Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Former AUDL Teams

The 2019 AUDL season is projected to have 21 teams in 4 divisions across the United States and Canada.

There have been 14 teams that used to play in the American Ultimate Disc League; they are:
Buffalo Hunters
Charlotte Express
Cincinnati Revolution
Columbus Cranes
Connecticut Constitution
New Jersey Hammerheads
Philadelphia Spinners
Rhode Island Rampage
Rochester Dragons
Salt Lake City Lions
San Francisco FlameThrowers
Seattle Raptors
Vancouver Riptide

Monday, November 26, 2018

Nashville NightWatch and San Francisco FlameThrowers Cease AUDL Operations

According to the American Ultimate Disc League announcement on November 21: "Nashville NightWatch and San Francisco FlameThrowers franchises will not return to play in the AUDL for the 2019 season. Effective today, the owners of both franchises are ceasing operations."

Coincidentally, NightWatch and FlameThrowers are two of the three AUDL teams that compound their two-word team name into one with including capitalizing the second word. AlleyCats are the remaining compound team name.

Statement from San Francisco FlameThrowers:
Although the FlameThrowers ownership group remains passionate about the future of spectator ultimate, we struggled to realize our vision of support across men's, women’s, and mixed in the current environment. We will continue to be involved in the sport's development and look forward to the day when we can present and promote ultimate in the most inclusive way possible. [Ultiworld]

Statement from Nashville NightWatch:

We would like to thank our players and supporters from the last 4 years. Going forward we will not be playing in the AUDL. We are going to turn our efforts into building our community through club efforts and focusing on our Professional Women’s team, Nashville NightShade.

Both organizations have indicated interest in a women's (semi)-pro ultimate league.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Maplewood, NJ Proclamation Honors the 50th Anniversary of Ultimate Frisbee

The township of Maplewood, New Jersey, honors the 50th anniversary of Ultimate Frisbee with a proclamation declaring November 22 and 23 as "Ultimate Days."

Maplewood, NJ proclamation [photo via The Village Green]

Whereas, in 1968 Columbia High School student Joel Silver introduced to the student council the idea of (Ultimate) Frisbee.

Mayor Victor De Luca declares November 22nd and 23rd as Ultimate Days in the Township of Maplewood.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

College Goals

When you instill strong family values, your children's college priorities are set high.

Hi & Lois comic [June 10, 2018], abridged
Question: What are your goals when you get to college?

Chip Flagston: Make the Frisbee team.

Multi-panel reformatted to fit

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

MKBHD Schools Joe Rogan on Ultimate Frisbee

MKBHD, wearing a black WFDF hoodie, gives a primer on Ultimate (Frisbee) to Joe Rogan on the Joe Rogan Experience episode #1186. While MLU highlights roll, MKBHD coolly explains the ins-and-outs of the game, history of the sport, and the (semi-)pro league.

WATCH: Marques Brownlee Explains Ultimate Frisby

Joe Rogan: Do you play, like, that Frisbee...disc golf?

Joe Rogan: "I did not know this was even a thing."

Joe Rogan: If you asked 'When was ultimate Frisbee invented?' I would have said: "A couple of months ago."

Joe Rogan: "This actually looks really fun."

Monday, November 19, 2018

CHS Celebrating Ultimate Frisbee's 50th Anniversary

What: The 50th Anniversary Celebration of Ultimate Frisbee

When: Friday, November 23, 2018

Where: Maplewood, NJ
Columbia High School is hosting a 50th Anniversary Celebration for Ultimate Frisbee. Founded in the parking lot of the New Jersey high school in 1968, Ultimate is now played by over 7 million players worldwide.

Join CHS for an evening celebrating the Past, Present and Future of this unique sport. Dinner and drinks will be served as well as other activities including a silent auction, video/photo display and jersey exchange.

This event is SOLD OUT.

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Ben Harris, a senior at CHS and a member of the varsity ultimate Frisbee team for the last three years, said: "It's fun to be really competitive and also have a good time. It's the No. 1 sport at the school right now, so anyone who wants to play should give it a try."

Friday, November 16, 2018

MLB AL MVP Mookie Betts Credits Frisbee Throwing for His Swing

Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts was just named 2018 Most Valuable Player in the American League. He hit a major league-leading .346 with 32 homers, 80 RBIs and 30 stolen bases as the leadoff hitter for the World Champion Red Sox. The 2018 season was Mookie's 5th Major League Baseball season. Betts throws (the baseball) and hits right-handed.

According to this Boston Globe article, "Mookie Betts is diving into J.D. Martinez's bag of tricks":
When [Red Sox teammate] J.D. Martinez first started bringing his big bag of toys into the clubhouse...his teammates didn't know what to make of it.
At a glance, it appeared to be a gym bag full of Phys Ed equipment: a red heavy-duty dodgeball, Frisbees for disc golf, and almost everything else anyone would need for a family field day. It looked like he had raided a Play It Again Sports, but everything in the bag was a tool he used to refine his swing. 
The Frisbees caught Betts's eye. When he threw one, he realized how closely the motion resembled the one he used to swing a bat. 
Betts: "You just throw it, and it kind of simulates the swing."

[h/t Evan Lepler]

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Philadelphia AMP History at Club Nationals

Philadelphia AMP (Mid-Atlantic Region) qualified for the USA Ultimate Nationals every year since 2005. In 2018, the Philly mixed club ultimate team won the USA Ultimate Club Championship.  AMP was coached by Patrick Sherlock. 

Prior to the 2018 season, AMP had finished in the Top-5 four times including a runner-up finish in 2017, and finished in the Top-10 nine times in 12 seasons.

NOTE: Donkey Bomb (2000-2005) preceded the AMP (2006 - current) team name.

Monday, November 05, 2018

New York PoNY History at Club Nationals

New York PoNY (Northeast Region) qualified for the USA Ultimate Nationals 8 times since 2005. In 2018, the men's club ultimate team won the USA Ultimate Club Championship. PoNY was coached by Berend Van Heuvelen, Bryan Jones and Jimmy Leppert.

Prior to the 2018 season, PoNY had never finished in the Top-5 and finished in the Top-10 only twice.