Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Seattle Cascades Split From Sockeye for AUDL 2017 Season

Seattle Cascades broke up with Seattle Sockeye.
After a couple of years of partnering with the elite men's club ultimate team in Seattle, the American Ultimate Disc League team has decided to operate independently.

As partners, Sockeye and Cascades shared the same captains, coaching staff, and similar rosters. Throughout the entire season, [Cascades GM] Xtehn worked closely with the Sockeye leadership to plan and execute roster decisions, fitness planning, and on field practices.

Seattle Cascades won the Western Conference Division in 2016 and finished 2nd to Dallas Roughnecks in the 2016 AUDL Championship. Meanwhile, Seattle Sockeye tied for 5th in USA Ultimate's Triple Crown Tour.

Of the three signed players (Mark Burton, Khalif El-salaam, Adam Simon) for the 2017 AUDL season, only Burton played with Sockeye in 2016. With the shutdown of the MLU, the Cascades have a larger talent pool to pull from including players from Seattle  Rainmakers and, perhaps even, from the Portland Stags; in addition, to a wealth of Seattle-area club players from the mixed and women's divisions.

Chart: Composition of USA Ultimate Board (2011-2017)

The makeup of the 2017 USA Ultimate Board of Directors is at a gender ratio like 2013 - 7:5 male to female. Last year (2016), the USAU Board was 9:3 male:female.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Subreddit Recognizes Sludge Blog as a Source Worth Following

Finally! After 10 years and nearly 4000 posts related about ultimate, the Sludge Blog has been officially listed as a source to "Follow" within the subreddit r/ultimate.

Thank you anyone and everyone who made this possible.

PHOTO: Alternative Facts Ultimate Community Edition

One slide was shared via Twitter from the USA Ultimate Board of directors meeting this past weekend. The slide is titled: "Alternative Facts: Ultimate Community Edition."
The slide reads:
Alternative Facts: There is a systematic lack of females in leadership roles at USA Ultimate

 Fact: USA Ultimate has a very strong history of having females in leadership roles.
  • Two of the last 3 (and 3 of the last 5) chief executive officers have been female
  • Four of the last 5 board presidents have been female
  • Two of the last 3 board vice-presidents have been female
  • Board composition is 40% female (5 of 12)
  • Four board-level committee chairs are female
  • Up until recently...,50% of the HQ staff's senior level department directors were female

RELATED: See history of USAU board composition by gender.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

AUDL League Office Assumes Control of Minnesota Wind Chill

Minnesota announced on January 27 that AUDL would assume responsibility operations for the Wind Chill team. Atlanta Hustle (AUDL South Division) were in a similar situation for the 2016 season.

According to the announcement: "Effective immediately, the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) executive office has reached an agreement with the Minnesota Wind Chill Owner Santiago Escobar that will transfer ownership to the league, with the AUDL assuming responsibility for all team operations. Heading into the 2017 season, the league executive council has appointed Ben Feldman as acting general manager and part owner for the franchise. Both the AUDL and the Minnesota Wind Chill organization would like to sincerely thank Santiago for his invested passion and contributions to the franchise since the team was first established in 2013."

Minnesota finished (9-5) in the 2016 season and lost inn the first round of the Midwest Division playoffs.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Compilation: Women's Club Division Sizzle Reels by Fulcrum

Fulcrum Media covered the Women's Division at 2016 USA Ultimate National Championships (October 2016) and has produced scintillating highlights for each team in what they call, a "Sizzle Reel." Consider supporting Fulcrum's curated project: Equity Through Visibility.

Boston Brute Squad
Boston Brute Squad | Sizzle Reel from FulcrumPro on Vimeo.

Seattle Riot

Seattle Riot | Sizzle Reel | Part One from FulcrumPro on Vimeo.

Denver Molly Brown
Denver Molly Brown | Sizzle Reel from FulcrumPro on Vimeo.

San Francisco Fury

San Francisco Fury | Sizzle Reel from FulcrumPro on Vimeo.

Washington, DC Scandal
Washington D.C. Scandal | Sizzle Reel from FulcrumPro on Vimeo.

