Sorry Rec League, games are cancelled Thursday, May 23rd due to the rain.
We look forward to seeing you next week!
Please join us Tonight, May 15th for WUDi's 1st Annual LIVE Draft Party!
Where? The Wicked Wolf Tavern. 166B Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY
When? May 15th, 2013 @ 7:30PM
Cost? $5 at the door. All proceeds go to future WUDi events this summer (swap night, league-end party, etc.)
Specials? $3 beers, $5 apps, $10 pitchers
What? WUDI's own version of the NFL draft! The captains will be in a back room at the bar drafting while everyone else gets to have fun and heckle!
Diana DeLeo will be updating a draft board.
Rafe Steinhauer will be announcing picks.
Reunite with your friends from last summer. If you are new, come and make new friends! (This is a bar, so 21+ only unfortunately.)
Please RSVP on our facebook event. https://www.facebook.com/events/516847345041187/
Hope to see you there!
If you cannot make it you can follow the top 10 rounds live here: (
1. Drew Jones & Cara Brown
2. Ryan Delaney & Veronica Welsh
3. Adam Zagoria & Fi Cheng
4. Bob Suvanich & Julie Reichling
5. Rick Kahn & Julie Sussman
6. John Palmer & Dee Palmer
7. Mike Samuelson & Ashley Synder
8. Andrew Bosco & Liz Middleton
Have you already registered for Summer League?
Since registering have you had a serious injury or found that lucky lady to baggage with? Wish you had a way to update your registration info?
Now you can! If you log into the WUDi site and go to: Leagues -> Registration and scroll to the bottom of the page you will now see a button that allows you to edit your registration info.
Note: You will NOT be able to switch your league option once you have committed to an option. You will be allowed to update any other info up until the registration close date.
In order to maintain alignment with the USAU restructuring plan, WUDi is very excited to announce a major change for the Coed Division in Summer League 2013, creating our very own TCT(c) (Triple-Chester Tour).
Similar to USAU, WSL 2013 will be featuring a "PRO" and "SELECT" Division. Players on the top 4 teams from WSL 2012 (Black, Kelly Green, Gold, Royal) will be drafted onto new teams in the "PRO" Division. Players from the bottom 4 teams (White, Orange, Burgundy, Charcoal), as well as new members into Coed, will be drafted onto new teams in the "SELECT" Division.
The first segment of the TCT(c) will be the TCT(c) Westchester Open(c), taking place at SUNY Purchase on Thursday, July 4th. The "PRO" division teams will be invited to participate, as well as four international teams from MUD, NYCPUL, UltiRec, and MCUDL. "PRO" teams are required to attend, or they will forfeit their spot in the "PRO" division and face the wrath of our legal team (Rick Kahn).
The second segment will be the TCT(c) Regular Season. Most games will occur within each division, while one set of interdivision games will take place midsummer in the "PRO-SELECT" crossover. Regular season standings will be very important, leading into...
...The final segment will by the TCT(c) Playoffs. The top two finishers in the "PRO" division will receive an automatic bye into semifinals of playoffs. The bottom two finishers of the "PRO" division and top two finishers of the "SELECT" division will play in a pre-semis match. The bottom two finishers of the "SELECT" division will be relegated to the Beer Bracket, which will take place at the Lay-Z-Boy Saloon in White Plains as SUNY Purchase is a dry campus.
Winners of all 3 TCT(c) segments will win a Kenny Dobyns disc from summer league 2012. Seriously, we have a ton of them left.
Earlybird Registration for Summer League 2013 opens TONIGHT (3\25) at 8p.m.
Check here to see if you are on the early bird list.
To register, log into the wudi site. Click "Leagues" from the top nav. Then click "Registration".
Remember, in order to complete registration this year you MUST upload a profile photo. To upload a photo, click the "Edit your Account" link. You can do this NOW, before registration opens!
2013 is the 30th anniversary of WUDi Summer League! With that in mind, we are looking for truly special jersey and disc designs to use this summer.
The Winter League Session is halfway done which means only one thing... It's almost time for Summer League registration!
Early Bird Registration: 8pm, Monday, March 25th (You know who you are. But just in case you don't check out the earlybird list: http://www.wudi.org/earlybirds-list)
Registration Opens: 8pm, Monday, April 1st.
Registration Closes: 11:59pm, Monday, May 6th
IMPORTANT: USAU ID NUMBER REQUIREMENT (an explanation):
WUDi will once again be using USAU insurance for our summer league. Everyone must be covered by this insurance, so you have two options: : a) Pay an additional one time event fee of $12.25 at registration or b) be a full USAU member. A full and current USAU member has paid their 2013 dues (Youths 19yrs and under = $30, Adults= $50) AND signed their waiver online.
