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2018 U24 Prospect Camps - HALIFAX

Ultimate Canada - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 10:11

Registrations for the Halifax U24 Prospect Camp are now open!

Halifax, NS
August 4-5, 2018
Graves Oakley Memorial Park
Saturday 10am to 4pm (6hrs), Sunday 9am to 1pm (4 hrs)
Cost: $75

You can add on a Reversible Prospect Jersey for $20. This is an exclusive offer to those attending the camp. Order by July 17th at the latest to get yours!

Camp is open to all players eligible to compete at the U24 level in 2019 (23 years old or less at December 31st 2019)

Team Canada Women's Head Coach, Alison Fisher, will be representing the coaching staff at this event.

All registered players must be 2018 UC registered competitive athletes ($31.50 annual membership).

Registration closes on August 1st, 2018.

REGISTER HERE.

WMUCC 2018 Tournament Central

Ultimate Canada - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 11:45

Teams

Tournament Page

Live Stream Schedule

Record

Pools and Seedings

Schedule and Results

Social Media

The 2018 World Masters Ultimate Club Championships will take place in Winnipeg, MB on July 29 - August 4. Canada received 20 bids to the tournament. See below for the Canadian teams that qualified and will be competing in Winnipeg: 

Teams Mixed Masters Women's Masters Men's Masters Grand Masters

Penguin Village, SK

Vintage, QC NSOM, QC Tombstone, ON Mastadon, BC Lowercase, ON Torque, MB FIGJAM, AB Banana Cream Pie, ON Dyna, AB Best Before, ON  Get Off My Lawn, ON Bingo & Chill, ON Eclipse, ON Quantum, QC    Spectrum, AB Quasar, QC Mangina, SK       Carbon, AB       Iron Crow, ON   Record Team Win Loss  Point Difference Final Result Penguin Village         Mastadon         Banana Cream Pie         Bingo & Chill         Spectrum         Vintage         Lowercase         Dyna         Eclipse         Quasar        

NSOM

        Torque         Best Before         Quantum          Mangina         Carbon         Iron Crow         Tombstone         FIGJAM         Get Off My Lawn         Schedule and Results

The schedule will be released closer to the event, with results being updated throughout the event. 

Live Stream Schedule

Live streaming of WMUCC2018 will be offered throughout the event. Links to streamed games will be posted here when the schedule is released. 

Social Media

Follow along with each teams social media account! 

Team Social Media Penguin Village Twitter: @VillageUlti | Instagram: @penguinvillageulti | Facebook: @PenguinVillageUltimate Mastadon Twitter: @MastadonUlti | Facebook: @MastadonUlti Banana Cream Pie Instagram: @BCPultimate  Bingo & Chill Twitter: @BingoChill | Instagram: @bingoandchillulti | Facebook: @TorontoBingoChill Spectrum  Twitter: @SpectrumUlti | Instagram: @spectrumultimate | Facebook: @SpectrumUltimate Vintage Twitter: @VintageUltimate | Instagram: @vintageultimate | Facebook: @Vintage Lowercase Twitter: @lowercase_ulti |  Dyna Twitter: @DynaUltimate | Instagram: @dynaultimateyyc | Facebook: @dynaultimateYYC Eclipse Twitter: @Eclipse_Ottawa | Instagram: @eclipseottawaultimate Facebook: @EclipseOttawaUltimateFANPage Quasar Instagram: @quasar.ultimate | Facebook: @Quasar Ultimate NSOM Twitter: @NSOMultimate | Facebook: @nsomulimate Torque Twitter: @Torque_Ultimate |  Best Before Twitter: @bestbeforeulti |  Quantum  Twitter: @quantumultimate | Instagram: @quantumultimate | Facebook: @quantumultimate Mangina   Carbon Twitter: @CarbonUltimate |  Iron Crow Facebook: @IronCrowUltimate |   Tombstone Instagram: @tombstoneultimate | Facebook: @TombstoneUltimate FIGJAM Twitter: @figjamcalgary | Facebook: @figjamultimate Get Off My Lawn  

WMUCC Social Media - Twitter: @WMUCC Facebook: @WMUCC2018|Instagram: @WMUCC2018 #WMUCC2018

Board of Directors Additions and Annual Report

Ultimate Canada - Thu, 06/28/2018 - 12:23

Ultimate Canada is excited to announce the newly elected members of the Board of Directors.

