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Austin–Powering Through

Sectionals, sectionals, sectionals! No, we aren’t obsessed with living room furniture—we just finished one of the biggest tournaments of the season! Bexar Necessities came into sectionals ranked 8th in the great state of Texas, but before the weekend was over, we’d secured a 6th place finish along with a bid to Regionals!

Saturday started out much like any other tournament. The humidity ensured that the entire team (decked out in our fantastic new Jungle Book themed jerseys!) was already drenched in sweat before we even flipped for possession. Our first game against Black Pearl went as well as anyone would have hoped. The offensive flow looked great and we quickly ended the game with a score of 11-2. The second-round game, against one of our favorite teams, Balloon Terrorists, was a little more challenging. With one game under our belts, our legs were starting to feel that Frisbee burn and we were sweating even more. However, we once again pulled out a win with a final score of Bexars 11, Balloon 9. Next up was our biggest in-state rival, the Flying Dutchman. The game went back and forth for its entirety, with some great points played on each side. In the end, the Bexars just couldn’t quite sink that ship and lost by 2 points. The fourth game of the day came with an enunciation lesson (for both sides!) as we played the very friendly Tlacuaches (yes, I spelled it right!). As a very talented throwing team, Tlacuaches definitely challenged us, but we were once again able to find out way to victory and skate by with a final score of 11-6.

The fifth and final game of the day for the Bexars was against Risky Business, an elite level team from Dallas. Exhausted, cramping, dehydrated and just plain tired, the Bexars took the line, scored an early break and were very eager for the day to be over! However, we might have been just a little bit too eager. After hitting soft-cap and establishing a game to 10, the Bexars found themselves in a position where they had to score an upwind break to win the game. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t quite get it past those Risky Businessmen (and women) and lost the game on Universe point 10-9.

After five games, no breaks, and subsisting mainly on water, the team drove through the windy hills of East Austin and stumbled upon a haunted corn maze! We devoured our burgers and took some time to explore the funky (and fake) wild-west town surrounding the restaurant (honestly, that might not be the best word to describe where we ate; but it had tables, chairs, and something resembling a menu, so we’ll go with it). A long night’s sleep at the trusty hotel and we were ready to take on day 2!

Sunday began with a game against BID and man, did we want to win! For a while, things seemed to be going our way. Both teams were playing well and for such a windy day, there were a surprising number of breaks. Maybe it was the wind, maybe the exhaustion, maybe a combination of the two, but the Bexars broke down and just couldn’t make it past BID. Final score: 14-9. Our second game on Saturday was played against Balloon Terrorists and this was possibly the most fun game of the weekend. Though both teams were vying for the last spot to regionals (interestingly, the same thing that happened at sectionals in 2013), everyone stayed spirited and excited. Bexars claimed the victory and the last spot to regionals with a final score of 15-8. After the game, we formed a spirit circle and were able to share some of our favorite memories of the weekend with the other team. Although I love the competitive spirit that I’m able to show at tournaments, I think I ‘m even more enamored with the new friends I get to make on other teams and the experiences I’m able to share with both my team and others.

This isn’t the last you’ll hear from me! Bexar Necessities and the Open team, Presidio de Bexar, will both be competing at the Regional tournament in Tulsa on September 27th and 28th. Hopefully we’ll all be able to bring back some fun stories and great memories to share with you!

Fall League 2014 – GAME ON!

Game On! Fall League - 2014Registration for San Antonio Ultimate’s 2014 Fall League is now open through Sep 21!  The theme for the league will be Video Game Characters.

All the information you need can be found here:
https://www.saultimate.org/leagues/fall-2014/

You can also browse to it on this website by using the menu above at this location:
Where to Play >> Leagues >> Fall 2014

Spread the word.  Invite your friends.  Get signed up.  Game on.

Bexars in Waco

One hot (HOT!) Saturday in July, a small group of ultimate players braved the battle that is I-35, caravanned to Waco, and played some AWESOME Frisbee in a small, one-day scrimmage with some of our favorite teams in Texas! With five games, six subs, and seven on the line, it was certainly one very long day.

We started out the day with a great game against Pad See Ew, our neighbors to the North. The Drunken Noodles came out strong, but we came our stronger! After taking half at 6 (games were played to 11), we seemed a little tired to start of the second half, but were able to hold on to our lead to take the game to hard cap. Games against Balloon Terrorists and The Observers followed where we continued our streak of coming out strong to start the game and take half. In both of these games though, we kept our cool heads (hah! nothing was cool at all) and finished the second half just as excited and ready to play as we were in the first half. Our unwillingness to play down to our opponent’s level is what really set this weekend apart from our other competitions.

