ANNOUNCING: China Nationals, May 19-20

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It brings us pleasure to officially announce that China Nationals this year will be in Beijing on May 19-20. 我们非常荣幸地在此向大家正式公布今年的全国公开赛仍将在北京举行,为期两天5月19-20日

Attached, please find the registration form for this year’s China Nationals. 请仔细阅读附件有关今年全国公开赛的报名表

The early-bird team registration deadline is May 1. 队伍提前报名的截止日期为5月1日。

The final team deadline is May 11. We will accept individual player registration up until Friday, May 18, but those who are hoping to pick up with a team are advised to let us know early. 队伍报名的最终截止日期为5月11日,而个人报名的截至日期为5月18,周五。我们也特别提醒以个人方式参赛的盘友,请尽早与我们联系以便为你妥善安排参赛队伍。

In the meantime, please give us an indication whether your team is planning to come, especially if you’re new to China Nationals! 与此同时,请尽快与我们确认你和你的队伍是否会来参赛,尤其是今年首次参赛的队伍们和盘友们!

Announcing: The official bidding process for China Nationals

The Ultimate Association of China (UAC) is pleased to announce the start of the first-ever bidding process to host this year’s China Nationals.

If you are interested, please send an application in English or Chinese to and by January 31. All proposals will be graded by the UAC Board on a 100-point scale, and the winning bid will be announced in mid- to late-February.
Here are some things to think about:

1) Is your city is capable of hosting a national tournament in May?

a) Please demonstrate your city has the necessary field space, and GOOD fields. THIS IS MOST IMPORTANT. Organizers should probably have a field scoped out; we expect at least 20 teams, so a MINIMUM of four soccer fields (eight Ultimate fields) is required.

b) Accommodations, transportation, medical support, food and beverages, etc.

c) Options for Saturday party
2) What is your budget/expectation of cost, including prices for team/individual participation?

3) Have you considered…

a) Tournament format (foreign division included?)

b) Promotional material, including website and media coverage

c) Related issues (surprise us!)
4) Importantly, what is your motivation for wanting to host Nationals? Please let us know how the event will help develop Ultimate in your area and China as a whole.

5) And finally,
we will need a list of the people who will be involved in running your tournament.
The winning bid will be disseminated to captains for future reference.

Successful applications will be the collaborative effort of leaders from both within and outside your community. Remember, we all want the best tournament for China Ultimate: let that be your guiding principle.

Happy holidays from UAC. Go China Ultimate!


Ultimate Association of China
Jeff Orcutt, President;
Ivan Xu, Vice President;
Board and Officers

China Nationals 2010 photos

We’re not quite done with China Nationals coverage just yet. A photo gallery has surfaced, which you can access at the Zhongguofeipan website here.

A sample:

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

Most recent update from China Open

Reposted from the official China Open website.

(English below)




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
30张床 / 每张床45元

40张床 / 每张床109元

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

30张床 / 每张床120元

25张床 / 每张床30元


**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


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。







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

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

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:

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

China Open update: PAJAMAS party theme!

Sent to respective captains earlier today:



首先对已经完成报名的队伍表示感谢。还没有报名的队伍,我们现提醒大家:这次比赛的报名截止日期为4月30日。请点击 下载报名表。







Dear Captains,

A quick China Open 2010 update.

Thank you to all the teams that registered early. For everyone else, a friendly reminder that the next (and last) registration deadline is April 30. A registration form can be downloaded at

Some of you have asked about lodging, which is currently on the top of our agenda. We will let you know the hotel location and prices soon.

The party this year will be held Chinese banquet-style with food, bottomless beer, an assortment of games and … PAJAMAS! That’s right, we’re holding a pajama/slumber party. Come out in your tube socks, nightcaps, nighties, tighty-whiteys, negligees or whatever your sleepwear of choice. Pajamas!

Disc designs are looking, in the simplest terms, sweet. In 2008 it was the Great Wall, and then last year it was Tiananmen… the person who guesses this year’s iconic image will get a cookie, if we have one.

As always, questions, comments and suggestions are welcomed to this address.

China Open Committee