President: Rob Langridge (NL)
Vice-President: Benjamin Metivier (QC)
Secretary: Angela Hilland (MB)
At-large: Tiago Hori (PE) 
At-large: Kira Frew (BC)

Congratulations! 

Check below for the 2017 Ultimate Canada Annual Report: 

Great Lakes Brewery Announced as Official Beer Sponsor of CUC 2018

Ultimate Canada - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 10:44

Ultimate Canada is excited to announce that Great Lakes Brewery is the Official
Beer Partner of the 2018 Canadian Ultimate Championships (CUC 2018)!

As Official Beer Partner, Great Lakes Brewery (GLB) will have exclusive beer
serving rights and its brands will be recognized as THE beers of CUC 2018. GLB
staff will be on site from August 16 – 19 (and Adult Captain’s meeting on August
15) at the designated beer garden, and at the Saturday Night Party. Their friendly
and knowledgeable staff will provide responsible beer service and share their
amazing variety of craft beers that local Toronto residents have enjoyed for the
past 30 years. GLB has also offered some sweet swag that will be part of our
player prizes – rumour has it that a few GLB branded Discraft discs may even be
available!

Canuck Pale Ale, GLB’s flagship beer brand, will be served along with their most
popular brands Pompous Ass English Ale and Blonde Lager, to satisfy the thirst
of all CUC beer drinkers. Outside of the three options listed above, GLB may
supplement this menu with additional premium craft brands such as Over My
Dad Body Pilsner, Sunnyside Session IPA or Karma Citra IPA.

2013 & 2014 Canadian Brewery of the Year
2014, 2015, 2016 Ontario Brewery of the Year

A fiercely independent owned and operated brewery, Great Lakes Brewery
celebrated 30 years in the craft beer business in 2017, making them one of the
oldest craft breweries in Ontario. Great Lakes specializes in producing flavourful
beers that will be sure to awaken your taste buds with each sip. From unique
seasonal ales and premium lagers to their Project X and Tank Ten Series beers,
GLB produces a variety of products to be enjoyed by everyone! Based in
Etobicoke which is not too far from CUC 2018, they invite you to visit the brewery
for a taste of their award-winning beers and take a tour.

To learn more about Great Lakes, visit www.greatlakesbeer.com

Check out Great Lakes Brewery on social media!

Facebook | Great Lakes Beer
Twitter | @GreatLakesBeer
Instagram | @greatlakesbeer

CUC 2018 Bid Allocations

Ultimate Canada - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 08:09

Ultimate Canada is excited to announce the final bid allocations for the 2018 Canadian Ultimate Championships. 

The Women's, Open, Masters Women and Masters Open divisions will take place from August 16-19 in Brampton, ON.

The Mixed and Mixed Masters divisions will take place from August 23-26 in Surrey, BC.

Women BC SK ON QC MR TOTAL 1 1 6 7 1 16

Next wild card: ON


Open BC AB MB ON QC MR NL TOTAL 2 1 1 6 4 1 1 16

Next wild cards: QC, ON, ON


Masters Women PR ON QC ATL TOTAL 1 3 1 1 6

Next wild card: ON


Masters Open PR ON QC ATL TOTAL 1 3 1 1 6   Mixed BC AB SK MB ON QC TOTAL 9 2 1 1 6 1 20   Mixed Masters BC AB PR TOTAL 4 2 2 8

Next wild cards: BC, BC, BC

2018 CUC Junior Divisions - Expansion

Ultimate Canada - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 06:32

Ultimate Canada is excited to confirm that, due to high demand, the 2018 CUC Junior divisions will be expanded in order to welcome more teams into the event!

The Junior Women division will go from 16 to 20 teams.
The Junior Open division will go from 16 to 24 teams.

This is an unprecedented growth, and the biggest CUC Junior event ever held! We wish to congratulate and thank all coaches and administrator for their tremendous efforts in supporting local Junior and Youth Ultimate programs.

