Announcing: Chengdu Hat Tourney, June 19-20

This website contains all the info you’ll need.

Registration deadline: June 12.


Congratulations to Tianjin Speed Yellow, winners of China Open!

It’s possible China Nationals 2010 will be remembered as a tournament of firsts: the first time observers were used in China Ultimate (and maybe all of Asia Ultimate, excluding Japan), the first time a World Cup-style draw was used to determine pools on the day before games, and importantly, the first time team from Tianjin — Speed Yellow — two-time bridesmaids but never the bride, won. They did so in convincing fashion.

Drawn into the toughest pool — with No. 3 overall seed Graduates, Air Woo and CUG Prospectors — Speed won their first two pool games 11-2 and 10-6. Then in an epic game for Saturday standards vs. Graduates, Speed prevailed 11-8 to secure the No. 3 seed going into Sunday.

Speed ran through Ningbo, then obliterated 2009 runner-up Beijing Bang 13-4 in the semifinals. They would go up 10-2 vs. Hong Kong in the finals before Junk went on a 5-1 run to make it 11-7. Tianjin used a timeout to regroup, then traded scores with Hong Kong and would score another — the final point — on a simple 15-yard pass. In a game that had its share of highlights, this was quite the conventional ending — final score: 13-8.

Afterwards Edward Wang, one of the original Tianjin Speed players who was present when the team lost in the finals against Air Kazak in both 2007 and 2008, nearly got emotional celebrating the victory. He was hoisted into the air by teammates, as were others, including the only foreigner on the team, Jeff. There was no doubt who was the best team at the end of the day, and the scary part for the rest of the country: they’re only getting better. Watch out.

Congratulations should also go out to Michael Hsu’s Hong Kong Junk, which defended its 2009 championship valiantly and refused to roll over in the finals. No doubt they’ll be back next year.

On Sunday:


Tianjin Speed Red 8, Air Woo 5
Graduates 11, Yangtze Dragons 6
Hangtime 9, Dalian Smurfs 5
Ningbo 11, Changsha City Storm 5


(1) Hong Kong 11, (8) TJ Speed Red 3
(5) Graduates 11, (4) Air Kazak 2
(3) TJ Speed Yellow 11, (6) Ningbo UFO 6
(2) Beijing Bang 11, (7) Hangtime 2


(1) Hong Kong 11, (5) Graduates 9
(3) TJ Speed Yellow 13, (2) Bang 4


TJ Speed Yellow 13, Hong Kong 8

13th place bracket:

CUG Prospectors 11, Tangshan 1
Beijing Bang Bang 9, Tongzhou 7-Up 4

CUG 9, Bang Bang 5

Picture by Dean of CUG Prospectors

China Open is this weekend! Schedule is released…

(English below)



1.   赛程安排以及周五的签到晚会




–Air Kazak和Air Woo


2. 赛制,补充




3. 比赛形式和赛点安排








4. 奖项设置


5. 住宿


6. 当场报名





Dear Captains,

China Open/Nationals is six days away! Let’s cut to the chase.


The wait is over. Please see here.

On Friday night we will hold a World Cup-style draw to determine the pools. Each pool will have one team from each of the four tiers.

If these pairs of teams are drawn into the same pool, we will re-draw:

–Beijing Bang and Bang Bang
–Tianjin Yellow and Tianjin Red
–Air Kazak and Air Woo

The draw will happen at 10 p.m. at Dream Travel, which is one of the tourney hotels (just south of the corner of Jiaodaokou and Andingmen Nei). This will also be where the registration party is happening — specifically, on the second-floor lounge. Your tourney directors will be there starting around 7 or 8 pm, so swing by and say hi. Rumor has it that beers are 5 kuai (food and wi-fi also available).

II. SCHEDULE, addendum

Pool winners get byes into quarterfinals and are the 1 through 4 seeds (as determined by W-L record, point differential, etc.). Second and third place teams in the pools play a cross-over on Sunday morning, essentially pre-quarters. The question of which pool’s teams face each other in the cross-over will be pre-determined by random drawing on Friday night. Cross-over winners are the the 5 through 8 seeds (as determined by normal means, with point-diff including the cross-over result).

All teams are guaranteed four games Saturday and two Sunday.

Foreign teams vs. Chinese teams are for exhibition only. These games will not count toward the final standings for either the foreign or Chinese team. As a result, Chinese teams are not beholden to the two foreigners limit rule. (Although for obvious reasons, we strongly encourage Chinese teams to abide by the limit.)


All games are to 11, point cap at 13, except semifinals and foreign/Chinese finals, which are to 13, point cap 15.

For all games to 11, soft time cap will be called at 55 minutes. At the conclusion of the point, add two points to the team in the lead and play to that. It is still win by two.

Hard cap is called at 65 minutes. Add one to team with lead, play to that; win by one. IMPORTANT: If hard cap is called and, at the conclusion of the point, one of the teams leads by more than one, the game is over.

Just so there’s no confusion, “next point” begins the moment a point is scored. Therefore, if cap is called immediately following a score but before the pull, the cap applies to AFTER the point.

For semifinals and foreign finals, soft/hard cap will be at 60/70 minutes.

For Chinese finals, soft/hard cap will be at 100/110 minutes.

Assessing points: teams can start putting a full line on the field the minute a round is supposed to begin. Every five minutes afterwards, one point is assessed against the absent team.


Trophies will be awarded for Chinese champion, foreign champion, spirit (team), party (team). Medals are for male MVP, female MVP and Elite Eight.


Captains will be getting confirmations of hotel reservations later this week. A reminder that all hotels are registered under the name Yang2 Yan4. Foreigners, remember to bring your passport! (Or a photocopy of passport.)


Players can register on the day of the tournament, with one exception: Chinese teams on the cusp of the foreigner limit cannot add a foreigner that would tip them over to the foreigner bracket.

Please expect a captains’ pack in the coming days as well.

As always, questions/comments, let us know.

China Open 2010 Organizing Committee

New blog from Shanghai

Robin Yao Xi of SUPA has created a sweet Ultimate Frisbee blog over at Sohu. Check it out.

Blogroll updated.

Hong Kong Hat Tourney results


1st place: Team Black “Captain Katie Bradstock”

2nd place: Team White “Captain Michael Hsu”

Spirit: Team Blue “Captain Tommy Fung”

MVPs: Paul Bartels, Stu Meldrum, Balance Wang, Jake Anderson, Apple Tong, Katie Bradstock, Verena Henn

Youtube videos of the finals here. Final point:

Also on Youku (along with several other clips).

Congratulations to the winners of Jeju Gnarly Nines

The team of Uli Burke and Will Chen, i.e. Ringer Team 1, defeated the team of Jason Lopez and Yoshio, i.e. Ringer Team 2, 15-13 in finals, to win the Jeju Gnarly Nines Tournament. Congratulations to the winning team, especially Uli, who seems to NEVER lose:

Enrique Lee
Andrew Kim
James “Rosie” Anderson
Sam Shrank