Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Ultimate Tournament Staff Appreciation Day

Today is Ultimate Tournament Staff Appreciation Day!
From local leagues to national events; from Sectionals to Regionals, from hats to Worlds, ultimate tournaments happen because of hardworking individuals. Tournament Directors (TDs) and their staff do so much – schedule, budget, plan, setup, field lining, feeding, measuring, calling, texting, emailing, confirming, directing, volunteer recruitment, keeping time, air-horning, checking weather, rechecking weather, selling merchandise, hiring trainers, delegating, getting water, finding backup fields (when necessary), cleanup, score reporting and so much more – to organize competition for the sport of ultimate. For these reasons and more, September 18th is a day to take time to appreciate Ultimate Tournament Staff.

Want to celebrate Ultimate Tournament Staff Appreciation day?
  • Post an appreciative message on social media and tag the tournament account.
  • Post a photo of a recent ultimate tournament with a complimentary message.
  • Hug &/or high-five tourney staff if you see them in-person.
Why celebrate Ultimate Tournament Staff Appreciation day?
Join this grassroots movement to publicly recognize these important people in the sport of ultimate. Or, don't; just take for granted the time and energy ultimate tournament staff/volunteers spend so you can play ultimate games.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Freestyle Competition to Debut at Inaugural World Urban Games

The first edition of the World Urban Games (WUG) will take place September 13 through 15 in Budapest. The WUG promise is to be the ultimate global showcase for a new generation of urban sports. This multi-sport event is planned to be held every two years and will encompass a wide range of activities and events, from sport competitions to showcases and demonstrations featuring music, dance and urban culture.

One of the competition sports of the WUG program is "Flying Disc Freestyle," which WUG describes as: "a cooperative sport that combines the basic game of throw and catch with aspects of gymnastics, dance, martial arts, and other physical disciplines. It's both a creative art and an athletic challenge."

The World Flying Disc Federation's Freestyle Committee, in consultation with the Freestyle Players Associationselected 12 mixed gender Freestyle teams (pairs) from 9 different countries. They are:
1. Juliana Korver/Ryan Young (USA)

2. Emma Kahle/Daniel O’Neill (USA)

3. Bianca Strunz/Fabian Dinklage (GER)

4. Ilka Simon/Waldemar Wagner (GER)

5. Maxine Mittempergher/Edo Turri (ITA)

6. Anna Bragagnolo/Andrea Rimatori (ITA)

7. Joakim Arveskar/Vendella Arveskar (SWE)

8. Meirav Pinhas/Yuval Reikoren (ISR)

9. Benedicte Audet/Brett Schramek (CAN)

10. Marysia Ryszarda Krajewska/Kuba Radwanska (POL)

11. Sophie Rickers/Gordon Brown (GBR)

12. Paola Andrea Garcia Palaez/Pablo Azul (COL)

Freestyle is sharing the same venue as 3x3 basketball. View the full schedule.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Chart: 2019 USAU Triple Crown Tour Regional Bid Allocations

The 48 bids to USA Ultimate Club Nationals were allocated to the 8 geographic regions. The Northeast region earned the most bids with 10 (3 in Men's + 3 in Mixed + 4 in Women's). Teams will be vying for one Nationals bid in 8 competitions - Great Lakes Men's, Mixed Women's; Mid-Atlantic Women's; North Central Men's, Mixed Women's; and South Central Women's.

Region(s) with the most bids...
in the Men's Division = Northeast, Northwest (3 ea)
in the Mixed Division = Northeast, Northwest (3 ea)
in the Women's Division = Northeast (4)

Compare to last year.

[Data via USAU; chart compiled by SLUDGE]

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Elizabeth Mosquera Wins 2019 PUL MVP

Congratulations to Elizabeth Mosquera (Medellin Revolution) for winning the 2019 Premier Ultimate League Most Valuable Player (or "M.V.PULayer").

Mosquera led the league as +27 in +/- and 16 D's. Mosquera was 2nd in most points played (124). According to PUL stats, Mosquera caught 100 passes - including 16 goals - and only dropped 1. She also helped her team Revo win the inaugural Premier Ultimate League championship.  

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Deschutes Brewery Named Title Sponsor of AUDL 2020 Season

Brewery not named Surly to be title sponsor of AUDL 2020 season.

Deschutes (pronounced Da-Shootz) Brewery was announced as the presenting partner and official beer of the American Ultimate Disc League in 2020. AUDL 2020 jerseys will have the Deschutes insignia on them as well. Ultiworld reported the 1-year deal was low to mid six figures brokered by Maestroe Sports & Entertainment.

Deschutes, the 10th largest craft brewery in the United States, is headquartered in Bend, Oregon - a state where AUDL plans to start a team. They also have a presence on the East Coast with a tasting room in Roanoke, Virginia. The etymology of the brewery's name is the Deschutes River, in central Oregon, which is a major tributary of the Columbia River.

Minnesota Wind Chill are currently owned by Surly Brewing, the 34th largest U.S. craft brewing company. Surly is also a long-time supporter of masters ultimate teams in the Twin Cities which are named after, sponsored, and suds supplied by the brewery.

Current advertising shows Deschutes Brewery appealing to ultimate players:

Only one team - Detroit Mechanix - out of the 21 AUDL teams in 2019 season play at a high school, which will definitely impact Detroit's ability to serve Deschutes selections; Detroit played at Grand Rapids Christian High School in past seasons.

Of note, Cleats and Cufflinks podcast [episode 44; April 2016] indicated that a Major League Ultimate would not accept a "vice" brand (e.g. beer, alcohol, tobacco) as a jersey sponsor because of inappropriateness message to youth. They could sponsor the league, just not the jersey.  MLU folded after their 2016 season.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

New York Empire Win AUDL 2019 Championship

New York Empire won the American Ultimate Disc League 2019 championship today over Dallas Roughnecks. The Empire went (12-0) in the regular season, won the East Division Championship, their semifinal at AUDL Championship Weekend 8 and the championship game to post an undefeated season at (15-0).
This is New York Empire's first AUDL title.