Our fourth game of the game was against the Flying Dutchman, who are sure to be our rivals for the rest of the club season. Although tired from the first three games, seven brave Bexars took the line after a rousing “bear attack” (rawrrrr) cheer and started the game. With some deep hucks on both sides, a few great upwind break points, and a couple fantastic Ds from both sides, Dutchman took the half 6-4. The Bexars came out wanting some revenge and took the score to 6-5 with the hard cap looming over their heads. Dutchman scored again, but the Bexars quickly responded to bring the final score to 7-6. Although it was a disappointing loss, I know that we’re entirely capable of dominating that team with a few minor changes (and maybe a roster that’s a little more fleshed out).

Our final game against Black Pearl went by quickly and (almost) painlessly and Bexar Necessities pulled out another win to end our day with a 4-1 record. We immediately found the closest pizza place and proceeded to stuff our faces with rolls, fried cheese, pizza, pasta, and sandwiches before we faced the long, cramp-inducing drive back to San Antonio.

Overall, I’m incredibly proud of how the team fared this weekend and excited to see how we use what we learned to shape the way the rest of the season goes! Our next tournament is PB&J in College Station during the second weekend of August. We’ll be facing many of the same teams and I, for one, am hoping to pull out a big W against the Flying Dutchman! Congratulations on a fantastic Saturday of play, Bexar Necessities!

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:

The Team and the Temperature: It Only Goes Up From Here

At the end of April, just in time to miss the last few events of Fiesta, the mixed team (we’re still nameless…we really need some help, guys!) traveled with a rag-tag squad to Round Rock, Texas to compete in Club CenTex. With a larger pool of competition (12 teams instead of the expected 8), we knew that we were in for a tough weekend. We started off with a first-round bye (so much for that tough weekend!) and then played our first game against Austin’s Beta Test  (usually playing as BID). After a slow first half, the gang started to get their act together to rally in the second half. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough and we ultimately (ha!) fell to Beta by just a few points. Next up, we played Flying Dutchman from Dallas…and we KILLED it! We threw out some strong lines, focused on playing chilly, and took them down with a score of 13-9. Everyone’s highlight of the game was when our youngest player, David, caught a disc over Dutchman’s tallest player, aptly named “Tree.” Yay David! In the last game of pool play, we took on Pad See Ew, one of our favorite teams to play from Austin. Although we played well, we weren’t able to take down their squad and lost again. We took third in our pool (that win against Dutchman really helped us out!), then we played our crossover game, the last one of the day. It was hot, everyone was tired, but we stuck to our guns and pulled out another win, finishing the day with a 2-2 record. After a long day in the hot sun, everyone was ready for a cold drink and some spicy tacos, so we headed down the road to Torchy’s for the most excellent post-game meal anyone can remember. The Mavs’ last minute win over the Spurs was the only damper on a great evening.

 

After a restful night, we made our way back to the field on Sunday morning for another full day of ultimate. Our first game of the day was against Black Pearl, the little sister team of Flying Dutchman. Although everyone was sore and tired and both teams were plagued by injuries (nurse Mona sent one of the other players to the hospital for seven stitches), we came out with the W after a long game going all the way to hard cap. Our second match, against Robot Chicken, was arguably our best game of the weekend. Robot Chicken (aka Arkansas’ RUA) is a great team that consistently ranks near the top of our region. We kept it close for the entire game, running hard, chasing down discs, and pulling down some fantastic grabs. After a spectacular Callahan by Eddie to take it to universe point, we weren’t able to keep ourselves going and fell by just one point. Next up, we had a chance to redeem ourselves against Pad See Ew…and we DID! Despite our tired legs and sunscreen burning our eyes, we showed that the day before was an anomaly and we’re a team who came to compete. I think we surprised PSE with our intensity after an already long day and pulled out an easy win, getting to 15 before soft cap even went off. Our last game of the day was against Lone Star, a mixed team from Houston. By this point, we were the only teams left at the field and the lack of sideline action started to get to us. It’s always easier to play when you know people are watching, I think. We lost to Lone Star after agreeing to play a shorter game due to our dwindling roster and the skyrocketing heat. Overall we went 4-4 for the weekend and took 6th place in the tournament, a victory by any means!

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.

RECAP:
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

Welcome to SA Ultimate…

Hello.  Welcome to SAultimate.org.  This page will serve as a gathering point for all the various “Ultimate Frisbee” communities in the city.  Check out the message board on the right of your screen.  Feel free to leave a message to other members of the San Antonio Ultimate community.

Look out for updates from the Pick up Groups and both of San Antonio’s Club teams.  In addition, feature articles from some of San Antonio’s best players ranging from Ultimate Strategy to Athleticism on the field.