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European Championships about to start!

The European Championships of Beach Ultimate are a week away and everything is ready for a showcase event: a record 1,150 players representing 23 country, and ground-breaking online coverage at live.ecbu2013.org

Posted by Patrick on June 19, 2013 12:49 PM
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4-game Spirit score sheet now available

The Spirit of the Game Committee of the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) has published a 4-game Spirit of the Game scoresheet. The sheet reduces paper use by 75% and simplifies the work for teams and administrators by displaying four games on one sheet.

The new scoresheet can be found here. An editable version can be downloaded here. WFDF believes that an important part of maintaining and promoting good spirit of the game is by providing direct feedback, and we encourage the collection of spirit scores at the end of each game and the awarding of a spirit prize at the end of all Ultimate tournaments.

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Posted by Patrick on April 24, 2013 1:11 PM
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UPDATE: Beach law in LA to be changed

Earlier this week we blogged about the LA law that might get disc players a $1,000 fine. Today we can say that the Beach Ultimate community successfully requested a rewrite of the Frisbee- and ball-playing section of the new ordinance.

The new language will clearly state that "such activities by small groups and individuals are allowed at all times on the County beach" unless lifeguards direct otherwise for public safety reasons.

More information here

Posted by Patrick on February 18, 2012 12:15 PM
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USA Ultimate Beach Committee Applications

USA Ultimate is currently conducting a search for candidates to serve on its Beach Ultimate Committee.

If you have a passion for beach ultimate and a desire to help develop and grow the sport USAU would love to hear from you. Committee members will help develop short and long range goals for the division within the USA Ultimate framework. If you are interested in applying please fill out the online application today. The application period will close on February 29th.

www.usaultimate.org/news/usa-ultimate-beach-/

Posted by Patrick on February 17, 2012 10:47 AM
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San Francisco Beach Ultimate League

For many years there have been regular pickup games on Ocean Beach (Saturday's 2:30 PM at stairwell #9). Now the time has come for the Bay Area to have a Beach Ultimate league.

Led by Renata and Edmundo (the organizer of Gazos Gambit) there will be games every Sunday at Ocean Beach from 1:00 to 3:00 PM beginning January 2, 2011. No games January 16th due to conflict with Lei-Out. The season concludes with 2 consecutive Sundays of expanded tournament-style play on March 6th and 13th.

For those that are Beach Curious (a great word considering the location :-) you can register and get more information at http://bayareadisc.org/leagues/ocean_beach_home.asp

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Posted by Patrick on December 9, 2010 2:33 PM
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World Beach Games?

Jonathan Potts, the President of the World Flying Disc Federation, was at the SportAccord (former GAISF) convention this past week and brought back some news about the World Beach Games.

This event will be run along similar lines to the upcoming World Combat Games in Beijing. At World Combat Games all flights, accommodation and meals for athletes are paid for by the games. If they can manage the same sort of deal for World Beach Games it will be a world first for ultimate!

You can also bet that there will be significant broadcast opportunities, so if Beach Ultimate we were to be included, we would probably use the World Beach Ultimate Championships 2011, which are to be held in Italy, as a qualifying event.

SportAccord is tentatively aiming at late 2012/early 2013 for the inaugural event, and already have had informal interest from a number of cities. They plan to have a host in place as soon as possible, maybe by the end of this year.

Unfortunately, SportAccord didn't have the information it required to evaluate Beach Ultimate and it hasn't been included in the list of initial sports for the first World Beach Games.

However, Jonathan had very positive discussions with SportAccord staff and thinks if we put together a strong proposal for Beach Ultimate's inclusion we will have a good chance.

So that is what we will be working on this week :-)

This is great news for Beach Ultimate!

Posted by Patrick on May 3, 2010 6:27 AM
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FEAST (Frisbee East Africa Sand Tournament)

FEAST (Frisbee East Africa Sand Tournament) is back by popular demand and this year promises to be even feastier. Last year, Mighty Meaty put together an awe inspiring run to the championship that is remembered as one of the greatest victories in sports history! In addition to the world class athleticism, there was also glow-in-the dark night frisbee, greased watermelons, beer pong, dance parties and much more that cannot be mentioned nor remembered.

This year's FEAST will be held on May 30-31st at Tiwi Beach, (one-hour drive from Mombasa, Kenya). The format will be 5 x 5 of co-ed ultimate on the beach. The team fee is $280 per team. Lunch will be provided both game days and remaining money will go to purchase a finite amount of party beverages for the final night of the tournament. To register or for additional information email nairobi.ultimate@gmail.com.