Updated Bid Allocation

  BC AB SK MB ON QC ATL TOTAL JR Women's 7 1 1 2 3 3 3 20 JR Open 7 1 1 3 6 3 3 24

Next Wildcard order:
JR Women's : ON
JR Open: ON, BC

WUCC 2018 Tournament Central

Ultimate Canada - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:19

Teams

Tournament Page

Live Stream Schedule

Record

Pools and Seedings

Schedule and Results

Social Media


The 2018 World Ultimate Club Championships will take place in Cincinnati, USA, on July 14 - July 21. Canada received 10 bids to the tournament. See below for the Canadian teams that qualified and will be competing in Cincinnati:

 Teams Mixed Women's Men's

Anchor, NS

6ixers, ON GOAT, ON Crash, ON Traffic, BC General Strike, MB Battleship, QC Iris, QC   Banana Cutters, BC Fusion, MB   Record Team Win Loss  Point Difference Final Result Anchor         Crash         Battleship         Banana Cutters         6ixers         Traffic         Iris         Fusion         GOAT         General Strike         Schedule and Results

The schedule will be released closer to the event, with results being updated throughout the event. 

Live Stream Schedule

Live streaming of WUCC2018 will be offered through WFDF and Ultiworld. Links to streamed games will be posted here when the schedule is released. 

Social Media

Follow along with each teams social media account! 

Team Social Media Anchor Twitter: @AnchorUltimate | Instagram: @anchorulimtate | Facebook: @AnchorUltimate Crash Twitter: @CrashUltimate | Instagram: @crashultimate | Facebook: @CrashUltimate Battleship Instagram: @battleship_ultimate | Facebook: @Battleship.ultimate Banana Cutters Twitter: @BananaCutters | Instagram: @bananacutters 6ixers  Twitter: @6ixersultimate Instagram: @6ixersultimate Facebook: @6ixersUltimate Traffic Twitter: @traffic_ulti Instagram: @trafficultimate Facebook: @TrafficUltimate Iris Twitter: @iris_ultimate Instagram: @iris_ultimate Facebook: @irisultimate Fusion Twitter: @FusionUltimate Instagram: @fusionultimate Facebook: @WinnipegFusionUltimate GOAT Twitter: @GOATultimate Instagram: @goatultimate Facebook: @GOATultimate General Strike Twitter: @StrikeUltimate Instagram: @strikeultimate Facebook: @WinnipegGeneralStrike

WUCC Social Media - Twitter: @WUCC2018 | Facebook: @wfdf.wucc|Instagram: @wucc2018 #WUCC2018

2018 Canadian University Ultimate Championships Series Dates Announced

Ultimate Canada - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 08:38

Ultimate Canada is excited to announce the dates and locations the for 2018 Canadian University Ultimate Championship (CUUC) Series. 

Canadian Western University Ultimate Championships (CWUCC): Vancouver, BC, September 29-30. 
Canadian Prairies University Ultimate Championships (CPUUC): Saskatoon, SK, September 29-30.
Canadian Eastern University Ultimate Championships (CEUUC): Mary Ann Sills Park, Belleville, ON, September 29-30.
Canadian Atlantic University Ultimate Championships (CAUCC): Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB – September 29-30.

Canadian University Ultimate Championships (CUUC): Creditview Sandalwood Park Brampton, ON, October 12-14.

CUC Junior 2018 to be presented by CUT Camps

Ultimate Canada - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 13:00

Ultimate Canada is excited to announce that the 2018 Canadian Junior Ultimate Championships (CUC Junior 2018) will be presented by Competitive Ultimate Training (CUT) Camps!

CUC Junior represents the second main Championship event that CUT Camps are supporting this year, after previously serving as the presenting partner for the Canadian High School Ultimate Championships in May. From August 12–15, CUT staff will be on-site at CUC 2018 so be sure to visit their booth and keep tabs on the latest Cut Camp information. As Presenting Partner, CUT will also be providing a free Juniors clinic on August 12 and other potential clinics. Stay tuned for more details.

CUT Camps are a series of summer ultimate training camp experiences that are designed to provide an outlet for youth to grow as players and as people. CUT is focused on youth athletes and provides opportunities for them to learn from some of the best players and coaches in the world. CUT offers camps in many different parts of USA (Chicago, North Carolina, Portland, OR, and New England) and recently opened their first Canadian camp in Toronto! Overnight and day camper options are available with some of the best swag (Patagonia, Discstore, Hucket Bucket, and more). Check out everything about CUT Camp here: www.competitiveultimatetraining.com. CUT CAMP – GO THERE!

With CUT Camp now in Toronto and looking to expand in the future to other Canadian cities, CUT Camp is here to stay in Canada and wants to support the Canadian junior ultimate community 100%!Check out CUT Camps on social media!

