Welcome to the official home of of the Ultimate Players Association of India (UPAI).
On Saturday (June 25) the biggest ever World Ultimate and Guts Championship ended with the US teams collecting all gold medals after a week of competition. Quite a disappointment for many of the other countries hoping to end on top in one of the categories, but also a clear and deserved nod at the great work that the Ultimate Community in the USA has done.
WFDF has already released a statement summarising the event, which you can read here. You can also see a lot of the games on livestream.com. And, see some of the pictures of our teams on Instagram and the Periscope streams via the @IndiaUltimate account.
For the Indian contingent, this event has also been unprecedented, as it was the first time for us to send 4 teams (Mixed, Open, Open Masters & Women) to such a prestigious event. All the teams had exciting and close matches and #ThePride and #NeverGonnaRetire even had victories.
It was the #FirstEver time for India to send a Women’s team. And, deservedly for their efforts and performance, they won the Spirit Award! Congratulations, ladies! And, more than that, from what it seems, their whole journey has earned them a lot of admiration all across the globe.
But, this is only one step in our community’s long journey to grow the sport, bridge socio-economic gaps, empower women other repressed parts of society to do sports, determine their life and foster talents based on their skills, determination, efforts and spirit rather than privilege.
So, before diving deeper into the results, experiences and learnings of the various teams, we shall point you to our U20 campaign. The future of Indian Ultimate, #TheCubs, want to go and represent India at the 2016 WUJC in Wrocław, Poland (July 31 to August 6).
They need your help in terms of finances and support. Please go to the U20 website and make it possible for this selection of India’s youth talent, to go learn, experience, grow and come back inspired and grown players, athletes and humans!
On 10 June 2016 the EB ran the first of it’s periodic AMA (ask me anything) on Facebook. You can read the interesting conversations here:
- Day 1: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ultimateindia/permalink/10153386059881706/
- Day 2: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ultimateindia/permalink/10153388380191706/
The next AMA will be announced on Facebook about a week in advance. If you have any questions, feel free to post them here as well.
If you want to know which games are when, please make sure to subscribe to this calendar made by Bhatta. All teams will be posting pictures on Instagram (@IndUltimate). We will also try to provide a daily summary on Twitter (@IndiaUltimate) and Facebook.
We will see to have some Periscope (@IndiaUltimate) streams. More news on that later, but for now, if you’ll be in London and can help out holding a phone (we’ll provide equipment), please sign up here.
Without further ado, please meet the teams here:
The members of India Mixed are excited to have earned the opportunity to represent India in Ultimate at the highest level possible. We take immense pride in the amount of effort each and every member associated with the campaign has put in. Going in the biggest tournament of our lives yet, these are the goals we have set for ourselves:
- Put in a 110% effort at all times, be spirited and respect all players equally.
- Achieving every single individual goal is equivalent to achieving a team goal.
- Strong, positive outlook – on the field, on the sidelines, off the field, at all times.
We look forward to achieving it all, and more, and make our compatriots back home, happy and proud. The journey to worlds has been long and hard, and we can’t wait to don the Indian jerseys and take the fields at London.
Sponsors: Cloudnine Hospitals
Sponsors: Leo Coffee
Open Masters (#IND_OMA)
Sponsors: Team India Open Masters
Women (#FirstEver, #IND_WMN)
All these teams could have never been able to make their journey without their gracious sponsors, we are deeply grateful for their support.
Last, but not least, our U20 Open Team (#TheCubs, #IND_O20) will be competing in July in Poland. You can follow their journey on Facebook or Twitter. They still need your help to make the journey. Please go and support them here: http://u20.indiaultimate.org
Thanks for your all support!
UPAI Comms Team
Update June 16, 2016: Info from WFDF (edited)
The quadrennial World Ultimate and Guts Championships will be held at the University College London Sports Ground (St. Albans), with the final day’s competition to take place at Allianz Park (Hendon). Nearly 3,000 athletes from 39 countries are expected to participate in the men’s, women’s, mixed gender, and masters divisions. The World Ultimate Championships, held since 1983, are the premier world championships of the sport of Flying Disc, which has an estimated 7.5 million active players worldwide.