Vancouver Traffic
Vancouver Traffic | Sizzle Reel from FulcrumPro on Vimeo.

Atlanta Ozone
Atlanta Ozone | Sizzle Reel from FulcrumPro on Vimeo.

Madison Heist
Madison Heist | Sizzle Reel from FulcrumPro on Vimeo.

San Francisco Nightlock
San Francisco Nightlock | Sizzle Reel from FulcrumPro on Vimeo.

Austin Showdown
Texas Showdown | Sizzle Reel from FulcrumPro on Vimeo.

Raleigh Phoenix
Raleigh Phoenix | Sizzle Reel from FulcrumPro on Vimeo.

Columbus Rival
Columbus Rival | Sizzle Reel from FulcrumPro on Vimeo.

Montreal Iris
Quebec Iris | Sizzle Reel from FulcrumPro on Vimeo.

San Diego Wildfire
San Diego Wildfire | Sizzle Reel from FulcrumPro on Vimeo.

Philadelphia Green Means Go
Green Means Go Sizzle from FulcrumPro on Vimeo.

Portland Schwa
Portland Schwa | Sizzle Reel from FulcrumPro on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The World Games Tryout Invites by Division for US Ultimate Team

USA Ultimate announced the invite list to tryout for Team USA Ultimate to represent at The World Games 2017 in Poland. The sixty-four (64) invited players include the 2013 World Games team roster plus players from the WUGC 2016 tryout process.

While the Flying Disc event (ultimate) is played as a coed competition, only 8 (12.5%) of invited players to tryout played in the mixed division.

Club Division (Qty) %
Men = (29) 45.31%
Women = (27) 42.19%
Mixed = (8) 12.5% [Female] = (5) 7.81% + [Male] = (3) 4.69%

The mixed division invitees are: Erica Baken (Minneapolis Drag'n Thrust), Nancy Haskell (Cincinnati Steamboat), Raha Mozaffari (Philadelphia AMP), Sarah Anciaux (Minneapolis Drag'n Thrust), Sarah Meckstroth (Minneapolis Drag'n Thrust), Chris Mazur (Mianus Metro North), Khalif El-salaam (Seattle Mixtape), and Mac Taylor (San Francisco Blackbird).

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Beau Takes a Pay Cut in 2017 AUDL Season

As reported by Evan Lepler [Tuesday Toss; January 17, 2017], Beau Kittredge will join the San Francisco FlameThrowers for the AUDL 2017 season.

Beau is quoted as saying: "Last year, I tried to grow the sport with energy, money, and the all-important (Dallas Roughnecks owner) Jim [Gerencser] factor.  This year, I will get paid the same as everyone else on the team. This year, I will try to grow the sport with just love, putting together a team of people who want to win, love the sport, and each other."

His pro ultimate salary in 2016 was reportedly in the "ballpark" of $50,000 with the Dallas Roughnecks. His 2017 pay will probably be around $25-$75 per game for the FlameThrowers.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Animated Video: How To Play Ultimate Frisbee

Get ready for a 2-minute primer on the sport of ultimate frisbee.

Don't think it's as easy as passing around a disc!

Ultimate does not need refs.
A flying disc (UFO) captures a referee.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Sixty Years Ago (1957) Frisbee Manufacturer Gains Contractual Rights to Plastic Flying Toy Which Would Become a Frisbee

Today has been historically observed as the "Frisbee's Birthday" which would have happened 60 years ago.

In reality, it can only be proven that sixty years ago on this day (January 23, 1957), "Wamo" acquired the exclusive rights to Fred Morrison's plastic flying saucer type toy. Morrison's first disc was the Flyin-Saucer (1948), and then later remolded into what was known as the Pluto Platter.

Wham-O renamed the Pluto Platter plastic flying disc in 1958 as a "Frisbee"® which originated from New England college students tossing around empty tins from the Frisbie Pie Company.

