is a different story; the FT's fizzled in the division final in 2014 to San Jose, petered out a first round playoff game in 2015 to Seattle, and got doused in 2016 - again - in the division final to Seattle. The FlameThrowers had never won a postseason game until yesterday's 33-22 win.
SF FT W-L History [as of 8/14/2017]

With San Francisco's win, they advance to American Ultimate Disc League Championship Weekend VI with a chance to add to their postseason win total. The #4-seeded FT's play the #1-seed Madison Radicals in Montreal on Saturday, August 26.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Comparison: AUDL Regular Season Standings 2016 vs 2017

The 2017 American Ultimate Disc League regular season concluded in July. Out of the 24 AUDL teams, 3 advance to the playoffs from each regional division.

AUDL Division Standings: 2016 compared to 2017

Overall, 8 teams improved, 9 teams did not change, and 7 teams did worse in 2017 than in 2016.
No AUDL team advanced or fell more than 2 spots within their division.
The 2016 AUDL Championship finalists - Dallas and Seattle - both dropped in the 2017 standings compared to their 2016 division standings.
Three of 4 divisions had a different team advance to the 2017 AUDL playoffs compared to 2016; East: Montreal Royal, South: Jax Cannons, West: San Jose Spiders.
Three of 4 regular season division winners were the same as in 2017; only the South (Raleigh Flyers) changed.
The D.C. Breeze (East) were the only team to retain their position - 2nd place in the division - from 2016 to 2017.
Of the 2017 playoff teams, Montreal and San Jose had the biggest jumps (+2)

East: There was a lot of movement at the bottom of the division, while the top 2 spots were similar to 2016. Montreal defied the odds and improved 2 spots to claim a postseason bid.

Midwest: Minnesota started the season perfectly (7-0), but ended by going (4-3). Pittsburgh dropped 1 spot compared to 2016, but all 3 playoff teams returned.

South: Jacksonville Cannons handed Dallas their first ever loss - once in May and again in July. Jax returned to the playoffs along with Dallas who dropped a spot and Raleigh who was +1.
*NOTE: Nashville was 7th (last) in 2016 when the South had 7 teams and 6th (last) in 2017 with a winless season, so their relative position did not change.

West: All but 1 team had movement in 2017 compared to 2016 standings. LA (+1), San Jose (+2) and San Diego (+1) went up, while Seattle and Vancouver (-2) both went down 2 spots.

The postseason is underway.  After this weekend, the 4 teams that will play for the 2017 AUDL Championship will be decided.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

DC Breeze Host AUDL Playoff Game Versus Montreal Royal

D.C. Breeze host the Montreal Royal on Friday August 11 in the first round of the American Ultimate Disc League playoffs. Each AUDL team has one win and one loss against the other in the 2017 regular season. Breeze won at home 23-20 in May, then Montreal won at home 27-23 at home in June. They meet again tomorrow to decide who plays Toronto Rush on Sunday for the AUDL East Division title.

By the Numbers
0 = # of Friday games played by the Breeze in 2017 AUDL season. DC's first round postseason game is scheduled on Friday, August 11.

1 = point differential in the head-to-head matches between DC Breeze (46 goals) Montreal Royal (47 goals)

2 = seeding of the Breeze in the AUDL East. DC's finished (10-4) record with a +45 goal differential

3 = # of weeks since the last Breeze game (a win vs Philadelphia on July 22). Also, the number of times the Breeze have posted a (10-4) record in the AUDL regular season (2014, 2016, 2017)

4 = # of losses by D.C. Breeze in the 2017 regular season; one loss each to Flyers, Phoenix, Royal and Rush

5 = amount (in thousands of dollars) a Breeze fan won at a D.C. AUDL game - $5000!

6 = # of teams in the AUDL East. Beyond the 3 teams (Rush, Breeze, Royal) that advanced to the 2017 playoffs, there's New York Empire, Philadelphia Phoenix and Ottawa Outlaws

7 = # of home wins by D.C. at home in the 2017 regular season; the Breeze went undefeated (7-0) when playing at home (Galludet University).

8 = hundred block of the address for D.C. Breeze's playing field - 800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C.

