Wednesday, March 22, 2017

WUGC 2016 Scoring Stats for US Ultimate Initial Roster for 2017 The World Games

Plenty of ways to slice and dice the 20-player initial U.S, Ultimate National team roster for The World Games 2017. Coaches Ghesquiere and Tsang have tough choices to narrow down the final 14-person roster.

One way to analyze players is how the players performed at the most recent international ultimate competition - WFDF's World Ultimate (& Guts) Championship(s). Eighteen of the 20 players selected played in London during the WUGC international event.

:US 2017 World Games Ultimate roster by U.S. National Team at WUGC 2016:
Men = 8
[DNP = 2 (Men)]
Women = 8
Mixed = 2 (Women)

WUGC 2016 Stats

Top Goal Scorers:
Women: Kami Groom (17), Claire Desmond (14)
Men: Schlachet (24), Mickle (12)

Assist Leaders:
Women: Georgia Bosscher, Anna Nazarov (14 each)
Men: Mickle (15), Ashlin Joye (13)

NOTES: Defensive stats were not available.
Data via original post.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Breakdown of US Roster for The World Games 2017

Twenty players were chosen by USA Ultimate from The World Games tryout. The final roster will be 14 players (7 male, 7 female) for the co-ed team to represent the US in Poland.

0 = players from the Club Mixed Division (2016 season)

1 = # of players who grew up outside of the U.S. (Opi Payne, Tokyo)

2 = # of players who reside in the same town where they grew up (Jimmy Mickle; Golden CO and Georgia Bosscher; Madison, WI)

2 = # of players who played on the U.S. National Mixed Ultimate Team at 2016 World Ultimate and Guts Championships. (Carolyn Finney, Sandy Jorgensen)

3 =  # of players from Atlanta, GA (George Stubbs, Grant Lindsley, Chris Kocher)

4 = # of players who have a birthday in June.

4 = # of players rostered on NexGen Tour. (Freechild, Kocher, Mickle, Stubbs)

5 = # of players rostered on Team E.R.I.C. (Desmond, Freechild, Kittredge, Mickle, Payne)

5 = # of players who attended a University of California school. (UC-Berkeley: Claire Desmond, Joel Schlachet; UC-Davis: Ashlin Joye; UCLA: Anna Nazarov; UC-Santa Barbara: Carolyn Finney)

5 = # of players from Revolver club ultimate team (Beau Kittredge, Joel Schlachet, Ashlin Joye, George Stubbs, Grant Lindsley)

6 = # of players from the 2013 The World Games (Cali, Colombia) championship team roster. (Beau Kittredge, George Stubbs, Sarah Griffith, Ashlin Joye, Opi Payne, Georgia Bosscher)

8 = # of players who currently reside in California. (Anna Nazarov, Carolyn Finney, Claire Desmond, Beau Kittredge, Joel Schlachet, Ashlin Joye, George Stubbs, Grant Lindsley)

8 = # of players who reside in the same state where they grew up.

9 = # of players who reside in the same state as where they attended college. (University of California...: Ashlin Joye, Claire Desmond, Joel Schlachet, Anna Nazarov, Carolyn Finney; Colorado: Jimmy Mickle; Oregon: Dylan Freechild; Wisconsin: Georgia Bosscher: Carleton: Nick Stuart)

12 = # of different club ultimate teams represented.

18 = # of players who played at WUGC 2016. (Exceptions: Grant Lindsley, George Stubbs)

28 = average age of the 20-player roster. (female avg age = just over 28 years old; male avg age = just under 28 years old)

28 =
32 = age of oldest female player (Anna Nazarov)
34 = age of oldest player (Beau Kittredge)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Alex Trebek Jokes with Ultimate Frisbee-playing Jeopardy! Contestant

A Jeopardy! contestant from last week talked about how he and his wife met via ultimate frisbee.  The conversation starts innocently enough for Grant McSheffrey (a software developer from Ottawa, Ontario) and then Alex Trebeck lands a zinger about the sport of ultimate.

[h/t RH via JH]

Friday, March 17, 2017

AUDL Team Logos for St. Patrick's Day

A few American Ultimate Disc League teams are naturally green - Indy AlleyCats, New York Empire, Ottawa Outlaws, Vancouver Riptide, and Madison Radicals(?).  If all AUDL team logos went green today, here's what they would look like:

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Good luck playing U'Ltimate today!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

USA Ultimate's Vision Tour Visits DC

USA Ultimate is on the road to converse with the ultimate community in conjunction with their upcoming strategic management planning efforts. Washington, D.C. is one of the 11 cities on USAU''s Vision Tour.