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Posted by Patrick on April 12, 2010 3:47 PM
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Fred Morrison, inventor of the Frisbee, dies at age 90

Frisbeex-inset-community.jpgFred Morrison, inventor of the Frisbee, has died at his home in Utah at the age of 90.

Morrison traced the idea for the Frisbee to a Thanksgiving Day family picnic in 1937 when he and his future wife tossed the lid of a popcorn tin back and forth for fun, the Deseret News reports. He took the idea to the beaches of Santa Monica where he sold the "Flying Cake Pan" for 25 cents.

Various versions -- and various names -- came and went over the years, especially after Morrison learned aerodynamics as a bomber pilot in World War II. There was the Whirlo-Way, the Flyin-Saucer and the Pluto Platter until Wham-o signed on with Morrison and registered the name Frisbee.

More at USA Today

Posted by Patrick on February 12, 2010 1:25 PM
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Beach Ultimate Leagues in the US

Beach Ultimate in the US has mostly been in the form of annual tournaments. However that is changing. For many years Los Angeles was the only place with a Beach Ultimate league. This fall they are starting their 5th of Beach Ultimate league season with 16 teams (about 200 people) taking over a good chunk of Santa Monica Beach for 7 weeks. They even have an all-star game, where every team sends a male and a female player.(www.labeachultimate.com)

Chicago kicked off a 6-week Beach Ultimate league this year after their annual Sandblast tournament. The experience was very positive for new and experience players. Ultimate Chicago (a local social organization) ran the league and is going to host an even bigger one next summer in two different sessions.

There is even rumor of Beach Ultimate in Boston next year... but that is just a rumor...

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Mojo Jojo - Lei-Out Beach League Winners 2008

Posted by Patrick on October 4, 2009 2:30 PM
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Forum for Tournament Directors

Tournament Directors (TD's) are the backbone of Ultimate and Beach Ultimate. Without them the players would be lost and end up spending their days behind the TV ;-)

BULA has always supported TD's, helping them with tips, free posters, readily downloadable pictures for magazines, discounts, etc... Now there is another way TD's can get help: James Melzack, an experienced TD from the UK has started a forum for TD's to help each other with experiences and tips.

In less than 2 weeks, 57 people have already registered and the first topics included:

  • Ranking players at a hat tournament
  • Refunds
  • Fees
  • Media and Sponsorship

This was long overdue. Thanks James!


TD's at the World Championships Beach Ultimate in Portugal

Posted by Patrick on July 27, 2009 10:33 AM
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World Games Ultimate excitement

The World Games are held every 4 years and are for sports that just don't have 'it' to be in the Olympics, but are still great sports. Korfball, a sport I grew up with, is one of them and so is (grass) Ultimate.

The 2009 World Games started last week in Chinese Taipei and Ultimate saw it first action today. The weather was hot (30 Celsius at 9:30 AM) and the stadium was filled with 8,000 spectators!

The games were exciting. Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) was better than expected but still lost twice in front of the home crowd. Japan and US both went undefeated with the US slapping gold-hopeful Canada around: 13-6. Australia is looking good and the Brits had a great last effort against Japan, but they were behind too far (5-0 and 9-2) to realistically hope for a miracle. They got to 12-10 but then Japan finished it: 13-10.

The scores on day 1:

Canada - Great Britain: 13-10
Japan - Chinese Taipei: 13-7
United States - Australia: 13-11
Japan - Great Britain: 13-10
Australia - Chinese Taipei: 13-9
Canada - United States: 6-13

If you want to follow the action live, check out the following URL's and twitter feeds:

http://results.worldgames2009.tw/en/Comp.mvc/DetailedSchedule/FD/
http://wg09.net/cms/index.php
http://wg09.net/displayGames.php
http://hichannel.hinet.net/2009wg/live.html (seems to air the last day finals etc... Internet Explorer only)
http://www.upa.org/programs/intl/worldgames2009/updates

http://twitter.com/pottsy02
http://twitter.com/pierstruter
http://twitter.com/upaorg

As far as I know, no live TV feeds online. A bit of a dissapointment because after seeing it at the WUGC in Vancouver last summer and I come to expect this, especially from a large event such as the World Games. Perhaps because of (local) commercial interests this is not done? Who knows. All I know is that pressing refresh every 30 seconds is just not optimal ;-)

Posted by Patrick on July 19, 2009 10:50 PM
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Rules quiz

Since last year BULA has been using the WFDF rules with a BULA appendix. This allows all players worldwide to have the same basis to play with (with the exception of the US that uses the UPA rules)

If you want to know how good your rules knowledge is, check out the Rules Quiz at: http://rjhberg.googlepages.com/WFDFQuiz2009.xls

This quiz is in Excel. I recommend you "Enable Macros" when opening. That way the answers can be revealed by clicking on the "Answers" button. If not, you can use the "unhide" function to reveal the answers.

