Shenzhen Hat Tourney recap

Congratulations to Balance and Ivan for organizing a successful six-team hat tournament, themed “Tiger,” over the weekend. An especially nice touch was the pizza on Saturday night, above and beyond the expectations of hungry Frisbee players. (The evening was punctuated by a loud and long argument amongst captains, who were in varying stages of drunkenness, on what to do with Michael Hsu’s winless team; specifically, whether to “give them a chance.” Then people, led by Rob Adams, went to a really loud club, and it’s uncertain how Micah Jarnot, with Jimmy, got home that night.)

After round-robin games, the standings looked like this:

Amos: 5-0
Rob: 3-2
Bill: 3-2
Tao: 2-3
Micah: 2-3
Michael: 0-5

Michael’s team — with Doc — upset Bill’s team in the quarters and then won 4-3 in the semis. The final point was the only one scored upwind, and came off a dropped pull.

Tao’s team (with Kwong, Emmy Smith, Tommy Fung, et al.), meanwhile, got a bye into semis, and once there they avenged an earlier one-point loss by beating Amos’s team (which had Josh Perles, Ivan, Erin and Barbara, among others) 9-7. Then they won finals 8-6 (or a score very similar to that).

Balance’s recap of the tournament is here. There was a sizable media contingent on Saturday, which resulted in this.

And now, picture albums:

Hong Ly, 2010 Shenzhen Hat Day 1

2010 Shenzhen Hat Day 2

Anthony Tao, Shenzhen Hat Tourney 2010

Balance Wang, The 2nd Shenzhen Hat Tournament


Ningbo Hat Tournament update

From Jie Gu:

Hi ultimate players,

Last weekend, Box came to Kunming and had a great time with you guys.
As he said, UFO Club of the University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China will hold the Second Ningbo Hat Tournament in April 3rd and 4th, 2010.
With the weather becomes warm in spring, it’s a good time for some discs and fun. So, with attaching the official invitation letter, I am sincerely inviting all of you to join us.
BTW, could you please pass the information to all the frisbee players you know, many thanks.
To register, may I suggest if some of you come from the same team or place, it would be better if one representative can first collect the all the players’ information and then send it to Forrest (super cute),

For more information, plz check out our invitation letter and our blog for the great pics of first tourney and our beautiful campus:

If you have any problem, you can reply this email directly or send an email to our captain

Hope things all going well.

2010中国极限飞盘公开赛-香港队属性问题决议 :: 2010 China Open – HK question decision












China Utlimate players,

As we stated before we were very pleased by the number of responses to our debate concerning HK. Most of you let us know, through well-reasoned emails, what direction you believe our community should go in.

We all know that the way that we have structured the past few years is not ideal but it tries to grow the local Chinese talent by as much as possible each year. As the level of play increases hopefully these types of problems will be less important and everyone who has shared our great sport in China for more than a few years would be able to compete for the finals.

In the meantime, we are confident that our structure helps the community as a whole grow in the short term and by reading your emails we think you agree.

Most of your emails overwhelmingly agreed that strengthening our level of play at the nationals is most important and that citizens who have been deemed Chinese should not excluded due to the political division between HK and the mainland. Many of the shanghai organizers were quick to point out that Tianjin beat HK in the quarter finals at Shanghai last year. We are confident that including HK is not detrimental to the 2010 China Open or the structure as we have organized it.

Therefore, we are happy to announce that HK players that were born and raised in HK and have the relevant HK ID issued by the HK government will be counted as Chinese players. Please remember that less than 30% of any team playing for the Chinese championship can by foreign. In other words, over 70% must be Chinese nationals, or the above mentioned HK designation. At most, two foreigners are allowed on the field at one time.

We hope everyone is satisfied by this decision and the way that we came to it.

We cannot express how excited we are to have all of you up here to compete for this year’s Chinese champion. We are also excited that the inclusion of HK will only make us stronger as a community of old and new friends and a tournament of friendly competitors.

Go China ultimate.


Kunming Hat Tourney recap

Try as it might, the wind failed to ruin a good time this past weekend as 60 or so players from around China converged on the city of eternal spring for the second annual Kunming Hat Tourney. Teams were shuffled not once, not twice, but three times (or more), with the final “champion” being the winner of a dark vs. light exhibition game, which was played to five. (Like many games over the weekend, that one went to Universe Point, with dark prevailing).

The game results, however — as you can judge by the following party picture — were not what was most important.

Silly Beijingers

Facebook albums here and here.

At Hump Hostel, and Optimus Prime says, Go South, young lads and lassies.