Check out the 2013 roster news, with some huge changes in each of the divisions as players switch allegiances and hunt for a Club Championship. With the Triple Crown Tour set for its first season and the US Open just weeks away, it should be quite a year.
As the captains of Austin’s Doublewide, the defending National Champions, were considering how they would replace a sizable contingent of players leaving the team in 2013, they turned to their young superstar, Will Driscoll. They were interested in players from the NexGen tour and knew Driscoll might have an in.
Doublewide captain Jerrod Wolfe said, “We were talking to Will like, ‘Hey, which of these NexGen kids don’t have a strong club team that they’re committed to?’” That simple question started the team down a path towards landing two of college’s most outstanding players — Pittsburgh’s Tyler Degirolamo and Alex Thorne — for the 2013 season. Read more →
VERSAILLES — Poultry Days played host to thousands of Ultimate players this weekend, but one special group in particular was thinking far beyond a weekend of socializing and celebrating. Both Team Canada and Team USA would be experiencing their first tournament together as full rosters before their journey to the World Games in Cali, Colombia, in late July.
Back in 2009, the tournament set aside a Saturday pool for Team USA and Canada, who were joined by a couple of other international teams preparing for the World championships (Chinese Tapei and Great Britain). This time around, two of the tournament’s perennial top teams, Chicken Fingered (a Colorado/Wisconsin combo) and Chad Larson Eggsperience (CLX Mixed club) were placed in a power pool with the national teams. Both Team USA and Team Canada waltzed through their competition before meeting one another in an evening showcase game.
The talent on display lived up the billing, but the competition did not. Read more →
Lots of rosters were incomplete this week in the AUDL, which made for some exciting upsets and disappointing near-upsets. See who played at the top of their game this week, who persevered without starters, and who missed an opportunity for a big win in our AUDL Week 10 Recap. Read more →
Haru Ohkawa wants to help bring peace to the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. His approach? Introduce them to Ultimate.
In just a six month trip to the Congo in 2012, he introduced Ultimate to a country that had never seen it before, traveling to over 20 cities to share the game. He eventually managed to meet with government officials and get ultimate classified as an official national sport, according to his recent TedX talk at a Japanese university. Read more →
No make-or-break games this week in the AUDL, but a lot of important jockeying for playoff position as we get into the heart of the second half of the season.
Here’s a look at the Week 10 games around the league.
New York Empire (5-3) @ Philadelphia Phoenix (6-4)
After escaping a thrilling Phoenix fourth quarter comeback with a one point victory, the New York Empire now head down to Philadelphia for round two of their three consecutive weekend matchups. The Empire dominated the first half of game one last weekend, but looked shaky down the stretch. Philadelphia, despite the loss, may well be the more confident team this weekend, especially playing at home. Read more →
Usually we only do a top 5 highlight reel after a New York Empire game, but this game was so packed with layouts, skies, and blocks that we had to do a top 10!
Check out the best of the best from this past weekend’s pivotal Eastern Division game:
Local footage from the South Central Regional final (Texas v. Colorado). Watch: