Mailbag: International Ultimate Edition

World Games. WUCC. What a summer!

Revolution's Manu Cardenas celebrates with a world gold medal that was a long time coming. Photo: Paul Rutherford -- UltiPhotos.com
Revolution’s Manu Cardenas celebrates with a world gold medal that was a long time coming. Photo: Paul Rutherford — UltiPhotos.com

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World Club Championships mailbag time!

Q: It was awesome to watch all these star pickups play with club teams at WUCC. Created some great storylines like Anouchka Beaudry (and Cat Phillips, who wasn’t a pickup but had been with 6ixers) eliminating their former team. Is this good or bad for the sport? (Seems good to me)

– Sean U.

A: Before everybody who is against pickups at international tournaments starts rolling in here, let’s just recall that the 2018 tournament in Cincinnati also featured a lot of (mostly) American ringers playing on various teams that weren’t their typical US-based club. I think this was a lot less pronounced at Lecco 2014, simply because the pool of nearby players eager to pickup for Worlds is a lot smaller in Italy than it is in the USA.

By and large, I am not against having great players playing at the top tournaments. I think it made the overall tournament experience more fun, since it naturally strengthens some of the international teams, who would often be underpowered relative to the top 3 (or 9…) club teams that qualify from the USA.

BUT.

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  1. Charlie Eisenhood
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    Charlie Eisenhood is the editor-in-chief of Ultiworld. You can reach him by email (charlie@ultiworld.com) or on Twitter (@ceisenhood).

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