Opening Pull: Nationals and WFDF 4’s

The finale of the US Club season.

Denver Molly Brown and Boston Brute Squad compete in the air and on the field in the semifinal round of the 2021 USA Ultimate Club Championships.
Denver Molly Brown and Boston Brute Squad compete in the air and on the field in the semifinal round of the 2021 USA Ultimate Club Championships. Photo: Rodney Chen — UltiPhotos.com. Photo: Rodney Chen — UltiPhotos.com

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USAU Club Nationals

Raleigh Ring of Fire, Seattle BFG, and San Francisco Fury came home with gold at the Club Championships this past weekend. Ultiworld had a wealth of coverage of this tournament including video, recaps, previews, analysis and more. A Nationals roundup article is coming later this week where you can relive the most elite tournament of the year.

Club nationals was also a World Ultimate Club Championship qualifier event. Currently the United States has two bids per division, but they are likely to receive three or four bids as some countries decline their bids. Here are the top five from each division. Underlined teams clinched WUCC bids.

Men’s

  1. Raleigh Ring of Fire
  2. New York PoNY
  3. Seattle Sockeye
  4. Portland Rhino Slam!
  5. Chicago Machine

Women’s

  1. San Francisco Fury
  2. Boston Brute Squad
  3. Raleigh Phoenix
  4. Denver Molly Brown
  5. Vancouver Traffic1
  6. Seattle Riot

Mixed

  1. Seattle BFG
  2. Ann Arbor Hybrid
  3. Seattle Mixtape
  4. Madison NOISE
  5. Minneapolis Drag’n Thrust

Conferences Continue

If you thought you could take a breath from ultimate after Nationals, think again. The 2021 college season is in full swing! A number of College Conference events happened this past weekend.

WFDF Releases Ruleset for Ultimate 4’s

The World Flying Disc Federation introduced a showcase format called Ultimate 4’s. The format is 4 on 4 with adapted rules. “The showcase format of Ultimate 4’s has been developed for events, including multi-sports games, that face constraints of time, space, or athletes’ quota while preserving the essential qualities of the sport.”


Coming Up

Lots of post-Nationals coverage is coming your way including final recaps, club awards, and more analysis.

All conferences but the D-III Men’s Southwest Conferences will be finished after this weekend. That will set the stage for regionals which start on November 6.

Whispers are being heard in about the next stage in the WUCC bid announcements coming in. After the initial bid allocation federations had until October 15 to claim their spots. Now that the deadline is clearer bid picture should be on the horizon.


  1. Vancouver Traffic cannot claim a bid from the United States, but they already have a bid from Canada 

  1. Ravi Vasudevan
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    Ravi Vasudevan is Ultiworld's European editor and a host of the podcast EuroZone. Emails about EuroZone should go to eurozoneultimate@gmail.com. Ravi played for WPI in the US until 2008. He has been living and playing in Europe since 2009 and has competed at WUGC 2012, WUCC 2014 and WUCC 2018.

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