DeAnna Ball was elected as the 2014 At-Large USA Ultimate board member with 344 votes, beating out three other candidates. John Terry was a close second with 316 votes.
Brian Garcia, running unopposed, won the Elite Athlete board position, as Val Belmonte and Mike Payne were appointed by the current board. Belmonte, the CEO of the Chicago Education Project, will serve as an independent board member. Read more about all the newly elected board members.
The 2014 US Open will be held in Minneapolis, MN, over the July 4th weekend, per a USA Ultimate press release. The tournament will take place at the beautiful National Sports Center and will include games in their 8,500 seat stadium, in which ESPN 3 will be streaming.
Yesterday, Ultiworld released the All-Club 2nd Team for the Women’s Division and today we followed that up with our All-Club 1st Team. We created a list of some of the best players in women’s game this season while also bringing in information about the statistical production of those players. We hoped to combine those numbers — products of new experiments in tracking Ultimate data — with the typical subjective view of players to provide a fresh take on how to recognize the game’s elite.
One player’s selection for the 2nd team surprised — and flustered — many of our readers: Octavia “Opi” Payne. Read more →
Dusty Rhodes, a long-time player, was in Frisco, Texas, for the Club Championships this past weekend. He shared some insight from a spectator’s perspective on RSD. Here’s a selection of his thoughts. Read more →
Today, I co-authored a technical piece that looked at how well objective indicators like USA Ultimate regular season rankings or RRI ranks predicted team performance at Nationals. As I was writing that piece, I found myself wondering what the implications for the bid allocation at Nationals should be. Read more →
With the field now set and pools forthcoming, all of the club nationals storylines are coming together. Ultiworld will be on the ground in Dallas, live streaming some of the best teams and games in the world.
But there’s one extra story we’d love to get right: The stats Read more →
With the news of Tiina Booth’s retirement from coaching at Amherst Regional High School, some of her former players have sent along some thoughts about her legacy. If you have something to share, please email us at email@example.com.
First up, Boston Brute Squad captain Emily Baecher:
There are lots of great comments on yesterday’s piece on how to be a good handler, but this one from Seattle Sockeye’s Sam Harkness was particularly interesting.
Tiina Booth, the founder of the National Ultimate Training Camp and long-time youth coach, has announced her retirement from coaching the Amherst High School team, where she was the coach for nearly 25 years.
Has Tiina Booth helped you become a better ultimate player or coach? We want to hear your stories. Contact us at editor at ultiworld dot com, or through the website.