Opening Pull: D-I Nationals Location, Club Bids Finalized

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The D-I College Championships medals.
The D-I College Championships medals. Photo: Paul Rutherford — UltiPhotos.com

Welcome to Opening Pull, your weekly wrap-up of the previous week in ultimate. We’ve gathered the news you need to know and highlights you need to see, and we’ll let you know what’s coming up in the next week. 

Final National Bid Allocations For Club Divisions

The club regular season is in the rear view, and now the results have been tabulated to pass out the strength bids to regions. The stakes were fairly clear going into the Pro Championships, so while there wasn’t much drama, there are results that might have surprised a few months ago. Headlining is the women’s segment of the Northeast, the only region to hoard four bids. The men’s and mixed divisions in the region each have three bids, meaning 10 teams from the Northeast will be headed across the country for Nationals in San Diego.

It’s also worth noting that the announcement also finalized the top team in each division for the regular season. Minneapolis Drag’N Thrust, San Francisco Fury, and Seattle Sockeye finished in the top slot in mixed, women’s, and men’s, respectively. Drag’N Thrust has an opportunity to be the fourth team across the divisions to win the Triple Crown.

2020 D-I Nationals, Masters Nationals Locations Announced

USA Ultimate announced that the D-I College Championships will be held in Milwaukee, WI next May.1 The event will be held at Uihlein Soccer Park. This comes months after the typical announcement date, which caused some speculation about the where and the why. In the end, the final decision returns the tournament to the same site used in 2018 and 2015. The location of the D-III Championships has yet to be revealed.

In addition, the governing body also released information about the 2020 Masters Championships. It comes as no surprise that the tournament will be in Aurora, CO, the site that has hosted the event in four of the past five years, including in 2019. Masters Nationals will be July 17-19 and host roughly 2000 athletes across seven divisions.

USA Ultimate Board of Directors Accepting 2020 Applications

The sport’s governing body is now accepting applications for the Board of Directors 2020-2022. The process opens just after USAU announced the formation of a new nomination committee. Interested potential BoD members in the categories of Appointed, At-Large, Elite Athlete, and Independent. According to USAU, applicants are “encouraged to express their interest by September 29.”

Ultiworld’s Charlie Eisenhood Married

And lastly, Ultiworld founder and editor-in-chief Charlie Eisenhood and his longtime partner Elizabeth Fritz tied the knot over the weekend. They hosted a charming event in rural Pennsylvania. If you see either of the newlyweds, feel free to offer your congratulations.

Coming Up

While we await the finalization of the D-III College Championships location (which is speculated to be Rockford, IL, as it was in other years when D-I has been in Milwaukee), club teams have the weekend off to prepare for regionals.


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  1. Keith Raynor
    Keith Raynor

    Keith Raynor is a Senior Editor and the College Content Manager at Ultiworld. He co-hosts our Deep Look podcast and does play-by-play and color commentary. He coaches UConn Rise, the college's women's team. You can reach him by email (keith@ultiworld.com) or on Twitter (@FullFieldHammer).

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