Tryouts Update – One Week To Go!

We’ve been so excited by the turnout for tryouts so far! The number of people out for tryouts has been phenomenal, and the level of play is higher than we imagined possible (and we were imaginging very good things leading up to the season). It’s been great, and we’re looking forward to another week of intense play.

By now, you should have received a notice of whether or not you made it through the first round of cuts by email. If you haven’t received an email from us, let us know and we’ll figure out what went wrong!

Our second week of tryouts will have a bigger focus on scrimmaging than the first. On Tuesday, you will be divided into four teams, and rotate through four stations, two of which will be scrimmaging, and two of which will be drills. On Thursday we will start with a couple of short drills, followed by speed-point and then full-size scrimmages.

Finally, we’ll be playing in the Soggy Bottom tournament this weekend. We have four teams entered, and are excited to get out into the sunshine (hopefully) for some great games.

As always, if you have any questions, get in touch with us at captains[at]crashultimate.ca!

Tryouts Start Tomorrow

Only one day to go! Tryouts start tomorrow night in Guelph. We’re excited to see you all (again) soon! If you haven’t signed up for tryouts yet, do it now…it will simplify things:

Tryout Signup Form

Two reminders and one final article to read.

Things to Bring to Tryouts

  • $20 to pay for fields
  • Dark and light jersey
  • Disc
  • Water

Carpooling

A few people have entered their information into the carpooling spreadsheet. If you have a ride to offer, or need a ride, check it out. We’d really like to make sure that everyone can get to tryouts and that we’re driving as few cars as possible.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE CARPOOLING SPREADSHEET

One Final Thing to Read

Over the past couple months, Jen Pashley has been publishing a blog called Making Fury that eventually ended up on Skyd about her efforts to train for making Fury, one of the best Women’s Ultimate teams in the world. It’s full of interesting interesting articles, but the one that was posted this week is perfect for the start of tryouts. In Becoming a Better Teammate, Jen describes three players who have been the best teammates that she has every played with. I will summarize.

  1. The Leader – makes players around them raise their game through effort and hard work. The leader raises everyone’s level of intensity by “giving it her all during every drill, every practice, every point, and every game” and making others want to do the same.
  2. The Humbler – one of the best, most athletic, players, but also one who never believed that they had to make the big plays. The humbler builds up the team by ascribing all of his own accomplishments as “a reflection of his fellow teammates’ hard work and skills.”
  3. The Challenger – brings the same intensity to individual battles in practice that will be brought in the game. I will quote: “She forced me to run harder, fight for every disc, and make smarter decisions. She tested me, knowing it would help me find my weaknesses. She pushed me, knowing it would help build strength against our opponents. She was a better teammate because she challenged me to play at my best, and would always put me in my place if I didn’t.”

Consider these roles: maybe one of them is right for you. Maybe you have your own way to be the best teammate you can possibly be that is even more awesome. Bring that strength with you to tryouts and demonstrate it.

Let’s go Crash!

Tryouts – Just One Week Away

Tryouts are just one week away! We’re excited to get the season started and we hope you are too. If you haven’t signed up yet for tryouts, here’s a link to the tryout form.

Sign up for tryouts using this link.

In addition, here are some more administrative notes…

Other Tryouts

If you are also trying out for Maverick on April 22 (9pm at Woodside), we encourage you to attend only their tryout that evening instead of trying to do both. If you are also trying out for PPF we would also encourage you to attend their tryouts on the Tuesdays and ours on the Thursdays. In both situations, let us know that you are doing so (if you haven’t already) so we can keep track.

Since we are less concerned about field space, we are now inviting those players from Whiplash 2013 and MuD 2012 who would like to attend the first tryout to come on April 22nd. There is no obligation to attend, but if you want to get another couple of hours in outside we are no longer actively discouraging your attendance.

Things to bring with you to tryouts.

  • $20 to pay for tryouts
  • Water and maybe a snack
  • Dark and light jerseys
  • Disc

Carpooling

We’ve put up a Google Doc to help people organize rides. Since (approximately) half of the people trying out will need to commute significantly to each tryout, we’d like to both help those without cars and lower our environmental impact by carpooling. Here is the link. If you’re struggling to find a ride, let us know and we’ll try to help.

Carpooling Spreadsheet.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

–Dan, Bry, Yaacov, and Chris

Spirit

In my opinion, Spirit of the Game comes down to one simple idea: respect your opponent and believe the best of them in all situations. This idea can be applied to a variety of situations.

Calls

Read this article, entitled Understanding Disagreement, by Dave Klink of Dragn Thrust, this year’s Mixed Division champions. In it, he talks about why disagreements happen on the field and the biological processes responsible for differences of perspective. In particular I like this quote: “I’ve learned that there are many possible explanations for a disagreement on the Ultimate field. And I’ve come to believe that willful and deliberate cheating is typically one of the least likely explanations.”

Your opponent is going to make some calls during the game. Sometimes you will agree with them and sometimes you will disagree, but the rules of our game are designed to handle both of those situations! In my opinion, it’s a marvellous piece of game design. In the end, if you believe the best of your opponent and conscientiously consider the calls that they are making before responding, the game will be faster, more pleasant, and generally better for all involved.

Willful Cheating

Don’t do it! This one is easy: Respect the game and play within it’s rules. If you cheat to win, you didn’t actually win.

Competition and Effort

Another important part of spirit in terms of respecting the opposition is in the attitude with which you approach every game. Looking at your upcoming opponent and thinking “this is going to be an easy game, I shouldn’t have to work too hard” is not a spirited approach and is not going to help either you or your opponent improve as a player. Believe that your opponent will be playing to the limit of their abilities and respect them by playing at full speed in every game. Relaxing and taking the game off mentally or physically doesn’t help anyone feel better and doesn’t help anyone improve. Whether you’re up 10 points or down 10 points, show respect by continuing to play hard.

At the end of the game, you want to be able to look your opponent in the eyes and say “Thank you. That was a great game. Let’s see if we can make each other work even harder next time.”

After the Game

Once the game has past, don’t hold a grudge for any part of the game. Believe that the game was played in good faith. This can be very hard, but it’s also very important. Carrying forward bad feeling won’t help you for your next game against a new team, and it definitely won’t help you for your next game against the same team. Stay focused on the parts of the game that you can control.

In addition, I like to take a minute after the game to go to the player on the other team that I matched up with and talk to them briefly: maybe discuss a call that we disagreed about on the field, or just to congratulate them on a game well played. These little interactions help to build relationships across teams and help people walk away from the game feeling good. I think this might become both more difficult and more important this year as a captain of the team.