“We are very excited to share for free—not behind a paywall—20 games from preliminary rounds online and a world-class telecast of the Finals, free to international broadcasters, of ultimate’s world championships,” stated Robert “Nob” Rauch, WFDF President. “For WFDF, this is our most significant international coverage to date, reflecting the growth and recognition of the sport. Free, multi-bandwidth streaming, viewable globally in real time, along with a telecast highlighting the Finals, are key elements in our strategy to raise the profile of the sport as we continue our search for a global brand sponsor.”
The production team is led by network veteran Tim Rockwood (WFDF’s Managing Director of Broadcasting and Marketing) and Rauch as Executive Producers, Elliot Trotter of Skyd Magazine as Director, and Mike Palmer of ulti.tv and Skyd Productions as Technical Director. Veteran ultimate commentators Evan Lepler, Bryan Jones, and Megan Molteni lead the on-air team.
Beginning Sunday June 19, 20+ round-robin, quarterfinal, semifinal, and finals games will be presented on the leading online platform Livestream.com, featuring multi-camera coverage, live commentary, and high-quality graphics free of charge on:
- North American telecast on CBS Sports Network
Livestream.com will archive the competitions through April, 2017.
The Finals of the WFDF 2016 World Ultimate and Guts Championships from London will be available for free on:
- An unencrypted European satellite on Saturday 25 June at 18:00 London time (GMT+1): The 9Mhz feed will be on Eutelsat 10A, comprised of 12 segments (with 11 internal commercial pods) and a Total Run Time of 88:00.
- CBS Sports Network in the United States and Canada at 4:00—6:00pm EDT and 9:00—11:00pm PDT
- And is available to international television networks interested in broadcasting the production in countries outside of North America, with WFDF permission.
We are thrilled to introduce to you all, the coach of Team India Mixed for the World Ultimate and Guts Championship 2016, David Hampson.
Hailing from Middletown, Delaware, David got introduced to Ultimate by his sister when he was in college. He played with the Heva Havas in 2013, Blowing Heat in 2014 and Trenton Takers in 2015 – these being regional level club teams in America. He also played professional Ultimate (AUDL) with the Philadelphia Phoenix from 2013 – 2015. In 2014, he spent a month travelling around the world with photographer Brian Canniff, teaching Ultimate to US troops stationed in Singapore, Bahrain and Diego Garcia. His coaching experience also includes coaching the University of Delaware Men’s team in 2015 and currently the University of Delaware Women’s team. This is the first time he will be coaching a national team headed to Worlds.
David believes in putting 110% effort at all times and hopes to bring offbeat ideas, a different perspective, a fun learning environment and a positive mental attitude to carry to Worlds.
On a non-Ultimate note, he loves travelling, meeting new people and making friends. Hope all of you are as excited as we are to welcome him here! 🙂
PS: David is ambidextrous! So if you ever need tips on how to huck comfortably with either of your hands, you know who to get in touch with.
Matty comes with great playing experience, having played at College Nationals, Club Nationals, and Major League Ultimate in the US. Here are some of the teams he has played for, and some of his past experience:
- University of Colorado Mamabird (2009-2011)
– University Team Captain – Mamabird (2010/2011)
- USA Ultimate All-Region Player (2010 and 2011)
- Denver Johnny Bravo (2010-2011, 2013)
- NexGen Tour (2011)
- Seattle Sockeye (2012)
- Seattle Rainmakers (2013-2014)
Matty’s coaching experience:
- Coached on the NexGen Tour in 2011
- Coach with Seattle Sockeye and Riot in 2013 in Germany
- Coach with Camp Ultimate Peace in 2014 in Israel
- Currently a high school coach in Washington State along with Ben Wiggins (his role model)
Matty brings with him the experience of a successful player from one of the top club teams in the world and the values of Ultimate Peace – friendship, trust and leadership between youth.
The Indian Open Team Coaching opportunity came about through Mario O’Brien (RISEup Ultimate) and Brian Canniff (Brian Canniff Photography).
Team India Open would be his first stint with a National Team.
Let us all give him a warm welcome into our community!
PS: Matty is an Aerospace Engineer who is also going to be a Doctor soon, will probably make him the ideal son for Indian parents.