January 23rd 1957 agreement between "Wamo" and the Morrisons [via Flat Flip]
The truth: it's highly unlikely that "Wham-O toy company rolled out the first batch of their aerodynamic plastic discs" on the same day (January 23, 1957) it gained contractual rights to the plastic disc. The Wham-O Frisbee was the disc of choice for ultimate players until 1991.

What can be proven is today marks the anniversary of the agreement which made it possible for the Frisbee to be manufactured and widely distributed by Wham-O!

RELATED: Fact checking the Frisbee's birthday

[Reposted via original

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Ultimate Frisbee Community Represented at Women's March

A huge turnout participated in the Women's March on Washington and concurrent worldwide marches on Saturday, January 21. Below are a few demonstration moments captured by the ultimate community on and off the field.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Ultimate Disc Skates Along a Frozen Pond

Shea Gunther, the coach of the Falmouth Middle School ultimate team (Rogue), was ice skating with on Great Pond in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, when he rolled his Frisbee on the ice. Watch the ultimate disc persistently stay on its edge as it glides into fakie switches.

Friday, January 20, 2017

An Ultimate Frisbee History of President Obama's 8 Years in Office

President Obama finishes his term as president today. After 8 years, he and his family have provided some memorable moments related to ultimate. 
January 2010: President Obama sent a congratulatory letter to members of the Team USA Ultimate for winning gold at The World Games 2009.

May 2010: Mrs. Obama's "Let's Move" initiative targeting childhood obesity included the recommendation to play sports; specifically, throw a Frisbee around.

September 2012: While on the campaign trail, President Obama opened his speech with a story about ultimate Frisbee.

April 2013: The Obama's backyard was involved in a local kerfuffle which impacted a D.C. pickup ultimate game.

October 2015: Malia Obama gleefully posed with an ultimate disc during a college tour at Brown University.

Thanks, Obama!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

TBT: Official Rules of the Sport of Ultimate (Ninth Edition)

Throwback to the mid-1990's when the pocket-sized printed rules of ultimate was published by the UPA. USA Ultimate is currently following the 11th edition rule set. 

 The magenta-printed rule book describes ultimate as "a non-contact sport played by two seven player teams. The object of the game is to score goals. The disc may only be moved by passing as the thrower is not allowed to take any steps. Any time a pass is incomplete, intercepted, knocked-down, or contacts an out-of-bounds area, a turnover occurs, resulting in an immediate change of possession of the disc. A goal is scored when a player successfully passes the disc to a teammate in the endzone which that team is attacking."

The Preface states:
"The purpose of the rules of Ultimate is to provide a guideline which describes the way the game is played. It assumed that no Ultimate player will intentionally violate the rules; thus there are no harsh penalties for inadvertent infractions, but rather a method for resuming play in a manner which simulates what would most likely have occurred had there been no infraction.

In Ultimate, an intentional foul would be considered cheating and a gross offense against the spirit of sportsmanship. Often a player is in a position where it is clearly to the player's advantage to foul or commit some violation, but that player is morally bound to abide by the rules. The integrity of Ultimate depends on each player's responsibility to uphold the spirit of the game, and this responsibility should not be taken lightly."

No set of rules can replace player's respect for one another and for good spirit.

Two options of game length are provided:
1. Each half lasts for twenty-four (24) minutes of stopped time.
2. A game to points lasts until one team scores twenty-one (21) goals with a margin of victory of at least two (2) goals.

Observers are mentioned near the end of the rule book. "Before the game, the captains may decide to select up to six (6) experienced non-players to act as Observers. In this role, their job is to carefully watch the action of the game. They do not actively call any fouls, violations, picks, or line calls.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

It's Gonna Be A Long AUDL Season

The 2017 American Ultimate Disc League season spans from Saturday, April 1, 2017
through Sunday, August 27, 2017. That amounts to a 149-day season (4 months + 27 days or 21 weeks + 2 days) from the first game in early April through late August at Championship  Weekend.

This 2017 season will be the earliest start for any AUDL season, and the 6th AUDL season will end later than any previous AUDL season. The 2017 AUDL season will be its longest in its history. Overall, the AUDL 2017 season will span over 40% (40.8%) of the calendar year.

