The outdoor season is now upon us, and we know all of you are busy playing lots of ultimate with lots of teams all over Europe. So we just wanted to send a quick reminder about the European Youth Player of the Year award!
We will be extending the deadline to submit your initial application form until 14th June. You can find the form HERE.
The deadline for videos is also extended to 29th July, so you still have plenty of time to get started! We’re really looking forward to seeing what the young players of Europe can do.
All details about the award can be found here: http://showgame.co.uk/eypoty
Sean Colfer prepares himself for prediction backlash with his UKU Tour 1 top division preview.
Here we are again. The Mixed season has come and gone like a spring shower, whetting the appetite for a new Open and Women’s season. It’s an important one too – later this summer six of these teams will test themselves against the best in the world at WUCC in Cincinnati, while another will be going to the prestigious US Open in Blaine, Minnesota. Let’s take a look at A Tour here, before moving on to B and C in a separate article.
Hannah Pendlebury returns to give us her view on the Women’s division at this weekend’s Windfarm.
The women’s tour is alive and well. I for one am stoked to see a whopping 28 teams descending upon the Wind Farm this weekend! This figure is up five teams from last year and features two new arrivals in the shape of Purple Cobras and Exe Ladies, plus three club expansions showing great developmental work. Top stuff!
Writer Oscar Nolan brings us his perspective on Men’s Division 2 Outdoor Nationals, a.k.a. The BUCS Trophy
We’ve had the Beast from the East. We’ve had storm Emma. I’m sure that many of us have missed plenty of training sessions due to the horrid weather. However there are whispers that 60 days of sunshine are headed our way just in time for Men’s Nationals down at Nottingham Windfarm. Taking a glance at the forecast reveals sunny spells and wind speeds of just 10mph. I will be covering the middle division (Division 2) in this preview which has been dubbed the “banter” Nationals by some. However there are some strong competitors this year: last year’s finalists Edinburgh, the ever-present Leeds, fresh-faced Southampton and aged Oxford are among some of the strong names on the schedule this year. Last year saw heartbreak for Edinburgh at the hands of a Midlands team once again… could history repeat itself? You’re still reading?! Awesome, let’s get stuck in!
Writer Tom “Clackers” Claxton rounds off his year-long coverage of the lower leagues with his perspective on Men’s Division 3 Nationals, a.k.a. The BUCS Cup
It has finally arrived! The last event of the university season. After a term marked with uncharacteristic amounts of snow cancelling many events and BUCS games, spring has finally sprung, and here’s a hope for nice weather (at least for the Wind Farm) for Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Nationals.
Writer Alun Pinder takes us through the Men’s showcase event – Division 1 Nationals, a.k.a. The BUCS Championship
As the BUCS leagues conclude, the best of the best converge once more on Nottingham to take on the near-legendary conditions of the wind farm (and each other, of course). With huge BUCS points and bragging rights on the line, who can make like the gold medalists at the Commonwealth Games, rise above all others, and take home the glory? Fasten your seatbelts, don your ponchos, wrap up warm, and brace yourself. Division 1 is coming.
Our four Women’s writers (Annie Bechtel, Kat Rowland, Isabel Goh and Becky Greenwood) combine to produce a full-sized preview for Women’s Nationals this year, with Harry Mason filling in the gaps.
The days are lengthening and the skies are lighter; the outdoor season is here! Everyone knows outdoors is real Ultimate. The rain, the slippery mud, the four loads of laundry per week. The big throws, the zones, the layouts that don’t hurt. Outdoors is the best. Unfortunately, Regionals was cancelled! So there’s been no warm up for these teams, but in theory they’ve had an extra month to get really hyped! Instead of asking ourselves why mother nature hates university Ultimate, lets preview those teams heading to the Windfarm.