No matter which option you choose, you MUST HAVE A USAU ID# WHEN YOU SIGN UP. (directions below)
Option A - One time fee:
Step 1: Go here: https://members.usaultimate.org/members/create_account.php?s=1
2. Create a membership account.
3. Wait 20 mins to an hour to get your new USAU ID#
4. Log back on to the USAU : https://members.usaultimate.org/members/login.php to sign your 2013 waiver
5. Write down your USAU ID# somewhere important - refrigerator, cell phone, forehead - so you have it when you register for summer league.
6. Give yourself a high five for being able to follow instructions
Option B - Full USAU member:
Step 1: Log in to the USAU: https://members.usaultimate.org/members/login.php (or create a new account - see above for new members)
2. Pay your 2013 dues.
3. Sign your 2013 online waiver
4. Memorize your ID# using the majory memory system
5. Celebrate your success with a nice glass of chocolate milk and a nap.
Remember, YOU MUST HAVE YOUR USAU ID # WHEN YOU REGISTER. (Guys trying to get into the Coed Draft, that means you really need to have your info ready as spots fill quickly.) So make sure to get your ID number before registration opens!
Profile Photos REQUIRED:
We’re happy to announce the return of the profile photo! A photo that clearly shows your face is required to complete registration. This will help captains identify players during the draft. You can log into the WUDi site and upload a photo to your account before registration starts. To do this go to www.wudi.org. Log in. In the left hand panel click “Edit Your Account”. There you will see the ability to add a photo. If you do not have a photo added to your account BEFORE registration closes you can get bumped from the league.
We are again allowing women to baggage with one other person (male or female). Baggage chains are not allowed. For a baggage request to be granted, both players have to request to baggage with the other person. The WUDi Board reserves the right to veto any baggage requests.
We will once again be allowing cores in the Open league. Players may group together to ensure that they play on the same team for the summer. Full details and restrictions can be found here: http://wudi.org/about-wsl/144-explanation-of-open-division-cores
Bringing in new females:
For each new female you encourage to register for WUDi Summer League, you will receive a $10 refund off of registration. The new participant must never have played in any previous WUDi league, and must mention the name of the person who brought them to the league when they register.
High School and College Incentive:
New this year, WUDi will conduct a clinic in the fall for both the college and high school team that has the most participants in all three leagues. Make sure to enter your team when you register!
Coed and Open: Wednesday, May 29th. (Games are every Monday and Wednesday for 10 weeks).
Rec: Thursday, May 23rd. (Games are every Thursday for 10 weeks).
All games start at 6:30pm
Coed and Open: August 10th.
Rec: August 3rd.
Rec League - $55
Draft League - $80
Both Rec and Draft league: $120
You want exciting? How about the Winter League 1 final game tied with 3 minutes to go? Check out this video coverage of the last few minutes!
A Call for Media
Check out the highlights of Fall League Session 2 and Winter League Session 1!
Video was created and edited by Erin Leonard.
Teams for Winter League Session 2 are now available:
See everyone on thursday!
As some of you know, professional ultimate is gaining momentum across the country thanks to American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) and Major League Ultimate (MLU). Between the two of them there will be a professional ultimate team in 17 different cities this year. This is an exciting time in our sport as leagues like these get more exposure for our sport.
We hope that the community at large can show their support for both leagues. Full Disclosure: Ultimate Rec has been involved with 5-6 leagues a year, 2-3 hat tournaments, and 1-2 tournaments in the NYC area. We are now working with the AUDL team, New York Empire. We can't speak for the other pro league so this will cover the AUDL team only.
New York Empire has two goals in mind. We aim to win the AUDL championship and more importantly, we believe this is a great opportunity to work with youth organizations like DiscNY and Nike Ultimate Camps to grow the sport in NYC through our young kids. We are looking for volunteers, sponsors, and overall support.
We are hosting a combine this weekend for people interested in actually playing for the team. Members of our top open club team, PoNY, will be running players through drills and assessing their talent and skill on the field.
If you are a league organizer, coach, or team captain, please forward this information to your network.
How You Can Help Professional Ultimate:
1. If you have a facebook account, please like us on facebook. - http://www.facebook.com/newyorkempire
2. If you know of anyone that would like to tryout for the team, please let them know. You must be 18 as of January 1st, 2013.
3. Volunteer - We will be looking for help with our youth program. If you have flexible working hours and could help with youth games at 4:00PM, please let us know.
4. Go to a game. We haven't finalized our exact schedule, but we will have 8 home games and 8 away games this season. We have games in Philadelphia, DC, New Jersey, Rochester, and even Toronto. The season runs from April to July and we will likely make stops in several neighborhoods around NYC.
It’s kind of hard to discuss playoffs as there is still one game left in the regular season; but let’s give it a go anyway.
Highlights from 1/10/13
With eight teams and four fields at fall league, you may not have gotten a chance to see what is going on on the other fields. Here are a few notable plays you may have missed or forgotten about since the last set of games.
Las Vegas, NV – As captains in Stamford, CT, put final touches on playbooks and motivational speeches, another group is scrambling to prepare for the start of WUDi’s first winter league: oddsmakers.
