Saturday, October 01, 2016

Compilation: 2016 Nationals Women's Division Highlights by Fulcrum

Fulcrum Media has been covering the Women's Division at 2016 USA Ultimate National Championships. Check out these amazing highlights from the past 2 days in Rockford.

Seattle Riot

Boston Brute Squad

Denver Molly Brown

San Francisco Fury

And more...

Friday, September 30, 2016

On This Day: US Design Patent for Flying Toy Awarded

On this date in 1958, Walter "Fred" Morrison received a U.S. Design Patent #183,626 for a "Flying Toy" (aka Frisbee). By 1958, Wham-O held the contract for the "flying toy."

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Comparing Start Dates of USAU National Championships

If this year's Club Nationals feels early, then your internal calendar would be correct. Today’s 2016 USA Ultimate National Championships is the earliest start date of Club Ultimate Championships in the last 37 years.

Since 1980, the final tournament of the club ultimate season has started in the month of October 19 times, in the month of November 17 times, and this year (2016) is the first time the tourney has started in the month of September.

Q&A with DFW Public Enemy

We interrogated first-time Nationals-qualifying Dallas/Ft Worth Public Enemy who claim to be a collection of DFW’s rowdiest individuals, nicest kids, try-hard extraordinaires, peculiarly unassuming nonesuches and conch-loving hoodrats.
SLUDGE: How long has Public Enemy been playing together?
Public Enemy: 2 years.

SLUDGE: What were your team's goals for the 2016 club season?
PE: Haha, so this is weird, but most of us live on the same ranch complex together and a huge goal was to not have our entire team garden die.... We're doing okay. It's kind of a team building activity but none of us have a green thumb or agricultural background. The hardy crops are holding up, who knows what's happening with the root veggies... the tomatoes have been dead since Pokemon Go came out.

SLUDGE: What would you say were the keys to your success in the 2016 season?
PE: Last year there were a lot of talks about everyone moving into the same house together with the goal of having unbreakable chemistry. This year we were able to get most of the team on board with this idea. Having breakfast together, coming home from work to each other, and being able to practice anything on a whim has proven to be effective.

SLUDGE: What were factors in PE qualifying for 2016 National Championship?
PE: Besides great team culture things like the Enemigo ranch (above) and our annual trip to Sonoma wine country (seriously, more than half the team goes...) it's the fact that everyone on the team gets along. The expectation is set from the beginning of the year that our first goal is to learn how to love playing with each other. With that, communication must be open for better or for worse which helps work out a lot of early kinks. It's also written into our team "constitution" that there are no egos, no heroes, and that the stat sheet is bullshit. It helps that everyone is legitimately excited about hill sprints and bleacher workouts. It's disgusting.

SLUDGE: What is your team most looking forward to when you play at 2016 National Championships?
PE: It's easy to say that we're excited to play amongst the best in the nation, but we're mostly excited to represent our amazing ultimate community on the national stage. We have a lot of supporters and fans, which is weird and cool.

SLUDGE: Might you have any advice for teams looking to qualify for 2017 Natties?
PE:  Humble yourself. You're never as good as you think you are. Once you become complacent, you will lose your hunger.

Q&A with No Touching!

We stopped by the banana stand to have a sit down with first-time Nationals-qualifiers No Touching! from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

BACKGROUND: According to their team bio, No Touching! is: "Defined by their core values of Passion, Practice, and Sobriety, No Touching is thrilled to introduce the National Championship to their one-of-a-kind style of ultimate, and they demand to be taken seriously. Seriously. Self-described as the most exclusive club team in Minnesota, and famed throughout the upper Midwest for their complex defensive schemes and unpredictable offense, look for No Touching to carry an unconscionable streak of good luck throughout the tournament.  Easily recognized for the regiment of children and toddlers that fill their sideline, and, of course, by the iconic Banana Stand that follows them everywhere (unless it's too much of a hassle), No Touching is pleased to announce that their average age qualifies for the Master's division.  With their wealth of experience, history of mediocrity, and enduring love of ultimate, they're looking forward to #MakingNationalsFunAgain."

