Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Comparison: Seed vs Finish of Club Teams at 2018 USA Ultimate National Championships

The 4-day 2018 USA Ultimate National Championships were completed in San Diego, California , over October 18-21. The top sixteen (16) teams from each division - men, mixed, women - were in competition.

Here's how each team in the 3 divisions finished compared to their pre-tournament seed. Biggest movers - up and down - also noted.

Women Division
Very little movement in the top-7 seeded teams.
UP(+): San Diego Wildfire (+7); Portland Schwa (+6)
DOWN (-): Madison Heist (-4); Columbus Rival, Raleigh Phoenix (-3)


Mixed Division
The top seed won the championship in a division with lots of movement.
UP(+): New York XIST (+5); D.C. Space Heater, San Francisco Blackbird, New Jersey Jughandle  (+3)
DOWN (-): San Francisco Polar Bears (-5); Minneapolis Drag'n Thrust, Boston Slow White (-4)


Men's Division
Lots of movement in this division.
UP(+): Michigan HIGH FIVE (+6); Austin Doublewide, Minneapolis Sub Zero (+5); Denver Johnny Bravo (+4)
DOWN (-): Boston DiG (-9), Madison Club (-6); Vancouver Furious George (-4)


Monday, October 22, 2018

Results of 2018 USA Ultimate National Championships

USA Ultimate's 2018 Triple Crown Tour concluded in San Diego, California, on Sunday. Two club teams won for the first time while a perennial won their 11th title.

Men
New York PoNY [#3 seed] won their first club championship with a finals win 15-7 San Francisco Revolver [#1 seed]. PoNY's win also earned them the Triple Crown.



Mixed
Philadelphia AMP [#1 seed] won their first club championship with a 13-8 victory over Seattle Mixtape [#3 seed]. This was a rematch from last year's final.



Women
San Francisco Fury [#2 seed] won their eleventh club championship with a 14-13 win over Boston Brute squad [#1 seed].  This was a rematch from last year's final, which was also won by Fury by the same exact score. Brute Squad (27-1) was undefeated in the 2018 season until the championship game.


Friday, October 19, 2018

Semifinalists at 2018 USA Ultimate Nationals

After two days of competition at USA Ultimate Club Championships in San Diego, four teams in each division have advanced to the semifinals. All #1 seeds have advanced, as well as the 3-seeded team in each division. Teams have played according to seed in the Men's and Women's divisions.

Men's Division
Raleigh Ring of Fire (4) v San Francisco Revolver (1) New York PoNY (3) v Seattle Sockeye (2)



Mixed Division
Boston Snake Country (5) v Seattle Mixtape (3) Washington DC Space Heater (6) v Philadelphia AMP (1)



Women's Division
Denver Molly Brown (4) v Boston Brute Squad (1) Seattle Riot (3) vs San Francisco Fury (2)




Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Choropleth Map: Club Ultimate Teams Playing at 2018 Nationals

USA Ultimate's 2018 National Club Ultimate Championships in San Diego starts on Thursday. A total of 19 states/provinces and the District of Columbia from the eight geographical regions are represented at this year's USAU National Championships, with California - again - sending the most teams (7) of any state.


All locations with 3 or more qualifying club teams are represented in all 3 divisions; California (M: Revolver W: Fury, Nightlock, Wildfire X: Blackbird, Mischief, Polar Bears), Colorado (M: Johnny Bravo W: Molly Brown X: shame.), Massachusetts (M: Dig W: Brute Squad X: Slow White, Snake Country), Minnesota (M: Sub Zero W: Pop X: Drag'n Thrust, No Touching!), North Carolina M: Ring of Fire W: Phoenix X: Toro), Washington (M: Seattle Sockeye W: Seattle Riot X: BFG, Mixtape) and Washington, DC (M: Truck Stop W: Scandal X: Space Heater).


Tuesday, October 09, 2018

New AUDL Commissioner Steve Hall

Steve Hall became the new commission of the American Ultimate Disc League at the AUDL’s Annual Owners' Meeting which took place in Chicago over October 7-8.  Steve Hall succeeds Steve Gordon as AUDL Commissioner.  Gordon, who retired from the position, leaves after 6 years as the league commissioner. Steve Hall has experience playing ultimate and as a member of the Board of Directors for Charlotte Ultimate.
Steve Hall - along with  Albert Banks, John Boezi and Richard Whitcomb - currently co-owns the Atlanta Hustle [AUDL South division]. Hall and Banks previously owned the Charlotte Express, which ceased operations in September 2016. Steve Hall has experience on the AUDL Executive Council.

Via the AUDL: Most of his Ultimate career has been at a recreational level although he did participate one season with a Denver-based team, DUI.

Via StartEngine: Steve Hall is the Managing Partner of EHF Capital, LLC (Charlotte, NC), Co-Owner of the Atlanta Hustle and has served on the AUDL Executive Council  since September 1, 2015. Steve commits approximately 20 hours per month in his role on the Executive Council - which is an unpaid position. Prior to EHF Capital, Steve was the Director of Investor Relations of Conversus Capital, the largest publicly traded portfolio of private equity funds with over $2.5 billion in assets under management.


Monday, September 24, 2018

Qualifying Club Teams For 2018 National Championships

All divisions within all 8 regions completed their Regional Championships to determine which club ultimate teams earned a bid to Triple Crown Tour's National Championships in San Diego, California.

See below for how the 48 Nationals qualifiers finished at Regionals along with how each team was seeded at Regionals.
2018 Nationals Qualifiers by Division and Region

21 out of 24 1-seeds at USA Ultimate Regional Championships qualified for 2018 National Championships; all 3 instances (Atlanta Bucket in Southeast*, Boston Wildcard in the Northeast, and Denver Love Tractor in South Central*) were in the Mixed Division.
*=1-bid regional division

1-seeded Teams Finish at Regionals
Men's Division: 4/8 #1s finished 1st at Regionals; all 8 #1s qualified for Nationals
Mixed Division: 4/8 #1 finished 1st at Regionals; 5/8 1-seeds qualified for Nationals
Women's Division: 6/8 #1s finished 1st at Regionals; all 8 #1s qualified for Nationals

The lowest seeded team to earn a bid to Nationals was 7th-seeded New Jersey Jughandle (Mid-Atlantic Region).