Make a name for your outstanding teammates and tell us about who deserves to win All-Region, All-Freshman, and Coaching awards this year in the Ultiworld discussion threads.
This is a great opportunity to engage with USA Ultimate’s most important leaders on current issues in the sport. USAU has specifically opened the discussion to these topics:
Crawford touched on many of these topics in his recent letter to the members, published in the Spring 2014 USAU Magazine.
If you have questions for Crawford and Payne, leave them in the comments or tweet at USA Ultimate with the hashtag #ultimatenation.
There may be some new bells and whistles in the AUDL’s Eastern Conference, but the Rush’s core proved that the East still runs through Toronto.
With a 20-19 win over the DC Breeze (0-1) and 22-20 win over New York Empire (0-1) this weekend, the Rush temporarily quieted the questions as to whether the offseason additions for the Breeze and Empire will fundamentally change the landscape in the East. Despite securing the two early season wins (which could be crucial tie-breakers even if the late season rankings tighten up), the Rush (2-0) may not exactly be standing on solid ground. They had to comeback from down 10-6 against the Breeze and 17-14 against the Empire.
The Rush’s Saturday win over the Breeze could have easily gone the other way. In the final seconds of the game, Tyler Degirolamo had two throwaways, one of which was to Alex Thorne as time expired; a completion on either throw could have sent the contest into overtime.
In light of some recent rules changes in MLU, which kicked off its second season this week, here are some rules changes that I’d like to see WFDF make:
1. No Gloves
Imagine you turned up to a tournament and were faced with a strong wind, strong enough to limit the range of even your best throwers to, say, 30 yards. Now imagine that one of your opponents brings onto the pitch a handheld device they have invented which reliably pings an Ultrastar 60 yards upwind. You’d probably think they had an unfair advantage.
Interestingly, there is nothing in the current WFDF Rules to prevent anyone using any equipment that assists throwing.
Of course, if such a rule was enforced, then where do you draw the line? There has been a recent trend towards playing in gloves. Read more →
I went to the opening day for the MLU’s Boston Whitecaps this past Saturday, with the intention of seeing some friends and family, checking out the new venue, and watching some ultimate. This year, there seems to be more hype than ever around the semi-pro leagues. I was looking forward to seeing how the overall experience compared to last year’s games and an AUDL Connecticut Constitution game I attended in 2012.
This is anecdotal, biased analysis from someone who is most likely not the targeted audience for these games. I tried to see the event through non-ultimate eyes. I sat with Boston players and some Dads with boy babies. There is absolutely no data here. Read more →
Make a name for your outstanding teammates and tell us about who deserves to win All-Region, All-Freshman, and Coaching awards this year in the discussion threads below. Here is a dedicated home page that can be easily shared and searched.
With the decline of RSD, there has been an unfortunate drop in All-Region conversation online. Nobody can see everyone play, but there are many deserving players at less-known schools. We hope these threads can facilitate a conversation about the best players — regardless of hype — in every division of every region. Take it from here. Read more →
Watch Holy Family Catholic’s Nick Bisonette come up with the big catch block with Carolina Friends threatening to tie the game late in the Paideia Cup finals. HFC went on to win two points later, improving to 18-0 on the season. Read the finals recap.
Watch the 2013 game of the year: Boston Ironside v. Seattle Sockeye in the semifinals of the Club Championships in Frisco, Texas. And don’t miss our analysis of the game.
Watch the full game footage of the Toronto Rush v. New York Empire from Brooklyn, presented by Ultiworld:
The San Jose Spiders pulled away from the San Francisco FlameThrowers in the fourth quarter of the American Ultimate Disc League’s first edition of the ESPN3 Game of the Week, taking a well-earned 20-16 victory to start their season off with a win. The FlameThrowers, who stayed close throughout, were within one heading into the final quarter, but San Jose was able to put up seven fourth quarter points to take the game. Overall, the game lived up to its billing as the West Coast showcase, with numerous hucks, layouts, and contested skies.
San Jose Stars Shine in Debut Professional Performances
Used primarily as a handler, star signee Ashlin Joye led the charge for the Spiders. Joye finished with a game-high five assists, utilizing effective breaks and huck throws to make the Spiders’ offense look easy. Kevin Smith and Tim Gilligan provided assistance in the backfield; Smith moved the disc well and was also able to get loose for three scores, while Gilligan used quick throws and cuts to run the offense on several occasions.
The Spiders’ stars looked solid, with Beau Kittredge playing big and piling up stats. Although he didn’t come down with every disc, it sometimes took two or even three defenders to stop him. The FlameThrowers successfully managed to contain Kittredge deep for most of the night, but that meant that he and other cutters were able to get plenty of separation on their under cuts.