Happy quizzing!

Posted by Patrick on April 17, 2009 11:07 AM
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2009 Xefina HAT Tournament, Maputo, Mozambique

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Dear Ultimate friends,

Yes at last!... after last year's success we promised to organise the Xefina HAT tournament again in 2009! And here it is:
This year it will be on the holiday of Friday May 1st and Saturday May 2nd! The Sunday is open for some interesting and relaxing excursions in Mocambique... or just for some nice lullas/camarao and cerveja while looking at the ocean.
Due to the tide that weekend we will organise a 5 on 5 multi-surface tournament, Friday we'll play on the beach of the island of Xefina (in the bay of Maputo) and on Saturday we'll be playing at the fields of the American School (same teams and beach ultimate size fields).

The tourney is limited to 60 participants and we plan to have always 2 women/3 men in the field.
Parties... yes there will be plenty... that goes without saying in Mozambique! One party will be in the old train station of Maputo built in 1910 by Mr. Gustave Eiffel, a very inspiring venue.

If you want to be part of this year's great tournament send us an e-mail: sjoerd@mozultimate.com.

First come first serve!

Happy hucking,

Stef Stevens
www.mozultimate.com


PS There are numerous flights to Johannesburg (JNB). From JNB it is a one hour flight to Maputo (MPM) (5 flights a day South African and LAM (Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique)), you can also rent a car and drive in approx. 6 hours to Maputo, Mozambique. Don’t forget to visit the Kruger Park and see the big 5 on the way back and to swim with the dolphins, whale sharks and manta rays on the Mozambican beaches!

Posted by Stef Moz on February 20, 2009 2:30 PM
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Kenyan Beach Ultimate tournament

It is always wonderful to see Beach Ultimate tournaments start anywhere on the planet, but when it is done in Africa it makes it even more special. There is so much potential for the sport there.

FEAST (Frisbee East Africa Sand Tournament) is held at Tiwi Beach, Kenya April 11-12 2009 (Easter Weekend). Organized by Nairobi Ultimate, in a few years this could be the African Paganello.

If you like to travel to interesting places and play Beach Ultimate, you will love going to Kenya. Check it out www.kenyaultimate.blogspot.com

Pass the word!


SAMBURU - Nairobi

Posted by Patrick on February 1, 2009 4:34 PM
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The 1st women-only Beach Ultimate tournament

Spanish Beach Ultimate is booming! Only surpassed by the US they host the most Beach Ultimate tournaments in the world! Last year there were 7 Beach Ultimate tournaments in Spain and that is growing already. The latest edition is a world premier: The first women-only Beach Ultimate tournament!

Organized by Corocotta from Santander (North of Spain) this event will take place 28-29 March. (If you want to play: registration closes 24 January). Great initiative. Perhaps that will help take European female Ultimate player off the endangered species list... :-)


Spanish women at the World Championships in Portugal

Posted by Patrick on January 20, 2009 2:18 PM
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4-on-4 Beach Ultimate takes root in France

Five-on-five Beach Ultmate might the most popular Beach Ultimate format worldwide, but 4-on-4 Beach Ultimate is growing too. The Wildwood tournament, with 2,200 players, is a huge 4-on-4 event in the US.In Belgium, the Philippines, Egypt, Mexico, and New Zealand there also 4-on-4 tournaments.

This month, in the south of France, a 4-on-4 Beach Ultimate league has started.

For the last 3 years French players have been playing in a series of 4-on-4 Beach Ultimate tournaments "Collègues" on the Mediterranean coast. It was so successful that the organizer (Stéphane) and some of his friends decided to create a national 4-on-4 Beach Ultimate League (LBU44) which started this month.

With 8 teams participating it is the first full 4-on-4 league in Europe. That is great news. Allez les Bleus!

Posted by Patrick on September 20, 2008 7:47 PM
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Is Wildwood the biggest tournament in the world?

