Welcome to the official home of of the Ultimate Players Association of India (UPAI).
As the 2016 Worlds’ tournaments are over we are in the process of reviewing and carrying forward all different learnings. For this, we would love to also understand YOUR perspective—not matter if you were involved or a bystander.
So please take five minutes and fill the appropriate survey before September 8 at 00:00 IST to help us do better next time.
- Participants (players, managers, coaches): https://megnashanky.typeform.com/to/CD9GyC
- Fans (supporters, family & friends, etc.): https://megnashanky.typeform.com/to/YGPiem
Thanks a lot on behalf of the UPAI, National Team Committee and the teams.
The second Worlds tournament of 2016 is happening this week in Wrocław, Poland: World Junior Ultimate Championship (WJUC). Starting Sunday, July 31 there will be 49 teams competing in the Men’s and Women’s division for reaching the finals on Saturday, August 6. In this pack, there are our Cubs, the Team India U20 Men, looking to leave a mark on global Ultimate.
After completing their crowd-funding, you can still support them by following their journey in Poland. We have Manix in place looking to live-stream the games on Periscope (@IndiaUltimate) and posting pictures onto Instagram (@IndUltimate). You can of course follow the team (@TeamIndiaJunior) or UPAI (@IndiaUltimate) on Twitter. They are also on Facebook, if that’s more your thing.
At this point, we would like to thank all the people that have enabled these young ones to take a formative journey and we want to specially thank these sponsors: Egnaro, Fountainhead School, Rotary Club, Sterlite, Globelink WW, Team India Women and the Bangalore Frisbee community, as well as all the individuals that donated cleats and socks.
If you want to watch the Cubs live on FB Live, these are their first games (all times in IST):
- Monday, August 1:
- 1630—1830: IND vs. AUT
- 2030–2230: IND vs. SUI
- Tuesday, August 2:
- 1230–1430: IND vs. SWE
The Competition Committee is looking for new members (and a chair) to help them help you run all Ultimate tournaments and other competitions smoother. You’ll be helping planning and running tournaments in terms of seeding, format, etc. As a nascent organisation, there is also plenty of space for you to grow and expand the scope of the committee within your domain.
Some of the responsibilities of the Committee Chair include:
- Conduct monthly/bi-monthly meetings.
- Keep the goals/mission/scope of committee on track.
- Be the voice of the committee.
- Make sure committee is active and action items are equally distributed.
If this is just the kind of thing you like to do and are good at, apply here before Saturday, August 6th at 00:00 IST: https://goo.gl/forms/CWT0U79l8RKQiVVE2
BULA and the 2017 WCBU organisation committee has released the first batch of information for next year’s beach worlds.
Information from the UPAI in this regard is to follow soon, but for now, have a look at their nice, new web site: wcbu2017.org.
If you want to get involved from Team India perspective, please get in touch with Veera from the National Team Committee.
We would like these discs to go to programs that truly need discs – youth outreach programs/young teams/new teams. But that doesn’t mean everyone can’t apply. The EB will evaluate each application on its merits and reach out to those applicants that we feel have the highest need for the discs.
Please fill the following form to get access to the discs:
Applications will close on the 25th of July midnight.
The UPAI – EB
Bangalore Ultimate Open’s team registration is open. Please follow these simple steps:
- Submit your team bid via this form: http://goo.gl/forms/RZjfeIwcwZjji7a02 by Wednesday, July 20, 2016.
- Transfer the team registration fee of Rs. 5000 before Monday, July 25, 2016 to:
Name: Gana M Raj
Bank: Punjab National Bank
Branch: Sadashivnagar Branch
IFSC CODE: PUNB0106200
- Once the payment is made, take a screenshot of it and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ensure that you get an email acknowledging your payment from the TDs.
- Finalise your roster by Wednesday, August 10, 2016. Changes after that are discouraged unless and until there are injuries at play.
Note: Registering your bid does not guarantee a spot, if there are too few athletes (men or women) without adequate substitutes to match 4:3 gender ratio ratio, your bid may not be accepted.
Please provide all the necessary details in the form and get in touch with email@example.com in case you have any questions.
TD’s: Gaana, Vatsa & Snakey
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.