Facebook | Competitive Ultimate Training
Twitter | @CUTCamps
Instagram | @cutcamp

2019 WU24 - Assistant Coach Applications

Ultimate Canada - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 09:40

Ultimate Canada is seeking applications for the positions of Assistant Coaches for the 2019 World U24 Team Canada - Men's, Women's, and/or Mixed. UC is looking at having one head coach and one assistant coach per team to support the Canadian national teams, as well as an integrated support team for the program. 

The 2019 WU24 Head Coaches are Alison Fischer – Women, Jon Hayduk – Open, and Alex Davis – Mixed. The event will take place on July 13-20th, in Heidelberg, Germany.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Interested candidates must download and fill out the Application Form, and return it by email to christiane@canadianultimate.com by June 13th, 2018.

The Selection will take the following steps:

Step 1 – Form application. All candidates must submit their application form by June 13th at the latest.
Step 2 – Short list. The Head Coaches and the WU24 Coach Selection Committee will review all application received and will create a short list of candidates that will be invited to the 2018 Prospect.
Step 3 – Prospect camps. Final candidates will be invited to help run the 2018 Prospect camp. Each of them will have a chance to work directly with the Head Coaches. *Attendance at these camps is not mandatory, and travel fees won’t be covered by Ultimate Canada.
Step 4 – Final decision. The Head Coaches will make their final choice following the Prospect camps. Assistant Coaches will be announced in November 2018.

2018 Art Hawkins Great Canadian Ultimate Game

Ultimate Canada - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 12:32

Game Day Details

Game Schedule

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Art Hawkins Development Fund

The 2018 Art Hawkins Great Canadian Ultimate Game will take place on June 9, 2018 from coast to coast.

Communities across the country will collect donations, promote the sport and play Ultimate on June 9. Last year, we piloted having communities play a game in a time slot that works best for them and had them report scores on the fly. This year, we will be following the same model. If you haven't already confirmed your communities spot in the game, please do so HERE. It will be an amazing day! Check out the details below:

2018 Art Hawkins Great Canadian Ultimate Game

WHEN: JUNE 9, 2018 10am-4pm (nationwide)

DETAILS: Each community will play an Ultimate game between the hours of 10am to 4pm in their respective time zones. The scores of each game will roll in —election style— and be promoted as the day progresses. We are hoping with the additional flexibility, that everyone can push for greater attendance and the introduction of another event along side the game (be that a tournament, clinic, workshop or social event). 

Game Schedule and Results   Community Game Time (Local) Team Red Score Team White Score *Kamloops Ultimate TBD     *Sherbrooke 11am     Fredericton TBD     *Calgary 3pm     Chilliwack  10am     North Shore Ultimate 4pm     Nanaimo 1pm     *Saskatoon 10am     Dublin 11am     Belleville 3pm     Edmonton 2pm     Newfound Land TBD      * Ultimate Clinic/Workshop Included in event  

Art Hawkins Development Fund 

The Art Hawkins Development Fund supports the accessibility and development of Ultimate and Spirit of the Game in Canada with children, youth and those with a disability, especially in economically disadvantaged communities.

The Art Hawkins Fund allocates monetary support and/or VC merchandise to selected projects. The Art Hawkins Funds can be allocated, all or in part, to as many worthy projects as decided by Ultimate Canada.

Ultimate Canada Looking for Spirit Directors for 2018 CUC Brampton & Surrey

Ultimate Canada - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 11:03

CUC Spirit Director

Do you have a passion for Spirit of the Game? Would you like to be involved with promoting Spirit of the Game at the 2018 CUC? Well, we may have the position for you!

Ultimate Canada will operate a spirit captain program for the 2018 CUC: Brampton and the 2018 CUC: Surrey. We are looking for a volunteer Spirit Director for each event (2 different positions) to manage the program.

General Description

Ultimate Canada is searching for a volunteer Spirit Director to help promote Spirit of the Game (SOTG) and manage the spirit captain program at the 2018 CUC: Brampton for the adult divisions and the 2018 CUC: Surrey for all divisions. 

Duties

  • Promote Spirit of the Game at the CUC
  • Communicate with spirit captains before and during the event regarding expectations, issues with teams, and any SOTG related questions
  • Operate spirit captains meeting at the start of the CUC adult divisions
  • Manage the SOTG scoring system for the CUC adult divisions. This includes following up with teams receiving low spirit scores and teams that may not understand the WFDF spirit scoring system
  • Calculate SOTG award winners and distribute SOTG awards for all CUC adult divisions
  • Submit a report to the Ultimate Canada spirit committee after the event
  • Detailed description of duties available on the following link.

