Nationals 2014

Hello San Antonio Ultimate! I wanted to make you privy to one of the biggest Ultimate events of the year that is coming to Texas in little under a week! USA Ultimate National Championship is going to be hosted in Frisco, TX home to MLS team F.C. Dallas’ practice facilities. If only San Antonio had our own MLS team with Cushiony practice fields which are a requirement of the MLS. I’ve played on three such facilities in Seattle, Houston, and Dallas – and let me tell you they are so choice! Hopefully, MLS comes to town soon! ANYWAYS, back to Nationals or Nats for short. The best of the best from United States and Canada in three divisions: men’s, women’s, and mixed compete to win the superbowl of our sport.

The tournament takes place October 16-19. Pool play games on Thursday. Pre-quarters and Quarter finals on Friday as well as consolation games. Semi-Finals of all divisions staggered through the day Saturday to be the most spectator friendly experience as possible. and for Sunday the main event of Finals to crown the National Champions of each division. Schedule, Seeding, and general info can be viewed here. ESPN and NGN will be live streaming games all four days!

If you did not know by now, Nationals is “kinda a big deal” This is the cream of the crop of the USA which for those who follow WFDF international play already know that USA regularly dominates in the same manner as USA Basketball in FIBA. Which means you’re basically watching the best in the world at Ultimate.

On a personal note, I’m most looking forward to the Pool A match up on Thursday morning; Prairie Fire (Kansas City) vs. Doublewide (Austin). Prairie Fire was formed in 2007 with the stated goal of trying to make Nationals, I was lucky enough to play for them for the first two seasons and am so glad to see the team finally reach the goal of qualifying for nationals; it takes a lot of dedication and persistence to reach a goal after 7 years of trying, very admirable. Doublewide, I joined in 2010 and quickly we became a perennial semi-finalist team. Coincidence…. Absolutely . I have a lot of love for both teams and still know many teammates/friends on both.

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San Antonio has a couple of players going to compete, Let’s get to know them!

Reid Bacon- Reid is the current captain of Trinity University Turbulence. This is his first year competing at the highest level after he had a great tryout with Doublewide in Austin. He’s come a long way from that awkward freshman to now just an absolute stud on and off the field. Reid has been privileged to be among the top 100 Under 23 year old National team tryouts list, and I have heard from a reliable source he is positioned as a strong choice to make the final cut, look out for that in mid-December

Aaron Saylor- Aaron is a defensive specialist for Cosa Nostra the mixed team based in Austin. Aaron is in the Air Force as a Nuclear detection specialist. He comes to San Antonio from the Triangle area of North Carolina, which is known for it’s aggressive stingy defense and Aaron definitely fits that mold. We’ll forgive him for playing in the mixed division 😉

If you see these guys before they take off for Frisco congratulate them and wish them luck!

Bottom line: Nationals is a great chance to watch and learn from the best in the game and it has become a very family friendly event, I encourage you to make the quick trip up and see for your self. This will most likely be the last time Nationals will be hosted this close to San Antonio, don’t let the opportunity go wasted.

Cheers!

Alamo Drafthouse Fundraiser

Ultimate players, we’ve got a great opportunity coming up to support Ultimate in various forms in San Antonio.  It would be great to have a huge group of teammates, friends, and family, come out in support of our local teams and league.

WHEN: 7 p.m., Monday, August 4th
WHERE: Alamo Drafthouse Park North
WHAT: Guardians of the Galaxy
WHY: San Antonio Ultimate Fundraiser!  The proceed will be split between our two club teams and San Antonio League.  Spread the word and bring your friends!  Let’s sell this thing out and move into the biggest theater they have!

Presale link and more information here:

Announcing New Open Team

Hello, my name is Bigley and two of my favorites things are Ultimate and the City of San Antonio. I grew up here and have a lot of pride for the #cityontherise. I along with Nick Polito, Wayne Davis, Stephen Ariaza and a few other savvy vets will be conducting the San Antonio open team this year. I want to bring my experiences of playing elite level Ultimate for the past 5 years to San Antonio and have a damn good time doing it. If you’re a male between the age of 16-22 and can run in a straight line without falling down, this team is for you!

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I want to announce a couple of things:

This new team will focus on Camaraderie, Improvement, and Teaching. This new team ethos will be a no pressure at practice kind of team yelling at teammates/your buddies is not something that will occur because we have some super chill knowledgeable people that want to pass on their skills to anyone who shows the desire to learn. This new team will have mandatory bro-smashing of beers as well as track workouts. A TEAM THAT PARTIES HARD TOGETHER PLAYS HARD TOGETHER. I am from the Wooden/Popovich school of thought. you play in a designed system (TBD) to the best you can and good things will happen – forget about winning and losing.
You might have noticed that I haven’t used the team name Rage. I feel and others agree that a new team ethos deserves a new team name that is more fitting to our current state. With that I call on you to help choose the new name. Email me any suggestions you have, I will compile the top 5 and we can vote a winner. Remember, we want a less hostile name, and something that reflects San Antonio. (if there is an Alamo history buff that can come up with a great obscure reference that would be awesome imho.)

Please join us and spread the word on Saturday May 4th, 3:00-6:00 pm, we will be holding a combine for those interested in playing on this new team. In the mean time come out to the most competitive pick-up game – every Wednesday at Tony Martinez, 7:00 pm.

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Combine-
Time: Saturday May 4th, 3:00-6:00m
Location: Trinity IM field

If you are even the slightest bit interested e-mail Nick1.Polito@gmail.com