About the Team
The UBC Thunderbirds Women’s Ultimate Sport Club is a consistently high performing team that competes primarily in the USA Ultimate (USAU) College Series in the spring of each school year with the primary goal of qualifying for – and winning – the USA College National Championships. Most recently, in 2016, the UBC Women placed 5th at USA Nationals.
After years under the experienced tutelage of Tasia Balding and Jennifer Kwok, the UBC women welcomed a new head coach and assistant coach in 2015. Jeff Cruikshank, a longstanding member of the Vancouver ultimate community, is the current coach of Vancouver Traffic, the top women’s team in Canada, as well as the 2016 Team Canada Women’s team. Arguably one of the top coaches in Canada, it has been an honour to have him work with the team. Candice Chan, one of the top female players in Canada and a former UBC player, was also an invaluable asset to have on our coaching staff.
The 2016-2017 will start with tryouts happening in late November or early December and will continue with regular practices happening from the beginning of January until the end of May. Regular season tournaments typically occur in March, qualifier tournaments in April, and National Championships in May.
The UBC Thunderbirds Women’s Ultimate Sport Club is looking for passionate and skilled players to join our 2017 team. Ultimate is a unique sport that combines athleticism, skill, and spirit; and we value all three aspects of the game. We pride ourselves in promoting an inclusive and fun atmosphere without sacrificing our competitive drive to be one of the top 3 ranked Women’s Ultimate teams in North America. We invite all students interested in competing at high-level women’s ultimate to come to our try-outs.
Previous experience with the sport will be an asset, although is not necessarily required to make the team. There is an expectation that players will do their best effort to attend all three practices a week (two evenings and one weekend morning) and all tournaments. Athletes will also be expected to complete required additional individual fitness outside of practice. Lastly, athletes will be required to have a valid passport in order to travel to the United States regularly for tournament play.
Tryout dates for the 2016-2017 season are TBA, but will likely happen in late November or early December. To stay up to date, please like us on Facebook and join our email list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Team fees will be paid in installments throughout the spring and will roughly total at $600-$700. These cost will cover fields, tournament fees, apparel, hotels, gas, etc. Certain tournaments will require flying (Stanford Invite and Nationals) and are the individual responsibility of the player. They will add to roughly $800-1000 total. There will be significant fundraising efforts made throughout the season to help subsidize these costs.
Practices will start at the beginning of January and continue until the end of May, leading up to Nationals. There will be three practices per week spanning 2 hours each session.
- Two practices will take place on weeknight evenings (7-9 pm or 8-10 pm) and
- One practice will take place Saturday mornings; time TBA.
Exact time and locations will depend on field assignments for the month. Additional fitness sessions will also be required.
- Late January – One day pre-season tournament at Western Washington University against the Northwest women’s college teams.
- Late February – One day friendly exhibition against the University of Victoria women’s team at the University of Victoria campus.
- Early March – Two day regular-season tournament in Fremont, California against top-ranked women’s college teams.
Northwest Challenge Cup
- Late March – Three day regular-season tournament in Seattle, Washington against top-ranked women’s college teams.
- Early April, Location TBA – Two day qualifying tournament for Northwest Regionals.
- Late April – Location TBA – Two day qualifying tournament for D-I USAU College Championships.
USAU Division-I College Championships
- Late May – The top 20 women’s teams compete for the National Championship title in Mason, Ohio.
Exact dates to come and locations to be announced closer to the beginning of the season.
- 3rd Place – Stanford Invite (Fremont, CA)
- 2nd Place – Northwest Challenge Cup (Burlington, WA)
- 5th Place – USAU Nationals (Raleigh, NC)
- UBC TSC Executives of the Year, 2015-16 Season
- 3rd Place – Stanford Invite
- 1st Place – Northwest Challenge
- 3rd Place – USAU Nationals
- 2015-2016 1st Team All-American, USAU : Mira Donaldson
- 2016 Callahan Award Finalist, USAU : Mira Donaldson
- 2015 Rookie of the Year, USAU: Ellen Au-Yeung
- 2014 Rookie of the Year Runner-Up, USAU : Victoria McCann
Founded in 1997, the Women’s Ultimate team has competed yearly in the USAU College Series and holds a National Championship Title from 2008. The 2014-15 season saw them coming off of a 3rd place finish – their highest since 2008; they finished 5th in the 2015-2016 season.
The team consistently is ranked among the top teams in North America and seems to have an endless flow of young talent from the Junior Ultimate Programs in BC. Vancouver has a strong junior ultimate scene which has provided a talented pipeline for the UBC team. In fact, many rookies join the team with years of high-level playing experience already under their belt, be it with Team BC or Team Canada. Many UBC players represented Canada at the U23 World Championships in London in 2015, as well as the 2014 and 2016 U19 World Championships in Lecco, Italy and Wroclaw, Poland respectively.
UBC students have won numerous accolades while representing Canada internationally. Beyond many players who have competed on the U19 and U23 Canadian National Teams, UBC’s distinguished alumni Mira Donaldson, Catherine Hui, and Kira Frew have competed for the Canadian World Games Team – they were three of only six women selected. In previous years, the Women’s Ultimate team has existed as part of the UBC AMS Ultimate Club – a community that still exists for students who do not wish to compete at a competitive level.
|Ellen Au-Yeung||Finance Officeremail@example.com|
|Emma Madden-Krasnick||Marketing and Communications Officerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Joanna Lo||Club Leademail@example.com|
|Naomi Morcilla||Travel and Safety Officerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Victoria McCann||Club Leademail@example.com|
We host numerous fundraisers throughout the season including 5v5 tournaments, alumni events, and replica jersey sales happening at various points throughout the season. Stay tuned!
To view tournament previews, recaps, results, rankings, and highlight videos for both the UBC Thunderbirds Women’s and Men’s Ultimate Sport Clubs please visit http://ultiworld.com/
For more information regarding recreational Ultimate, please email an Executive at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the AMS UBC Ultimate Club website at https://ubcultimate.wordpress.com/