WHAT: An evening of conversations with members of the Washington Area (Frisbee Club) community to discuss and learn more about your short- and long-term visions for the sport of ultimate.

WHO: All of the sport's stakeholders, including athletes, coaches, educators, parents, volunteers, observers, local organizers, sponsors, licensees, media entities and more are encouraged to attend and provide feedback.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 22; 7-9pm

WHERE: Trinity Washington University (125 Michigan Ave NE); Payden Academic Center, Rm 101


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Chart: AUDL Division Champions 2012-2016

There has been two different teams to win their division championship within each of the four AUDL Divisions (Midwest, East, West, South) since 2012.  

Two teams are four-time Division Champions - Toronto Rush (East Division) and Madison Radicals (Midwest Division). Dallas (South) and Seattle (West) are first-time Division Champs, as of the 2016 season. After five seasons, an AUDL division championship is an exclusive club; a total of eight (8) teams have ever won an AUDL division championship since 2012.

[Updated from original post]

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Happy Pi Day

Today for Pi Day, you are (again) encouraged to play ultimate!

May your ultimate playing be as constant as mathematical π.

Monday, March 13, 2017

March Madness Bracket Based on AUDL 2016 Season

If a March Madness-style (single elimination) post-season happened in the American Ultimate Disc League, then it would have looked something* like this:

*based on AUDL 2016 regular season and point differential

NOTES: All 26 AUDL teams from 2016 were included. Currently there are 24 teams in the 2017 season.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

On This Day: In 2015, USA vs Philippines WCBU Semifinal

On this day in 2015....oh, what a thrilling men's semifinal game between Team USA and Boracay Dragons (Philippines) from 2015 World Championships of Beach Ultimate. The strong wind made this a game of throwing into the wind, reading the blade-y discs, and catching fast-moving plastic.

USA took the first point (1-0), then was down 2 goals (3-5), took the lead back (7-5), and then Boracay Dragons came back to with 2 goals. The game was tied at 7's FOR A LOOOONG TIME. Whichever teams scored the next goal would win a trip to the WCBU finals.

Watch the entire beach ultimate game. Or, start watching at double-game point @ 54:32.

This game is infamous for the Spirit of the Game timeout called.
Spirit timeout called by Team USA. [Game tied @ 7s]

According to WFDF, If there is ever an issue with Spirit of The Game during play, Captains should be aware that the Appendix to the WFDF Rules of Ultimate include a Spirit of the Game Time-out (A7):
If a team's captain believes that either or both teams are failing to follow the Spirit of the Game (SOTG), they may call a "Spirit of the Game Time-out."
This can only be called after the start of a point and prior to the ensuing pull.
During this time-out, neither team may engage in tactical discussions.
All team members of both teams will form a “spirit circle” in the middle of the field.
The two opposing team captains shall separately discuss all current issues with adherence to SOTG, determine ways to rectify those issues, and then convey the agreement to the spirit circle.
SOTG time-outs do not affect, nor are they affected by, the number of time-outs available.

Friday, March 10, 2017

D.C. Breeze Schedule for AUDL 2017 Season

Game times have been added to the seven D.C. Breeze home games. All Saturday games start at 6:30 PM, both Toronto games are scheduled for Sundays @ 2:00 PM, and the June game versus NEW York Empire starts at 5:30 PM.
All Breeze home games are played at Galludet University in Washington, D.C. Buy tix.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Chart: US Ultimate Tryouts for World Games

Tryouts for 2017 U.S. National Team that will compete at the World Games are scheduled for this weekend (March 11-12) in Dallas, Texas. There have been some changes to the tryout list since the original invite list was announced. USA's roster for the co-ed national team will be trimmed down from sixty-four (64) players planning to tryout and then eventually finalized to 14 (7 men + 7 women).

Division Breakdown
Of the 64 players at the tryout, the Men's club division is represented with 30 players (46.9%); the Women's club division sends 28 player (43.8%). The Mixed club division sends just 6 players (9.4%). Again, the final U.S. team roster will be competing in the flying disc competition, which is mixed (co-ed).