Requirements

  • Have a good knowledge of the USAU rules of Ultimate including SOTG
  • Have a good knowledge of the WFDF & BULA SOTG scoring system
  • Have a good knowledge of the BE CALM strategy
  • At least 5 years of Ultimate playing experience including some national or international experience
  • Not playing at the event
  • Good communication skills
  • Can communicate effectively in English. Ability to communicate effectively in French is considered an asset
  • Knowledgeable (or willing to take time to learn) about teams competing in the event
  • Strong preference for local applicants (Greater Toronto Area for Brampton and Metro Vancouver for Surrey)

Additional Information

This is a volunteer position. The successful volunteer is eligible to receive support to cover travel, accommodations, and a stipend for meals. For CUC: Brampton, the position is expected to be at the event in Brampton from Wednesday, August 15th in the early evening for the spirit captains meeting until Sunday, August 19th in the afternoon. For CUC: Surrey, the position is expected to be at the event in Surrey from Wednesday, August 22nd in the early evening for the spirit captains meeting until Sunday, August 26th in the afternoon.

Application Process

Interested applicants are asked to submit a letter detailing their interest in the position and relevant qualifications to ed@canadianultimate.com by June 1, 2018.

2018 Ultimate Canada Board and AGM

Ultimate Canada - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:00

Ultimate Canada is seeking nominations for the Ultimate Canada Board of Directors. 

Board Information
There are 4 board positions up for election:

  • President (1)
  • Secretary (1)
  • Director-at-large (2)

Note: Nominees may run for an executive position (president or secretary) and a Director-at-large position, but can only hold one.

What are the time commitments involved with being on the UC board?
The Ultimate Canada board of directors meets 10-11 times per year by conference call. Meetings are usually 1-2 hours in length. Materials for board member review are distributed before the meeting. Board members also have the optional opportunity to get involved on board standing committees and sub-committees. The board will have one in-person meeting on Friday, November 16th in Vancouver, BC. This meeting occurs before the Ultimate Canada Conference (UCC). Travel and accommodation costs for board members are covered by the organization for the in-person meeting and the UCC. 

Executive position descriptions:

  • President - The President will be responsible for the general supervision of the affairs of the Corporation, will preside at meetings of Members and at meetings of the Board, will support the administration of the Board and staff, will be the official spokesperson of the Corporation, will have signing authority, and will perform such other duties as may from time to time be established by the Board. 
  • Vice President - The Vice President will support the administration of the Board and staff, will preside at meetings of Members and at meetings of the Board in absence of the President, will have signing authority, and will perform such other duties as may from time to time be established by the Board.
  • Secretary - The Secretary will have charge of the minute books of the Corporation and the documents and registers required to be maintained under the Act. The Secretary will give, or cause to be given, notices of all meetings of the Members and of the Board, will certify all documents of the Corporation which require certification, and will perform such other duties as may from time to time be established by the Board.
  • Treasurer - The Treasurer will see that proper accounting records as required by the Act are kept, will ensure all monies received by the Corporation are deposited into the Corporation's bank account, chair the audit committee, when requested will provide the Board with an account of financial transactions and the financial position of the Corporation, and will perform such other duties as may from time to time be established by the Board 

Terms
All terms are for 2 years.

When does the election take place?
Board positions will be elected at the 2018 Ultimate Canada Annual General Meeting that takes place on June 26th, 2018 at 8 pm EDT via conference call. 

How to apply
If you are interested in running for a position on the UC board of directors, please send a letter of nomination to ed@canadianultimate.com by June 5th, 2018 at 8pm EDT.

In your nomination, please include the following information: 

  1. Position(s) you are submitting your nomination for.
  2. Why you want to be on the Ultimate Canada board of directors. 
  3. What unique experience or insights do you bring to the Ultimate Canada board of directors that will benefit Ultimate Canada members? 
  4. What skills do you bring to the board of directors that can help Ultimate Canada improve in the future? 
  5. Experience and qualification in the following areas: board experience, not-for-profit experience, volunteer experience, education, business experience, financial experience and Ultimate experience.
  6. Any additional information you believe is relevant to your application. 
  7. Signed consent for the nomination (electronic signature and self-nominations are both acceptable).