9 = drive time (in hours) from Washington, D.C. to Toronto - the site of the AUDL Division Championship on Sunday, August 13

10 = # of wins in the 2017 regular season by D.C. Breeze. Also, the # of current wins by the D.C. club ultimate team Truck Stop

11 = date in August 2017 when the Montreal Royal visit DC for round 1 of AUDL East postseason.

12 = price of admission to the DC-Montreal playoff game on Friday

13 = # of Breeze players in their 1st year on DC's AUDL team

14 = # of regular season games played by David Bloodgood in AUDL 2017 - the most by any Breeze player

15 = # of players on Breeze playoff roster with AUDL experience

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Flatball Gets Thrown On Netflix

Flatball: A History of Ultimate is now available on Netflix - what better place for a film about the sport of ultimate?

The documentary film which was crowdfunded in 2014 had its world premiere in the fall of 2016 and made available on iTunes in May 2017.

Info: This film chronicles four decades of Ultimate Frisbee history and the fierce New York team that helped put the game on the international sports map.

Consistent Finishes by Minnesota Drag'n Thrust (2012-2017) at US Open

As good - okay, great - as Drag'n Thrust has been with their numerous championships (USA Ultimate Nationals, PAUC 2015, and WUCC 2014), D'nT has yet to win gold at the U.S. Open event.

In fact, in the six years Drag'n Thrust has competed in USA Ultimate's U.S. Open Championships, the mixed division team from Minnesota has finished either in 2nd place or in 3rd place. The Drag'ns have competed in every U.S. Open (started in 2012) and always finish no worse than 3rd at this Triple Crown Tour event, but never in 1st.
seconD'n Third

Drag'n Thrust Results History at US Open
/All seconD'n Third place finishes/
2017: 2nd
2016: 3rd (tie)
2015: 3rd (tie)
2014: 2nd
2013: 3rd (tie)
2012*: 3rd (tie)
*inaugural year

As D'nT has proven in 2013, 2014, and again in 2015, there is not much correlation between winning the U.S. Open and then winning Nationals in the same year. Only once - since 2012 - has the mixed U.S. Open champion also won that year's Nationals; Boston Slow White in 2016.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Results of D.C. Area Teams at 2017 U.S. Open Ultimate Championships

Over 100 club ultimate teams across 8 divisions participated in the U.S. Open Ultimate Championships in Minnesota this past weekend. Six Washington, D.C.-area teams in 6 different divisions represented the District and all finished in the top 10 of their division.

Congratulations to all players and coaches of these teams:

U20-Girls Division: D.C. Rogue (10) finished 2nd.

U17-Boys Division: Capitol Heights (9) finished 3rd.

Men's Division: Truck Stop (2) finished 3rd.

Women's Division: Scandal (5) finished 6th.

U20-Boys Division: Foggy Bottom Boys (13) finished 6th.

U20-Mixed Division: Swing Vote (1) finished 9th.

Monday, August 07, 2017

ESPN8 "The Ocho" To Air Disc Golf and Ultimate Frisbee

In 2004's Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, the movie created a fictional ESPN Channel. Tomorrow (8/8), that idea will become a reality -- ESPNU will transform as ESPN8; for only one day.

ESPN's press release indicates "the network will air offbeat, alternative events" including: roller derby, ultimate trampoline dodgeball, darts, arm wrestling, plus American Disc Golf Championship from 2016 and an ultimate game - a replay of Sunday night's live airing of the Mixed Division final from 2017 U.S. Open Ultimate Championship.

[HT @bamasecs]

Sunday, August 06, 2017

USA Ultimate Drops A New Hype Video for the Sport of Ultimate

USA Ultimate used their live game on ESPN2 airing to release a sweet new promotion video on the sport of ultimate. Note the beautiful mix of male and female voiceovers, not to mention the awesome photos splendidly showcasing our sport.

We don't just play ultimate; we live ultimate.


Chart Recap: 2017 U.S. Open Ultimate Championships

A Venn diagram to recap results the 2017 U.S. Open Ultimate Championships in the Men, Mixed and Women's divisions. Here are the cities and their teams that advanced to the semifinals.

Matchups in the Finals:
WOMEN:Denver Molly Brown vs Medellin Revolution
MIXED: TBD this morning
MEN: San Francisco Revolver vs. Seattle Riot

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Highlighting Ultimate Frisbee Highlights

Bleacher Report posted men's ultimate highlights - mostly from AUDL highlights and 1 college clip.

