Most recent update from China Open

Reposted from the official China Open website.

(English below)

队长们,

日期日益临近。参加2010中国公开赛的报名截止于本周五(四月三十号)的午夜。如果你还未行动,请移步http://www.zhongguofeipan.com/?page_id=19为队伍或本人报名。

今年的酒店位于东直门,在东北二环内(地址和电话请点击这里)。请把你的酒店偏好和具体入住人数邮件给我们:

梦之旅青年旅舍
北京市东城区交道口南大街15号
010-64072593, 010-64059911
80-100张床 / 每张床50元
20张床 / 每张床90元文龙祥宾馆
北京市东城区交道口寿比胡同1-3
010-84001928
30张床 / 每张床45元

如家快捷(交道口店)
北京市东城区交道口东大街113号
40张床 / 每张床109元

北京古韵坊四合院酒店
北京东城区安内大街菊儿胡同 33号
40张床 / 每张床109元
30-50张床 / 每张床90元

汉庭快捷(后海店)
北京东城区安内大街菊儿胡同33号
30张床 / 每张床120元

小旅馆
25张床 / 每张床30元

今年参赛的性别比例4/3或5/2,攻方决定。更多规则,请参阅更新的比赛信息板块。

**观察员** 在中国队的半决赛和决赛中,赛会将提供观察员,他们的职责是平息争论和维持比赛节奏。我们明白对于中国飞盘而言,这个概念较为新鲜,但是我们觉得过去比赛中的摩擦与冲突表明观察员存在的必要。如果你想阅读关于此决定的讨论,请点击这里。更多信息,请参考http://www.upa.org/observers

观察员的职责:

1. 在每条线处对界内/外的判断;2. 掌握不同分组之间的时间 (我们仍在决定组间适合的时长;关于UPA的70-20规则是否适用于中国飞盘的讨论仍在进行中);

3. 调解争论。这里需要提示一下,观察员不是裁判。在所有距离内,队员都应该自己首先做出示意并互相讨论。

我们承诺观察员来自合格并且不在中国组中参赛的人。如果你有兴趣成为一名观察员,请联络我们。我们很开心回答你的问题和担心。

最后,请看官网上最近更新的历史版块,这里有来自以前比赛的相片。

我们两周半以后见了喔!

中国公开赛组委会

www.zhongguofeipan.com

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Captains,

The date is fast approaching. Registration for the 2010 China Open closes THIS FRIDAY, April 30, at midnight. If you haven’t already, please register your team or yourself at http://www.zhongguofeipan.com/?page_id=19.

Hotels this year will be at Dongzhimen, i.e. just inside the northeast corner of Second Ring Road (for addresses and phone numbers, click here). Please email us your hotel preference and give us the exact number of people who will need accommodations:

Dream Travel :
80-100    ppl    / 50 rmb each
20          ppl    / 90 rmb eachWenlongxiang:
30          ppl   /45 rmb each

Home Inn:
40          ppl  /109 rmb each

Gu Yun Fang:
30-50     ppl   /90 rmb each

Hanting:
30         ppl   /120 rmb each

The Dirty one:
25         ppl   /30 rmb each

The gender ratio this year will be 4/3 or 5/2, offense decides. Please consult the updated tourney info section for more rules, etc.

**OBSERVERS** In the semifinals and finals of the Chinese bracket, the tournament will be providing observers, whose duty it is to settle disputes and maintain the pace of the game. We understand this concept is new to China Ultimate, but we feel incidents in previous tournaments have made observers a necessity. If you’d like to read the discussion thread that led us to this decision, please click here. For more information, please see: http://www.upa.org/observers

Among the observers’ responsibilities:

1. Active in/out calls on all lines.2. Active time-keeping for time-between-pulls (we are still deciding on an appropriate length of time between pulls; please bear with us as we debate whether the 70-20 UPA rule should be applied to China Ultimate).

3. Mediating disputes. It’s important to note here that observers are not referees. Players are expected to make calls and discuss amongst themselves first, in all instances.

You have our pledge that observers will be qualified individuals who have not competed in the Chinese division. If you are interested in being an observer, please contact us. We will be happy to answer any questions/concerns.

And finally, please check the newly added HISTORY section on the official site for pictures from previous tournaments.

See you all in two and a half weeks!

China Open Committee

www.zhongguofeipan.com

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Lookfly, a new Ultimate apparel company

Lookfly is a UK company. China Ultimate, of course, is mostly sponsored by Five Ultimate, but in recent years companies from around Asia have began penetrating the China market. As more and more players take up the sport in this country, a slow proliferation of companies manufacturing Ultimate-exclusive gear has to be a healthy sign.

Media loves Shenzhen

Two more pieces of media coverage of Shenzhen Ultimate: South China Daily and Shenzhen Mobile TV.

And the guys over there have recently launched the Shenzhen Ultimate Frisbee website/blog. Check it out.

Reminder about Hong Kong hat tourney

From Tommy Fung of Hong Kong:

Dear Members,

Today will be your last chance to register for the Hong Kong Hat Tournament
taking place THIS WEEKEND (May 1-2) at Aberdeen Sports Ground! Don’t miss
it!

http://www.hkupa.com/player_details/2010_May_Hat

Update: Saturday after party will be at The Dharma Den in Central! 2-4-1
drinks from 10pm – 12am! That’s right, same venue as the infamous tosscars.
We had such a good time we are going back again!

