Richmond

When I was a senior training and preparing for my last college season, I put “winning the region” as a personal goal alongside the team goal to “make nationals.” Knowing how good the Bulldogs were in 2016 gave me enough realistic hope that in I would get a chance to make that happen during my last year. Winning the competitive Atlantic Coast for the first time in addition to going to nationals for the first as a team was what I worked for when I saw a trainer early on a Tuesday morning or came out to an evening practice.

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Tribe

They’re obsessed, but maybe more importantly, they’ve found something that gives them purpose, that makes them feel competent and authentic in their lives, and makes them feel connected to others in an increasingly disconnected world.

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Ultra

The teams UNC faced at nationals in 2015 knew far less about UNC’s defensive systems than UNC knew about their opponents’. That’s a scary advantage for any team to have at the biggest tournament of the year and it’s a testament to the patience and trust that team shared throughout the season. At any point UNC could have decided to run its zones to stave off defeat at Queen City or Centex or Easterns. It’s one of the great examples of strategic deception in college ultimate, and a very important lesson in strategic patience. 

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Deja Vu

Here’s something to contemplate; in every national semi-final Jack Williams has competed in with Wilmington or Ring of Fire, his team has always been down 8-6 at halftime. When circumstances line up to create the perfect narrative – regardless of outcome – you truly come to appreciate the magic of sports.

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Origins

In March 2016 during my final spring of college ultimate, I finally picked up Ultimate: The First Four Decades. Coincidentally the book was only available from UNC-Wilmington, the place where ultimate took hold and began its inexorable march across North Carolina in the late 80s and early 90s. The growth of the college game into […]

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