“Ultimate is one of the most difficult sports to post odds,” says Jay Kornegay, director of the Las Vegas Hilton Race and Sports SuperBook, “but this winter league has been especially difficult.”
The SuperBook has set Andy Bosco’s PURPLE squad as an early 2:1 favorite. “Gamblers see Linwood Lewis and Kendra Frederick back on a Bosco-led squad and are reminded of the 2012 summer league ‘invincibles’ team. We had to adjust the line for that.”
Joseph “CJ” Ouellette, steps into the only captain vacancy (Sara “Romeo” Zuba resigned after a 1-11 finish in fall league II) to command team BLACK. CJ has a strong roster in his debut, with stalwarts Jude Travers-Frazier, Bruce Monte, and Liz Middleton, as well as young workhouse Andrew Yang.
Black is 4:1 to win the league at the SuperBook, along with BLUE and WHITE. Blue is led by captain Mary Glickman, who plucked John Garb and Allison Kruk away from Bosco’s WSL squad, and added power-couple Shannon and DV Velazquez. White will be led by Jesse Cardozo, who signed Smash Snyder, Matty Jefferson and the Erins – Knight and Leonard – to one-season contract extensions. Cardozo also staged the biggest free-agent coup, snatching defensive stud Ben Ivers from the Indianapolis AlleyCats, after overtures for Brodie Smith were spurned.
But all eyes will be watching the GREEN – YELLOW match tonight to learn more about these two teams as they enter the season 8:1 to win it all. Defending champion Seth Canetti has an unpredictable squad, featuring Louis “Pete Rose” Marino, who has been known to affect the lines with his play as well as his wallet. Captain David Wexler leads what could be a strong Green team, with the ever fragile Austin Raymond returning from surgery, and veterans Claire Epstein and Craig Moss likely to fill up the stat sheet.
Also of interest to the books on opening night is the ORANGE – RED clash who open the year at 10:1. Kyle Friedrichs brings back Kerry Beyrer for another season, and has recruited Cassandra Schaffa and Billy Olli back to the WUDi fold. Red’s John Palmer brings back a familiar squad, and has added talent in Diana DeLeo, Dylan O’Donoghue, and Alon Brown. Oddsmakers are keen to see if Bill Baer’s locker-room presence will calm this potentially combustible bunch.
“We could see a lot of action this season,” states Kornegay, “perhaps even besting the record $7.20 wagered in 2011.”
The teams for Winter League Session 1 have been drafted and are now posted on the website.
To view the teams click here: http://www.wudi.org/wsl-teams
The first games start next Thursday, January 3rd at 8:30pm. The schedule will be posted within the next few days.
You should be receiving an email shortly from your captain.
See you all next week!
WUDI recently finished the first two seasons of the inaugural Fall League at Chelsea Piers. The first season was a four team, six week, league captained by Dave Wexler, John Palmer, Kyle Friedrichs, and Jesse Cardozo in Red, Blue, Black, and White respectively. Because of the smaller size of the league, the captains created teams, trying to keep all teams as equal as possible. Despite this, White dominated the league with a record of 11-1 and claimed the first championship of Fall League. Blue beat Red in the playoffs to claim second place and Black took fourth.
From December 21st thru December 31st, the online voting booths will be open and as a member of WUDI, you can cast your vote for the 2012 WUDi Board members. Please note that only a portion of the Board positions are up for election this year. This staggering of positions within the elections is described in the WUDi Bylaws.
We are pleased to present the candidate statements for the people brave enough to step up to the plate for the open positions this year: Secretary, At-Large Board Member and Treasurer. As with the past few years, there is only one candidate for each position. Please take the time anyway to place your vote of support for the candidates!
Secretary Candidate Statements
Ashley 'Smash' Snyder
My name is Ashley Snyder, but many in the ultimate community know me as Smash. I am running for the position of secretary on the WUDi Board of Directors. My ultimate career started at the University of Delaware in 2005 and I have been a member of the WUDi community since 2010. I have played for both women's and mixed club teams in the Connecticut and New York area; most recently on the New York mixed team 7Express. Over my time playing ultimate during and after college, I have had ample opportunities to exercise my organizational skills. In the past year I have served WUDi as the league coordinator of their inaugural fall and winter leagues located at the new Chelsea Piers indoor facility in Stamford, CT. When I am not playing and organizing ultimate, I am a music teacher at a private school for students with learning disabilities in Greenwich, CT. I would love to serve the WUDi community as the secretary on the Board of Directors and think that with my enthusiasm and organization I would be a great fit for the position.
At-Large Board Member Candidate Statements
My name is Fi Cheng. I've been playing in WUDi for ten years now and took over as Treasurer in 2007. Though I'm stepping down from that position, I'd still like to be involved in helping make this the best league in the NY area. During my tenure as Treasurer, I've implemented a QuickBooks accounting system, brought our corporate filings with the IRS, and NYS current and helped run many of our events. I hope you'll let me stay on as an At-large so I continue to support the WUDi during this transition period. Happy Holidays and see you on the fields!
