Week 2 got off to a rough start on Monday with advanced camp being stormed out and regular camp being reeeaalllyyy wiiiiindy, but the rest of the week was smooth sailing. It was a week of innovation from our YUP campers- Wes created a new way to carry a disc (left), Ruby renamed one of our classic games "Hippo Cone" (a much more interesting name, we have to admit), and advanced campers devised countless new unstoppable plays (watch out for "Alpaca" to hit the pro leagues later this summer).
Congratulations to our spirit award winners for the week! Grace and Tommy in advanced camp (not shown) and Wes, Jonas, and Ruby in afternoon camp (shown below). Thank you all for your amazing spirit!
18 contenders valiantly competed for the coveted bronze, silver, and gold medals. We had an exciting line-up of events: accuracy challenge, in and out box, longest throw, gotta catch 'em all, the classic conehead race, and more! Shoutout to our gold-medalists Abby and Leo!
Below: Leo taking first in the conehead race, well on his way to the gold medal!
Four stellar teams faced off in this weeks tournament: Team Sleipnir, team Jormungandr, team Fenrir, and team Mjollner. In the first round Fenrir fell to Jormungandr while Mjollner took care of business against Sleipnir. The next round saw two close matches. Fenrir managed to claw their way past Sleipnir's tough defense and inexhaustible legs for the 5-3 vicotry. In the other game, Mjollner jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but Jormungandr went on a run of their own to go up 3-2. The teams traded points until universe point at 4-4. Jormungandr was starting on offense, but Mjollner's Drew Nordman laid down the hammer with a big hand block. This gave his team great field positioning and they were able to punch it in for the 5-4 victory.
Thus going into the third round Mjollner was the only undefeated team. This didn't last long however as Fenrir eked out a 5-4 comeback win against them. After Jormungandr won a hard-fought game against Sleipnir there were three teams with a 2 and 1 record. Who would play in the final was decided by goal differential, which fell in favor of Mjollner and Jormungandr. Wanting revenge for their earlier loss Jormungandr came out on fire and put the squeeze on Mjollner scoring the first four points. Mjollner made a valiant effort but Jormungandr's team chemistry (Cole Norman, Cole Weinstein, and Grace Prince) was too much for them in the end. Jormungandr emerged victorious, 5-2.
Coordinating your shirt and your shorts is one thing, but matching your outfit to your disc brings style to a whole new level. Brought to you by Peter Mans and Cole Nordman Tyler needs to step up his game...
More important than the tournament results are the spirit awards for the week! Spirit of the game is an extremely important part of ultimate at all levels of play. At the end of each camp the kids vote on who they thought exhibited the best spirit throughout the week of camp. We had an amazingly spirited group of kids this week, but our two award winners are Henry Mans and Kieran Panning-Miller! Congratulations!
It was a beautiful day here at Linden Hills Park for the inaugural 2015 YUP End-O'-Week Tournament- 73 degrees and partly sunny, wind at a mild 9MPH. Four strong teams fiercely competed for the honor of being named the YUP Week 1 National Champions. Team Rutabaga came out strong, taking Team Tunafish to universe point (4-4 next point wins), but could not hold them off in the end- Team Tunafish clinched the game 5-4. Team Alabaster (renamed Team Aardvark) seemed to come out flat, giving up the first three points of the game to Team Jujubes. But did they really come out flat, or were they just lulling the Jujubes into a false sense of security?? That, we will never know, but the Aardvarks fought back hard, tying the game 3-3, then 4-4, then coming out victorious with a 5-4 win over the Jujubes. What a game.
The rest of the rounds flew by- discs were thrown, discs were caught. In the end, no one could stop Team Tunafish, who went 3-0 for the day. In the wise words of Luke Meyer, "You can tune a piano, but you can't tunafish."
You've all seen the ultimate player wearing the straw hat. But never before seen is the "Ponytail Express" - a new look that will never go out of style. Pioneered and named by YUP coach Robin Fassett-Carman.