Some communication went on recently about the size of tournaments. Of course size doesn't matter, but we all still want to know who has the biggest.

According to Tony Leonardo:

Last year Paga had 48 open teams, 32 mixed, a gaggle of womens teams and juniors teams. Paga is 5 on 5 and team sizes tended to be larger than 4-on-4 Wildwood by about 5-6 people per team. So maybe team sizes of 15 and multiply that by 110 and you get 1650 or so Wildwood had 300+ teams this year, but lets estimate that about 50 of those teams double up and play in 2 divisions. So lets say 250 teams with about 9 peeps on each, so 2250 folks, all of them, coincidentally, teenagers from Philadelphia and North Jersey.

Potlatch this year had 104 teams i think, team size about 20+ so that puts them around 2100? Potlatch is the largest grass tournament in the world, i am pretty sure so Wildwood could be the largest (and fattest) tournament of all?

What about World Club Championships? Is that bigger? Of course that is not an annual event but I wonder how big that one was last time. Anybody know?


Posted by Patrick on August 27, 2008 4:15 PM
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Wii add-on might help disc sports

Yesterday in Los Angeles Nintendo unveiled a new add-on for the Wii remote. A small accessory, called the Wii MotionPlus, plugs into the base of the Wii remote to more accurately sense subtle movements such as the twist of a wrist, Nintendo said in a demonstration of a game involving the tossing of a virtual Frisbee.

The Wii already has one disc game. In Big Beach there is a disc golf game that actually allows three ways to throw the disc: backhand, forehand and hammer. Hammer is the coolest one, obviously, but whichever you way you decide to flick the Remote, your avatar will mimic your motion and it'll all affect where the Frisbee goes.

Perhaps we will eventually see a full (Beach) Ultimate game developed. Wouldn't that be cool?!


Posted by Patrick on July 17, 2008 10:51 AM
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Boracay Open Finals

I suppose it shouldn't have been a total surprise the way the Boracay Dragons A (so-named for the dragon boat races on the island -- a few of the players are dragon rowers) dominated the finals, winning, in effect, 16-5 over Manila's league champion Sexual Chocolate. 16 points because the last goal was an end-zone to end-zone huck which, like Wildwood or those Florida tournaments, is worth 2 points.

The Dragons were fast, deep (roster of 17 i believe) and basically played smart. Their D caused SexChoc to make throwaways which the Dragons converted with efficiency. Game started out 4-0 or 5-0 and was never in doubt.

In semis, Dragons A (White) beat Dragons C (Blue/Yellow), while Dragons B (Silver) lost to Sex Choc 10-9 when the game ended on a one-pointer when the team needed a two-pointer to tie and prolong the game (alas, thrown by me)

In the Important Prizes at the crazy beach after-party, the Manila-based team called Dragon Katol, so named for the local spiral mosquito repellent incense, won the Spirit of the Game, the Party Award and one of their regular player Christian (who played with Boracay Dragons here and was MVP of WBUC in Brazil) won the MVP making it some sort of weird Katol sweep.

Party Details: this tournament was sponsored by a Filipino energy drink, 100 Plus, a number of fine establishments on the beach like the Hey Jude bar, Summer Place bar and grill and Smoke Restaurant, to name a few. Also a TV network/channel sponsored prizes for Spirit/Party and "Top 4 Players" awards which included a compass from the TV show "Lost." Evidently Lost is coming on air here soon.

But the number one sponsor in terms of ubiquitousness was Colt 45, "America's leading premium strong beer." However, we don't have "strong beer" in America, only the more apt designation "malt liquor" a category which Colt 45 probably created too, heck.

Colt 45 is a great and wonderful brew for smashing one's head to mulch for the following day. But it was free.

The finals were pretty colorful: the usual loudspeaker setup, lots of local fans clapping and cheering, all of the teams here, tons of cameras with nice lenses, a TV station was here to do a segment on the tournament and the team (airing March 29th in Manila I was told -- a sports show, nonetheless)

Once again the talk of the day from the Dragons was about how excited they were to bring their game to other tournaments around the world and how psyched they would be to host more traveling players and teams to this tournament. In fact, it appeared that besides a small Singapore team with none of the players from Freakshow, the only travelers here were Jane and I, Izzy and Pierre the French-Canadian handlebar-mustache brothers and two blokes from Regina, Saskatchewan. Truly that will change in the future because it is pretty good times here with lots of free food, free beer, tournament shirt and disc included, parties every night and good competition.