Enter, BENT Ultimate.

Friday, August 04, 2017

2017 U.S. Open Club Championships, August 4 - 7

Over 100 club ultimate teams will be competing over the weekend at USA Ultimate's U.S. Open Club Championships in Blaine, Minnesota. The Youth Club Championships fields 5 divisions and 72 YCC teams. The Triple Crown Tour event fields 36 club ultimate teams in 3 divisions - men, mixed and women, including some international teams.

Previous U.S. Open events in the Triple Crown Tour US Open event were played over July 4th weekend. First place winners in the men, mixed and women's divisions will win $2000; runner-ups will win $1000 in prize money.

Club Ultimate Teams [126 total teams]
BOYS U-17 = 20
BOYS U-20 = 30
Mixed U-20  = 14
GIRLS U-17 = 10
GIRLS U-20 = 16
Men = 12
Mixed = 12
Women = 12

Broadcast Schedule (via USAU) / Coverage provided by USAU Facebook, Ultiworld, ESPN2, ESPN3
Eastern Time
Friday, August 4
9:30 a.m. – UNO vs. Fury (USA Ultimate Facebook)
9:30 a.m. – Revolution vs. Molly Brown (USA Ultimate Facebook)
9:30 a.m. – Ring of Fire vs. Revolver (Ultiworld)
11:45 a.m. – Mischief vs. Slow White (USA Ultimate Facebook)
11:45 a.m. – Drag'n Thrust vs. AMP (USA Ultimate Facebook)
11:45 a.m. – Clapham vs. Ironside (Ultiworld)
2:00 p.m. – Iceni vs. Scandal (USA Ultimate Facebook)
2:00 p.m. – NOISE vs. Mixtape (USA Ultimate Facebook)
2:00 p.m. – Revolution vs. Brute Squad (Ultiworld)
4:15 p.m. – Molly Brown vs. Brute Squad (USA Ultimate Facebook)
4:15 p.m. – Showdown vs. Traffic (USA Ultimate Facebook)
4:15 p.m. – Fury vs. Riot (Ultiworld)
6:30 p.m. – Steamboat vs. Drag'n Thrust (USA Ultimate Facebook)
6:30 p.m. – Metro North vs. AMP (USA Ultimate Facebook)

Saturday, August 5
9:30 a.m. – UNO vs. Scandal (USA Ultimate Facebook)
9:30 a.m. – MUD vs. Molly Brown (USA Ultimate Facebook)
9:30 a.m. – SubZero vs. Sockeye (Ultiworld)
11:45 a.m. – UNO vs. Heist (USA Ultimate Facebook)
11:45 a.m. – Revolution vs. Showdown (USA Ultimate Facebook)
11:45 a.m. – Inside Rakete vs. Truck Stop (Ultiworld)
2:00 p.m. – Women's Division 5th Place Bracket Semifinals (USA Ultimate YouTube) *Tape Delay
2:00 p.m. – Women's Division 5th Place Bracket Semifinals (USA Ultimate YouTube) *Tape Delay
3:00 p.m. – Men's Division Semifinal (ESPN3, ESPN App, TSN GO)
4:15 p.m. – Mixed Division 5th Place Bracket Semifinals (USA Ultimate YouTube) *Tape Delay
4:15 p.m. – Mixed Division 5th Place Bracket Semifinals (USA Ultimate YouTube) *Tape Delay
4:30 p.m. – Men's Division Semifinal (Ultiworld) *Tape Delay
4:30 p.m. – Women's Division Semifinal #1 (ESPN3, ESPN App, TSN GO)
8:00 p.m. – Women's Division Semifinal #2 (ESPN3, ESPN App, TSN GO)

