Monday, January 15, 2018

United Ultimate League Unveiled

United Ultimate League (UUL) was announced today by ultimate apparel company SAVAGE. The UUL strives to provide a USA Ultimate-sanctioned league with complete gender equity, showcasing both men and women on the playing field. UUL is being touted as "Ultimate Frisbee’s First Professional Mixed League" will be played as 3:3 gender ratio, making this the first 6v6 semi-pro ultimate league and the first to be completely gender equal.

UUL's inaugural season will be from April - June 2019 with eight (8) teams with two (2) divisions - the Northern division will include Boston Whalers, New York Kraken, Philadelphia Pride, and Washington Generals; the Southern Division will include Carolina Cutlass, Atlanta Hounds, Nashville Tristars, and Florida Gulls.

Teams are owned by the league and not independently - a similar setup as Major League Ultimate.
All four teams in each division will play at one host team's event -similar to the Professional Ultimate League concept.  Each UUL team will consist of 24 players - 12 females and 12 males. Other distinguishing features of this semi-pro mixed ultimate league are:
>The UUL field will be 35-yard wide, instead of 40 yards like in USAU and 53-1/3 yards in AUDL
>USAU Observers will be used in UUL in conjunction with the USA Ultimate rulebook
>UUL is a USA Ultimate Sanctioned League

"Having the support of the national governing body was a primary goal of mine when starting the league" Todd Curran founder of UUL stated. "If we could create the first pro league to be sanctioned by USA Ultimate, there'd be no stopping us!"

The UUL expects to launch a Kickstarter on February 1, 2018, with a $50,000 goal to gain community support.

SAVAGE also created the College Mixed Championships (as USA Flatball) in 2015.

USA Player Stats at 2018 World U24 Ultimate Championships

The U.S.A. Under-24 National Teams played a perfect performance in Perth at the WFDF World Under-24 World Championships. Below are the individual stats of the's United States' gold-medal teams.

USA U24 Women's Team (12-0); gold medal winners.

USA U24 Mixed Team (9-0); gold medal winners.

USA U24 Men's Team (9-0); gold medal winners.

[DATA via WU24UC event site.]
NOTE: Per game averages not possible to not knowing # of games each player played.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Results at WFDF U24 Worlds 2018

It's over Down Under at Under-24 Worlds!

USA National Teams swept the 3 divisions at the WFDF World U24 Ultimate Championships - just like in 2013.  Collectively, the USA teams were perfect at the international tournament with a (30-0) record [men (9-0) + mixed (9-0) + women (12-0)].

SILVER: Italy*
BRONZE: Australia

*Italy's first medal at a WFDF U23/U24 event

BRONZE: Canada

SILVER: Canada
BRONZE: Australia

Friday, January 12, 2018

Recap: Semifinalists at 2018 World U24 Ultimate Championships

Of the 20 countries competing in Perth at the U24 Ultimate Championships, seven (7) different countries have advanced to the semi-finals of their divisions.

Of note, Italy (Men) is the only country to advance to the semifinals that did not have teams represented in other divisions.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Country Representation at WFDF Under 24 Worlds 2018

There are 20 different countries - 41 total teams - represented at this year's WFDF World Under-24 Ultimate Championships across the 3 competitive divisions. The divisional breakdown is: sixteen (16) in men's; fourteen (14) in mixed and eleven (11) in women's division.

Nine (9) countries are represented in all 3 divisions; three (3) countries have 2 teams and eight (8) countries have 1 team. Of the countries with one team at U24 Worlds, four (4) are in the men's and4 are in the mixed division; there are no countries with represented by only a women's division team.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Chart: Medal History at WFDF U23 Ultimate Championships

Overall, seven (7) different countries have ever medaled at the three (3) WFDF's World Under-23 Ultimate Championships. 
[UPDATED 1.6.2018]
NOTE: USA did not compete at the 2010 event.
In the last two U-23 events, only four (4) different countries have medaled:
USA: 6 (5 gold, 1 silver)
Canada: 6 (3 silver, 3 bronze)
Japan: 4 (1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
Australia: 2 (1 silver, 1 bronze)

Overall Medal Count at U23 Ultimate Championships
Canada: 7 (1 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze)
USA: 6 (5 gold, 1 silver)
Japan: 6 (1 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze)
Australia: 3 1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
Great Britain: 2 (1 gold, 1 bronze)
Germany: 2 (2 bronze)
Belgium: 1 (1 silver )

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Map: Locations of WFDF World Under-23, Under-24 Ultimate Championships

The next edition of the Under-24 (FKA Under-23) World Ultimate Championships starts on Sunday in Perth, Australia. Previous tournaments have been hosted in Florence, Italy (2010); Toronto, Canada (2013); and London, UK (2015).

2018 USA Ultimate Masters Championships to Be Played in Aurora (Not Colorado)

USA Ultimate announced the 2018 dates and a new location for the Masters Division Championships.

Coincidentally, the 2015-2017 Masters Championships was held in Aurora, COLORADO. In 2018, the Masters Championships will be held in Aurora, ILLINOIS.

Aurora is the second most populous city in the state of Illinois and its the nickname is the "City of Lights" because it was one of the first cities in the United States to implement an all-electric street lighting system in 1881.

Per USAU: The Masters Championships will be held at the Stuart Sports Complex in Aurora, Ill., 40 miles west of Chicago, July 20-22, 2018. Ultimate Chicago, the Aurora Area Sports Alliance and the Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau will serve as the local organizing committee (LOC) for the event. Ultimate Chicago also served as the LOC for the National Championships held in Rockford in 2016.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Live Stream for WFDF Under-24 Ultimate Championships Scheduled at Under 24 Games

WFDF's World Under-24 Ultimate Championships start on Sunday, January 7th, in Perth, Australia.

The international ultimate tournament has scheduled nearly 200 games over January 7-13, 2018. Yet only a fraction of scheduled games are planned to be streamed by; of the 196 scheduled games only 22 (11.2%) are planned to be broadcast via WFDF YouTube Channel.

 U-24 Division Total Scheduled Games Broadcasted Games Broadcast %
Men 74 games 7 games 9.4%
Mixed 63 games 7 games 11.1%
Women 59 games 8 games 13.5%

The 'under 24' ultimate games of the Under-24 ultimate tournament are less than the "more than 30 games" to be live streamed as promoted in a recent tourney e-newsletter.  

We are looking forward to watching the live stream broadcasts but wish the other 174 u24 ultimate games not on the broadcast schedule could somehow be captured as well.