I'm trying to get some pictures up but otherwise go to the official tourney photographers websites:

http://ssshortzzz.multiply.com (not up yet)
http://ogong.multiply.com (not up yet)

More later
Tony

Posted by Tony Leonardo on March 9, 2008 5:20 PM
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A Beach Ultimate trip of a life time…

Every year BULA helps a local group of Beach Ultimate lovers promote a special Beach Ultimate event somewhere on the planet. The Beach Ultimate Traveling Tournament (BUTT) helped start the Mundialito in Brazil in 2002. The BUTT also assisted players in the Canary Islands to help start the now famous CFC tournament, and it has helped Israel setup a huge Beach Ultimate tournament (BULAFLOW) in 2005. This year it is helping to promote the Beach Ultimate trip of a life time in New Zealand…

Local players are organizing a 5-weeks-4-tournaments Beach Ultimate series that start in the centre of New Zealand; Wellington. On 3-4 February players and teams are welcome at the Wgtn Wild Wind tournament ; then the series moves, week at a time, north to beautiful Hawkes Bay for the Boutique Beach Tournament; then to the good weather north of Auckland and the Ocean Beach tournament in Whangarei ; ending up after a two week break for sightseeing travel, on South Island’s premiere beach area, Nelson, where you can play at the Flat Out on the Beach tournament.

I know it is short notice, but in case you have the travel bug, know someone who does, or you are in the area… check it out: www.beachultimate.org.nz. New Zealand has always been a great travel destination and now you can play some great Beach Ultimate too.

And… if you still have some time spare you should fly from the last tournament in Nelson straight to the Philippines and play at the amazing Boracay Beach Ultimate tournament 8-9 March… talking about a dream trip…

Posted by Patrick on January 3, 2008 6:25 PM
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Funky Beach Ultimate in the Ukraine

On August 11-12 there is the KaZantip Z(x)7 tournament that will happen during the annual open air rave-festival on the seaside in Popovka (near Evpatoriya, Crimea). The 5-week festival has over one million visitors, lots of dance parties, (extreme) sports, and now also Beach Ultimate :-)

With great games during the day, freestyle performances, a night-Ultimate demonstration, and more parties that you can handle it should make for an amazing atmosphere and tournament!

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The weekend after (18-19 Aug) you could travel to Kiev and participate in the 6th edition of the Kiev Beach Ultimate tournament. This tournament enjoys a great beach in the middle of the city, lots of players and the occasional baby enjoying some beer.

FYI: Only African and Asian players need a visa to visit the Ukraine and if you need help getting tickets (bus/train) the organizers are more than willing to help you out.

Posted by Patrick on July 7, 2007 10:11 AM
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BULA tanks and democracy

Spotted in Lisbon (Praça do Carmo) on 25 of April 2007:

25 of April 1974 is remembered as the coup d'état that effectively changed the Portuguese regime from an authoritarian dictatorship to a liberal democracy. No wonder the name BULA is now on the tanks :-)

(thanks Luca for sending this in)

Posted by Patrick on May 9, 2007 9:47 AM
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Four teams tied for SOTG in Portugal

The Portuguese Beach Ultimate league was held on 5 separate playing days between October 2006 and April 2007. After each league day the participating teams filled in the BULA Spirit of the Game score sheets. After all the games were played, four teams ended up in first place with 70 out of a maximum of 80 points.

This is not the first time we hear that the BULA SOTG scoring system results in teams having equal points and some debate has been going on if this is a good thing.

Portuguese SOTG tropheeMy personal take on this is that it is good. It means that most of the teams play with good Spirit. Is it really necessary to have a single winner? Other systems that almost force a winner usually give the prize to the team with the best cheer or the most fun drinking game. However, is that really the deciding factor when a SOTG winner has to be chosen? I say "no", but I would like to hear from others what they think.

Post your comments, click on the link below...

Posted by Patrick on May 3, 2007 10:53 AM
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Sex and Ultimate Frisbee

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From one of the editors of the Ultimate history book:

This time of year, cities around the country gear up for summer Ultimate Frisbee Leagues. Several thousand people play on the elite and college circuits; tens of thousands more play for fun, fitness and the "spirit of the game." At least that's what the brochure says. For those who play Ultimate, sex and their favorite sport are often entwined.

