On a crisp spring weekend, ninety athletes took to the field in Monroe, WA to test themselves against the best of their peers at the USA Ultimate U19 West Coast tryouts. The previous weekend, ninety of their East Coast compatriots ran the same gauntlet in Atlanta, GA. In total, over 350 athletes submitted applications to represent the U.S. on the Open and Women’s U19 National teams at the World Junior Ultimate Championships this July in Lecco, Italy. Half were invited to the tryouts — less than fifty would make the final cut.
Some enthusiasts of ultimate frisbee, long known for not taking itself too seriously, are tossing around data and scrutinizing video in search of a statistical edge.
Sean Childers and Jeremy Weiss, Ultiworld’s statistics editors, were featured in a Wall Street Journal article about the advancement of advanced stats in ultimate. It made the front page today!
We Are Back!
Long hiatus from Tumblr, busy with tons of reporting and business stuff. But we are back.
What we love about ultimate is not the winning. Winning, in the words of Bowen, is merely a celebration of the hours of blood, sweat, and tears that we put in with our teams. The bonds we form with our teammates is what makes the game — and all sport — special. The friendships many make playing ultimate are some of the deepest in their lives.
A sideline is a living, breathing organism that needs to be stoked and fed.
I hope that we can elevate the level of coverage and respect for women’s ultimate so that young women can dream of being the greatest in the women’s game and be held in the same regard as the best in the men’s.
After another remarkable year in ultimate, we now take a moment to reflect on the highs and the lows in our annual superlatives list. 2013 was Ultiworld’s first full year as a publication, so we are especially excited to look back on the biggest and best moments.
Central Florida’s John Best caught this huge score with a well-timed layout in the quarterfinals of CCC against Tulane. Presented by Spin Ultimate.