Thunder’s Tournament List for 2016

We hope our new logo, goals, and coach have gotten you excited for our 2016 season. Behind practices, the biggest time commitment we’ll be asking of our players will be to attend as many of the tournaments we plan to compete in as possible. Touring ultimate gets it name from the fact that as a team, we compete in tournaments instead of competing in leagues. The touring season spans from May to September and can take teams across the province and country to compete against other teams.

With this in mind, we recognize that there are many players that would like to practice and play competitively but are not able to fully commit to the travel and expense of being on a highly ranked national team. We hope to offer such players a chance to play high-quality ultimate with minimal overnight travel required. Below is the list of tournaments Thunder plans on attending.

  • TUF – May 7/8 – Toronto, ON
  • May Day – May 28/29 – Waterloo, ON
  • Unknown Legends – June 25-26 – Hamilton, ON
  • Regionals – July 9/10 – Location TBD
  • No Borders – July 23/24 – Ottawa, ON
  • CUC Mixed – August 18-21 – Hamilton, ON

We think this list of tournaments provides great opportunities for high quality competition while remaining close to home.

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Introducing Coach Chaudet

2016 is shaping up to be a really exciting year for Thunder- a new look, some new goals, and now, a new coach.

We’re proud to announce that our Coach for 2016 will be Marcie Chaudet, a long time ultimate frisbee player and previous University of Waterloo Women’s, Whiplash, and Wreck touring player 1394421_10100667047384717_1639481059_n

The decision to coach this year wasn’t a decision she made lightly. Any player turned coach will tell you- it’s not easy to step back and leave your cleats at home, but Marcie is excited and ready for the challenge. In previous years she’s been in leadership roles on the University of Waterloo Women’s team, experiences that inspired her to step up as coach for Thunder this year. When reflecting on those previous experiences of captaining the UW Women, she recognized how rewarding it was to help players develop their skills and confidence, and she’s looking forward to have similar experiences this year on Thunder.

But she also has a lot to give. A veteran of the sport, Marcie has over 8 years of playing experience to pull from, with Nationals experience at both the University and Club level. She’s a proud advocate of touring ultimate, knowing how beneficial the experience can be for players ready to take their game to the next level. Her experience with touring is also why she’s so excited to coach this year: she knows that touring is about the community, the camaraderie and the development, and that is what Thunder is all about at its core.

So as a coach, what is she looking for in players? Marcie will be looking for the key attributes that Thunder wants to build into the team: work ethic, a positive attitude, and respect for the game. She wants to find players willing to always give 100% every time they set foot on the field, be it for practice or for a key tournament game. Thunder’s goal of being the best development team in Canada will only happen if we foster a supportive team culture, which is why having a positive attitude is so important. In Marcie’s own words: “Positive teams do great things, and we have to have a positive and supportive environment for players to develop”.

We’re absolutely thrilled to have Marcie on board as our Coach this year. We hope you are too!

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2016 Crash and Thunder Tryouts!

Tryouts are coming up! If you’re interested in playing for Crash or Thunder this summer, here’s the information you need to know! We’re excited to build on our successful season last year and hope that you want to be part of it! Below the form is an FAQ if you’re looking for answers about the tryout process.

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. 25$ 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 and Thunder 2016 seasons on the season info page. (Crash) (Thunder)

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, Kristen Dearden, Neil Thomas, and Yaacov Iland). The roster for Thunder will be chosen by Bryan Yeung, Marcie Chaudet and the Thunder Leadership team.

7. Can you explain the tryout process? When will cuts be made?

All players that are interested in playing with Crash or Thunder will be trying out for the team this spring and is expected to attend tryouts. The first tryout, on April 19, will be for players who are new to touring in KW-Guelph. We like to have a chance to evaluate players we don’t know well before the large-scale tryouts starting April 21. We’ll be sending out emails to all players indicating whether we’ll be expecting to see them at the first tryout. Following the first tryout, new players will be streamed into two groups, one that will continue trying out for Crash, and one that will continue trying out for Thunder. Players that move onto Crash tryouts will be invited to attend the second tryout on Thursday April 21, along with all others that are interested in playing with Crash this summer.