Eligibility to be a Director for Ultimate Canada: Any person, who is 18 years of age or older, who has the power under law to contract, who has not been declared incapable by a court in Canada or in another country, and who does not have the status of bankrupt, may be nominated for election as a Director. 

2018 U24 Prospect Camps

Ultimate Canada - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 06:29

Ultimate Canada is excited to announce the dates of our 2018 U24 Prospect Camps!

  • Halifax, NS August 4-5
  • Toronto, ON September 15-16
  • Vancouver, BC October 13-14
  • In Québec province October 27 or 28 (1 day, location and exact date TBD)

To attend these camps, players must be 22 or younger at December 31st, 2018. To be eligible to be selected on one of the 2019 U24 Teams, players must be 23 or younger at December 31st, 2019.

More details to come soon!

2018 WJUC Medical Team Announcement

Ultimate Canada - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 09:09

Team Canada is excited to announce our Medical Team for the 2018 World Junior Ultimate Championships in Waterloo, Ontario. Kirsten Kidd and Karl Falardeau will be instrumental to the teams' success!

Join us to welcome them to Team Canada!

Kirsten Kidd - Head Medical

Kirsten Kidd has been a Certified Athletic Therapist for 11 years and currently works in both the clinical setting with Ottawa Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinic and the field setting where she is the Athletic Therapist for Beaver Boxing Club and UOttawa Men’s Rugby Team.

She graduated from Lakehead University with an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2005. At which point she knew Athletic Therapy was the right path for her as it joined two of her passions in life – injury rehabilitation and sports. She went on to Mount Royal College for an Advanced Certification in Athletic Therapy and has been a Certified Athletic Therapist since 2007.

Kirsten has had the honour to work with several elite teams including the Okotoks Oilers Junior “A” Hockey Club, Raiders Lacrosse Team and Bytown Blues U18 & U16 Boys Rugby teams. She also spent four years as the Assistant Athletic Therapist with University of Ottawa’s Varsity Athletic teams.

Kirsten has similarly worked with both National and International teams including Athletic Therapist with Canadian 4-on-4 Ultimate Championship, Head Athletic Therapist for Canadian Gymnastics Championships, Head Athletic Therapist for ITF Taekwondo World Championship, Athletic Therapist with the U20 National Judo Championship and for the World Junior “A” Hockey Challenge.

Karl Falardeau - Assistant Medical

Karl is a Certified Athletic Therapist currently working in Montreal, Quebec in a private clinic called Spécifik Performance. During the summer season he works on the field with Junior and Women's Quebec Ultimate teams (Hydro, Aera, and Iris), as well as the AUDL professional Ultimate team: the Montreal Royal. During the University school year he works with Basketball, Soccer and Volleyball teams at UQAM University.

Karl graduated from Concordia University with a 4-year Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science-Athletic Therapy Specialization. He then got his Athletic Therapy Certification in the same year and is a newly certified FMS specialist. Having completed over 1200 internship hours over the course of his degree, Karl has had the opportunity to work in a private clinic setting at PERFORM clinic as well as with the Concordia Stingers men’s hockey team.

French being Karl’s mother tongue, he done all his studies in English in Montreal and is perfectly bilingual.

2018 CUC Junior Revised Seeding Process

Ultimate Canada - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 12:41

Background

In 2017, Ultimate Canada introduced a new “tier system” for the CUC Junior Schedule. This schedule format had the advantage of offering competitive games to all teams by grouping teams based on their skill and development level. Based on the Post-Event Survey, this change was appreciated by coaches, and is recommended for 2018*.

*On a scale from 1 (low) to 5 (high), overall satisfaction ranked 4+ at 63.47%.
*When asked if they recommend the same format for 2018, 55.77% of the coaches said yes, 36.54% were unsure, while only 7.69% said no.

However, two issues were identified with the format.

The first issue was the fact that not all teams had a path to winning the event. Teams ranked 17-24 in the Open Division could only move up to 9th place. Although most teams didn’t move up or down by more than 2 places from the initial seeding to the final ranking (biggest movement was 7 spots up, from 22nd to 15th place), UC considers important to address this concern and give every team a path to winning nationals.