SLUDGE: How long has your team been playing together?
No Touching!Season 4, Episode 8: Nationals

SLUDGE: What were your team's goals (not the scoring kind) for the 2016 club season?
NT!: Same as they've always been!
1. Have fun.
2. Don't take ourselves too seriously.
3. Share in banana-stand-debauchery.
4. Qualify for regionals.

SLUDGE: What are keys to your success in the 2016 season?
NT!: 1. Drink more. Suck less.
2. Don't cut anyone.
3. Don't practice.
4. Age with grace.

SLUDGE: What were biggest factors in qualifying for 2016 National Championship?
NT!: 1. The wind and winning the flips in the 3rd place semis and finals.

2. Jeremy Keiser's pep talk before the CLX game where he prepared everyone for our inevitable loss.  "CLX is wayyy better than us.  And they're going to score up wind.  We can't get down on ourselves when they do.  I mean, they're really, really good."

SLUDGE: What is your team most looking forward to when you play at 2016 National Championships?
NT!: #MakingNationalsFunAgain

SLUDGE: What advice would you give to teams seeking to qualify for 2017 Natties?
NT!: What IS your team?  Is it your name?  Is it your jerseys?  Is it your leadership?  Is it the sum of your players?

If you want to experience change as a team, be more consistent.  Find people who share your goals and see ultimate the same way you do and stick with them.  Stop trying to "trade up" and focus on development instead. We've had 4 fantastic seasons because we've always focused on having fun.  Winning has never been that important to us.  3 years later, everyone has found their niche because no one is worried about losing (or proving) their place on the team.  By allowing every player a permanent role, the focus changes from oneself to one's team.  Now our sum is greater than our parts.

Also, you probably shouldn't take any of our advice because you probably haven't given up on your dreams yet due to your expanding waistline and greying hair.  Go make mistakes while you're young!  Then retire and play for fun and maybe... just maybe... some year it'll be windy enough for you to qualify for Nationals too!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Three D.C. Club Ultimate Teams to Compete for National Championships

Three club ultimate teams from Washington, D.C., have qualified for 2016 USA Ultimate Nationals Championships.  Each team will compete in their respective division.  The 4-day tournament starts on September 29 in Rockford, Illinois.

Truck Stop  (Men's Division)

Regular Season Record: (16-4)
Postseason Record: (6-0)
Regionals Result: #1
End of Season Ranking: 2nd
Seeding at Nationals: 3rd
Prize Money Won: $1250
Website . @TruckStopUlti

DAY 1 (Pool Play) RESULTS:
Win 14-12 (8-6 half) vs High Five
Win 12-6 (8-5 half) vs Dig
Win 12-11 (6-8 half) vs Madison Club
>Advance to Quarters

Loss 8-13 (6-8 half) vs Ring of Fire
Win 15-11 (8-6 half) vs Furious George
>In Pro Flight Fivals vs Sockeye

Scandal (Women's Division)

Regular Season Record: (13-7)
Postseason Record: (5-0)
Regionals Result: #1
End of Season Ranking: 5th
Seeding at Nationals: 5th
Website . Merch . @ScandalUltimate

DAY 1  (Pool Play) RESULTS:
Win 13-6 (8-4 half) vs Schwa
Win 15-7 (8-5 half) vs Ozone
Loss 10-14 (6-8 half) vs Fury
>Advance to PreQuarters

Win 14-11 (7-8 half) vs Heist
Loss 10-15 (5-8 half) vs Molly Brown
Win 15-8 (8-5 half) vs Showdown
> In Pro Flight Fivals vs Traffic

Ambiguous Grey  (Mixed Division)

Regular Season Record: (10-10)
Postseason Record: (5-2)
Regionals Result: #2
End of Season Ranking: 17th
Seeding at Nationals: 12th

DAY 1  (Pool Play) RESULTS:
Loss 9-11 (5-8 half) vs AMP
Loss 6-11 (4-8 half) vs Metro North
Win 14-10 (8-5 half) vs Blackbird
>Advance to PreQuarters

Loss 12-15 (6-8 half) vs Mixtape
Win 15-6 (8-3 half) vs G-Unit
Win 13-11 (8-5 half) vs Public Enemy

> In Pro Flight Sevenals vs Mixtape