Treasurer Candidate Statements
I hope to server as Treasurer for WUDi. I promise to devote myself to this role with vigor and dedication. I will work hard to ensure that WUDi maintain its financial stability so that it continues to achieve the organizational goals including the growth of Ultimate within the communities of Westchester and surrounding areas. I will make sure that the records are kept organized and all the funds are collected and expenses are paid properly. I will work with the various vendors to ensure that services are adequately provided. I will work with the WUDi board and advisors on the policies relating to the expenditure of money relating to the league. Most importantly, I will work with the members of WUDi to listen to you and address any concerns you may have relating to the budget.
I have treasury experience as a captain of a club team responsible for fronting the money for tournament fees, jerseys, lodging and collecting the money for those expenditures. I am also a Tax Auditor in my professional career so I am proficient in accounting and finance related topics. I look forward to serving you as WUDi Treasurer.
Playoffs? You wanna talk about playoffs? Okay...I guess it’s about time seeing as how they’re on Thursday. Here are some things you may not have known.
With eight teams and four fields at fall league, you may not have gotten a chance to see what is going on on the other fields. Here are a few notable plays you may have missed or forgotten about since the last set of games.
Attention WUDi Members!
Are you interested in getting involved with WUDi by holding an elected leadership position?
Election season is upon us and we are looking for dedicated and responsible members to run for the following board positions:
Treasurer: The WUDi treasurer is responsible for overseeing the organization's budget. The responsibilities include:
- Keeping records of all transactions over the course of the fiscal year
- Organizing/transferring funds in all accounts so as to maximize interest earned on existing totals but be sure that there are sufficient funds to cover upcoming expenses
- Working with the webmaster during registration to provide refunds when appropriate and contact registrants who did not complete payment during the registration process
- Handling reimbursements for payments covered by WUDi members (e.g. writing and sending a check to the person who purchased the paint to line the fields at championships)
- Paying vendor bills promptly
- Following up with vendors on open issues and service matters (e.g. contacting the porta-potty people about when to pick up the unit from the fields)
- Collecting and depositing money given for disc purchase and other merchandise, as well as fees to participate in spring events
- Writing year-end summary reports that highlight broad trends from year-to-year or anomalies in any given year that should be taken into account before the upcoming year (e.g. recommending that because field costs went up and now there is a fee for parking, so we will have to raise the cost of registration for all players)
- Working with the WUDi board and advisors on matters of policy, especially those related to expenditure of money
Secretary: The WUDi Secretary is responsible for a majority of the record keeping for the organization. The responsibilities include:
- Giving notice of all Board meetings to the Board of Directors
- Keeping minutes of all the live meetings and conference calls
- Preparing and distributing minutes from all meetings and calls to the Board of Directors
- Maintain the “institutional memory” and keep historical records of different organizational relationships
- Distribute and maintain needed paperwork to board members and contract vendors, field provider, insurance agent, etc…
At Large: The WUDi At-Large Member will possess an official vote in board matters, be responsible for a variety of tasks from time to time, and become part of the Appeal Committee for the Conduct Committee. In addition to broad Board responsibilities, At-Large Members may be called upon by the Corporate Director to assume certain WUDi league or event-related tasks, such as:
- General board support
- Contacting league vendors
- Finals setup and cleanup
- Hat tournament & clinic support
- Merchandise sales support
Current election timeline:
11/29 – 12/12 - Submission period
12/12 – 12/14 - Candidate review period
12/14 – 12/28 - Election period
All times end at midnight EST of the posted date.
Have you met the MVP from Fall League 1? His name is Matt “CAT” Stevens and he played on Team White (11-1 record) in the first session of Wudi’s inaugural fall league. I was privileged enough to be able to play with him in both fall leagues and let me tell you, he’s down to earth, fun, and needless to say, awesome at ultimate. This season, he’s playing on the up-and-coming team yellow. In case you haven’t had a chance to catch up with him, he answered a few interview questions.
Q: The basics…How old are you, where did you go to college, when did you graduate, and what did you major in?
A: I’m 23, went to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio (go Boogiemen!), majored in finance, and graduated in 2011.
Q: When did you start playing ultimate?
A: I started playing my sophomore year of college in 2008. Before that I played baseball, soccer, basketball and competitive paintball when I was younger.
Q: That’s not very long ago…have you played club at all?
A: I’ve never played club, but I look forward to trying to make a team in the spring. Not sure yet if I’m going to play coed or open. I did captain an open summer league team though…
Q: How was that?
A: Tough…but fun. I captained Royal and we finished a bit better than .500. Considering we didn’t have a CORE, I think we did great.
Q: What are your thoughts on team white from Fall League 1?
A: Team White was experienced, had precise throws and strong defense. Everyone had a role and the team played well together from week 1. It was a lot of fun!
Q: What are your thoughts on team Yellow this season?