Club Team Breakdown
A total of 25 club ultimate teams will be represented at the tryouts. A combined sixteen (16) players from the Bay Area teams of Fury (8 players) and Revolver (8 players) are trying out.  Eleven (11) club ultimate teams are sending one player. NOTE: Player data (from USAU) was of the "most recent" club team.
[#] players from club ultimate team; # of teams

States Represented
Players from seventeen (17) states and the District of Columbia are travelling to Dallas for the tryouts California sends the most players to tryout for The Worlds Games with 16; followed by Washington and Colorado (7 players each), then Massachusetts and North Carolina - both with 5 each. Washington, D.C. sends 4 players.


[Data via USAU & cross-referenced with Ultiworld data; chart by SLUDGE]

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

VIDEO: Women in Ultimate's Mixed Division

Minneapolis Drag'n Thrust provides a compilation video of highlights featuring women players in the mixed division. Footage is from 2016 USA Ultimate Club Nationals, expertly captured by Charlie Foxtrot Films.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Dylan Freechild Re-Signs with Dallas Roughnecks

Dylan Freechild re-signed with Dallas Roughnecks for the AUDL 2017 season. Freechild, who is known to use a heavy dose of eye black, was a member of the Dallas 2016 AUDL championship team.

A few days before the official announcement, our direct inquiry into Dylan's AUDL playing status went unanswered.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Chart: Teams Scheduled for AUDL Game of the Week (2017)

Below is an expanded visual for American Ultimate Disc League's schedule of broadcast games via All of the 2017 regular season Game of the Week matches (by Fulcrum Media Group) + bonus coverage (by Ultiworld) will total 21* games.

AUDL teams not scheduled to appear on the published broadcast schedule are:
WEST: San Jose Spiders, Vancouver Riptide. SOUTH: Austin Sol, Nashville NightWatch; MIDWESTL Chicago Wildfire, Dettriot Mechanix; EAST: Ottawa Outlaws

NOTES: Regular season games only. *Ultiworld's coverage of weeks 16 + 17 (flex schedule, team TBD) are not accounted for.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Appearances on AUDL Game of the Week in 2017 Season

The American Ultimate Disc League announced their live broadcast schedule for the 2017 season. A total of 13 regular season games plus some postseason games will be broadcast. In 2015, AUDL streamed 12 regular season games on ESPN3. The majority of 2017 teams will have at least one game live streamed on, but not all.

The AUDL West Division and AUDL South Division have the most appearances with 8 each (31% per). The East Division appears 6 times (23%) and the Midwest Division appears the least number of times at 4 (15%). There are four cross-divisional games scheduled in 2017.

  • One (1) team without a GOTW appearances posted a winning record in 2016; Indy Alley Cats (8-6)
  • Two (2) teams with a losing record in 2016, and missed the playoffs - San Diego (2-12) and Jacksonville Cannons (5-9) - have a GOTW appearance.
  • The two remaining original (2012) AUDL franchises - AlleyCats, Mechanix - will not have a GOTW appearance. Again.
  • All 10 of the AUDL teams without an appearance on the GOTW 2017 broadcasts did not make it to the 2016 playoffs.
  • All 1st and 2nd place finishers in the regular season of their respective division appear in at least 2 GOTW games. 
  • Ultiworld will provide bonus coverage (not accounted in pie graph above) beyond the AUDL Game of the Week broadcasts.
NOTE: Regular season games only.

Cherry Blossom Classic 2017

A college ultimate tournament will be taking place this weekend at the site of many WAFC's league games - Anacostia Park. The YLee Coyotes from Yorktown/Washington-Lee High Schools will also be competing.

The American University Dirty Ladies are hosting the ultimate tournament for which is USA Ultimate Sanctioned.

Cherry Blossom Classic

WHEN: March 4-5, 2017

WHERE: Anacostia Park (Washington, DC)

Fun Fact: There's a roller skating pavilion at Anacostia Park.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

AUDL Magazine Covers Since 2014

The American Ultimate Disc League has offered a printed periodical prior since the 2014 season. Each has gone by a different name - souvenir program (2014), season program (2015), preview magazine (2016), official magazine (2017). See below for the covers of the annual publication.




Toronto Rush have been featured on the cover twice (2014, 2015), and each of these teams have been on the cover once: Madison Radicals (2015), Seattle Cascades (2016), Raleigh Flyers (2015), Dallas Roughnecks (2017) and San Jose Spiders (2015).

The 2017 AUDL mag can be purchased at the AUDL Store.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Do Over: February 2017

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

  • Super Bowl catch lookalike
  • Q&A with former stats guru of MLU
  • Ultimate Frisbee > Football [WIRED
  • Reviews of AUDL team jerseys (2016 season)