4-on-4 Tournament – Round Two

Crash is hosting it’s second ever 4-on-4 tournament on Saturday Nov. 18 from 8:00am-4:00pm. A great way to get through the doldrums of the offseason, get tuned up for C4UC, or just get out and run around with some friends.

Details:

  • Date and Time: Saturday Nov. 18 – 8am-4pm
  • Location: Marden Indoor Fieldhouse – 7384 Wellington Rd. 30, RR # 5 Guelph, ON
  • Cost: $300/team
  • Format: 4v4 Mixed Ultimate – 2F:2M gender ratio

Payment is due on Friday Nov. 10.

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Crash 2017 Roster

After an intense tryout period, we are proud to announce the Crash roster for the 2017 season!

  • Adam Lazenby
  • Adam Van Ymeren
  • Amanda Froese (C)
  • Amanda Raimbault
  • Andrew Savage
  • Audrey Fu
  • Brad Froese
  • Brittany Edgett
  • Chris McKie
  • Dan Balzerson (C)
  • Dario Zgrablic
  • Donna Dupuis
  • Emily Ritz
  • Jake Redekopp
  • Jamie Yeung
  • Jennifer Taves
  • Jeremie Raimbault (C)
  • Katrina Parkinson
  • LA Tuck
  • Meg Bailey
  • Neil Thomas
  • Patrick Tuck
  • Peter Mullen
  • Serena Jennings
  • Tom Flynn

Coach:

  • Yaacov Iland

We’re excited to have 13 players on the roster who developed their skills with Thunder in previous seasons! Watch out for these rhinos tearing it up on the field this summer!

Thunder 2017

We’re happy and excited to finally be able to release some details for the upcoming season for Thunder!

First off, we’re excited to introduce Ben McCarron as a captain for Thunder this summer! Ben has taken on the role vacated by Bryan Yeung (who moved away to Singapore) in organizing and planning for Thunder 2017. We’re excited that Ben wants to help run this team and keep building better ultimate players in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Thunder Season Plan

Thunder aims to provide a place for players to play that

  1. Encourages learning and improvement to build better Ultimate players
  2. Provides an opportunity for players to tour more locally and at lower cost
  3. Shows the joy and camaraderie of playing on a team together

To reach those aims, Thunder plans to play in 5 tournaments throughout Southern Ontario this summer.

  • TUF (May 5/6, Toronto)
  • Mayday (May 27/28, Waterloo)
  • Unknown Legends (Mid-June?, Hamilton
  • CUC Regionals (July 8/9, Waterloo)
  • No Borders (July 22/23, Ottawa)

If Thunder sounds like the right place for you to be touring this summer, come out to tryouts starting this Thursday!

Crash and Thunder Tryouts 2017

2017 Crash and Thunder Tryouts!

We are ready for spring to come and hit the field for another awesome season and are excited to announce that tryouts are coming up! If you’re interested in playing for Crash or Thunder this summer, here’s the information you need to know.

Crash and Thunder tryouts will be held together on the following dates:

  • Tryout #1 – Thursday April 20 (Woodside Park, Field #2, Kitchener, 8:00pm-10:00pm)
  • Tryout #2 – Monday April 24 (Woodside Park, Field #1, 8:30pm-10:30pm)
  • Tryout #3 – Thursday April 27 (Woodside Park, Field #1, Kitchener, 7:00pm-9:00pm)

The cost for tryouts will be $20.

For details on the season to come, check out Thunder and our 2017 Season Plan for Crash.

First of all, sign up for tryouts here:

If you have any questions feel free to get in touch! But here are a bunch of answers to some questions you might have.

1. What should I do to prepare for tryouts?

Being ready for tryouts is important. Be in shape, get out and throw before tryouts, and prepare yourself mentally. Two years ago, we gathered some links for you to read and they’re still just as relevant.

2. What should I bring to tryouts?

Light shirt, dark shirt, water. Lots of energy. 20$ to cover field costs.

3. What if I’m also trying out for another team?

Let us know in the tryout form. We communicate with captains from other teams to set up a tryout schedule so that you can be seen by both teams.

4. What if I can’t make it to all the tryouts?

Let us know in the tryout form. We’ll probably be able to work something out.

5. What commitment is expected if you make the team?

You can find out all the information for the Crash 2017 on the season info page.

6. Who will be making decisions about the roster?

The roster for Crash will be chosen by the captains and coaches for Crash (Amanda Froese, Dan Balzerson, Jeremie Raimbault, and Yaacov Iland). Some experienced players from previous Crash teams will also be involved in observing and leading tryouts and their feedback will also be considered when making the team.

Thunder coach

Interested in helping to develop ultimate players in the region? Thunder is looking for a new coach! Thunder is the second competitive mixed ultimate team in the Crash system. We aim to be a training ground for hard-working players that are looking to take their game to the next level. Thunder was very popular last year, with interest exceeding the team’s capacity, and we had a successful year playing in multiple tournaments. In the fall, several Thunder players were called up to play with Crash for the USAU series.

Roles and responsibilities:
-Help plan practices (Crash coach, Yaacov, can supply lesson plans).
-Teach newer players finer points about Ultimate Frisbee.
-Make lines and be responsible for playing time decisions at tournaments.
-Logistics to/at/from tournaments (Suggest delegating to willing players).
-Work with Thunder captains to ensure smooth running of the team.