A: Team Yellow is younger, quicker and has a lot of potential. Once we begin to gel as a team, we will be a force in WUDI Fall 2.
Q: Anything else?
A: I enjoy modifying and driving cars. I love to travel. I didn't eat bananas until I started playing ultimate and my favorite post game food is a chili cheeseburger.
Matt’s a great guy and has a strong presence on the field. Look for him on team yellow and after the games at Seaside Tavern!
WUDi will be holding its first winter league at Chelsea Piers CT, One Blachley Road, Stamford, CT 06902. This league will be played on beautiful new turf (cleats allowed!) at this brand new indoor sports complex.
Registration for Winter League 1 will be open from Wednesday, November 28th - Wednesday, December 19th! Registration will open at 8 p.m. on November 28th at www.wudi.org and will close at 8 p.m. on December 19th.
Winter League 1 - Thursdays 8:30-10 p.m. from Jan. 3rd - Jan. 31st (Only 5 weeks! Perfect for college students home on break!)
WUDi is insured through USAU. In order to play in WUDi winter league, you must be a USAU member, or have paid the one-time event fee. Information about USAU membership can be found here: http://www.usaultimate.org/membership/default.aspx NOW IS THE TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR 2013! You will need to be a USAU member for all WUDi leagues (there will be a second winter league, and of course summer league!) in 2013 as well as fun tournaments such as Nocturnal Decisions, Wildwood, and many others. This is a great opportunity to pay your dues and sign your waiver so you are all set for the year!
3:2 gender ratio
2 40 minute timed, non-stop, sub-on-the-fly games per night
Other Great Reasons to Play:
- Women will be allowed to baggage with one additional person of either gender
- On-site bar with post-game WUDi drink specials
- Convenient location just minutes off of I-95 or a 5-minute drive from the Stamford train station (carpools from the train will be readily available!)
SPOTS ARE LIMITED! REGISTER EARLY!
Fall League Session 2 teams have been drafted!
To find out what team you are on click on this link:
Emails from your captains will be going out shortly.
The first game(s) for Session 2 start NEXT Thursday, November 2nd at 8:30p.m. You will be playing 2, 40 mins games a night. The schedule will be posted in the next few days. For those of you new to the league, please check out the rules section to read up on the fall league specific rules.
Games are played at:
Chelsea Piers in Stamford, CT.
Stamford, CT 06902
See you all next week!
Pool A began with Red vs Blue, and the stakes were high. Barring an upset of the top seeded Jalapeno Poppers, a virtual lock to advance following their strong season, the winner of this game would most assuredly make it to semifinal round as the other representative. Red jumped out to an early lead, but Blue came charging and back went into the half leading 7-5. Red rattled off consecutive points a few times in the 2nd half, but Blue emerged victorious in a hard fought game.
Short on subs and winded from the grueling game with Red, Blue still came out strong against The Jalapeno Poppers in game 2, holding steady at 2-2. Then the Poppers defense kicked in, and they steam rolled their way to the semis, rattling off 17 consecutive points and taking their pool 13-2 & 13-3.
Charcoal, the only team that the Poppers hadn't defeated during the season, was riddled by injuries from their pool play, and went down to the tune of 15-6 in the gutsy semifinal match.
Bottom-seeded White, favored to take an early exit, brought their A game to pool B, cutting their way through strong Gold & Charcoal teams to make the semifinals. The Cinderella run continued as they handled the short-staffed and completely exhausted Blue squad to match up with the Poppers in a 1vs6 final. This marked the 2nd straight year that the Rec Final was the highest seed again the lowest - some may recall Black's courageous run in 2011, where they fell just short to top-seeded Charcoal in a 15-13 final.
The finals started off neck & neck, with both sides trading points to the tune of a 4-3 lead for White. The Poppers then hit their groove and took the half 8-4. White was not to be held down for long, and strung together 3 in a row early in the second half to pull within 10-8. The Poppers 'D' once again proved to be too much though, getting 5 hand blocks from 4 different players, winning it 15-11."
Registration for Fall Leagues 1 & 2 closes in just 12 days on September 10th and WE NEED LADIES!
Men: while there is a waitlist for League 1, there are still 8 spots available in League 2! You can even grab a lady-friend and baggage together!
Ladies: grab a friend, baggage together, and join up! There are plenty of spots available, and you don't want to miss the opportunity to enjoy fast-paced 5-on-5 games on beautiful indoor turf followed by Thursday evening WUDi socializing!
WUDi looks forward to seeing all of you out there this fall!
For those of you who missed Summer League Finals, the day started out much like any other day. The weather forecasters were wrong with their predictions of heavy storms, the sun came out and so did the humidity. The coed division played a standard 8 team bracket tournament to determine the league champion. Bosco and Zuba led a strong Royal Blue team as the #1 seed having dominated the regular season. With ECC being the same weekend though the championship was still up for grabs as many game day rosters did not resemble their regular season counterparts.