Without affecting the tier system and the integrity of the competition, UC believes that the best way to approach this goal is through a Regional path. Every region should have at least one spot in the top 16, giving all teams registered for the CUC series a chance to win the national championship.

The second issue is that the seeding mechanism of alternating between east and west did not address the new tier structure or how the sport has evolved at the junior level. As a result, a new seeding system has been developed for the junior divisions to address the new tier structure and reward past results.

Seeding Principles

Here are a few guiding principles we considered when developing this approach:

  • Seeding for the CUC is awarded to regions and is primarily based on placement in the previous year's CUC
  • Should inter-regional results be available for the current year, seeding may be adjusted based on these result. This includes movement of teams between seeding groups (initial tiers)
  • Seeding variation from the previous year may occur for the following situations:
    • Within a "draw grouping" to account for regional diversity and other factors
    • To ensure each region receives at least 1 seed in the top 16
    • Based on a program indicating they are much weaker than the year before and desire to move down
    • Other factors at the discretion of the National Juniors Director (NJD)
  • When a region does not have results from the previous year to base a team's placement on, they will be placed in the lowest seed grouping subject to auto-region seeding and NJD discretion
  • Each region will have teams seeded for the current year based on the results of their regional qualification

What will this look like?

Teams 1-8
Seeds 1-4: Based on 2017 results, provided no inter-regional result changes
Seeds 5-8: "Draw grouping". Seeding may vary from the previous year among this grouping to encourage regional diversity and other factors in initial pools

Teams 9-16
Seeds 9-12: Based on 2017 results, provided no inter-regional result changes
Seeds 13-16: "Draw grouping". Seeding may vary from the previous year among this grouping to encourage regional diversity and other factors in initial pools

Teams 17+
Seeds 17-24: Except for auto-region seeding, all teams seeded 17-24 are considered to be a "draw grouping" and initial seeding may be varied among them

Auto-Region Seed Adjustments

16+ team divisions

  • Auto-region seed: 1 or more regions may be awarded an initial seed ranked 13-16 to ensure their region has at least 1 team in the top 16.
  • Auto-region seeds may be declined
  • Should an auto-region seed be accepted, then a team would be moved down to the 17th seed. This team would be the lowest remaining seed from a region that has multiple bids in the top 16.
  • Should multiple auto-region seeds be accepted then the same process as above would be used, but would include multiple teams, with the process repeated until all seeds are awarded
  • If multiple teams are moved down, then the team that would have had the highest seed is ranked 17th, the next highest 18th, and so on
  • Generally, if a region receives a new bid to CUC, the bid will be awarded to this grouping and the NJD has discretion to determine an appropriate seed

CHSUC 2018 to be presented by CUT Camps

Ultimate Canada - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 14:42

Ultimate Canada is excited to announce that the 2018 Canadian High School Ultimate Championships (CHSUC) will be presented by Competitive Ultimate Training (CUT) Camps!

CUT Camps are the summer camps in the world which were created to provide an outlet for kids to grow as players and as people. CUT is focused on youth athletes and provides opportunities for them to learn from some of the best players and coaches in the world like Claire Chastain, Dylan Freechild, and many more! CUT Camps offers camps in many different parts of USA (Chicago, North Carolina, Portland, OR, and New England) and just opened their first Canadian camp in Toronto! Overnight and day camper options are available with some of the best swag (Patagonia, Discstore, Hucket Bucket, and more). Check out everything about CUT Camp here: www.competitiveultimatetraining.com. CUT CAMP – GO THERE!

Check out CUT Camps on social media!

Facebook | Competitive Ultimate Training
Twitter | @CUTCamps
Instagram | @cutcamp

FQU Membership Fee - UC Clarification

Ultimate Canada - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:56

Recently the Fédération Québécoise D'Ultimate (FQU) announced that they will be introducing a new membership fee to help support the development of Ultimate in Quebec. The FQU is one of Ultimate Canada’s provincial partners and we support their work in developing Ultimate in Quebec. Ultimate Canada works in partnership with the FQU on many projects, including qualification events for the CUC and CUUC series. Below is a clarification about how the new FQU membership fee impacts these qualification events.

Ultimate Canada and the FQU have an agreement that the FQU membership fee will not apply to the CUC Regional Qualifier (CQU7). Like in past years, players competing in Ultimate Canada sanctioned events will only have to register through the UC website and pay their UC RCA or one-event fees to be eligible to compete.