On a typical day at the fields, tanned bodies dive left and right. Men and women make field-length hucks to teammates in the end zone, then pump their fists in celebration. The best players hustle and throw their bodies around with abandon. Players yell "Hot catch!" when someone makes an eye-pleasing grab. "Up!" they shout when the disc is in the air, to alert teammates that action is about to begin. As one of my female friends pointed out: "It's like a dick is hard, and we're waiting to see what will happen."... more....

Posted by Patrick on April 29, 2007 4:11 PM
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France has largest Beach Ultimate league

France will have the largest Beach Ultimate league in the world this summer with 36 teams registered, 4 stages and 2 divisions! The games will take place on the following days:

* June 9-10, Les Sables d'Olonne (D1 & D2)
* June 30-July 1st , Pornichet (D1)
* June 23-24, Brest (D2)
* September 1-2, St Jean de Monts (D1 & D2)
* September 29-30, Le Poulignen (D1 & D2)

A team doesn't have to play the 4 stages. But the more they play, the more points they get. The number of points won for each stage depends on the number of teams that played it. Last team gets 10 points. From last but one till 17th place : + 1 point from 16th to 9th : +2 points from 8th to 2nd : +3 points 1st : + 4 points.

Example for a stage with 14 teams :
14th : 10 pts
13th : 12 pts
...
9th : 20 pts
8th : 23 pts
7th : 26 pts
...
2th : 38 pts
1st : 42 pts.

For the final ranking, the points of the best 3 playing days will be totaled.

Fueled by the success of Yes But Nau and other tournament, Beach Ultimate in France is getting bigger...


2006 RéMix tournament in France

Posted by Patrick on March 30, 2007 6:33 PM
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The Spirit of Flying Disc sports

Dan Engström, a WFDF Board member, wrote an official article for the Danish Swedish Flying Disc Federation about the Spirit of Flying Disc sports.

It's main focus is Ultimate but other parts of the disc sports, such as disc golf, are also included. Since Spirit is one of the main focal points for BULA we wanted to share with you (with permission from the WFDF).

Let us assume that it is possible to pin-point the attitude to life and sports of players and leaders of flying disc sports. This “Spirit of Flying Disc” would be a key feature of our family of sports. It would be knowledge that is invaluable in the development of the sport. This paper aims to identify the Spirit of Flying disc, and to be a stepping-stone for development that is based on it. If considered successful, this paper can be used as the foundation for the development of flying disc federations and for their policies on the use of Spirit of the Game. The more concrete methods of how to build on the Spirit of Flying Disc and the Spirit of the Game should be developed by interdisciplinary working-groups within each organisation. Consequently, they are only touched on here.

An effort to identify the essence of this special something has led me to the conclusion that there are three main building-blocks of the Spirit of Flying Disc, all connected:


  • Counter-culture - The urge to be part of a non-establishment platform for expression.

  • Focus- The rules of the game focus on what constitutes a positive contribution to the game, not on the limitations on what is allowed. The Spirit of the Game is a vital part of this.

  • Fascination- The flight of a disc is a beautiful thing, with strong connotations of the first two building-blocks. Generally, flying disc players love it.


Read the whole article here (.pdf) (Updated 2 April 2007 version)

Posted by Patrick on March 26, 2007 9:34 PM
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Brazilian league uses BULA posters

As we were hoping, organizers are starting to use the BULA posters and flyers to develop Beach Ultimate locally. In Porto (Portugal), Los Angeles (US), and now in Brazil the posters are used to attract new players.

The Brazilian "Campeonato Paulista de Beach Ultimate 2007" will be held on:


  • 25/03/2007 - Mixed 5x5
  • 29/04/2007 - Mixed 5x5
  • 27/05/2007 - Open 5x5
  • 24/06/2007 - Open 5x5
  • 29/07/2007 - Woman 5x5
  • 26/08/2007 - Woman 5x5
  • 30/09/2007 - FINAL Mixed, Open and Woman

The first league day will be on Praia do Centro - Peruibe - SP and starts at 9:30h. There are no tournament fees and for more information contact frisbeeperuibe@yahoo.com.br

Posted by Patrick on March 2, 2007 9:39 AM
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Brazil's new disc magazine

Today a new (Beach) Ultimate magazine was launched in Brazil. Sent only via email (smart!) the publication keeps everyone informed about new teams, local tournaments, the story behind the national Beach Ultimate team and other disc news in Brazil. More information can be requested from ultimate_journal@yahoo.com.br


Posted by Patrick on January 23, 2007 5:58 PM
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Happy Birthday Frisbee!