Sunday, August 6
9:30 a.m. – Warhawks vs. Belle (USA Ultimate Facebook)
9:30 a.m. – Moxie vs. Texas Tango (USA Ultimate Facebook)
11:00 a.m. – Mixed Division Semifinal (Ultiworld) *Tape Delay
11:00 a.m. – Mixed Division Semifinal (ESPN3, ESPN App, TSN GO)
11:45 a.m. – U20 Girls Division Pre-Quarter (USA Ultimate Facebook)
11:45 a.m. – U20 Girls Division Pre-Quarter (USA Ultimate Facebook)
1:30 p.m. – Mixed Division 3rd Place Game (Ultiworld) *Tape Delay
1:30 p.m. – Men's Division Championship Game (ESPN3, ESPN App, TSN GO)
2:30 p.m. – U20 Mixed Division Pre-Quarter (USA Ultimate Facebook)
2:30 p.m. – U20 Mixed Division Pre-Quarter (USA Ultimate Facebook)
4:30 p.m. – Women's Division Championship Game (ESPN3, ESPN App, TSN GO)
4:45 p.m. – U20 Mixed Division Quarterfinal (USA Ultimate Facebook)
4:45 p.m. – U20 Mixed Division Quarterfinal (USA Ultimate Facebook)
7:00 p.m. – Mixed Division Championship Game (ESPN2, TSN GO)

Monday, August 7
9:30 a.m. – U20 Mixed Division 5th Place Bracket Semifinal (USA Ultimate Facebook)
9:30 a.m. – U20 Girls Division 5th Place Bracket Semifinal (USA Ultimate Facebook)
11:45 a.m. – U20 Mixed Division Semifinal (USA Ultimate Facebook)
11:45 a.m. – U20 Girls Division Semifinal (USA Ultimate Facebook)
3:45 p.m. – U20 Girls Division Championship Game (USA Ultimate Facebook)
3:45 p.m. – U20 Mixed Division Championship Game (USA Ultimate Facebook)
3:45 p.m. – U20 Boys Division Championship Game (Ultiworld)

Breakdown of Broadcast Schedule by Division

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Madison NOISE Honor Kelly Donovan With Uniform Tribute

Mixed ultimate frisbee team from Madison honor late teammate Kelly Donovan with tribute on jerseys.

Madison NOISE played in their first ultimate tournament for the 2017 club season on July 8-9 and were seen sporting updated jerseys which honored a former teammate. Kelly Donovan unexpectedly passed away from a sudden cardiac arrest while coaching an ultimate practice at Ingraham High School's (Seattle, WA) in December 2016. Kelly played on NOISE from 2011 through 2015.

SLUDGE reached out to NOISE to hear Coach Nicholas "Niko" Heckman provide insight about the team's beautiful tribute.

How was the design developed?
After Kelly passed in December 2016, everyone on the team arrived at the conclusion that we should do something on our uniforms to honor her this season beyond just retiring #80 which she wore. It was definitely a collective decision. We did some brainstorming together and these are the ideas that rose to the top. I created the Illustrator designs but the ideas came from everyone.

Why the chevrons?
Before she passed, Kelly had five chevrons tattooed on her inner bicep representing her years on the team. Four were empty and the last was filled in gold/yellow representing her last year in 2015 when we made [USA Ultimate Club] Nationals for the first time.

For us, all five chevrons are filled in gold because those five years are far more important than Nationals ever could be.
chevron tattoo

NOISE jerseys:
The dark jerseys are black with 5 gold chevrons on the front.
Mike Swain [photo via Steamboat]
The white jerseys have a different design - also gold - with the chevrons and #80 (Kelly's number, which we've retired) on the sleeve.
Ness Cannaday
Why gold?
In parallel to this process several former teammates of ours were designing and fundraising for a number of discs to be distributed to youth players. The Kelly Donovan LIVE LOUD discs had a logo designed by Claire Kelley from a photo of Kelly in her trademark gold skirt. We considered using this logo as part of our uniforms but it also became adopted by Ultiworld for their D-III Donovan Award logo, so we decided to go in a different and more symbolic direction. We knew immediately that we wanted gold as part of our theme.

What else went into the production of NOISE jerseys?
We had to do a lot of research about different printing techniques. In 2014 we had  - at Kelly's suggestion, in fact - worn white jerseys with logos on the front printed in metallic gold ink. The numbers on the back were a different gold heat-press material. The numbers remained looking shiny for years, but the logos on the front faded very quickly after being washed into more of a matte brown. We knew it might be possible to do the entire logo in the heat press material from the number, but didn't know which suppliers did that process or how it would turn out so our captains reached out to a number of different companies this year before landing on the local one so that we could have more oversight of the process and see samples along the way.