A successful applicant will have touring ultimate frisbee experience, organizational skills to deal with the finer points of running a team, and good people skills to lead and motivate players to give their best. They will be supported by the Crash leadership. If you are interested or would like more information, please email crashulti@gmail.com, or speak with Yaacov or Marcie.

Introducing the Crash Captains for 2017

With the snow starting to melt away, it’s time to introduce the Crash captains for 2017. We’re proud to be led by three outstanding people:

  • Amanda Froese
  • Dan Balzerson
  • Jeremie Raimbault

We’re also pleased to announce that Yaacov Iland will return as the team coach for the 2017 season.

We’re sad to say goodbye to great leaders from Thunder and Shadow 2016. From Thunder, Marcie Chaudet is on a one year leave from coaching to bring a new ultimate player into the world, while Bryan Yeung is off on an adventure (and new job) in Singapore. From Shadow, Andrew Portwine has stepped into lead roles as President of WODS and Event Director for the 2018 World U20 Championships. We look forward to watching their achievements and to seeing them on the ultimate fields in the future.

Keep your eye on this space for Thunder leadership 2017!

Crash Winter Clinics – 2017

We’re back again this winter with winter clinics aimed at touring players interested in improving their skills for the summer season. We’re changing things up this season with 2 clinics in Guelph (@ Marden) and 3 clinics in KW (@ Core). The cost for each clinic is $20, but if you come to all 5, you get the last one free! Hope to see you there!

Here are the dates and times:

  • Jan 14 (CORE) 8-10 pm
  • Jan 28 (MARDEN) 12-2pm led by Cam Harris (Though we’d encourage women to attend the tournament PPF is hosting this day instead!)
  • Feb 11 (CORE) 8-10 pm led by Andrew Higgins
  • Feb 25 (MARDEN) 5-7pm
  • March 11 (CORE) 8-10 pm

Sign up using this form!

Crash Ultimate 4-on-4 Tournament

What’s that I hear? Crash will be hosting a 4-on-4 tournament in November? SOOOO GREAT!

Details:

  • Date and Time: Saturday Nov. 19 – 8am-1pm
  • Location: Marden Indoor Fieldhouse – 7384 Wellington Rd. 30, RR # 5 Guelph, ON
  • Cost: $225/team
  • Format: 4v4 Mixed Ultimate – 2F:2M gender ratio

Payment is due on Friday Nov. 11.

Signup below to play!

UPDATE:

The tournament has currently reached capacity (10 teams). If you sign up below we will add you to our waiting list in case a team drops out.

Tip Tuesday – Person Defence

Person Defence

This week, we’re talking about person defence. In our drills and scrimmages, we’re focusing on one thing when it comes to person defence: shutting down the unders.

You may be familiar with the term ‘unders’ but if not, an under refers to a cut towards the thrower rather than a deep strike which is a cut away from the thrower. Unders don’t typically gain big yards but these high percentage passes can have your opponents moving up the field quickly, and the next thing you know they’ll be on the endzone line looking for the score. Instead of letting our opponents get these easy passes, we want to force them to throw it deep or break the mark. By taking away the unders, we’re forcing the opposing team to make more difficult throws, which increases our odds of taking the disc.

But how do we shut down unders? By staying square to your receiver, staying in an athletic stance, and staying in the most dangerous lane at all times. By keeping your hips square to your receiver, you can react quickly to their changes in direction and if you’re in an athletic stance (hips low, knees bent, weight forward), you can accelerate after they cut and stay close to them to put pressure on any pass that may go up to them. To stay in the most dangerous lane, we need to constantly re-evaluate where the disc is in respect to our receiver and put our body in that space. As the disc moves across the field, the most dangerous cut will change. It’s the defender’s job to identify where the most dangerous cut is and put their body in the way to stop that cut. This takes a lot of field awareness and will result in continuous adjustments to maintain a good defensive position.

Think about these things as you play Ultimate this week. Do you keep your hips square to your receiver when you play defence? Are you constantly thinking about where the disc is in relation to your receiver and what the most dangerous cut is? What about your footwork on defence: when your receiver quickly changes directions, can you keep up?

Here are some links you can check out for some more information.

This video features some great insight from Alex Davis on how to play aggressive person defence.

And this article from UltiWorld does a fantastic job of talking about some key person defence principles by using 42 seconds of a game as an example. We also like this article because it talks about some more advanced ideas when it comes to person defence like orbiting, shouldering checking, and buffering.

Both of these links will hopefully give you some new things to think about when it comes to playing great Person Defence.

Introducing Shadow

The third team in the Storm System this season will be called Shadow! Named after a group of Jaguars, Shadow will try to sneak up on their opponents and pounce when they are unsuspecting. We are very excited to have this third team as part of our system.

Here is the Shadow Roster for 2016.

  • Adison Oliver
  • Adrian Chung
  • Andrew Maranta
  • Ben McCarron
  • Dan Bennet
  • Dan Carlson
  • David Wulff
  • Eniko Zsoldos
  • Eric Hunsberger
  • Jacob Fisher
  • James Robinson
  • Jena De Avila
  • Justin DeGeer
  • Katherine Mazereeuw
  • Maja Kokotovic
  • Mandy Dunbar
  • Marcel Lee
  • Sherry Lin
  • Sydney Dunbar

Coach: Andrew Portwine