European Ultimate Federation To Decide On Youth Tournaments In April

Teams outside of Europe invited to compete in U20 mixed.

The European Ultimate Federation has announced that their two major European youth tournaments are still in consideration for 2021. The EYUC U20 is planned to take place in Malmö, Sweden on July 17-24 and the EYUC U17 tournament is scheduled for August 7-14 in Hollabrunn, Austria. The EUF will make a statement on April 1 to declare whether they will continue planning the events or if they will be canceled or postponed.

Each EUF nation is allowed to send a team in the mixed, open, and women’s divisions in both age categories. However, in the mixed U20 category, the EUF is also allowing national federations from outside the EUF to participate.

EUF event manager, Felix Nemec, said that the suggestion to allow external countries to join the mixed division at U20s in Sweden came from the TOC. The same TOC was originally slated to host the World Junior Ultimate Championships in 2020. Lots of teams outside of Europe had already hotel accommodations for last summer’s canceled event and this tournament would allow some of them to make use of those reservations. “The suggestion was discussed in the youth committee. Afterward, the question was answered by the EUF general assembly in a questionnaire, where a simple majority was in favor of the suggestion.”

If the events move forward, all team fees will be due on May 1. In the U20 division, these fees will be fully refunded if the tournament is canceled prior to June 15; in the case of the U17 division, the team fees will be 95% refunded if the event is canceled before June 15. After that date, funds will be spent and refunds can no longer be guaranteed. Player’s fees and hotel accommodation fees would be due in June or July.

Nemec said that the tournament will only go forward if there is “a reasonable corona plan that ensures a safe tournament for everyone.” EUF treasurer, Ted Beute, added that the events can only go forward if the national federations in the host nations confirm that their governments would allow such events to happen.

  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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