Friday, March 16, 2018

Ranking Universe Point Cleats for AUDL Teams

Universe Point was named the official "athletic footwear sponsor" (cleat) of the American Ultimate Disc League. All AUDL players have the option of wearing team-branded cleats for the first time in league history.

Below is a ranking - based on logo and style - of each AUDL team's boot for the 2018 season:
[listed from Worst (23) to Best (1)]

23. Dallas Roughnecks
The Roughnecks logo does not render well as a standalone and the ugly shape around the city-team name looks especially weird.

22. Philadelphia Phoenix
The Phoenix bird looks more like a rooster and just gets lost on what should be an eye-pooping boot. The text display is less than optimal.

21. San Francisco Flame Throwers
The team name looks cramped, and the gray streaks near the midsole are a distraction. Should have kept it simple and used only the logo.

20. Ottawa Outlaws
Bravo for fitting the entire "OUTLAWS" name on the cleat. Though, appears there's a wandering gray something (shadow?) below the "O."

19. Nashville NightWatch
The white lines give the black cleats a clean look, altohugh their new shield logo get washed out.

18. Seattle Cascades
Missed opportunity to have Casey the Sasquatch's mug slapped on a pair of cleats. As is, just too many words for my liking.

17. DC Breeze
Trying to fit too much on too little space -- the words besides "BREEZE" are lost. Props for the different colors for the red cleat tips and on the blue topline.

16. Chicago Wildfire
The standalone orange Wildfire logo is vague yet fits well. Still not a fan of the typography for the city and team name.

15. Indianapolis AlleyCats
While the AlleyCats logo - as just a cat head - finally takes on a form worth applauding, the "AlleyCats" looks too generic.

14. Madison Radicals
Would have liked to have seen the cleat in the back complete the logo's lightning bolt which is cut-off at the bottom. The tri-color diagonals sure are pretty.

13. Austin Sol
The 6-stringed sun logo from Austin's shield shows well. The city-team name reads a little awkward, yet is legible.

12. Los Angeles Aviators
The pilot scarf is well-angled around the heel. The line between the city name and "AVIATORS" help guide a smooth landing for a lengthy team name. Plus, the slight tilt of "AVIATORS" renders well.

11. Montreal Royal
The Royal shield and city-team name fit attractively on this white boot replete the lines along the toebox.

10. Toronto Rush
The 4-letter word "RUSH" is positioned so nicely on the black cleat; not so much for "Toronto."

9. Raleigh Flyers
Though the logo is a tad obscured, the wordmark maximizes its available space along the upper section of the boot. Plus, the blue lines along the toebox  provide nice accentuated flow.

8. San Diego Growlers
The slight angle superbly displays the team name without disruption, plus the red backing connects well to the red topline interior of the boot.

7. New York Empire
A variation of the NY's standard logo adeptly appears on the heel. The bight green distinguishes the Empire cleat.

6. Tampa Bay Cannons
The cryptic image from the Cannons' secondary logo delightfully spans the side of this boot.

5. Detroit Mechanix
The black outsole and heel make this cleat stand out.

4.Pittsburgh Thunderbirds
The Pittsburgh colors display beautifully on the black cleat. The Thunderbirds logo is a bit smooshed, but otherwise excellent.

3. Minnesota Wind Chill
The lines of the Wind Chill logo and the cleat diagonals congruently play well with one another.

2. San Jose Spiders
The lone spider, which is a variant of their standard logo, looks sharp on the white cleat. The gold laces are a neat touch to this clean-looking cleat.

1. Atlanta Hustle
The Hustle "H" is perfectly positioned on the cleat and accentuated with the team name.

[Images via UP]

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

18 More Days Until AUDL 2018 Begins

The 2018 season of American Ultimate Disc League begins in 18 days. This year featuring 23 teams in 4 divisions will be AUDL's 7th season of semi-pro ultimate.  The March 31 start date is the earliest the AUDL has begun in its 7 year history.

