China (okay, Ningbo) Ultimate in Shanghaiist

None other than Huwa’s Geoff Ng writing

Alright, alright…we know “Ultimate” isn’t the best name for a sport. Especially one that was invented by hippie stoners. So yeah, we do get a lot of flak for what it’s called–one of our friends even insists on calling it “just OK frisbee”. But Ultimate is actually one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and China is no exception to that rule. Hong Kong and Shanghai have held annual tournaments for years now, but since the first National tournament was held in Beijing two years ago, local-run tournaments have been popping up in Kunming, Tianjin, and Ningbo.

The first national tournament was in Tianjin, but… details, schmetails.

POSTSCRIPT: Congratulations to the team captained by Jon Greenberg and Alec Hutson, Dynomite, for winning the six-team hat tournament. Winning may be an understatement though: Dynomite went 7-0 and cruised up to and through the finals. We’ll have pictures up later.

A picture of beauty – Boracay

For fear of rousing deep envy followed by hatred, this is all we’ll show from the recently concluded Boracay Beach Tournament, won by the world-famous Boracay Dragons (they beat the Ben Wiggins-led American team 15-7 in a sun-baked finals on possibly the most beautiful beach in the world, preserving their perfect home record):



Pictures courtesy of Beijing Ultimate’s Jeff Orcutt.

POSTSCRIPT: Here’s an article about the Boracay Dragons — “The Soul of Phillippine Ultimate” — in Ben Wiggins’s Ultimate site, In the Huddle. And here’s a short tourney preview from the site Beach Ultimate Lovers Assocation.

Announcing: Tianjin Ultimate Frisbee "event" on April 4

Jim Kirchhoff of Beijing: “Hey Ultimate community!! Edward from Tianjin has asked us to compile the numbers of people who will be attending the April 4th ultimate frisbee event they are hosting. There are a few simple questions, please take a moment to select the appropriate boxes below.”

https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=cE9TRHlrYWJxVTNaWHFRcm95UmRTUHc6MA

Jon Greenberg is going — from Shanghai, no less. Where are you going from?

Announcing: Shenzhen Hat Tournament, March 14

That’s this Saturday… from Balance Wang:

Shenzhen is going to host an one-day hat tournament at March 14th (next Saturday), it also belongs to our Tri-cities Ultimate Program. Let’s enjoy a wonderful weekend with Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen ultimate players! Oh, wait, maybe Zhuhai Players will be coming as well!!We will be having a dinner together and having a lot of funs afterwards. Here is the detail of this hat tournament:

Date: 2009.03.14 12:00 —16:30, make sure get to the place before 12:00, you have only 30 mins to warm up before our game’s beginning.

Field: Xi Di Gen Soccer Field at Shen Wan Yi Lu, Nanshan district (close to Window of the world, 5 mins by taxi) 喜地根足球场,深圳市南山区滨海大道与深湾一路交汇处

Transportation:
There are two easy way to get to the field:
1. Metro + Taxi : Obvisouly, clean and fast, but expensive. you need to pay at most 20 yuan from Shenzhen Railway Station to Xidigen (or if you take a taxi together with 4 people, then the cost reduces to 10 yuan per person)
2. K204 & 337: Cheap, a little bit slower, but get to the place directly. you need to pay about 5 yuan at most.
K204 to Hou Hai Li Jiao(后海立交), go back to east 750m.
337 to Bin Hai Xi (滨海西), 250m to the place
Registration fee: 100RMB approximately, including field fee + fruit + water + dark t-shirt + others
One thing you need to take for no questions: White shirt
Attendee: everyone who loves ultimate, you may need to answer several questions in your registration email
With the following:
-Name
-Sex
-Age
-Height
-Shirt size (Chinese sizes)
-A rank of yourself in each of the following categories: experience, defense, speed, throwing and receiving.
-More importantly: When will you leave from Shenzhen on Saturday?
Experience
1- 0-6 months
2- 6 months or more, pickup only
3- More than 6 months, league experience
4- More than 2 years, mid-level club player
5- High-level club experience
Defense
1- No strategy
2- Understands a force
3- Understands a force and can play zone
4- All the above and known as a good defender
Speed
1- I can barely run
2- I can only keep up with a few opponents tops on any given line
3- I can hold my own against most
4- I got wheels
Throwing
1- Can barely throw a flick, if at all
2- Can throw flicks and backhands short-range, no breaks
3- Can make longer throws and sometimes break
4- I got hucks and breaks all day
Receiving
1- I have butterfingers
2- Can catch pretty well but has trouble with reading
3- Can catch under pressure and read pretty well
4- Just put it

Registration Email: balancewang@gmail.com (Shenzhen players)
yanvon@msn.com (Guangzhou players)
rpadams@gmail.com (Hong Kong players)

Dinner and party: TBD, updated news soon
OK, Boys and girls, I hope we will see you soon.
Any information, please contact Balance: balancewang@gmail.com