Looking the Part : Thunder 2016

One of our first posts back in March was about the re-branding Thunder underwent for this season. We mentioned that while we wanted to stay true to the original lightning bolt logo, we also wanted to incorporate other identifiers that were a little more expressive for our comeback in 2016. We think our new jerseys do just that.

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On top of designing our new logo, James Robinson also designed the fancy new jerseys above. We are really excited to bring Thunder back to the field in 2016 wearing his work, and we feel his design is very reflective of the team we want to be. We’re excited to have a new look for this season, and if these jerseys make you excited as well, then we hope to see you at tryouts tomorrow.

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Thunder Alumni

With the start of the touring season quickly approaching, we hope you’ve already signed up for tryouts and are getting excited. In the event that you haven’t signed up yet and are on the fence about it, we reached out to some Thunder alumni to see what they thought about Thunder and how the team helped them get to where they are today.

Sarah Burke “I learned a lot playing play one season with Thunder. It was my first real experience to the touring ultimate scene and it was the stepping stone that threw me into this sport. On top of learning about strategies and skills, the supportive atmosphere also taught me how to be a good teammate and cultivated an already strong passion for the game. At the end of my first summer with Thunder, the one thing I knew with 100% certainty was that I wanted to continue playing, improving and make sure that my next season would be even better”

Sarah Burke In 2015, Sarah played for Union from Toronto, Ontario. She helped them win a silver medal at the 2015 Canadian Ultimate Championships in Winnipeg, MB.

Jonathan Nelson “Thunder presented me with the opportunity to develop and grow as a leader as one of the captains, while learning core fundamentals of Ultimate. I could not have done it without the leadership and all my Thunder teammates. In the end, I was a better Ultimate player and a better person.”

Nelson In 2015, Jonathan played for Crash. He helped them finish 4th at the 2015 Canadian Ultimate Championships in Winnipeg, MB.

Amanda Froese “I played with Thunder in my very first season of touring Ultimate in 2014 and have a ton of great memories from that summer. Thunder not only taught me skills, but also gave me the confidence to use those new skills in games. I had a fear going into that season that Thunder wouldn’t be as competitive or that we might be able to play at as high a level as I was hoping. I was wrong. We practiced hard, played hard and set high goals for ourselves. It was a place where we could compete, and also feel like we could learn and develop. From my experience, Thunder offers an intentional way to get better at Ultimate, with a group of people who want to do the same.”

koop In 2015, Amanda played for Crash. She helped them finish 4th at the 2015 Canadian Ultimate Championships in Winnipeg, MB and will be returning in 2016 as a Captain.

We hope that these testimonials from Thunder alumni inspire you to come out to tryouts. If you haven’t yet signed up, please do so! We’ll see you on the field!

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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.

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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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