Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Washington DC to Host America Ultimate Disc League All-Star in 2020

The (202) will be hosting the 2020 AUDL All-Star Game.

The American Ultimate Disc League shared the 2020 game location without mention in June.

AUDL broadcasts have shown field signs advertising the 2020 game in DC:

The D.C. Breeze website indicates they are hosting next year's AUDL All-Star game in June 2020:

The AUDL website is currently promoting the 2020 event:

No further information or details have been made available via AUDL or Events DC.

The DC Breeze play in the District at Catholic University's Carlini Field - home to CU's soccer teams and women's lacrosse - opened on March 20, 2019. Prior to the 2019 season, the Breeze played on the football field at CU's Cardinal Stadium.

AUDL hosted their first at the home field of the Madison Radicals on June 8, 2019. Thirty-two players representing all 21 AUDL teams played in the exhibition game. Washington DC Breeze was represented at the 2019 all-star game by one player - Rowan McDonnell, who was AUDL MVP 2018.


Tuesday, July 30, 2019

US Senator Bob Menendez Supports Beach Ultimate

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) stood on the beach in Manasquan, New Jersey, to raise awareness about beach safety and, in other words, to encourage playing beach ultimate.


"In my view, the only things that should be flying through air on a sunny day at the beach should be seagulls and Frisbees." 
--Senator Bob Menedez (D-NJ)


Wildwood Beach Ultimate (W2BU) Tournament - the world's largest beach ultimate event - could not agree more with their state senator.


Monday, July 29, 2019

Chart: History of AUDL Division Champions (2012-2019)

AUDL 2019 division championships have been crowned.



Indianapolis AlleyCats return to AUDL Championship Weekend since the league's inaugural season. Back in 2012 the AlleyCats played in what was then called the "Western" Conference/Division.

Dallas Roughnecks won their 4th South Division championship - a title they have won every year since they joined the AUDL (2016).

New York Empire won their 2nd consecutive (2018, 2019) East Division Championship.

San Diego Growlers won their first West Division championship. All current West Division teams have now earned a bid to American Ultimate Disc League Championship Weekend.

 Team  Previous Divisional Championship
 Empire  2018
 Roughnecks  2018
 AlleyCats  2012
 Growlers  n/a


Philadelphia Spinners (2012) and San Francisco FlameThrowers (2017) are the only division champ who are no longer in the league.Twelve different teams have ever won an AUDL  division title.


Thursday, July 25, 2019

UK PM Boris Johnson Downplayed His Chances of Becoming Prime Minister of the United Kingdom


In 2015, Boris Johnson said: "It is more likely that I will be reincarnated as an olive, locked in a disused fridge, decapitated by a flying frisbee." when asked  about his chances of becoming U.K. prime minister.



[h/t Dusty Rhodes]


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

USA Player Stats at 2019 World U24 Ultimate Championships

The U.S.A. Under-24 National Teams went undefeated in Germany at the WFDF 2019 Under-24 Worlds. Below are individual U.S. players stats on their gold-medal teams.

USA U24 Women's Team (10-0); gold medal winners.
+Angela Zhu is the only U.S. player to average at least 1 assist and 1 goal; in 10 games, Zhu threw 13 assists (1.3/game) and caught 11 goals (1.1 goals/game).
+Top assist leaders for women's team: Arielle Nelson, Samiya Ismail (16), Angela Zhu (13)
+Top scorers for women's team: Claire Trop (18), Caitlyn Lee (15), Carly Campana, Dena Elimelech (13), Angela Zhu (11)
+All players on the women's roster recorded at least 1 assist and 1 goal.


USA U24 Mixed Team (10-0); gold medal winners.
+Joe White posted the highest combined total of Assists + Goals of any U.S. player with 30 (21 assists + 9 goals).
+Top assist leaders for mixed team:Joe White (21), Matthew Gouchoe-Hanas (13), Brett Gramann (10)
+Top scorers for mixed team: Anders Olsen (11), Mary Rippe, Anne Worth (10)



USA U24 Men's Team (11-0); gold medal winners.
+Malcolm Hecht led all U.S. players with 26 assists (in 10 games). Tannor Johnson was the leading scorer of all U.S. players with 20 goals (11 games).
+Top assist leaders for men's team: Malcolm Hecht (26), Elijah Long, Eric Sjostom (12)
+Top scorers for men's team: Tannor Johnson (20), Jasper Tom, Alexander Cuizon Tice (12), Nathan Pettyjohn, Christian Boxley (11)


[DATA via WU24UC event site; compiled by SLUDGE]


Monday, July 22, 2019

WFDF 2019 Asia Oceanic Ultimate and Guts Championships

The Asia Oceanic Ultimate and Guts Championships begin this week in Shanghai.

This article claims it will be "China's biggest ultimate tournament ever."


Sunday, July 21, 2019

Results of USA Ultimate 2019 Masters Championships

USA Ultimate's Masters Championships with 88 teams competing concluded last weekend. No #1-seeds won their divisional championship. The 11-seed Ottawa Solstice was the lowest seed to win a division (Grand Masters - Women).


Championship results according to USAU event site:

Masters - Women
Oakland Golden Poppies (2) 15-8 over Seattle iRot (1); Denver Molly Grey (5) won 3rd.