Crash and Thunder tryouts will continue on Tuesday April 26 and Thursday April 28 with separate tryouts for each team. The teams will be selected by the evening of Sunday May 1.

Thunder’s Goals for 2016

In addition to a new logo for 2016, Thunder has a fresh new set of goals to go along with it.

While many people missed Thunder in 2015, the hiatus allowed us to think carefully about what we want the team to be and we’re excited to execute that vision in 2016. Simply put, our goal is to be the best development team in Canada. We want to be a training ground for hard working players that are ready to take their game to the next level. We’ve designed a season around helping our players improve their skills as individuals, and as a team. Thunder has everything a player needs to get the most development out of their summer: experienced coaching, competitive tournaments, a confident and supportive team culture, and intense practices. If you want to see the biggest improvement in your game this summer, Thunder is the right place for you.

But not all of our goals are new. The one thing that Thunder has always been known for is the supportive team culture it has for its players, and we want to continue that legacy in 2016. Thunder fosters a positive environment that supports individual player development while increasing our overall team competitiveness. We believe that part of learning to be a great player is learning how to elevate your teammates with you. When it comes to ultimate, we know that the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts.

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But how do we do that? By bringing in the right people. We are keen to recruit players that want to develop their skills while sharing in the camaraderie, fun, and community of competitive ultimate. We are particularly interested in players that are disciplined, hardworking, and have a great level of respect for their opponents and the game we love to play. Outside of skills, we’re looking for players who are ready to give 100%, have a positive attitude, and are ready to support their teammates. If you think you fit that bill, we’d love to see you at tryouts.

Want to get better at ultimate? Tryout for Thunder!

New Year, New Look

As you maybe saw on Facebook and Twitter yesterday, Thunder Ultimate updated their social media accounts with some new graphics and logos, beginning the launch of our re-branding process.

Many of you may remember that Thunder took a brief hiatus in 2015 to re-group and re-focus, and when the leadership got together earlier this year to start the discussions of reviving Thunder for 2016, re-branding the team was an important part of that process. We felt it was important to pull forward Thunder’s original lightning bolt logo while also finding something a little more expressive for the team.

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Thunder2016FBProfilePic (A big shout out has to go to James Robinson who helped us with the graphic design of our new logo. A 2014 Thunder alumni, he’s a writer and illustrator currently wrapping up his first graphic novel!)

In addition to the lightning bolt, we’re proud to announce that fierce looking hippopotamus as an additional identifier for Thunder Ultimate 2016. These animals are aggressive, unpredictable, and fast: just like our cuts on the field. But how do Thunder and hippopotamuses relate to each other? A group of hippos are called a Thunder, a name likely coming from the noises these animals make while charging: when a group of hippos start running, their stomps can often sound like rolling thunder. We’ll let you know what our opponents say after they hear us chasing down a disc.

2016 is going to be a really exciting year for Thunder Ultimate, and our new look is only a small part of that. We hope you join us.

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Crash & Thunder Season Info – 2016

Crash and Thunder Season and Tryout Info is now available!

Thunder Season Info

Crash Season Info

In summary, tryouts will be held during the last two weeks of April. We don’t have fields booked for tryouts yet, but we’ll be confirming times and places for those ASAP. Tournament lists for the summer can be found at the links above.

If you want to receive notifications from us when we have updated details for either Crash or Thunder, sign up using the following form.

Clinic #5 – Mindfulness and Downfield Defense

Our final clinic of the winter season will be held this Saturday and that it has a slightly different schedule than normal.

The clinic will begin with a workshop from 7pm-8pm on Mindfulness led by Neenah Navasero. This will be held in the meeting/party room just to the left after entering CORE. In her words…

It will be a talk on mindfulness and its application to competitive ultimate and performance. It will include a significant experiential/interactive component to introduce those attending to a few mindful formal practices and a discussion on how mindfulness can be applied to the game. I will be speaking from my experiences in the 2014 summer winning gold with PPF and how mindfulness played a huge role in my personal performance and mental game throughout the season. I hope to share these mental gems with whomever is interested; I do hope people will come with an open, or what I’ve learned through mindfulness, a beginner’s mind.
Following the workshop, Thomas Black will be back to lead the rest of the clinic from 8pm-10pm on our usual field. He’ll probably be leading on downfield defense.