Unfortunately, playing for team IceBurg…. I was not around to see all the games other than the two that were at my location. In the first Round Black came out strong and took down the number 2 seeded Orange squad, while on field 7 a fired up Kelly Green team took down my beloved Burgundy. Over on fields 1 and 2 Gold and Blue took care of business, setting up the semifinals match ups of Black V Kelly and Gold V Royal.
In the Semi’s Black continued their strong showing with what appeared to be a nearly complete roster and moved into the finals. On field 2 Gold and Royal were stuck in a grueling battle with Royal leading by 2 or 3 points. As I blew the horn for the soft cap, my trusty air-horn that had been by my side all season finally died without more than a peep. I ran over to field 2 to inform the captains that the soft cap would go on after they finished the current point. As it turns out, that point would end up being a marathon taking approximately 15 minutes to finish and the hard cap went on just as it ended. With Royal up by at least two the games was over, setting up the finals match up of Black vs. Royal Blue.
The finals started off with a full sideline of spectators who were hungry for an exciting game. Unfortunately that is not what they got… at least not right away. Blue came out much the way they did all season was a smooth offense that is hard to stop. Initially it looked like Royal was going to run away with the championship taking the half up by 3 points.
During Half time we revealed the winner of this year’s MVP award…. Drum roll please… Congrats to Nick Judson!!! Nick definitely was a worthy recipient as he played great defense and smart offense all summer (at least from the games I saw him in).
Back to the game,
Bob and Julie were able to settle their team down and launch a second half comeback. This game featured some stellar individual performances from Matt “Pippen” Auletta, who played nearly every point and was the focal point of Blacks offense, and Nick “MVP” Judson who made D after D in the end zone on Blacks deep looks. After being down big in the first half Black was able to tie the game up as the soft cap went on at 12’s. The two teams traded points to bring the finals to universe point! After a long, hard fought point with a couple of interesting calls Royal was able to finally punch in the winning goal and take the 2012 Summer League Championship 14-13.
Congrats to Andy, Sara and the rest of the Royal Blue Squad!!
I want to thank everyone who once again made this a great Summer League experience. Everyone showed great spirit throughout and helped keep WUDI as one of the best leagues in the country!
I apologize if I misremembered anything, but I think I got most of the important details pretty close.
Good luck to everyone this year! Until next summer…
Registration for FALL LEAGUES 1 & 2 will open TONIGHT at 8 p.m.
* Login with your WUDi username & password
* Select "Leagues" on the top menu
* Select "Registration" from the menu on the left
Fall League 1 - Thursdays 8-9:30 p.m. from Sept. 20 - Oct. 25
Fall League 2 - Thursdays 8:30-10 p.m. from Nov. 1 - Dec. 20 (no WUDi on 11/22 and 12/6)
Chelsea Piers CT, 1 Blachley Road, Stamford, CT 06902
WUDi will be holding its first ever indoor fall leagues at Chelsea Piers CT, One Blachley Road, Stamford, CT 06902. These leagues will be played on beautiful new turf (cleats allowed!) at this brand new indoor sports complex.
Round 1 of MVP voting has closed and below are your team MVP winners.
Royal Blue: Ken Huling
Kelly Green: Jackson Scher
Charcoal YoungJo Fountaine
Burgundy: Chad Milando
White: Travis Richards
Orange: Jacob Blau
For Coed we picked the top Male and Female winners from each team (but you are only allowed to vote for 1):
Kelly Green: Eric Eckelman
Gold: John Palmer
White: Lewis Boble
Black: Matthew Auletta
Orange: Harinthon Chanilal
Royal Blue: Nick Judson
Burgundy: Kamil Skwarek
Charcoal: Justin Segool
Kelly Green: Allison Kahn
Gold: Diane Palmer
White: Julie Sussman
Black: Gina Stees
Orange: Katie Talay
Royal Blue: Mary Glickman
Burgundy: Amanda Myers
Charcoal: Anna Membrino
To vote, please log into the WUDi site, and go to this link:
In round 2 you are not allowed to vote for your own teammate. Also, in round 2 you ARE allowed to change your vote up until the voting deadline. (To change you vote, just go back to the original link in this email).
Voting will close Friday, August 10th at 11:59pm.
Now, lets get some hype for our MVP's!
Rafe Steinhauer was hoping he and two of his teammates would miss the WSL playoffs Aug. 11.
Now he expects to be there.
Because the Connecticut Constitution pro team has suspended operations due to its conflict with the AUDL, Steinhauer and pro teammates Andy Bosco and Nick Judson are free and clear to play for a summer league title Aug. 11 instead of in the AUDL championship game in the Pontiac Silverdome.
All three are members of the first-place Royal Blue team (9-1 entering Wednesday's action).
"Andy, Nick and I will be available for finals, but we'll be severely hurt on the ladies side," Steinhauer told ZAG's RAG.
"Kendra Frederick will be with Bent at ECC. Mary Glickman has Slow White practice up in Boston. And Lauren "LD" Doyle, who has been a stud for us all year, will be on vacation."
