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  1. German Nationals: Double Game Point (Men’s Final)

    Check out the final point between Bad Skid and Heidees, the top two Men’s teams from Germany, in the Championship final at German Nationals this weekend:

    German Nationals Double Game Point

    —Charlie Eisenhood Sep 16, 2014 at 3:11PM
  2. Bank Robber Arrested In Oregon At Ultimate Tournament

    From KPTV in Oregon: “A man wanted for a 2010 armed bank robbery in New York was arrested in Eugene at an Ultimate Frisbee tournament.”

    I love this, from Tully in the comments: “How was he doing in the tournament?”

    —Charlie Eisenhood Sep 15, 2014 at 1:38PM
  3. Ultimate World Events Suffer From Same Problem As The Basketball World Cup: Americans Don’t Care

    Adrian Wojnarowski, perhaps the country’s most heralded NBA reporter, has a column out this morning putting the FIBA Basketball World Cup (which, in case you didn’t know, the US dominated all tournament long to win gold this weekend) on blast. I won’t talk here about his main point that it is a recruiting tool for Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski. Instead, I want to hone in on this quote from an unnamed NBA GM: “[Outside of the U.S. team], there’s more talent and more interest from basketball fans in the NBA summer league than this event.”

    You could say the exact same thing about ultimate’s major international events. Regular season US tournaments garner more interest than international events. There is more interest in a fall college tournament than in the World Club Championships. The problem? There’s not a whole lot to get excited about. (more…)

    —Charlie Eisenhood Sep 15, 2014 at 11:53AM
  4. Highlight Reel: AUDL 2014

    This league-wide highlight reel from the 2014 AUDL season is a very enjoyable two minutes:

    AUDL Highlight Reel

    —Charlie Eisenhood Sep 15, 2014 at 10:21AM
  5. Parkour Is Thinking Olympics. The Discussion Sounds A Lot Like Ultimate’s.

    Listen to this short piece from NPR’s All Things Considered about parkour and consider the amazing number of parallels to ultimate. (more…)

    —Charlie Eisenhood Sep 12, 2014 at 12:02PM
  6. CBS’ James Brown On Domestic Abuse And Changing Norms

    This is a bit of a departure from ultimate-specific news and commentary, but I thought what CBS’ James Brown said last night on Thursday Night Football should be shared here:

    James Brown Transcript

    (more…)

    —Charlie Eisenhood Sep 12, 2014 at 10:00AM
  7. NPR Doing Feature On Ultimate From 11 AM to Noon EST

    Philadelphia’s NPR station, WHYY, is doing an hour-long segment on ultimate, featuring MLU Philadelphia Spinner player Nick Hirranet and Philadelphia Area Disc Alliance members. Listen live from 11 AM to Noon.

    UPDATE: If you missed it, the full segment is available here:

    —Charlie Eisenhood Sep 10, 2014 at 11:02AM
  8. Photo Of The Day: UK Newspaper Edition

    The Metro UK had an ad for Google today:

    rules of ultimate frisbee

    Photo via Matt Thomas.

    —Charlie Eisenhood Sep 10, 2014 at 10:27AM
  9. Application Window For USA U23 Team Closes On Sunday

    Make sure to get your application in for the U23 team if you want to be considered for tryouts. You have until Sunday, September 14th.

    —Charlie Eisenhood Sep 9, 2014 at 10:34AM
  10. Penn State’s Women’s Team, ISIS, Changing Name To Avoid Terrorist Link

    The Penn State women’s ultimate team, ISIS, is following with a number of other organizations by changing its name to avoid any connection with the terrorist group in the Middle East.

    ISIS — the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — has carried out a number of attacks across the Middle East, prompting many companies to change their names.

    “Due to the current circumstances, the officers of our team have decided it is not only appropriate but necessary to change our name,” Penn State captain Jocelyn Corey told Ultiworld by email. “We are currently in the process of changing it. We sent out a survey to our team on Friday for names and had a tie between the names Crisis Ultimate and Alias Ultimate. We sent out our tiebreaking survey today and should know the new name of the Penn State women’s ultimate team by tomorrow!”

    UPDATE (9/9): They decided on Crisis.

    “With a strong consensus (and hints that a lot of the alumni liked this name best), we decided on “Crisis” as Penn State’s new team name!” said captain Alex Fons. “We chose Crisis because we wanted to acknowledge Isis’s past and recognize years of our program’s development. We feel that this name symbolizes our appreciation for past players, yet it allows us to regenerate a highly competitive program.  We have a lot of goals for this season and lots of changes will be made, so what better way to start than with a new name!”

    —Charlie Eisenhood Sep 8, 2014 at 2:12PM

News

  1. A Younger Portland Schwa Looking Towards An Improved Postseason

  2. 2014 Regional Preview: Southwest (Mixed)

  3. An Emerging Star: Ultiworld Sits Down With Angela Zhu (Team USA U19)

  4. 2014 Regional Preview: Southwest (Men’s)

  5. Founders Sectionals #2 Seed DQ’ed For Roster Mistakes

  6. Weekend Update: The Regionals Fields Are Set

  7. Some Important Format Changes To The 2014 National Championships

  8. I Believe That We Will Riot: Flexibility, Fundamentals, and Fire, Powered by Agility from Five Ultimate

  9. Mailbag: Pro Flight Finale, USAU Rankings, Worlds

  10. VC, AUDL End League-Wide Merchandising Partnership

  11. The Offensive Machine: 3 Simple Plays From Chicago, Powered by Agility from Five Ultimate

  12. The Do’s And Don’ts Of Running Tryouts

  13. Team USA Beach Worlds Teams Announced

  14. Hydration Tips And Information Athletes Need To Know

  15. Weekend Update: Sectionals Week One Roundup

Up for Debate

  1. Kevin Terry

    I Believe That We Will Riot: Flexibility, Fundamentals, and Fire, Powered by Agility from Five Ultimate

    Sep 11, 2014 with 4 Comments
  2. Charlie Eisenhood

    Mailbag: Pro Flight Finale, USAU Rankings, Worlds

    Sep 10, 2014 with 32 Comments
  3. Alex Rummelhart

    The Offensive Machine: 3 Simple Plays From Chicago, Powered by Agility from Five Ultimate

    Sep 9, 2014 with 3 Comments
  4. Tiina Booth

    The Do’s And Don’ts Of Running Tryouts

    Sep 9, 2014 with 11 Comments
  5. Kate Schlag

    Hydration Tips And Information Athletes Need To Know

    Sep 8, 2014 with 21 Comments
  6. Alex Edinger

    Rankings and Super-Regionals: Time to Reconsider the Abandoned Idea?

    Sep 4, 2014 with 16 Comments
  7. Sean Childers

    Can’t We Do Better? What’s Wrong with the Rankings Now and Some Ideas to Fix

    Sep 4, 2014 with 78 Comments
  8. David Hogan

    Move the Disc! How Sockeye Keeps Opponents Off-Balance, Powered by Agility from Five Ultimate

    Aug 28, 2014 with 18 Comments
  9. ultiwhirled

    Whole Planet Could Use Observers Right About Now

    Aug 22, 2014 with 4 Comments