Congratulations to Shiock, double-winners of Singapore Single Gender Tourney

Word’s slowly trickling to the corners of Asia Ultimate that Shiock, a home-grown team that formed out of Freakshow a few years back, has beaten Freakshow in the finals of both the Open and Women’s division of the Singapore Single Gender Tourney. Two championships, one tournament, one team. Amazing.

Shiock has been on somewhat of a roll lately. At Manila Spirits in November, they suprised everyone with a run to the finals (they entered Day 2 as the 8-seed and proceeded to beat top-seeded Sizzle and fourth-seeded Boracay). In June at Shanghai Open, Shiock upset Big Brother on Day 1 and finished second in the pool. We expect great things from this team, which has proven practice and unity can pay huge dividends.

Congratulations to Big Brother, winners of Tianjin Open 2010


Tianjin Open 2010

Big Brother finally made it over the hump. After years of near-wins and bad losses — too many to list here — Beijing’s top club team overcame a slow start at the Tianjin tournament this past weekend and eked out two-point wins in both the semis and finals to earn the “Novo Nordisk” Cup.


Full disclosure: I played on Big Brother.

In the semifinals, Shanghai Huwa scored the first point on a trademark huck from Alec to Nads and added an early break to make it 3-1. Beijing scored four of the next five, including a quick Zone O score coming out of halftime to make it 7-4. Shanghai, as Shanghai does, earned two of those points back before a pivotal huck from Tao to Shan — a diving O-I flick with Alec in hot pursuit, set up by a forehand break from Kevin — would give Big Brother some breathing room. The teams traded points the rest of the way, from 8-7 to 11-9. On the final point, Kevin contested a Judd stall count, then dumped to Tao, who found Pat Li hanging out in the end zone on the force side.

The finals was a rematch of a Saturday group game in which Tianjin Speed shocked everyone with an 11-9 upset of Big Brother. From the onset, Speed, which beat Beijing Bang 11-3 in the semis, came with their attacking, blitzkrieg offense for a quick and easy score. The crowd went wild. Big Brother fought back and tied the game but soon found themselves huffing for air against the younger, more athletic Speed. The hosts soon made it 5-3 after a nasty collision that left one of Big Brother’s better defenders, Caleb Heine, bleeding from his right ear and incapacitated for the rest of the game (“I know now what the saying ‘getting the snot knocked out of you means,'” he would say afterwards).

Somehow, this would key Big Brother’s rally. The team scored three straight, anchored by a zone D. On one point, Alicia Lui, playing strong wing, stepped in front of a guy and caught a D before quickly throwing the score to Shan Wu. Tianjin surged back for two straight to take half 7-6.

Big Brother received to open the second half and scored to tie it at 7. Speed would go up 8-7, scoring after the game got testy near the end zone with two near-Ds that were nulled by contested calls. Then Tao kicked into gear, with a catch-score of a huck from Kevin to tie the game, then another catch off a transition D — again from a Kevin huck, this time backhand — to make it 9-8.

Soft cap would go on, making it a game to 11. Speed drove the length of the field with their patented offense before putting up a swilly, hospital pass on which one of their women called a foul. When the disc went back, the thrower called a timeout, a violation and, according to the rules, a turnover because cap had been called.

Off this opportunity, Kevin threw a backhand break to Tao, who broke the mark with a high-release that Sandy brought down to make it 10-8.

Speed quickly came back and broke Beijing’s zone, scoring on the weak side to make it 10-9. “They’re here to win it,” someone remarked. But so was Beijing. After a few turnovers from both sides — Big Brother’s Shan got a monster D of a hammer in the end zone, with a guy bearing down on her — Kevin forehand-hucked to Tao for the game-winning point.

The tournament awarded Sandy Wang the team MVP, though this could have gone to any of Big Brother’s females. Below, pictures of the other team MVPs, presented by tournament director Edward Wang:

It should also be noted that Big Brother, thanks in large to co-captain Gareth Marshall (who re-aggravated a hamstring injury on the first point on the first day and did not play the rest of the weekend), Baby Girl and Matt Mueller.

More pictures and a video to come.

Tianjin Open schedule

This weekend’s tournament:

Pool A Pool B
PA1 Hufrog PB1 Big Bro
PA2 Bang PB2 Tianjin Speed1
PA3 Hangtime PB3 Maple Leaf School
PA4 Tianjin Speed 2 PB4 Bang 2
PA5 Tianjin Normal Uni PB5 Teda

SATURDAY
Field 1 Field 2 Field 3 Field 4 Bye
9:20-9:30 OPENING CEREMONY
10:00-11:00 PA1 vs. PA3 PB1 vs. PB3 PA2 vs. PA4 PB2 vs. PB4 PA5, PB5
11:30-12:30 PA2 vs. PA5 PB2 vs. PB5 PA3 vs. PA4 PB3 vs. PB4 PA1, PB1
13:00-14:00 PA1 vs. PA2 PB1 vs. PB2 PA4 vs. PA5 PB4 vs. PB5 PA3, PB3
14:30-15:30 PA1 vs.PA 5 PB2 vs. PB3 PA2 vs. PA3 PB1 vs. PB5 PA4, PB4
16:00-16:30 PA1 vs. PA4 PB1 vs. PB4 PA2, PB2
16:30-17;30 PA3 vs. PA5 PB3 vs. PB5
19:00 Dinner&Party

Pool winners get byes into semis on Sunday. Two-seeds get byes into quarters. The three and four seeds play crossover, with winner going into quarters and losers going into Beginners’ Bracket on Sunday.