Pro game: AUDL— Dallas Roughnecks vs Austin Sol, 4/2/16

The Dallas Roughnecks play in the AUDL, one of the two professional ultimate leagues in operation (the other is Major League Ultimate), have built an incredible lineup this year with some of the best names in ultimate on the roster. Built around living legend and captain Beau Kittredge, the Roughnecks round out their starting corps with Jimmy Mickle (my favorite player), Dylan Freechild, Kurt Gibson, and Cassidy Rasmussen. All huge names in ultimate.

You should note that there are a few rule differences between middle school ultimate and the AUDL:

  • Double team defensive coverage is allowed in the AUDL but not in middle school ultimate.
  • Games in the AUDL run a certain length of time, not a certain number of points. In middle school ultimate, we play games to 13 or 15.
  • Games in the AUDL are run with observers/referees who make calls. In middle school ultimate, we make all of our own calls.

Bonus video: Beau jumping over a guy:

Bonus bonus: I drafted Beau on my summer league team waaaaay back in the day. It was his first year living in Colorado and I drafted him because he was tall. We ended up winning the league championship that year. I’m the beardless guy holding the disc up, Beau is second from the left. My only ultimate claim-to-fame.

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AUDL Game- Toronto Rush @ Ottawa Outlaws

The American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) is one of the two mens’ professional ultimate leagues up and running right now (the other is Major League Ultimate). There are some differences in the rules used in AUDL and the MLU—double team coverage is allowed and the fields are bigger.

No one is getting rich playing ultimate yet (most pro players have their travel expenses covered and receive a small per-game stipend), but it’s a start!

Get excited to get outside! One last indoor practice in the high school gym on Thursday

Some perspective: We didn’t even hold our first practice last year until April 28th, eight days from now. By the time April 28th of this year clicks over, we’ll be having our eighth practice of the season! All of that extra gym time, throws, and catches are really going to show once we get a chance to run around on the grass. The gym felt a little cramped at times, but it was awesome having the inside air to build confidence with our throws.

A reminder—the next practice is this Thursday and will be held in the Falmouth High School gym. This is OUR LAST INDOOR PRACTICE!!! While we might end up inside sometime due to rain, all of our regularly scheduled practices are outside on the grass. Full field games. Long hucks. Wind! It’s going to be great.

Parents and players—it can be cold and rainy this time of year. Please make sure to dress properly once we get outside. Cold hands cannot catch the disc.

Jerseys are ordered! We’ll be rocking FIVE Ultimate shirts. That’s the brand, not the number of shirts we’ll be wearing. That would be ridiculous.

I’ll leave you with this high level game between San Francisco’s Revolver and Japan’s top club team the Buzz Bullets. Players—check out Beau Kittredge on Revolver.

Roll Falmouth!