Team India (Women’s) is pleased to announce Arvind Ashok as the fitness coach selected to prepare the team for the World Ultimate and Guts Championships 2016.
We spoke with the nominated folks about their proposed plan for the team, skill, experience and ability to commit time.
Arvind’s application stood out in the interview process as he applied experience from being a part of several national and international Ultimate tournaments, over the years, including the World Championships of Beach Ultimate 2015, where he he was fitness coach and player on Team India (Mixed). He impressed with his understanding of what our athletes needed most. He has the experience of working with over 300 people, both fitness enthusiasts and athletes. He is Head Coach/Co-Founder at The Quad, a fitness enterprise based out of Chennai.
Arvind will work hands on with the team at our training camps and engage online with individual athletes through the course of the campaign.
Welcome onboard, Arvind!
Coaching staff – Team India (Women’s)
“India Ultimate is setting a record in sending 4 teams to the World Championships in 2016! Please help us to improve the selection process by providing feedback. If you were happy with the process, filling the form will take less than 2 minutes of your time. If not, take your time and make use of an opportunity to contribute to make our growing ultimate community better. Thank you!”
Announcing ‘Brick By Brick – 2016’, National Ultimate Frisbee Leadership Workshop.
Brief about BBB : The first edition of BBB last year had 60 leader from teams all over India come together for this workshop. It’s a space for invited speaker and participants to share/ discuss everything related to Ultimate Frisbee. Last year the topics ranged from Team Culture to How to teach Vertical Stack.
The 2nd edition will be conducted in February 2016
Dates: Feb 2nd – 4th, 2016. ( Just before Auroville HAT for logistical convenience)
Venue: Auroville, Tamilnadu.
Registration to the event is OPEN TO EVERY TEAM IN INDIA ( 2-3 players with a minimum of one girl representative, registration is through the team captains )
Call for crew: We are looking for people interested in being part of this year’s organising crew.
Some of the responsibilities of the crew will be taking care of Logistics, Equipment Management, Topic review with speakers, Communications, Scheduling and Time Management etc.
Please message Sangeetha Manoharan on social media or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
UPAI Supports “International Spirit of the Game Day – Dec 3rd” and request all our members to participate by joining the event online, participating and spreading the word.
**Let’s make it count. Join in to help spread the importance of SOTG.
Spirit of the Game (SOTG) is a deliberate and consistent behaviour displayed by (Beach) Ultimate Frisbee players worldwide. It includes skills such as proper use and knowledge of the rules; fair-mindedness; clear and respectful communication; spatial awareness; as well as a positive attitude towards opponents and teammates.
However, even more importantly, players value and demonstrate SOTG off-the-field as well in their daily lives.
To recognize, celebrate and promote these behaviours, the International Spirit of the Game Day was born: December 3, 2015. Mark it in your calendar! Invite your friends!
WIN UNIQUE PRIZES – DEMONSTRATE SPIRIT OF THE GAME IN YOUR OWN LIFE!
Share an example of Spirit of the Game in real life and you have the chance to win one of 15 amazing Spirit of the Game prizes from these supporting organizations: Boon, Breakmark, Double Happiness, Five, Flip, Force, Gaia, Lookfly, Luckygrass, Rubixwear, Scu2, Savage, Spin, VC, and Zue!
CONTEST PARTICIPATION DETAILS:
* Download the Spirit package that includes the Spirit icons and logos at www.spiritofthegameday.org
* Take a picture or video something that represents Spirit of the Game in your life
* Add the appropriate icon to it
* Upload your video/picture to the event page by December 10, 2015: www.spiritofthegameday.org
* Winners get notified on December 28, 2015!
SPIRIT OF THE GAME MATTERS EVERYWHERE. RECOGNIZE IT. DISPLAY IT. RECORD IT!
For more information about Spirit of the Game, please visit http://wfdf.org/sotg/
Many thanks to Filip Dinis and Salsa for the Spirit concept and icons, Savage for the Spirit Day logo, as well as the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF), E.R.I.C. and BULA Beach Ultimate to make this day possible.
( Text in Italics as is from www.spiritofthegameday.org )
Jaideep Bachher has been appointed as the Legal Counsel for UPAI.
A Legal Counsel is “A person who is legally quali