The last few years have been tough. My work life has consisted of founding/co-founding startups or being an executive at more established companies. This has left little time for Ultimate and as a result my fitness and readiness to play at a high level has taken a hit. In November I suffered a serious setback when I reached back for a disc and had my knee buckle. Unlike 8 years ago, when I partially tore my ACL, I was unable to walk/hobble/put any pressure on my left leg for several days.
The subsequent visits to the doctor’s office, physio, and MRI has revealed two problems:
- Inverted meniscus that requires surgery, 6 weeks until 100%
- ACL has been non-functional for 8 years, 9 months until 100%
At this point, being a masters age player, not playing much Ultimate, and not having the time to play full time on a team some have counseled me to perhaps hang up my cleats. It’s not an easy decision either way. Saying that I shall no longer play is not the easy way out, it’s a hard decision as is continuing to want to play competitively. What makes this decision doubly difficult is that I recently founded a startup (Minute School, more on this soon) and that leaves little time to train.
Nevertheless, I have carved out some time to train and have tentatively made steps to improve my fitness. The truth is that no matter what happens I am addicted to this sport and our community and will stay involved in some way or other.
So, while the past year as been not so much Ultimate this upcoming year should have more from me on here and on the field. I’ve already planned my trip to Sarasota this fall for US Championships and am tentatively heading to both Canadian and College championships. Stick with me!
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 2016 Not-ionals wrapped up after two grueling days of play at the Barrie Sports Complex. Ontario opted to send 6 teams despite having 10 bids while the other regions opted not to send any teams. The result was an excellent opportunity for Ontario to capture strength bids for next year’s Not-ionals.
The final standings are:
- Quick & Dirty/Trail Mix (ON)
- Force (ON)
- Thunder (ON)
- Raft (ON)
- Zen (ON)
- MMV (ON)
Congratulations to Quick & Dirty aka Trail Mix on their performance and their first Not-ionals win.
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.
Day 2 and the pre-quarters have concluded setting up 8 teams for the quarterfinals and an intense day of Ultimate. The weather has been hot and humid but, fortunately, without any rain. Also fortunate is that the seeds have shaken out and I can now boldly say that: 3 of the teams in the quarterfinals shall medal. Read on to find out which ones.
Hamilton hosts CUC 2016 Mixed from Thursday till Sunday. Here’s what we can expect: rain, layouts, and plenty of drama. With 20 teams this year features the largest single division in adult division play with a focus on continued growth. Despite the growth in size all of the teams shall be quite competitive owing part to many elite Open and Women’s players opting to create or participate on Mixed teams. Combine that with Mixed touring programs that are using 2016 as a stepping stone to capture a worlds bid in 2017 and things are looking very interesting. Let’s dig into the division a bit more.
The Edmonton adult finals wrapped up yesterday after several days of exciting Ultimate. Let’s take a look at the outcomes in each division in the order that the finals were played.
The Masters Women’s final featured Eclipse (1,ON) vs Throwback (2,AB). In pool play Eclipse had won the matchup 12-10 and a close final was expected. Throwback had an edge with a larger roster and hometown support. After trading points until 2-2 Throwback jumped out to a 5-2 lead. The teams traded a few breaks before Throwback took half 6-8. The second half started out much the same before Eclipse broke to tie it at 10-10. Throwback turned it up another gear and marched down the field and then broke 3 times to take a commanding 14-10 lead before winning 15-11. With this win Throwback becomes a finalist contender at CUC 2017 which shall be played in Eclipse’s backyard.