Tuesday, December 31, 2019

My Greatest Contribution in the Last Decade

Before the calendar is turned to a new year and a new decade, one could argue the greatest contribution this ultimate frisbee blog had in the past decade (2010's) was...

being cited in the Flying Disc Emoji Proposal sent to the Unicode Consortium.


Written by Amsterdam-based Devin Bayer, the proposal for a new sports-related emoji that represents a FLYING DISC, references the Olympics, USA Ultimate, WFDF, Google, and...the Sludge blog post on participation in the sport of ultimate frisbee.

Alongside footnote citations of the IOC and the Sport & Fitness Industry Association, is a link to the October 13th, 2013 post on this blogspot blog on page 1 of Bayer's proposal memo.


The eventual outcome was the flying disc emoji was first seen in August 2018 and is now ubiquitous. What an honor to be tangentially associated with such an important milestone.


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Art

Starting bid starts at $120,000; will increase if you eat the disc!


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Brute Math

How many club titles has Boston's women's ultimate team Boston Brüte Squad won?


Brute knows the answer! Three.

Brüte Squad have won championships in  2015, 2016, and most recently in 2019 - their 3rd title in five years.


Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Investigation: Founding Seattle Sockeye

What year was Seattle Sockeye founded?
Trying to find out a definitive answer was more complicated than swimming upstream.

Per Sockeye's Wikipedia page and Facebook: 1990.
Listed in Sockeye's Twitter bio: 1991.


Per Sockeye's team bio on USA Ultimate's Triple Crown Tour portal: 1993

According to Sockeye's website: 1994.


Data for this tweet was sourced from USA Ultimate National Championships site.

With conflicting data, the best answer might be: Seattle Sockeye was founded in the early 1990's.

UPDATE: Sockeye coach Mike Caldwell confirms the year was...1993.
[h/t Jeremy Ziskind]


Monday, October 28, 2019

Results of 2019 USA Ultimate National Championships

USA Ultimate's 2019 Triple Crown Tour concluded in San Diego, California, where 48 qualifying teams competed.

Men
Seattle Sockeye [#1 seed] won their first club championship with a finals win 13-12 (8-4 halftime) over Chicago Machine [#6 seed]. This is Sockeye's fourth national championship title and their first  since 2007.

Mixed
Philadelphia AMP [#3 seed] won their 2nd consecutive club championship with a 15-9 victory (8-6 haltime) over San Francisco Mischief [#6 seed].


Women
Brüte squad [#5 seed] won their third club championship with a 15-7 win over Toronto 6ixers [#4 seed]. This was the fourth matchup between these Northeast region teams.



Thursday, October 03, 2019

Hiring Process Underway for DC Breeze General Manager Position

The Washington, D.C. Breeze are advertising for their General Manager vacancy via Craigslist, Indeed, and online. The position pays between $40,000-50,000 per year. The Breeze finished (7-5) in the 2019 regular season and then lost in the first round of the playoffs.

The full job listing is below:

Job Title: General Manager of Professional Ultimate Frisbee Team
Company: DC Breeze Ultimate, LLC.
FLSA Status: Exempt
Revised: September 2019

DC Breeze Ultimate, LLC is the DC Metro area’s member in the American Ultimate Disc League, founded in 2012 and comprised of 21 teams across the USA and Canada. Founded in 2013, The Breeze have earned a playoff berth in each of the past four seasons and five times overall. The team has been selected to host the 2nd annual AUDL All-Star game in June 2020. DC Breeze is currently seeking a General Manager to be responsible for overseeing successful day-to-day operations of the organization.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

DC Breeze’s General Manager will be responsible for major functions of the organization including:

• Management of merchandise, inventory and sales. This would include determining annual designs, management of the online store, sales fulfillment and inventory count
• Acquisition and retention of partners/sponsors and maintenance of ongoing relationships.
• Management of concession relationships, including annual contract negotiations
• Negotiation and execution of player recruitment and contracts
• Game Day staffing management to include recruitment of game day managers and volunteer pool prior to season. Maintain communication and schedules for all staff and volunteers between games
• Game Day preparation, execution and follow-up including confirmation of venue & special guests, preparation of the game day script, general game day operations oversight, adherence to A/V requirements and Postgame Wrap-up activities
• Management of away games including preparation and execution of travel logistics
• Oversight of production of print, marketing and utilization materials
• Community Liaison to commercial and social organizations to generate group attendance, including contact with non-profits and charity organizations
• Work closely with AUA and Spirit of Sport to maximize awareness and participation in their youth ultimate programs

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
The General Manager is a supervisory role.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• 4-year college degree and at least 5 years of full-time work experience preferred
• Ability to operate team using sound judgment
• Ability to work independently or as part of a team
• Ability to give direction to others
• Exceptional oral and written communication skills

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
• The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Tasks involve some physical effort, i.e. some standing and walking, or frequent light lifting (25-30 lb.); manual dexterity in the use of fingers, limbs, or body in the operation of office equipment. Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard.
• Tasks require:
o Sound perception and discrimination
o Visual perception and discrimination
o Oral and written communications ability

JOB EXPECTATIONS
• The job will require evening or weekend work as needed to meet important deadlines or complete time-sensitive tasks.
• Expectations for full-time seasonal effort is as follows:
o 25-30 hrs/wk offseason (32 wks);
o 40 hrs/wk in season (20 wks in spring/summer) + 12 to 14 weekend game days
• The job will require up to 50% local travel with occasional regional and international travel. Valid passport required.

Compensation
• Salary of $40k - $50k per year (depending on work experience) + benefits

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume or please call HR at Spectrum Management @ 202-546-2080