#1 ranked North Carolina has nominated…well, someone…for the 2014 Callahan. Here is their Callahan preview video:
An earlier version of this post suggested that Christian Johnson had been nominated. It is clear from the video that that may or may not be the case.
We hope you got a chance to watch our free livestreams from the 2014 Stanford Invite. If not — or if you just can’t wait to rewatch Colorado v UNC – the archived video is now available.
Here are links to each of the games Ultiworld filmed at the Stanford Invite.
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Charlie Eisenhood and Keith Raynor talk all things college, from the results of the Stanford Invite to the recent USA Ultimate rankings and their bid implications. The conversation then turns to the recent Major League Ultimate criticism of USA Ultimate and what to take away from it.
#4 Florida State took care of business at their home tournament, but not without a scare from UNC-Wilmington who took them to 14-15 in the finals. It was smooth sailling for both teams to the final, and Wilmington’s great weekend reestablishes them as a Nationals contender. Can they snag a second bid for the Atlantic Coast though? Read more →
Our previous Callahan rankings with more information on many of the candidates can be found here.
The Callahan Award is the most prestigious annual award in ultimate. Each year, the award is presented, in the words of the award guidelines, “to the [collegiate] man and woman who combine superior athleticism with outstanding sportsmanship, leadership, and dedication to the sport of ultimate. In the eyes of his or her peers, the Callahan winner is the personification of the ideal ultimate player.”
With the official Callahan nominations now open, Ultiworld presents the post-Stanford Callahan watch list. These players have distinguished themselves through their play this season and, for many, over the course of their college careers.
Ultiworld will have continual updates to this list over the course of the spring season, as we hope to make it possible for players to make as informed a decision as possible about the quality of play from the nominees this season. Read more →
NEW YORK — You can plan a pretty picnic but you can’t predict the weather.
That seemed to be the theme of the 2014 Stanford Invite. Not only did the tournament end up moving two hours away from Stanford to Stevinson, a small farm town in the central valley, due to rainouts in Palo Alto, but the wind on Saturday was vicious. Swirling, gusting winds that were consistently 20-30 miles per hour buffeted the fields and made clean play essentially impossible. Games were close and often decided by a single upwind break.
The conditions made putting a lot of stock in this weekend’s results (particularly those on Saturday) a bit suspect. There was less wind in the prequarter round, even less in Sunday’s quarterfinals, and then, after the lightning delay in the finals, basically none. All other rounds were dictated more by the wind than the play on the field.
Regardless, some teams handled the conditions better than others, mostly by playing smart, field position-based games. Pittsburgh hucked downwind almost immediately on every possession in that direction. Florida State was more patient and worked the disc into the hands of their most competent throwers.
Ultimately, the final results of the tournament were generally not unexpected, which reflects that quality teams managed to overcome the conditions and win games. Read more →
Major League Ultimate Commissioner Jeff Snader and VP Nic Darling took to the internet airwaves yesterday to sound off on their thoughts about USA Ultimate. In a podcast, Snader said that USA Ultimate is doing a “horrific job” and he and Darling were critical of USA Ultimate leadership — particularly CEO Tom Crawford — and the mission of USA Ultimate.
Snader and Darling raise questions about USA Ultimate’s money management, insinuating that they underserve members and overpay Crawford, by comparing certain line items on the budget to other sports national governing bodies.
Much of the financial analysis was based on a narrow snapshot comparison between USA Ultimate, USA Hockey, and USA Lacrosse. Some of the conclusions Snader and Darling made or implied were based on cherry picked data. We will be fact checking some of their major claims from the following chart — released by Major League Ultimate — later today. Read more →
Here is the official trailer of the 2015 World Championships of Beach Ultimate. As previously reported, the tournament will be held in Dubai this year.
SAN FRANCISCO — North Carolina defended their number one overall ranking this weekend with a poised and at times dominant performance on Sunday to win the 2014 Stanford Invite title.
After a lightning delay stalled the finals for nearly an hour, UNC was clinical in their 15-11 victory over Pittsburgh, giving up just a single break late in the contest and generally outmatching the team that had handed them their only loss of the season just a day before.
The difference wasn’t just the sudden lack of wind in the finals after an extremely windy Saturday. North Carolina was focused and strategically much cleaner throughout the day on Sunday.
“It was just business,” said UNC coach Mike DeNardis. “The energy was really good. We really wanted to win.” Read more →
“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o’er-fraught heart and bids it break.” – William Shakespeare
Ask someone why they play ultimate and you’ll get 100 different answers. Some love the competition, others love the culture, still others love the flight path of a perfectly thrown huck. Maybe it’s some combination of all of those things and more.
At the highest levels of the game, among the top tier teams at the College and Club Championships, often the stated aim is winning a Championship. Others simply want to make Nationals. The goal is often about winning; that is what sports is all about, right?
It is in times like these that our thoughts turn to the deeper reasons we love the sport and the joy of competition. Read more →