Additional information regarding the new FQU membership fee is now available on the FQU website:  https://fqu.ca/news/details-cotisation/

Introducing New Events Coordinator: Elizabeth Corey

Ultimate Canada - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 11:31

Ultimate Canada is excited to introduce our new Events Coordinator, Elizabeth Corey!

Originally from Markham, Ontario, Elizabeth moved to Ottawa 7 years ago to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Kinetics with a Minor in Business Administration. After moving to
Oslo, Norway in 2013 to partake in an exchange program at the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences, she got her first taste of the field of sport management. After completing her Bachelor Degree, Elizabeth continued her schooling and recently graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Master’s Degree in Human Kinetics, concentration in Sport Management.

Elizabeth completed an internship with Canada Basketball in the Domestic Development department in which she oversaw the grassroots development program, and assisted in the planning and execution of the 15U National Championships. Throughout her studies, she played an active role in the community through volunteering for Right to Play and a variety of other sport and community related events. She has volunteered for events varying in sizes and location, including the 2015 Pan Am Games, Kona Ironman World Championships, FIS World Cup Lillehammer, 105th Grey Cup, and many more.

We are very excited to welcome Elizabeth to the team! 

2019 WU24 Head Coach Announcement

Ultimate Canada - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:18

Ultimate Canada is excited to announce the Head Coaches that will lead Team Canada to the 2019 World U24 Championships (date and location TBD).

  • Team Canada Women's - Alison "Fish" Fischer
  • Team Canada Men's - Jon "Hayduk" Hayduk
  • Team Canada Mixed - Alex "Davis" Davis

Applications for the Assistant Coaches positions will open shortly.


Team Canada Women's - Alison "Fish" Fischer

Alison “Fish” Fischer has been playing and coaching ultimate for over 20 years. She began playing competitive ultimate in 1998 in Montreal after learning the sport at Middlebury College. Fish founded and captained Storm from 2004 - 2008 and Vintage from 2011 - 2016. As a player, Fish has represented Canada on the Women’s Masters Nationals Team (2012 & 2016) and the Mixed National Team (2004). She has played three World Club Championships, including leading Vintage to gold in 2014. Fish has also had the opportunity to compete at three USAU Nationals and won gold at USAU Masters Nationals in 2013. Following her retirement from the sport in 2016, Fish was named head coach of Iris and led her team to a 3rd place finish at CUC 2017. Currently a member of Ultimate Canada’s SOTG committee, Fish has been involved in growing the sport of ultimate on a local and national level throughout her career. She is incredibly excited to have an opportunity to coach TC U24.

Team Canada Men's - Jon "Hayduk" Hayduk

Over the past decade Jon Hayduk has been one of the more influential coaches and program drivers in BC. His commitment to junior development at the club, national and international level is awe striking. As a player, Hayduk boasts an impressive career, representing both Vancouver with Furious George and Canada over the course of a 15-year career. Hayduk was, most notably, a part of the gold medal-winning mixed national team on home turf at the 2008 WUGC. Hayduk’s coaching experience is vast, including a combined four CUC gold medals in the junior mixed and junior open divisions and three BC high school gold medals since 2008. Hayduk has several years’ experience coaching team Canada. Hayduk has been on the coaching staff in four world championship events (2012 WJUC Women, 2013 WU23 Mixed, WJUC 2014 and 2016 Open).
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Team Canada Mixed - Alex "Davis" Davis

Representing Canada's East and West, Vancouverite Alex Davis was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. Davis was introduced to competitive ultimate at Queen's University, where he won three CEUUC and two CUUC titles during the height of the Queen's-UBC rivalry in the early 2000s. With Queen's Mothership , he was among the first Canadian men to qualify for the then-UPA collegiate championships in 2005. Davis has since moved to the West Coast where he has competed for the Vancouver-area club Furious George since 2009, winning four consecutive CUC Open-division titles along the way, and has also represented Canada at multiple WUGC, WUCC, and WCBU world championships. An NCCP-trained instructor, he has coached previous editions of the national U24 team in 2013 and 2017. He is also the current president of BC Ultimate and a past president of the Vancouver Ultimate League, and an author of strategy articles for Skyd Magazine. By day, an engineer and data scientist for Boeing Digital Aviation & Analytics, Davis is known in ultimate for his mathematically inspired style and strategy, often working doggedly to introduce more and better data into the national team programmes.
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