All three American semi-pro leagues will return to the field in 2021. Plus, some Dallas Roughnecks players flew to LA on a private jet.
July 6, 2021 by Mags Colvett in News with 0 comments
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Premier Ultimate League, Western Ultimate League Announce 2021 Events
Both the Premier Ultimate League and its cross-coastal counterpart the Western Ultimate League released more details this week about their plans for competition this year. The PUL will hold three separate three-team events over two weekends in August, while the WUL plans one weekend event featuring all six teams in a single location this winter. Streaming coverage is expected for all events. [Full Story: PUL Announces Regional Tournament Weekends for Championship Series; WUL Announces 2021 Winter Cup, 2022 Full Season Dates and Structure]
While the PUL’s Atlanta Soul, Minnesota Strike, and Nashville Nightshade will sit out the season, New York Gridlock has already released its full 2021 roster, including blockbuster pickups Angela Zhu and Kami Groom. WUL tryouts won’t begin until October, but teams out west are building hype online:
— San Diego Super Bloom (@SD_SuperBloom) July 2, 2021
Women’s And Mixed Presence Limited At Early-Season TCT Events; All Divisions Expected At Pro Champs; No Beach Natties
Due to lack of interest from invited teams, USA Ultimate has formally canceled the women’s division at the Pro-Elite Challenge. The early-season event will instead host 20 men’s teams and 14 mixed teams, with each division featuring a wide range from Pro Flight stalwarts (your Sockeyes, your PoNYs, your shame.s) to Classic Flight scrappers (get on board the Ferndale Nain Rouge hype train). Mixed and women’s divisions are also “unlikely” at the U.S. Open; accordingly, USAU plans to shift its “traditional linear TV and streaming coverage” of that event to Pro Championships, where a fuller suite of teams are expected across all three divisions.
While many elite women’s teams plan to play the Series and/or later in the regular season (some major programs are just announcing tryouts), the comparatively slower start for the division has been a subject of conversation for many. Tulsa Douglas discussed Boston Brute Squad’s approach to the season in a recent Deep Look interview, touching on factors affecting participation in elite women’s club as well as balancing roles in both club and semi-pro this year.
Finally, the 2021 Beach Championships have been canceled.
EUF Moving Forward With XEUCF
The European Ultimate Federation has announced that the Extended European Ultimate Championship Finals (XEUCF) will take place in Bruges, Belgium from September 30 to October 3. The elite club tournament will host 32 open teams, 20 women’s teams, and 20 mixed teams, with bids already allocated to member federations by the EUF.
Travel is still prohibited between some countries, but the EUF has indicated that they will go forward with the event if local regulations allow, even if some countries won’t be able to attend. If current restrictions remained in place through the fall, that would mean a tournament without the eight-bid UK, which Belgium presently considers a “very high risk” country. [Full Story: EUF Moving Forward with XEUCF]
Some Dallas Roughnecks Players Flew To LA On A Private Jet
Some Dallas Roughnecks players flew to LA on a private jet. Some Dallas Roughnecks players? Flew to LA on a private jet. Flew to LA on a private jet? Some Dallas Roughnecks players! The flight? To LA. The jet? Private. The players? Some. Some Dallas Roughnecks players flew to LA on a private jet. [Full Story: Some Dallas Roughnecks Players Flew to LA on a Private Jet]
Roster Release Highlight: New York PoNY
Longtime Twitter power users and medium-time national title contenders New York PoNY have released their 2021 roster ahead of the team’s Pro-Elite Challenge debut:
Announcing our 2021 roster: pic.twitter.com/nFdxKacsPD
— PoNY Ultimate (@PrideofNY) July 4, 2021
The Triple Crown Tour’s Pro-Elite Challenge is returning to Aurora, CO this weekend! While the tournament may look a little different this year, Ultiworld will be filming games to be posted to our subscriber video library after the tournament.