Not every WUDI team will have its pros, though.
Kamil Skwarek, featured previously in this space, will head to Seattle to play with PoNY in ECCs instead of playing WUDI.
Steinhauer was my teammate last year on the Charcoal "Charks" team which won it all under co-captains Adam Goff and Kelly "Beezus" Hyland, but he skipped finals to play with D-5.
Now, he plans to be around.
"I'd like to think we are the best team in the league, but the truth is this title is as wide-open as it is every year," he said. "And by 'wide-open' I mean the ngravers should start practicing the words 'Royal' and 'Blue.'"
As for the future of the AUDL, it remains uncertain.
Both Connecticut and league favorite Philadelphia could bail next year and play in a new pro league of some kind, or they could simply play a series of exhibition games the way NexGen does.
"Everything is still uncertain, including whether or not Connecticut and Philadelphia leave," Steinhauer said. "If the league significantly restructures, we'd love to be a part of what was started this year."
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Please note the following schedule changes for this week that are needed to balance the schedule due to the rainouts earlier in the season. The website reflects these changes as well. These changes affect Coed Draft League only.
Monday July 30th
Main 1 – Gold vs. Royal Blue
Main 2 – White vs. Orange
Main 6 – Kelly Green vs. Burgundy
Main 7 – Black vs. Charcoal
Wednesday August 1st
Main 1 – Black vs. Burgundy
Main 2 – White vs. Charcoal
Main 6 – Orange vs. Royal Blue
Main 7 – Kelly Green vs. Gold
The first round of MVP voting for Open and Coed is now open!
For the first round of voting you have to vote for someone on your own team that is not yourself.
Voting will close on 8/1 at 11:59pm.
And the second round of voting for Rec is also now open! For Rec, voting will close at noon on 8/3.
To vote please do the following:
1. go to www.wudi.org
2. log in with your username and password
3. Go to this link:
Note: Currently, you are only allowed to vote once and you are not allowed to change your vote. So please think carefully before voting!
PURCHASE, N.Y. -- Kamil Skwarek is performing the Ultimate juggling act.
A 21-year-old native of Poland, Skwarek is playing for not one, not two, but three Ultimate teams this summer.
The 6-foot-3 Skwarek is balancing playing for the Connecticut Constitution professional team and the New York club team, PoNY (Pride of New York.)
Oh, and (full disclosure) he's also playing with me on the Burgundy squad in the Westchester Summer League. (Actually, we're all playing with him.)
"I'm a pretty young player," Skwarek, who has only been playing Ultimate for thee years, said Wednesday at SUNY Purchase after helping Burgundy down Charcoal, 15-9, to improve to 3-2 on the season.
"I'm trying to get as much as experience as I can this summer. It's been great playing with the Constitution, but that ends early August. So I would love to play with a team through August, through September, up to [Club] Regionals and Nationals."
Skwarek, who is majoring in allied health at UConn and hopes to be a physical therapist, is one of just two players -- Chris Mazur is the other -- playing for both the Constitution in the inaugural year of the American Ultimate Disc League and for PoNY.
Sometimes that has required some delicate travel arrangements.
On the weekend of June 2-3, Skwarek and Mazur had commitments to both teams. The Constitution played at the Buffalo
Hunters on Saturday at 6:30 p.m., yet PoNY was playing both days at the Cazenovia (N.Y.) tournament.
So rather than pick one, they played both events.
"I tried to play for both teams," Skwarek said. "So on Saturday I played for PoNY for two games. Then I went up to Buffalo to play for the Constitution. From Cazenovia to Buffalo was a three-hour drive.
"[The car ride] was pretty bad. We were both tired and sweaty. We didn't get to shower or anything. We played a 6:30 game in Buffalo [with the Constitution winning, 17-13]. And after the Buffalo game, we didn't get to shower or anything. Came right back to Cazenovia that night, came in at 1 a.m. And then played all day on Sunday at Cazenovia [losing to Boston Ironside, 15-13, in the semifinals]. So it was a total of six hours back and forth."
Last weekend, Skwarek opted to skip Connecticut's two road games -- a loss at Philadelphia on Saturday and a win over Rhode Island Sunday -- in favor of playing with PoNY at the Boston Invite. PoNY again lost to Ironside, 17-16, in the championship game.
While the captains of both teams would obviously like a full commitment from Skwarek and Mazur, they seem OK with the current situation.
"Luckily, there haven't been too many conflicts between Connecticut and PoNY given that their season ends in early August, and we generally take most of July off," PoNY captain Jack Marsh said. "Both guys showed throughout the tryout process that they would make great teammates and are able to make the commitment that we ask of all of our guys."
"In the first year of the pro league, [captain John] Korber wanted to make sure that our players would feel free to pursue their other Ultimate interests, as long as their was a balance with their responsibilities for the Constitution," Connecticut co-captain Rafe Steinhauer said. "That may change in the future, but for now, Korber needed to allow that in order to make it easier for people to commit to playing in the AUDL.
