San Antonio Womxn’s Ultimate Frisbee Club

The ultimate frisbee season looks a little different this year as USAU and San Antonio clubs work to return to play safely! Please take the time to fill out this survey as you have expressed interest in SAN ANTONIO WOMXN’S CLUB FRISBEE.

The womxn’s team will not be participating in any of the set USAU Open Club tournaments as they are mainly out of state from August-October. A large majority of those interested expressed they would like to stay locally, so that is what you can expect for our competitive season.

Our team will be practicing Mondays and Wednesdays 6-8pm, one of these days will be dedicated to small sided scrimmages like 5v5s or more if we can get players out! Some weekends will be determined for scrimmages with any of the other local SA clubs. This will go throughout the summer until about August.
The first practice will be held on Monday, June 7th 6-8pm. The location is to be determined and will be sent out via text/email.

Thank you for your interest in our club and we hope to see you out there!!

Please follow this link to join our GroupMe for all of the latest updates. ‘Womxn’s ultimate – SA’ on GroupMe. Click here to join: https://groupme.com/join_group/68292122/szd9BSMM

– Joshlynn Chapa
josh15lynn@gmail.com

SAUC Club Tryouts

If you’re interested in playing club level ultimate in the San Antonio area, please fill out this form!

Some background: Bexar is are a mixed team out of San Antonio, and Alamode is an open (mens) team out of San Antonio, and we are both excited to make a transition back into ultimate after missing the past year. We’re not entirely sure what the landscape for return-to-play will look like just yet, but promise to keep you informed as we figure out how to safely hold tryouts, determine rosters, practice and compete. Both teams are expecting to have two practices per week (one Saturday, one on a day during the week), though exact days for those practices will be determined later.

Tryout Info: During the tryout process, both teams will be holding combined tryouts on May 22 (location tbd). The combine will be followed by an invite-only practice for each team during the first week of June. As USAU will be requiring mask usage during sanctioned tournaments, we will be requiring everyone who attends these tryouts to wear masks when social distancing is not possible. Leadership will provide masks to all attendees.

Please note that if you are unable to make tryouts, we’d love to accommodate you! Reach out to Bexar leadership at Bexar.ultimate@gmail.com or Alamode leadership at alamodeultimate@gmail.com to discuss options in the event you’re unable to make it to tryouts.

To set the scene, there aren’t many tournaments on the table yet, so we don’t have a true idea of what exactly this club season will hold. It is entirely possible that the tournaments for this season will be limited to the series and local tournaments (that is, tournaments around San Antonio, plus sectionals, regionals, and nationals, which will take place in September and October). That being said, we’re looking forward to having some fun outside, making some new friends, and honing our skills on the field.

Feel free to reach out to any of the leadership if you have questions about the season.

Thank you!

Austin, Blake, Brody, and Eleanor (Bexar Leadership) and Shelley and Harry (Alamode Leadership)

Presidio de Bexar lights a spark in college players

Presidio de Bexar, once the name of a Spanish fort during Texas colonization, now represents an up and coming men’s team fostering college player development. Rebranding San Antonio’s previous club teams RAGE, ASSAULT, and SAULT, Presidio de Bexar set out to improve college player development in San Antonio through exposure to focused coaching, elite club competition, but most importantly – FUN. Captained by veterans Ryan Bigley (Doublewide), and Nick Polito (Cosa Nostra, Dirty Birds), Presidio is creating a legacy destined to push Ultimate growth in San Antonio for years to come.

Our goal this season was player development, so rather than hash through our tournament successes (which were memorable- wins over Space B and Riverside, scoring 6 points on the eventual national champions Johnny Bravo which is as good as some national competitors, 8 points on HIP at PB&J) we have chosen to reflect on specific gains by our rookies. With pride, I present the future of San Antonio Ultimate.