During our research we also reached out to the women's team [Columbus] Rival, who had gold logos last year. They put us in contact with Oshadega's Rodger Oakes, who was involved with the printing of that team's final jerseys. Rodger gave us some valuable insight into different methods for achieving the gold look. Basically you can go with screen printing inks, but they fade quickly when washed into that brown-ish color like we had experienced. Gold foil prints have the best metallic look, but also can come off in the wash. And finally you can indeed create logos cut from the heat-press material that is often used for numbers, which Rival has most recently switched to. That isn't quite as shiny but it still has a nice metallic look to it and it may be the longest-lasting option, but you should avoid warm washes and drying machines.

How did the team enjoy the jerseys so far?
After wearing the black jerseys in the 90 degree weather at Pro-Elite Challenge, the team latched onto the mantra: Play hot, look fly, wash cool, don't dry.

ADDENDUM: Other Madison club teams - Boomtown Pandas, Mad Udderburn, and Old Fashioned - also have the #80 on their 2017 jerseys. [via]

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Jeremy Renner Answers Frisbee Question on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

The first Blow Your Mind game question presented to Jeremy Renner is about the Ed Headrick's unique request upon his death.

QUESTION: The inventor of the Frisbee had his body turned in a Frisbee after he died - true or false?

As he ponders his answers, Renner remarks: "If he did, I'm not playing anymore Frisbee."

Questlove appropriately says: "The answer many surprise you."

After the answer is revealed, Jimmy Fallon comments: "That's bizarre."

[Technically, it was not a Frisbee(R), but a Discraft.]

On This Day in 2015: The Olympic Committee Recognizes WFDF

Two years ago on this day - August 2 - the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognized the governing body World Flying Disc Federation.

IOC's recognition created much publicity about ultimate as an Olympic sport.

In order for a sport or discipline to be considered for inclusion in the list of Summer Olympics sports, it must be widely practiced in at least 75 countries, spread over four continents. WFDF has met the minimum participation criterion as of May 2017.
According to WFDF President, ultimate has a "decent shot" at Olympics 2024. And, WFDF "will be working to get in front of both the Paris and Los Angeles organizing committees when appropriate. We have already begun our outreach programs."

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Do Over: July 2017

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

  • Calendar: AUDL 2017 Postseason
  • EuroStars 2017 Tour begins 
  • USAU Masters: Results
  • 2017 World Games: Results in Flying Disc/Ultimate . USA Stats

  • Monday, July 31, 2017

    EuroStars Tour Update: Americus Cup Won by Collective US Club Ultimate Teams

    The U.S.A collective women's club team won notched their 5th and deciding win in the quest for the Americus Cup on Sunday. The EuroStars team lost twice on Sunday in El Cerrito by the same score 10-11 to both San Francisco Fury and Bay Area Nightlock.

    After 7 of the 9 scheduled matches, the collective Team USA (Scandal, Brute Squad, Riot, Fury and Nightlock) has won 5 games and EuroStars have won 2; one in New York and one in Seattle.

    While the Ryder Cup-style win-loss clinches the trophy for the US, the EuroStars and the USAU women's club ultimate teams have scored the same number of goals! EuroStars have scored 76 goals and the 7 USAU women's club ultimate teams have collectively scored 76 goals.

    The EuroStars Tour continues on Tuesday in Devner and then the finale on Wednesday in Madison.

    Sunday, July 30, 2017

    Flooded Beach Ultimate Field at Wildwood

    Not expected at Wildwood Beach Ultimate Tournament in Wildwood, New Jersey this beach ultimate field flooded from previous night's heavy rainfall.

    [h/t Henry]

    Friday, July 28, 2017

    AUDL 2017 Postseason Schedule

    Twelve teams qualified for the American Ultimate Disc League playoffs. The South Division starts the postseason on Saturday, July 29; the winner will play Raleigh on August 5th. The Midwest playoff game is scheduled as a home game for Minnesota on August 4th - the first night of USAU's 2017 U.S. Open Club Championships; the winner will play Madison. The East playoff will be decided in one weekend with a Friday-Sunday schedule (August 11, 13). The West Division will  also be decided over one weekend with back-to-back playoff games on August 12 and then August 13. The West's #2 seed (LA Aviators) will travel to San Jose (#3 seed) with the winner playing at San Francisco.