Start Date of AUDL Seasons
2012: April 14
2013: April 12
2014: April 13
2015: April 11
2016: April 2
2017: April 1
2018: March 31

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Beau Kittredge Joins New York Empire for AUDL 2018 Season

According to Beau's self-published article on Skyd, he will be on the roster of the New York Empire for the 2018 season of American Ultimate Disc League. In his own words, Beau says: "I have no contract and no written agreement with the New York Empire." Previously, Beau has played for the San Jose Spiders (2014-15), Dallas Roughnecks (2016), and San Francisco FlameThrowers (2017).
New York finished 4th in the East Division with a (6-8) record in 2017, and missed the postseason for the first time in their 5 seasons.

In February 2018, Beau told Evan Lepler: "I have no idea. At this point, I honestly have no idea where I'm gonna play."

In January 2018, Beau wrote: "I will put a priority on playing in the league most willing to make pro ultimate a reality for everyone.

In 2018, I will play for free in the AUDL city most willing to help AUDLx [a mixed-gender league]. If that does not happen, I will play for the city most willing to give female athletes the resources, spotlight and media coverage they deserve."
Welcome to the AUDL East, Beau!

Tampa Bay Cannons (AUDL) Update Logo

The Cannons, formerly of Jacksonville, have publicly announced the obvious. Now located in Tampa Bay, the new-look Cannons embraced the pirate life which is embedded into the Tampa sports community with the celebratory firing of cannons at Buccaneers' NFL games. As such, the Cannons logo become less naval and more maritime.

via Tampa Bay Cannons
The Cannons retain their black and gold color scheme. Also notice the 'TB' carved into the skull and crossbones cannons symbol.

The Tampa Bay Cannons open their 2018 season on March 31 - the first game of the AUDL season.

Monday, March 05, 2018

Spotted: Frisbee Toss in Oscar-Nominated Animated Short

This Disney-Pixar film was Oscar-nominated (2018) in the Animated Short Film category. Blink and you might miss the scene where a schoolgirl tosses a green Frisbee.
Info: When a toy-stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way – the Lost & fOUnd ("LOU").

Friday, March 02, 2018

Australian Ultimate League Readies for Its 2018 Season

United Ultimate League (UUL) was yesterday's news. Say hello to  Australian Ultimate League, a "professional, gender equitable league that showcases the sport of ultimate and the elite athletes who play it" founded by Cat Phillips, Brendan Ashcroft and Matt Hill.

Teams: Six AUL teams: Adelaide Dragons (Orange); Brisbane Breakers (Blue); Canberra Freeze (Green); Melbourne Flames (Red); Perth Power (Yellow), and Sydney Suns (Purple).

Ratios: 3:3 on-field, 6:6 gameday roster; 7:7 full team roster.

Rules: WFDF. Games to 13 goals with no hard cap.

Field size: Regulation field (70 yards by 40 yards, with end zones 20 yards deep).

Refs?: No.

Roster: Each AUL team will have 14 players. Teams currently have a leadership group of two coaches, and two marquee players, who will select an additional 8 players (four women and four men) from their city to form the core of the team. A draft will be conducted to allow the elite players from outside the major cities a chance to play in the league.

Season: Three days. All 6 AUL teams will compete in a full round robin of matches in Melbourne over August 18-19th and the two top teams will compete for the AUL Cup in Sydney on October 13th.


To see the best of the best ultimate players in our country go head to head.
To create a professional product that can be used to market our sport in Australia.
To promote gender equality in sport by having the most elite level of the sport in our country be available and accessible to all.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

United Ultimate League Unsuccessful in Funding Campaign

The United Ultimate League's attempt to crowdfund its inaugural season ended yesterday. A total of 449 people donated a total of $23,517 -- well short of its $50,000 goal. As a result, UUL's funding campaign was unsuccessful.
The total amount raised was 47% of its $50,000 goal on Kickstarter, with an average backing of ~$52.37 for what was billed as the first gender equity focused professional sports league.
Screengrab from UUL's Kickstarter

Since this 'Professional Mixed Ultimate Frisbee League' did not reach its goal, the UUL had said: "go back to the drawing board or pass the torch to someone else. We believe that Pro Mixed Ultimate is the future for our sport and hope you think so too."

However, UUL's founder, contradicted this plan in an interview with Ultiworld.

[Via Ultiworld] Todd Curran: "To be honest, the UUL is going to cease . I’m closing out of all this stuff. I'll still be there if anyone has questions, but we are not going to be moving forward because the community has spoken about the UUL....We tried. We put our best foot forward, the way that we thought the league could be run efficiently and profitably."