As a comparison, the 2016 NFL season (September  8 through February's Super Bowl LI) lasted 150 calendar days.

Monday, January 16, 2017

AUDL 2017 Season to Start on April 1st

As predicted (see below), the 2017 American Ultimate Disc League season will begin on April 1, 2017. With the 2017 AUDL Championship scheduled for August 26-27, the 6th AUDL season will its longest season ever.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

USA Goaltimate Returns with 2017 Championship Series

After its inaugural year, USA Goaltimate returns in 2017. A Central Conference will debut in addition to the Eastern and Western Conferences.

Central Conference Championship

When: March 4-5
Where: Austin, TX
Division: Mixed (2/2)

Eastern Conference Championships

When: March 18-19
Where: Atlanta, GA
Divisions: Women's & and Men's

Western Conference Championships

When: April 15-16
Where: San Francisco, CA
Divisions: Women's, Men's, and Mixed (2/2)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Extending the AUDL Cross Divisional Games

There will be only 4 cross-division games scheduled in the AUDL 2017 regular season. The four were scheduled based on how those 8 teams finished (win-loss) in the 2016 regular season. If cross division games were to be played out for the rest of the league, here would be the match-ups:

Los Angeles Aviators (9-5) @ Minnesota Wind Chill (9-5)

Atlanta Hustle (7-7) @ New York Empire (7-7)

Indianapolis AlleyCats (8-6) @ Austin Sol (7-7)

Ottawa Outlaws (7-7) @ Vancouver Riptide (6-8)

Jacksonville Cannons (5-9) @ Montreal Royal (6-8)

San Jose Spiders (5-9) @ Chicago Wildfire (4-10)

Detroit Mechanix (4-10) @ San Diego Growlers (2-12)

Philadelphia Phoenix (0-14) @ Nashville Nightwatch (3-11)

Calendared Cross Coast Challenge (2017)
Dallas Roughnecks (14-0) @ Madison Radicals (14-0)
San Francisco FlameThrowers (11-3) @ Toronto Rush (12-2)
DC Breeze (10-4) @ Raleigh Flyers (9-5)
Pittsburgh Thunderbirds (10-4) @ Seattle Cascades (9-5)

Total Matchups by Division
East  vs South = 4
West vs Midwest = 4
Midwest vs South = 2
East vs West = 2

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Map: Cross "Coast" Challenge in AUDL 2017

AUDL's cross-division games in the 2017 season are being billed as the "Cross Coast Challenge."
However, if you look at a a map, I would argue that 4 teams are not considered "coastal" cities - Madison (Wisconsin), Dallas (Texas), Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), Toronto (Ontario).

The CCC is more alliterative than geographically correct.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Cross-Division Games Return in AUDL 2017 Regular Season Schedule

After 4 seasons without a game between different divisional teams in the regular season, American Ultimate Disc League just announced four cross-division games. The matchups include eight of the twelve teams that advanced to the 2016 postseason.

Cross Coast Challenge Schedule & Matchups
April 22, 2017: DC Breeze @ Raleigh Flyers

May 13, 2017: Pittsburgh Thunderbirds @ Seattle Cascades

June 3, 2017: Dallas Roughnecks at @ Madison Radicals

June 17, 2017: San Francisco FlameThrowers @ Toronto Rush

Monday, January 09, 2017

2017 Events Schedule for Ultimate

Here are some major* ultimate events to calendar in 2017:

21-22: Lei-Out Beach Ultimate tournament (Santa Monica, CA)

4-5: Bama Secs Invite (Foley, AL)

18-20: Kaimana Klassik beach ultimate tournament (Waimanalo, HI)

24-26: Northwest Challenge (Seattle/Burlington, WA)

31:  WAFC's Fools Fest (Fredericksburg, VA)...

...1-2: WAFC's Fools Fest; Fredericksburg, VA
April 1- 2: College Easterns (North Myrtle Beach, SC)

1: American Ultimate Disc League season starts

15-17: Paganello Beach Tourney (Rimini, Emilia-Romagna)

22-23: USAU Beach Westerns (Santa Monica, CA)

28-29: Torneo Eterna Primavera (TEP) / The Eternal Spring Tournament...