    Division champions will meet on August 26-27 at the AUDL Championship Weekend in Montreal to decide the AUDL 2017 champion.

    In bracket form, the AUDL 2017 playoff matchups look like:
    [via AUDL]

    Thursday, July 27, 2017

    Awesome Assist by Claire Desmond Hits #2 on SportsCenter Top10

    Claire Desmond's beautiful backhand to space was featured as the #2 highlight on ESPN's SportsCenter Top 10 last night. Chris Kocher caught Desmond's right-handed throw with a layout score during USA's gold medal flying disc/ultimate match of The World Games against Colombia.

    This play was 1 of Desmond's 3 total assists at The World Games, and 1 of Kocher's 5 total goals during the 3-day competition.

    Results of USA Ultimate 2017 Masters Championships

    USA Ultimate's Masters Championships with 75+ teams competing concluded last weekend. Two top seeds out of the 6 won their divisional championship. The 5th-seed Minneapolis Surly C.O.U.G.A.R.S. was the lowest seed to win a division (Masters - Women).
    Results according to USAU event site:

    Masters - Women
    Minneapolis Surly C.O.U.G.A.R.S. (5) 15-10 over Ripe (7). iRot (2) finished 3rd.

    Masters - Men
    Denver Johnny Encore (3) 15-10 over Rest Stop (6). All Bashed Out (10) finished 3rd.

    Masters - Mixed
    Chicago UPAARP (2) 15-11 win over Members Only (10); 512 finished 3rd.

    Grandmasters - Women
    Boston Boston (1) 12-11 win over J2 (2); Sidearm (4) finished 3rd.

    Grandmasters - Men
    Minneapolis Surly (2) 15-12 win over Johnny Walker (1); No Country (3) finished 3rd.

    Great Grand Masters - Men
    San Francisco Relics (1) 13-10 win over Old and in the Way (2); wreckAge (11) placed 3rd.

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    Book Tour for "Ultimate Glory" Stops In D.C.

    The man who has a lifetime ban from playing the sport of ultimate in Washington, D.C. is making an appearance at a bookstore in Dupont Circle tonight. David Gessner continues his book tour supporting Ultimate Glory: Frisbee, Obsession and My Wild Youth; a 300+ page-turner The Washington Post describes as: recommended reading for every college student.

    WHEN: July 26 @ 6:30pm

    WHERE: Kramerbooks, 1517 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

    On page 249, Gessner recounts his intoxicated incident in fall 1989 that led to banishment from D.C. The letter with his punishment read:
    "Gessner is now barred from any WAFC (Washington Area Frisbee Club) sponsored event...WAFC will suspend all play at any tournament in which Gessner appears. His team will forfeit all games."

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    USA Ultimate Player Stats at The World Games 2017

    USA Ultimate National Team continued their winning streak at The World Games. The 14-player roster from different club ultimate teams went (3-1) in the round robin, advanced to the gold medal game and won gold in their rematch against Colombia. All games were played to 13 points.

    Team USA scored 64 total goals at The World Games during the Flying Disc event; all U.S. players scored at least 1 goal. All but one player - Sandy Jorgensen - tallied an assist. The U.S. mixed ultimate team scored the most goals of any team in one half - 9 goals! This scoring output happened during the 2nd half of their first game versus Colombia when the US were down 3-7 at half and would eventually lose 12-13. The U.S. would win their next games against Canada, Australia and Japan. Their remaining round robin game was cancelled due to rain. The 5th game played by the U.S. was the gold medal match.

    Goal Leaders
    Grant Lindsley = 8
    Sandy Jorgensen = 8
    Nick Stuart = 7
    Beau Kittredge = 7

    Assist Leaders
    Jimmy Mickle = 10
    Dylan Freechild = 9
    George Stubbs = 8
    Georgia Bosscher = 7

    Goal + Assist Leaders
    Jimmy Mickle = 14
    Grant Lindsley = 13
    Dylan Freechild = 13
    Georgia Bosscher = 11
    Chris Kocher = 11
    Beau Kittredge = 10

    [Data via TWG; chart by SLUDGE]

    Monday, July 24, 2017

    Recap: Flying Disc Ultimate event at 2017 The World Games

    Pre-Tournament Seeding
    The top seeds to The World Games flying disc/ultimate event were USA, Australia and Canada. The seeding was predetermined by WFDF qualification process is based on results across the mixed, men's and women's division championships during the WFDF 2016 World Ultimate (and Guts) Championships with the top-five combined county results plus the automatic host country bid (Poland).

