The Canadian 4 on 4 Ultimate Championships shall be held this weekend in Ottawa with 24 teams stock full of talent vying for the crown. I have thought long and hard about predictions and the reality is that it is quite difficult to do so. All the way from the top seeded team to the 24th seed there is little to differentiate any of them. In this tournament you are 2 minutes away from losing a game.
By that I mean that a bad streak on offense can leave you in an unrecoverable position and all of that can happen in a few minutes. So, much of the outcome depends on the play style of a team. Those that are more adaptable and can switch tactics every point shall come out ahead.
While everybody has a shot at gold the top 6 teams in this tournament are the most likely to end up on the finals. That said, the 7th through 12th seeded teams have significant talent and are in a position to upset any of the teams proceeding them.
The teams, in order of seed are:
- Tune Squad (ON1)
- Mighty Discs (QC1)
- Mutiny (NS1)
- Sugar Mommies (QC2)
- Crazy Cat Ladies (ON2)
- Brunch Money (NS2)
- Tetraphobia (ON3)
- Last Call (ON4)
- Swift (ON5)
- Qg (QC3)
- NL1 (NL1)
- NOMO (AB1)
- Waitlisted (ON6)
- Perle Noire (QC4)
- Quality Control (ON7)
- Oasis (ON8)
- Sheepish (NS3)
- Max Power (ON9)
- RIUT (PE1)
- Force (ON10)
- Fortitude X (MB1)
- Fortitude Y (MB2)
- NS (EH) (NS4)
The teams in bold are most likely to be in the finals. The teams in italic are the outside wildcards.
Finally, there is one team that can spoil for everybody else: Force (ON10, seeded 21st overall). I’m not expecting them to be in the top 8 but they have the capability to upset a major team. Force is a team that grinds things out and can take quite a bit of energy out of a team. Beware of them.
Aside from Force teams would be careful to respect Swift (ON5, seeded 9th overall). While they may not be familiar players they have been playing together for over 5 years in the WODS indoor speed league as well as on Crash. NL1 (NL1, seeded 11th overall) should also be watched closely. Consisting of core Wreckhouse players they have the ability to grind throughout the tournament.
You can watch the Ultimate Canada live stream here.
There’s been plenty of gnashing of teeth this week from Ontario teams about the reallocation of C4UC bids. Ultimate Canada has since posted a statement of apology that provides a few details as to why the situation occurred.
Even the most cynical amongst us need to give credit to Ultimate Canada. UC could have ignored this issue and let it die down but instead they have responded with an apology in a relatively short time period. That they accept the full responsibility for the situation and are working to rectify it is also significant. It is difficult to imagine what UC can do to rectify this situation and players should recognize that.
It seems reasonable, at this point, to consider the situation resolved for the community at large. The affected team may continue to pursue the bid but it appears that short of a drastic change for accommodation that they are unlikely to attend C4UC 2017 as a team. Be heartened instead that UC heard you and responded.
There is controversy brewing between Ultimate Canada and Ontario with regards to C4UC. This past weekend OUC was held with the tournament format arranged to send 8 teams to Nationals. This was based upon the website which at the time indicated 8 bids for Ontario.
Following the tournament the bids were reallocated with Ontario now receiving 7 bids. This has ignited criticism from Ultimate Canada members in Ontario for a few reasons with the primary one being that bids for the regions should have been determined prior to regionals. No doubt Ultimate Canada shall take this into consideration in the future but the damage has been done and it is significant.
Ultimate organizations have typically enjoyed a comfortable lack of scrutiny but that is changing rapidly. Events such as this undermine credibility and bring into question the value that organizations provide. With the growth of local leagues, which brings easier access to competitive Ultimate, the National and Provincial/State Organizations rely upon the goodwill and trust of competitive players who wish to participate in their tournaments. Once trust is lost players shall have second thoughts about whether it is worth for them to participate in the system as it exists.
This controversy, though, may be second to something I find more troubling. While the direct impact is to Ontario there are few, if any, voices from non-Ontario players. The bid re-allocation and process affects all players that participated in the series and while today the axe falls on Ontario tomorrow it could be any other province/region. I hope it’s a one time issue it would be heartening to see others in our community voice their support. When they do it’ll be an important reminder to Ontario that we need to do the same.
I should note, this is not an issue about how many bids a province has but rather knowing the parameters of competition in advance. The players, to whom the sport belongs, deserve that.
Yesterday the OUC 4v4s wrapped up with 18 teams competing for 8 bids to National Championships.
The results (with initial seed) are as follows:
- Tune Squad (4)
- Crazy Cat Ladies (5)
- Tetraphobia (2)
- Last Call (3)
- Swift (6)
- Waitlisted (1)
- Quality Control (10)
- Oasis (9)
- Max Power (8)
- Force (11)
- Chest Lettuce (7)
- Trail Mix (12)
- UDF (14)
- All-Ages Party (15)
- Puppies (17)
- Peturbed Pachyderms (16)
- Motley Crew (18)
- Quad Squad (13)
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National Championships are less than one month away, March 18-19, at Louis Riel Dome in Ottawa. A total of 24 teams from across Canada shall play in this 3 4v4 National Championship. Expect a preview in the coming weeks.
Coming up later today and on Sunday morning shall be a live stream of the Ontario Ultimate Championships from Varsity Stadium in Toronto.
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Why is it that you play Ultimate? Do you play because of your friends/teammates? Love of the game? Or for money and adulation? Why do we push ourselves to play year after year despite recurring injuries, the financial strain of training and travel, and the horrific weather conditions that send players in more popular sports scurrying for shelter. What are we chasing? What are we addicted to?
On Sunday the 3rd place game followed by the gold medal game shall be played at Ron Joyce Stadium at McMaster University. The journey to this point has not been easy with hot weather, hecklers, and late nights. But I have persevered through all of this to bring you this recap of the top teams at CUC Mixed 2016.
If you want to read up on my predictions for Saturday you may do so here or you may read onwards for the results.