May 1: TEP / The Eternal Spring Tournament  (Medellin, Colombia)...

20-21: USA Ultimate Beach Championships (Virginia Beach, VA)
20-21:  USAU D-III College Ultimate Championships (Lexington, KY)

26-29: USA Ultimate College Championships (Cincinnati, OH)

3: Triple Crown tour regular season begins
3-4: Ultiworld High School National Invite (Rockford, IL)

9-11: Windmill Ultimate Frisbee Festival (Amsterdam)

10-11: Poultry Days Ultimate Tournament (Pickerington, OH)

17-21: World Great Grand Masters Beach Ultimate Championships (Lisbon, Portugal)

18-24: WFDF 2017 World Championships of Beach Ultimate (Royan, France)

1-3: Potlach; Redmond, WA

8-9: Pro-Elite Challenge (Aurora, CO)

20-23: The World Games (Wroclaw, Poland)

21-23: USAU Masters Championships (Aurora, CO)

29-30: TCT Select Flight Invite (Hilliard, OH)

29-30: Wildwood Beach Ultimate Tournament

4-6: USAU U.S. Open (Blaine, MN)
5-7: USAU Youth Club Championships (Blaine, MN)

19-20: TCT Elite-Select Challenge (Appleton, WI)

26-27: AUDL Championship Weekend (Montreal, QC)

2-4: TCT Pro Flight Finale

9-10: TCT Sectionals

23-24: TCT Regionals

19-22: TCT USA Ultimate National Championships (Sarasota, FL)

14-19: WFDF Pan American Ultimate Club Championships

*mostly US-centric

NOTES: This is not intended to be list EVERY ultimate event this year, just some major ones. Will update as additional dates are published.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Ringer at the Ultimate Tourney

Yet another dog and frisbee comic. "The Tourney" shows 2 teams huddling during an outdoor  5v5 ultimate tournament. The orange team looks over at the blue team and notices a bi-ped dog wearing a headband.

"Shoot - they brought a ringer"
[Rhymes with Orange]

Thursday, January 05, 2017

AUDL Championship Weekend 2017 Logo

The American Ultimate Disc League's Championship Weekend was already announced to be in Montreal, Quebec. The Facebook event page discloses the championship weekend logo.

RELATED: History of AUDL champ logos

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Fools Fest 2017

Fools Fest is here! Fools Fest is here!!

WHEN: March 31 - April 2

WHAT: Fools Fest 2017 is the 40th Fools Fest. And as such it will be larger than ever. It will be special and amazing. It will be...XL.

WHERE:  Pratt Park in Fredericksburg, Virginia


Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Kinesiology Survey in Ultimate

Where are the studies on the kinesiology of ultimate? One college student seeks answers to this question. All ultimate teams from USAU club to high school and youth clubs are encouraged to participate.

Survey goals: To determine the training standards and regimes instituted by individual programs when preparing players for competitive play. Also, curious to know what access, if any, players at different competition levels have to certified athletic trainers or other medical staff who specialize in athletic injury and kinesiology.

Take the survey.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Ultimate Investment: Why Do You Play Ultimate?

Via Zip's Tips: 
Think for 1 minute and decide why it is that you love playing ultimate and invest time, money, your heart, your body, and your mind in it...

Sunday, January 01, 2017

College Ultimate 2017 Calendar

Today marks the beginning of the 2017 regular season of USA Ultimate's college ultimate. The regular season: run from January 1st through April 2nd.  The first sanctioned college ultimate tournaments are Florida Winter Classic 2017 (women's division) on January 14 and Cola Classic 2017 (men's division) on the 21st of January.

The College Ultimate 2017 Postseason schedule:
Conference Championships: April 15-16, 22-23

Regional Championships : April 29-30, May 6-7

D-III Championships: May 20-21

D-I Championships: May 26-29

Happy 2017

Happy New Year!

Wishing you an amazing 12 months on and off the ultimate field.