    WU(G)C 2016 Results in Mixed Division by TWG 2017 participating countries:
    1. USA
    2. Australia
    3. Canada
    6. Japan
    8. Colombia
    9T. Poland

    Preliminary Round
    After the preliminary round robin  matches were complete, all teams had at least one loss. 5th-seeded Colombia led the standings with their opening game match against the top-seeded U.S. team; Australia dropped to 4th and Japan to 5th.

    The last preliminary match  - USA versus Poland - on Sunday July 23 was cancelled due to inclement weather (rain). The other four teams played earlier that day and Colombia, Canada and Australia would play later that same day in medal matches. The extra (unplanned) rest for the USA in a condensed schedule format tournament with a short (14-person) roster seemed to benefit the US team going into the gold match.

    Medal Matches
    USA won the rematch against Colombia 13-7 (7-5 half) to win gold.
    Canada won bronze over Australia by the score of 13-11 (7-4 half).

    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    USA Ultimate National Team Wins 4th Consecutive Gold at 2017 The World Games

    After an opening game loss to Colombia, the top-seed USA National ultimate team won their remaining 3* preliminary games to earn a rematch against Colombia for the gold medal. After a close first half, US pulled away from COL to win the gold 13-7 (7-5 half). This is USA's 4th consecutive gold medal at The World Games and USA's 5th total medal in the Flying Disc event. The silver medal is Colombia's first ever medal in Flying Disc/Ultimate at The World Games.

    Australia and Canada played in the bronze medal match, which was won by Canada, 13-11 (7-4 half). This is Canada's 2nd consecutive bronze at the World Games and their 4th total medal in the Flying Disc event.

    *The last scheduled preliminary game - USA vs Poland - was cancelled due to inclement weather.

    Friday, July 21, 2017

    EuroStars Visit Washington to Play DC Scandal

    The second game of the EuroStars Tour visits the DC-area to take on D.C. Scandal.

    WHEN: Sunday, July 23 @ 6pm

    WHERE: Wakefield High School, 1325 S Dinwiddie St, Arlington, Virginia 22206

    TICKETS: Youth (<18): $5; Adult pre-purchased: $10; Adult at the door: $15

    A free girls clinic from 5-6PM will precede the game.

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    Medal History for Flying Disc (Mixed Ultimate) at The World Games

    The quadrennial World Games opens today with Flying Disc (mixed ultimate) scheduled for play on Thursday through Saturday. In its history, only 4 countries have medaled at The World Games in the Trend Sport of Flying Disc.

    USA has won gold in flying disc at 3 of the 4 World Games; and 3 of the last 4. Canada is the only other country to win gold in flying disc. USA has won the most medals (4), followed by Australia, Canada - both with 3, and then Japan (2).

    Based on the WUGC 2016 results, the six participating countries at The World Games in  Wroclaw, Poland are: United States of America, Japan, Australia, Colombia, Canada, plus the host country of Poland.

    [Data via TWG; chart by SLUDGE]

    Design of US World Games Ultimate Team Gear Inspired by Olympic Uniforms

    Five Ultimate gives a really cool behind-the-scenes look at the design process of the U.S. ultimate team gear for The 2017 World Games. 
    The inspiration for a shield logo (above) was the Olympic Diving Team...from 1932

    The uniform designs (below) were said to be influenced by Nike U.S. track uniforms from the 2016 Olympics and the Turkish women's basketball jerseys (2016).

    Check out all the USNT 2017 designs from Five Ultimate.

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    How Kurt Gibson Got Injured

    Evan Lepler via Tuesday Toss: Week 16 gives details on Kurt Gibson's pectoral injury - specifically how Kurt got hurt. The injury occurred during a trip to play ultimate, but was non-ultimate related.

    Gibson...suffered a torn pectoral muscle while 'jumping off a cliff in the Philippines' before the AUDL season began.