Today is the 50th birthday of the Frisbee!

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          Congratulations Wham-O!

Link to "The Frisbee Celebrates its 50th Anniversary" story on WFDF website

Posted by Patrick on January 13, 2007 12:26 AM
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Tomorrow: Global Orgasm Day

globalorgasm.jpgBeach Ultimate Lovers are known to have respect for the planet and participate in good causes. But even if you are normally not so socially aware, here is one project you might want to participate in to help save the planet: Global Orgasm Day!

Scientifically monitored by Princeton's Global Consciousness Project this is a good cause for all Men and Women, you and everyone you know.

WHEN? Winter Solstice Day - Friday, December 22nd, at the time of your choosing, in the place of your choosing and with as much privacy as you choose.

WHY? To effect positive change in the energy field of the Earth through input of the largest possible surge of human energy a Synchronized Global Orgasm.

http://globalorgasm.org/

Thank you and please come again! ;-)

Posted by Patrick on December 21, 2006 7:53 AM
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MTA record broken!

In a live broadcast Christer Fuglesang set the new MTA record by keeping a disc in the air for 20 seconds, claiming the new MTA world record.

Fuglesang's first attempt, was a dud. As fellow astronaut Thomas Reiter, a German pilot, counted down - "Three, two, one, go!" - Fuglesang released his white Frisbee. The two floated together for a bit, but then the Frisbee went askew and Fuglesang caught it, laughing, after a few seconds.

Then Fuglesang tried again. "Ten seconds," Reiter reported, checking his watch. "15." As he announced, "20 seconds," Fuglesang grinned broadly, let out a triumphant "Aaaah!" and grabbed the disc.

Perhaps a political move as he could have waited longer, but nevertheless very cool!

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(artist's impression of a disc in space, but watch this space: when the video on YouTube comes out we will add it here)

UPDATE:If you have a decent connection, you can watch the footage at http://www.tv4.se/nyheter/fuglesang/512491.html. Scroll down about 25% of the page until you see a big headline that says "Hoppas vi får ett besök på slottet", right underneath you can click on the link "Se Fuglesang sla varldsrekord med frisbee"

UPDATE 2: Link to WFDF press release

Posted by Patrick on December 17, 2006 11:12 AM
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Astronaut to set MTA record?

frisbeespace.gifDiscovery's seven astronauts are among the most culturally diverse of any space shuttle crew. There are two African-Americans, an astronaut of Indian descent, the soon-to-be first Swede in space, a British-born mission specialist, an Alaskan and a Jersey Boy.

The Swede, Christer Fuglesang, is a former national Frisbee champion and plans to bring a Frisbee up to space. During a live satellite link-up with children on Earth, he'll try to set the record for maximum time aloft! (more...)

Link to ABC's story: How long will a Frisbee fly in space?

UPDATE:

Discovery took off early Sunday morning, and now the time schedule is official: Friday December 15 GMT 19:07. That’s when the first ever officially sanctioned sports event will happen in space ! ESA (European Space Agency) have been granted official sanctioning from WFDF and the Swedish Frisbeesport Federation for an MTA (Maximum Time Aloft) competition.

Posted by Patrick on December 5, 2006 8:41 PM
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Study links Ultimate to school grades

"One University of Washington psychiatry professor has identified a strange correlation -- schools with top-ranked ultimate Frisbee teams also have higher graduation rates. Michael J. Norden analyzed the Ultimate Players Association's performance ratings for men and women's teams and discovered both public and private schools with top-ranked ultimate teams have higher graduation rates than schools with lower-ranked teams." Read more

Hmmmm.... I don't know, but this sounds like questionable use of statistics...

Posted by Patrick on November 30, 2006 12:09 PM
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BULA Cow-vertising

No, this is not advertising for the Beach Ultimate Lovers Association, but funny nevertheless:

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Link to more on the story and some video

Posted by Patrick on November 15, 2006 9:23 PM
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Thyl 'Kuki' Luyckx (1969-2006)

We were shocked to find out that Thyl 'Kuki' Luyckx died on the night of 14-15th of October. Thyl was a big part of (Beach) Ultimate in Europe. He helped organize, and was a passenger on, the Magic Bus that went from the World Championships Grass Ultimate in Finland to the World Championships Beach Ultimate in Portugal in 2004. There he played for the German Master's team and was a big help to the organizers. He visited many other Beach Ultimate tournaments and was always fun to have around. His death is a loss to us all and we wish his family and friends strength in coping with his loss.