Masters - Men 
Seattle Voltron 2020 (6) 15-11 over North Carolina Boneyard (1). Denver Johnny Encore (3) won 3rd.

Masters - Mixed 
Bay Area Cool Biz (3) 15-4 win over Minneapolis Hey Babe (3); Nashville/Huntsville Old #7 (8) won 3rd.

Grand Masters - Women
Ottawa Solstice (11) 15-8 over Boston Boston (2). Atlanta Atlantiques (7) finished 3rd.

Grand Masters - Men 
Minneapolis Surly GM (3) 15-10 win over Colorado Johnny Walker (1); Santa Barbara Eldors (2) won 3rd.

Great Grand Masters - Men 
San Francisco Relics (2) 15-11 win over Chicago CHRONIC (5); DoG (3) won 3rd.


All the winners won 100 free custom UltraStars courtesy of Discraft. American teams that were tops in their division qualify to represent the United States at 2020 World Masters Ultimate Championships in Australia.


Congratulations to USA Ultimate National Teams at U24 Worlds 2019

Congratulations to all U.S.A. Ultimate National Team players, coaches and staff involved with winning a combined 3 gold medals at 2019 Worlds in Germany.

Recognition of the 75 athletes from the U.S. teams:



Saturday, July 20, 2019

Results at WFDF U24 Worlds 2019

It's over at Under-24 Worlds in Heidelberg, Germany!

USA National Teams swept the 3 divisions at the WFDF World U24 Ultimate Championships - just like in 2013 and in 2018. Collectively, the USA teams were perfect at the international tournament; posting a combined (31-0) record [men (11-0) + mixed (10-0) + women (10-0)].



MEN's DIVISION
GOLD: USA
SILVER: Canada
BRONZE: Italy
FOURTH: Japan
SPIRIT: Demark

MIXED DIVISION
GOLD: USA
SILVER: Japan
BRONZE: Singapore*
*Singapore's first-ever medal at the World Under-24 Ultimate Championship
FOURTH: Latvia
SPIRIT: South Africa

WOMEN's DIVISION
GOLD: USA
SILVER: Japan
BRONZE: Canada
FOURTH: Colombia
SPIRIT: Australia

[data source]


Friday, July 19, 2019

CHART: Top-8 Countries in Each Division at U24 Worlds

WFDF Under-24 Ultimate Championships in Germany finished pool play. Fourteen (14) different countries of the 29 total countries are represented in the top tier of teams. Only Canada, Japan, and the United States have all 3 of their teams in the top-8 in each division.

NOTES: Men's and Mixed top teams were in 8-team bracket; the women's top teams were placed in a  4-team championship bracket.


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Color of Ultimate: ATL documentary

After a successful event in Atlanta in June 2019, this documentary covers covers how race, socioeconomic status, and inequity has influenced participating players both on and off the ultimate field.




Friday, July 12, 2019

Chart: Country Participation at WFDF 2019 Under-24 Ultimate Championships

There are fifty-one (51) National ultimate teams from 29 countries are scheduled to compete in the upcoming WFDF World Under-24 Ultimate Championships. There will be 21 mixed teams, 18 teams in the men's division and 12 teams in the women's division at U24 Worlds.


Nine (9) countries will be competing in all 3 divisions (men's, women's and mixed) -- Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and the United States. The majority of countries (16) are sending one (1) team to this international event.




[Data source: https://wu24heidelberg.com/team-registration; Chart by SLUDGE]


Thursday, July 11, 2019

College Representation on USA National Team Rosters at World Under-24 Championships

WFDF's 2019 World Under-24 Ultimate Championships (WU24) starts this weekend in Germany. USA National Teams will be represented in the men's, mixed and women's divisions. A total of seventy-five (75) players were selected to represent the US on the active rosters; 24 on men's, 26 on mixed, and 25 on the US women's roster.

Carleton College leads with the most players with 10, followed by UNC (6), Oregon (5) and Dartmouth (4). A total of forty-one (41) of colleges are represented on the USA Ultimate National teams at 2019 U24 Worlds.



NOTES: Unaffiliated player = Clea Poklemba (mixed) is from Portland, Oregon.
Stacy Gaskill representing Colorado, will be freshman in fall 2019.
Abby Hecko representing Washington, will be freshman in fall 2019.

[Updated from original chart with final rostering; data via USA Ultimate]



Tuesday, July 09, 2019

WFDF 2019 World Under-24 Ultimate Championships (Heidelberg, Germany)

The World Flying Disc Federation 2019 World Under-24 Ultimate Championships (WU24) will be hosted in the city of Heidelberg, Germany, from July 13th to July 20th. The event will feature national Ultimate teams in the following divisions: Men's U24 (18 teams), Women's U24 (12 teams) and Mixed U24 (21 teams). Located about 78 km (48 mi) south of Frankfurt, Heidelberg is the fifth-largest city in the German state of Baden-W├╝rttemberg.

There are 51 teams from 29 countries scheduled to compete in the event.



Monday, July 01, 2019

D.C. Ultimate Player Delrico Johnson Highlighted by ESPN

Delrico Johnson of Washington D.C. Truck Stop (USA Ultimate Club) and D.C. Breeze (AUDL) was featured on ESPN's twitter with his astounding catch during the Color of Ultimate exhibition game on June 22 in Atlanta.