"Kamil is a true 5-tool player: speed, agility, throws, field-vision and toughness. He started the year as a handler sub on the D-line; subbing for Lucas [Murphy], Izzy [Bryant] and Mazur has been a great opportunity for him to learn how to play that position. But he is going to be a monster for us and PoNY going forward. He's an obvious pick as one of the next great metro-NY players, whether that's in club, the pros, or both."
Skwarek's busy summer is just getting started.
On Aug. 11, the AUDL championship game will be played in Detroit's Pontiac Silverdome, the Emerald City Classic (ECC) club tournament takes place in Seattle and the WSL playoffs will be at Purchase.
Unless he can clone himself twice over, Skwarek can't make all three events, meaning two of his teams will be without him (assuming Connecticut makes the championship game).
Such is life when you're performing the Ultimate juggling act.
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Due to the inclement weather we are having today, swap night will be moved to Wednesday, June 27th.
As of now, games have not been canceled but please check the website\your email later in the day just in case.
ZAG'S RAG NO. 2 -- RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY
Here we are in mid June and we've all only played two summer league games.
Out of a potential five.
More games have been rained out (3) than have been played (2).
Still, at this early juncture a few things are starting to take form.
Two teams -- Burgundy and Charcoal -- sit atop the standings at 2-0.
Between those two teams, only one pro player -- Kamil Skwarek of the Connecticut Constitution -- is represented. As his biased teammate, I think I speak for our Burgundy team when I say that Kamil has been nothing less than spectacular thusfar.
With his full-field hucks (to teammate Mandy Myers), leaping grabs and defensive blocks, he's got to be an early contender for league MVP honors.
Four teams are 1-1 right now -- Kelly Green, Black, Orange and Royal Blue . And the surprise of that group may be the "pro team" of Royal blue which features (in the words of LeBron James) "not one, not two..." but three pros in Andy Bosco, Nick Judson and Rafe Steinhauer. The early betting line had these guys going unbeaten a la the 1972 Miami Dolphins.
Burgundy figures to be tested by the "pro team" Monday when the squads square off on Field 6.
Gold and White are bringing up the bottom of the standings at 0-2, and this despite Gold featuring pro Seth Canetti and a slew of talented teammates.
Julie Sussman is hardly to be blamed for White's 0-2 start. According to her co-captain Rick Kahn's Facebook page, he's still rounding into form after a series of knee injuries to the former Lakeland High debate sensation.
"After overcoming the fear of the first hard cut, I plan to be spectacular," Kahn wrote.
Hey, Rick. We're waiting...
BUSY WEEKEND OF ULTIMATE
I'm writing this on Friday and odds are you won't read this (if you read it at all) until after the weekend. Still, there was/is a busy weekend of Ultimate ahead locally. Becca Tucker and Joe Gara are hosting their inaugural "Ultimate Peace Fundraiser, Farm Warming & Frisbee Festival" at their place in Warwick, N.Y. It sounds like a great event. For more information, check out their Facebook pages....The Connecticut Constitution also have a big home game on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Arute Field against their rivals, the Philadelphia Spinners, with first place in the AUDL on the line. Sounds like some folks will play/watch that game and then head over to Ultimate Peace....As if all that weren't enough excitement, there's a Beach Tourney in Coney Island that will draw a large New York contingent....That's it for this edition of Zag's Rag. Remember, "When a ball dreams, it dreams it's a Frisbee."
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Good news, the PAC fields are dried out, Rec League games are ON tonight.
Please review these guidelines before your event and keep on hand for reference. Adapted from the 2002-2003 NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook Lightning Safety Guidelines:
Lightning can be a significant threat to the safety of participants in outdoor athletic events like Ultimate. The odds of being struck by lightning are significant reduced when proper safety precautions are taken. The following preventative steps should be taken by USA Ultimate event coordinators in an effort to maintain the safety of participants and spectators.
There is a new WUDi Hotline number. Please make note of this and be sure to program it into your speed-dial.
This hotline will be updated before games each night. If games are cancelled, the hotline will say so. If the hotline does not say anything about games being cancelled, then games are still on. So, always check the hotline before heading up to the fields or while en route.
There was some confusion about the number, but please know that this is THE number! Use it.
Welcome to the first edition of ZAG'S RAG since it last appeared in the pages of the UPA Newsletter in the early 1990s. Like some of our favorite old bands -- KISS, Van Halen and The Dead (Furthur) -- it's time to ramp up the old act for the younger generation.
Each week we'll have a "Five for Friday" with some thoughts, observations and smack talk about the 2012 WUDI Coed season.
Yes, the beloved Dream Team is returning for one more obnoxious run at glory. With a revamped roster (e.g. everyone is little bit older and some slightly more decrepit), the gauntlet is being thrown down to any and all challengers. Who will step up this year? Anyone? Or should I say, anyone who can hold down their end of the bargain?