Oktoberfest 2010 – Photos by Chris McCormick and Jon Hines

This was my fourth year playing at Oktoberfest (Mixed Division, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada).  I always enjoy playing in this tournament because the weather is typically awful and that means that the games are pretty challenging for people who throw the disc a lot like myself, plus, it is 10 minutes from my home :).  I was playing on team “Wreck™”, the team in tie-dyed jerseys shown in the pictures below.  One of my teammates, Chris McCormick, got injured on point 2, of our first game of the tournament and was stuck on the sidelines for the rest of the weekend.  Chris took pictures 1-7 with my camera on day 2 of the tournament.  The weather this year was better than usual with generally bright sun and a strong cross wind all day.  Competition was tight, the first place team was seeded 5th going in and had a close game against the eventual 9th place team on day 1.  My team came in 4th with narrow losses to the second and third place teams. Continue reading

CUUC 2010

To anyone who didn’t play at this CUUC or hasn’t at a previous one, let me tell you, you’re missing out. The level of intensity is infinitely higher than anything I’ve ever played. Miserable conditions always feed the fire though, and this weekend was no exception form that. The winds were up around 15 KM/h and it felt like they stayed there for most of the weekend, Friday through Sunday. There were definitely at least a few pulls that got carried over a field or two over the course of the weekend.

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NotSuOh At Paganello Documentary getting closer

Brett has put out a call for assistance in the final stage of his documentary.  A few years back he went with a crew to Paganello and started putting together a documentary.  It’s an expensive project and has been mostly self funded.  He’d like to finish the documentary up but needs to pay an editor for the last stage.  It’s an expensive last stage and I’d like to request your assistance in helping us get video on a fantastic tournament attended by a fantastic group of people to the world.

You can read the full request here:  http://greatestultimate.com/wordpress/?page_id=925

He’s trying to raise 1000 USD in 24 hours and we’re helping out right now as best we can:  by donating and spreading the word.

CUUC 2010 – Day 1

Feeling that my adventures on Friday merited extra sleep I didn’t arrive at the fields until the start of the second game of the day.  Already the wind was picking up and a light drizzle was falling  The teams on a bye were already complaining about the cold; little did they know that it was about to get worse.  With a variety of skill levels the weather made it a day for handlers to shine and the B teams that lacked them suffered.

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CUUC Preview

Hey, it’s that time of the year again folks, the Canadian University Ultimate Championships are just around the corner.

It’s unsurprising how hard it is to write a folksy blog. But nonetheless, I assume we’re all excited to make the journey up the 416 to Ottawa (or however we may all be getting there). So far we’re looking at rain for Friday, clearing up into a chilly but clear Saturday and Sunday, perfect weather. Ideally, rain softens the fields and our traction comes back for the knockout stages. Photographers, keep your lenses at the ready on Friday, there’s always a ridiculous highlight reel on wet days. If fans can look forward to watching the finals under the sun, we players get to look forward to playing some incredible ultimate with some of the nation’s top university teams. I’m excited.

So before we get too far ahead of ourselves, there are a few changes being made before this year’s CUUC, rules-wise. In the past, teams have had 3 exceptions that could be brought in from other schools. Not so this year. This year, you do get 3 exceptions, but you have to apply to Ultimate Canada and have a strong, valid reason for having said exceptions. I don’t know how harshly this is being enforced, but it might affect some teams with players from the local college (i.e. Fanshawe, OCAD, RMC, etc). Teams will also be allowed only 5 part-time students, and the eligibility rules will stay the same as was.

These aren’t all the changes but they’re the important ones that will affect you. Ultimate Canada says that these changes were made to legitimize the University loop, which makes sense. If Ultimate is to grow as a professional sport then there need to be rules and regulations so that the sport doesn’t become anarchy, I think we can all agree on this.

Back to the issue at hand. That being introducing CUUC.

Hosted by last year’s reigning champions, the University of Ottawa’s Lady Gee Gee’s, CUUC 2010 features 21 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams. All games will be at Ben Franklin Park (191 Knoxdale Road, Ottawa, for all you who need to GoogleMaps this to make sure it’s real) which has 12 full-sized grass fields, which I am thankful for. Round Robin play starts Friday morning, finals go Sunday afternoon, so all you fans, watching for the next Andrew-Fleming-esque catch, be there. Because it’ll happen.

The hosting Lady Gee Gee’s will look to repeat this year, as will the Carleton Ravens and I. Strong competition from TULA, Carleton and McGill in the women’s division should prove a tight 12-team tournament, as was the case at CEUUC. More of the same for the men’s side, with TULA, Western, McGill, Guelph, Queen’s and all the other entrants making very strong bids for the championship. With such a strong division, anything could happen.

IAmUltimate will of course be covering CUUC, links will be posted when things start to happen so stay tuned. :)

To all who are going, in the immortal words of Edward R. Murrow, good night, and good luck.

– JJ