    The injury occurred in early March while attending the Boon Rock Star Cup, an ultimate event in the Philippines that Gibson attended along with Jimmy Mickle. During a day excursion in Boracay, there were several people jumping off platforms of different heights into the ocean. Multiple times, Gibson leapt off an elevated diving board that was about eight meters high. Fearful of getting injured, he chose not to attempt the highest board. When he jumped off the same rock platform and into the water for a fourth and final time, he 'landed really weird.'
    "As soon as I hit the water," he explains, "my body went down and my arm got caught on the surface and it pulled my arm up when I was kind of flexing, I guess; so that tore my tendon off the bone, and they had to sew it back on the bone. It wasn't too fun."

    The injury prevented Gibson from participating in USA National Team and competing at The World Games. Gibson has fully recovered and played his first game of the AUDL 2017 with Dallas Roughnecks on Saturday. Additionally, Gibson plans to return to Boston Ironside for USAU Triple Crown Tour.

    Map: Roster of TWG USA Ultimate National Team

    Fourteen players were selected to represent the USA at The World Games in Poland. Nine different club teams are represented on the USA National Team. Half of USA's roster plays for club teams in San Francisco; 3 from Fury and 4 from Revolver. Seattle is the only other location with multiple representation - 1 on Riot and 1 on Sockeye. Washington, D.C. Scandal, Denver Bravo, Madison Heist, New York PoNY and Boston Brute quad each have 1 player on the US roster. 

    Georgia Bosscher (Heist)
    Claire Desmond (Fury)
    Carolyn Finney (Fury)
    Dylan Freechild (Sockeye)
    Sarah Griffith (Riot)
    Lien Hoffman (Brute Squad)
    Sandy Jorgensen (Scandal)
    Beau Kittredge (Revolver)
    Chris Kocher PonY)
    Grant Lindsley (Revolver)
    Jimmy Mickle (Bravo)
    Anna Nazarov (Fury)
    Nick Stuart (Revolver)
    George Stubbs (Revolver)

    [Map demonstrating club team location, not player residence. Data via USAU; map chart by SLUDGE]

    USA Ultimate 2017 Championships: Masters Division

    The USA Ultimate 2017 Masters Championships is scheduled for July 21 - 23 in Aurora, Colorado.
    # of  Teams by Division
    Women's Masters (30+) = 16
    Men's Masters (33+) = 16
    Mixed Masters (33+ for males / 30+ for females) = 12
    Women's Grand Masters (37+) = 6
    Men's Grand Masters (40+) = 16
    Great Grand Masters (50+ for males / 45+ for females) = 11

    Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    Broadcast Schedule for Flying Disc at 2017 The World Games

    Based solely on the published schedule, nine (9) games in the Flying Disc event will be broadcast on the Olympic Channel.

    Four live games and five replays are on the broadcast schedule. The Gold Medal match is not scheduled to be streamed as a live event.  An online petition started to showcase the gold medal game as a live broadcasted event. Six countries will compete during 3 days of competition of mixed ultimate. WFDF indicates games will be available, however that specific stream schedule has not been published.

    Here are the available games in local time*:
    *WrocΕ‚aw is 6 hours ahead of EDT

    JULY 21
    [NOT LIVE]  @ 10:45 / AUSTRALIA VS JAPAN, replayed @ 13:15
    [NOT LIVE]  @ 18:30 / USA VS CANADA

    JULY 22
    [LIVE] @ 9:00 / JAPAN vs POLAND
    [NOT LIVE] @ 18:30 / USA VS JAPAN

    JULY 23
    [LIVE] @ 12:30 / USA vs POLAND
    [LIVE] @ 15:00 / Bronze medal match
    [NOT LIVE] 17:00 / Gold medal match, replayed @ 19:00

    [Subject to change without notice]

    Nashville NightWatch (0-14)

    With their 5-goal loss on Friday against Atlanta and a 9-goal loss on Saturday versus Jacksonville, the Nashville NightWatch became the fifth franchise - and the first South Division team - in American Ultimate Disc League history to go winless in the regular season. The NightWatch end their 3rd consecutive losing season with a -141 point differential.

    Nashville posts an overall record of  (5-37) since their inaugural AUDL season in 2015.