(Thyl is the one to the left of the baby in pink)

Posted by Patrick on October 17, 2006 10:15 PM
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First Beach Frisbee commercial: 1969!

This is wild! A 1969 Cheerios commercial with a focus on Frisbees

Posted by Patrick on October 2, 2006 9:27 PM
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Robotic Frisbees of Death

disc_uav.jpgIt ain't easy, picking out evil-doers in the urban canyons of the Middle East; there are so many places to hide. Taking 'em out can be even harder, what with all those noncombatants hanging nearby. But the Air Force thinks it might have an answer to this most vexing problem in counter insurgency: FRISBEES. (More...)

Posted by Patrick on September 9, 2006 4:23 PM
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The commercial side of Frisbee

Not at funky as the South African commercial, or as well known as Nike commercial, or highly promoted as the Lipton Frisbee Golf promotion in Holland, but this commercial from the Czech Republic again shows that Frisbee is becoming something that can help sell products.

(and at least it does not misrepresent Ultimate like the Michelob commercial)

Posted by Patrick on September 7, 2006 8:22 PM
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Cool Frisbee ad

All the way from South Africa, a very cool video ad where Frisbee Fever takes over the city. Link
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Posted by Patrick on July 7, 2006 1:12 AM
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Ultimap is back!

Old-timers among you may recall the original "Ultimap Locator" hosted at the University of Rochester. This allowed you register yourself (or your team or your favorite playing field or whatever) using a then-state-of-the-art clickable graphic map. You could then search for people by name or by map--great for finding a pickup game on the road (or finding the guy whole stole your cleats at Worlds). Well, sometime in 2002 the scripts that ran the system broke and there was never time to fix them. Now that has changed and someone created the new and improved Ultimap at its own URL: http://www.ultimap.org

It uses Google Maps for the mapping, so the results may actually be geographically meaningful. There are RSS and Google Earth feeds available (see the FAQ).

Anybody wants to start beachultimap.org? BULA will pay for the domain name and hosting...

Posted by Patrick on June 4, 2006 4:51 PM
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Pocket Ultimate

A new card game was invented by some Cota Rica Rimini (Italy) players. The game includes 32 offense cards (red), 31 defense cards (blue), 1 die, 1 double-sided disc and 1 playing board representing the pitch to play a real (Beach) Ultimate game. This game will be available at Paganello for 8 euros. The money will be used to finance the Zambia Ultimate Project.

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Posted by Patrick on April 5, 2006 8:43 PM
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Bouncing breast simulator

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Shock Absorber, a UK line of sports-bras, has a Flash-based boobies-physics simulator. Plug in a cup-size and a level of activity, and it produces a 3D animation of breasts of that size bouncing free, bouncing in a regular bra, and hardly moving at all in one of their sports-bras. Extra geeky bonus points for including a 3D wireframe view, so you can see the pure physics of the jiggle. Link

Posted by Patrick on March 1, 2006 10:47 AM
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Disc game on the kitchen table

The long awaited, definitive GlaxoSmithKline video is here. After months of tiny video clips bouncing around the internet giving people a vague idea of how this new game involving a frisbee is played, GlaxoSmithKline - the game (which has nothing to do with the company) - the 3:15min video, in all it's wonderous glory is now available. See the current world record being set, be amazed by the special moves of the Mohawks (Mac, Tequila, Bob and Felchers), laugh at the GlaxoSmithScore, then lube your table up and start a GlaxoSmithJam of your own! Link to DivX video

Posted by Patrick on February 25, 2006 9:08 AM
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Special sports lens from Nike

nike_lens.jpgNike has teamed up with contact lens maker Bausch and Lomb to create performance-enhancing contact lenses called MaxSight. They're a tinted version of daily disposal lenses for athletes that reduce glare and improve visual acuity. The amber version is advertised to help people that play Soccer, Baseball, Tennis, Football, and Rugby. Will it help Beach Ultimate players as well? If you have tried this product, please leave a comment for the rest of us to know.

Posted by Patrick on February 15, 2006 11:04 AM
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Hong Kong Distributor Acquires Wham-O

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Wham-O has been sold to a Hong Kong distributor that's trying to build a one-stop shop for outdoor fun.


More...

Posted by Patrick on January 19, 2006 10:38 PM
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