Tynan (TRINITY): A brand new player, Tynan took a number of hard practices before a huge day in mid July when he scored 4 points in one practice! T-Y continued to grind throughout the season working on throws with his roommate, busting it on the track with teammates, and scoring a clutch point at sectionals. Now if we could just get him to leave his fraternity…

Will (UTSA): Can you say legend, as in a league of legends? Will sure can, but he also can say gym. This boy is swol, and ready to churn on defense to block disks with his huge muscles. His throws are better this season than I’ve ever seen them, and his smile, kind nature, and Elvis-like hair is infectious to his teammates.

Garret (UTSA): Our second most Junior player, Garrett got off to a rough start by being allowed to only talk in images via our group-text. Earning his nickname GIF, Garrett is a player eager to learn and ready to be loud. His biggest strides this season were improving his team defense on and off the field, learning where to put his gangly arms on the mark, and embracing team culture. This guy has a number of great years on Presidio to come (in fact, I think he loved his experience more than any other player – a skill which will maintain his eager learning for future seasons).

Li’l Steen (TRINITY): There’s quick, there’s lightning, then there’s little Steen. Having seen Austin play from his first tournament until now one can easily say he hasn’t lost his swag as he grew in skill. Always a force on defense, baby Steen’s knowledge of the game is rising to a mature level. He also throws a nasty chicken wing (remember that score Riverside? – ouch).

Sang (TRINITY): Another man who seems to fly over the ground, when told that he doesn’t have to layout for every D, Sang’s reply was “I don’t feel like I’m trying hard enough if I don’t.” Characteristic of his play, this statement shows the dedication and vigor Sang puts into every point. He has worked tirelessly to improve his play at the handle position in anticipation for his Junior season at Trinity. His flick huck has come a long way, but watch out for his backhand deep which is pretty nasty.

J’Mo (UTSA): Joseph clearly had the best hat at sectionals, what better to go with a throwback Spurs jersey than a throwback spurs hat!? I know what’s better, J’Mo’s upline forehand is better, so is his speed when jetting after a fly away disk.

Bovio (TRINITY): Deemed team “Workhorse”, BROvio has come to fill a pivotal roll on the field- namely: that dude opponents hate to guard. Well conditioned, and returning from New York with more explosiveness than we’d seen last season, BROvio could take a selfie on the sideline and make 4 cuts before it hit instagram. Bovio’s next mission is to work up the defense, his mind for the game is going to start producing turnovers assuming he is wise enough to anticipate the offense.

Michael (TRINITY): DH is one of Trinity’s up and coming Juniors ready to follow Bovio’s workman mentality. Quick to turn and jet, DH is so close to a sick layout bid and all it’s going to take is one catch before he never loses another. Absent the majority of the season due to a broken wrist, DH will be shaping Trinity’s offense at midfield and tallying up grass stains (gratuitous or not, you can’t tell on facebook).

JOEY (UT): Grazing carefully on the sideline, Joey was also unfortunately injured for much of his season. One of the most agile players on the field, players with less “insta-speed” have a hard time keeping up. We could also learn a thing or two about flopping from Joey, who cramped spectacularly at PB&J. Improved precision making and throws are going to turn this young-blood into a dangerous enemy.

Jake (UTSA): Captaining UTSA’s Men’s AND Women’s team (attaboy Jake) for his second year, Jake made large contributions to Presidio’s squad – but more importantly is bringing club lessons to his young band of recruits. Paired with Jimmy at UTSA, the two handler dominators can make trouble for unprepared teams. Good at observing the field and playing his roll as auxilary handler – part time cutter – Jake is an essential team player who is absorbing detail and finesse at an alarming rate. Watch out for this senior in the South Central region.

At season’s close, the team reflected upon the summer, planning improved camaraderie via social outings (namely bowling and horse-racing), and improved conditioning for next season. Everyone starts somewhere, and this team’s success in 2014 is already extending far beyond the season as these college players extend their influence in the central Texas ultimate community. 2-4 years ago there were only a handful of Trinity/UTSA players in the club scene, and San Antonio Ultimate would’ve been hard pressed to even travel to Tulsa for the prospect of a mere 5 games at Regionals. This season 20+ Trinity/UTSA students and alums could be spotted on various teams in the region.

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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!

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!

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!

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