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12 Days Hat Tournament – Registration Open!

Join us for our 12 Days Hat Tournament and help support Atlanta’s youth ultimate players! We’ve been rained out the past few years, but that’s not holding us back from having a good time and getting back out there. It’s … More »

2019 Middle School League End of Season Tourney

Congrats to ALL the Middle School Girls Teams for a great year! The End of Season Tournament in Conyers was spectacular with some incredible play. In the end, ANCS won the whole thing on Universal Point against Paideia 4-3. Congrats … More »

Fall Ultimate & Goaltimate Leagues

Sign-ups are open! for our Fall Ultimate (in-town & Cobb) and Fall Goalty Leagues! Fall is a great season for beginners or first-time league players. Most leagues feature a full draft, meaning players sign up as individuals (or in pairs) … More »

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12 Days Hat Tournament – Registration Open!

Join us for our 12 Days Hat Tournament and help support Atlanta’s youth ultimate players! We’ve been rained out the past few years, but that’s not holding us back from having a good time and getting back out there.

It’s your standard hat tournament, with a few Atlanta quirks – see hat rules below. Holiday festive wear strongly encouraged!

  • Registration: Open NOW, sign up on our leagues page and will close by December 1st
  • When: Dec 7-8
  • Where: Georgia Soccer Park. Parking is $1.
  • Time: Saturday 9-5, Sunday 10-3
  • Cost: $35 (goes to AFDC Grants to support youth ultimate)

Registration details – Name and rank are needed to help balance teams. Please submit realistic rankings to help our commissioner and keep our event fun for everyone. There are limited spots (12 teams x 12 players) and they can fill up quickly, so secure your spot by sending in your payment today.

Check-in starts at 8:30am Saturday at the fields. The schedule will be sent to players Friday night, so if you have a first round bye you’ll register before your first game. You’ll received a jersey for your assigned team color, but jersey sizes will be handed out first come first serve, so arrive early if you need a specific size.

Fundraising – thank you for supporting Atlanta youth ultimate players! Your registration fee goes to tournament costs as well as a donation to AFDC Grants which gives scholarships to youth players. These scholarships help middle & high school players participate in leagues, YCC, attend clinics, and offset expenses that may prohibit them from playing the sport we all love. Because 12 Days is our annual fundraiser for this worthy cause, registration fee refunds are not available. You can also donate directly to AFDC Grants here (tax-deductible) and there will be additional fundraising activities you can support during this season of giving.

Hat rules – all players must wear a hat at all times while playing. Santa hats, chicken hats, cat in the hats welcome! A VISOR IS NOT A HAT. If your hat falls off while you have the disc, it’s a turn!

~~ Gentle reminder that dogs are not permitted at Georgia Soccer Park, per park rules. Please leave your fuzzy friends at home. Unfortunately, you will be asked to take them home if they make it with you to the park. We love our poochies, but must respect our field partners’ wishes. ~~

Rain (out) plan – Don’t freak out! There’s a plan! Weather has been unkind to us in the past, so if misfortune strikes again meet up at Monday Night Brewing at noon. We’ll have a bar tab set up for 12 Days participants where you’ll be able to collect your jersey and compete in some indoor fun & games instead. Hats still required!

Fancy Pants Dance Party

“The AFDC social event of the year.”

“It’s for the kids!”

“We clean up gooood.”

“How did I get home?!”

12 Days tournament participants will receive free admission to our evening social event – Fancy Pants on Saturday, December 14th. Mix and mingle with the rest of AFDC in your festive formal best. We’re finalizing location and other specifics, but mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details.

You DO NOT need to be a 12 Days participant to join us for the party. Separate tickets may be purchased for this event in advance or at the door.

 

 

2019 Middle School League End of Season Tourney

Congrats to ALL the Middle School Girls Teams for a great year!
The End of Season Tournament in Conyers was spectacular with some incredible play. In the end, ANCS won the whole thing on Universal Point against Paideia 4-3.

Congrats to all the Middle School Open Teams for a terrific year!
This year’s EOS Tournament had
* Waldorf winning the A division on Universal Point against Druid Hills 6-5.
** B Division had Henderson coming out on top of ANCS 9-6.

You can see all the game scores at the AFDC Juniors Facebook page HERE.

Fall Ultimate & Goaltimate Leagues

Sign-ups are open! for our Fall Ultimate (in-town & Cobb) and Fall Goalty Leagues! Fall is a great season for beginners or first-time league players. Most leagues feature a full draft, meaning players sign up as individuals (or in pairs) and are drafted onto even teams by captains. Learn to Play sessions will also cover the basics of throwing, rules, and spirit of the game. Got a friend that’s never played? Bring them out!

 

Fall League

  • Saturdays 10am – 1pm @ in-town fields (TBD)
  • Sep 14 – Nov 2 (~8 weeks) & EoS Nov 17 (Sun)
  • **New! All-Star Game – Nov 10 (Sun)**
  • Skill level: ALL – beginners encouraged
  • Format: All draft
  • Cost: $65
  • Registration will close Thursday, 9/5

New to Atlanta or ultimate in general – this in-town league is perfect for you! Learn to play or improve your game during this fun, social league. Email registerdusty706@gmail.com for more information or check out our Fall League page to learn more.

If you sign-up as a pair with a player that is brand new to AFDC leagues, you and your partner will receive $15 off your dues! We want to encourage you to bring significant others, co-workers, neighbors, family, friends, etc. 

Cobb Fall League

  • Mondays 7-10pm @ Terrell Mill Park
  • Sep 9 – Nov 4 (8 weeks) & EoS Nov 4
  • Skill level: ALL
  • Format: teams assigned by league commissioner
  • Cost: $50 – includes t-shirt & disc!
  • Registration will close Monday, 9/9

Coach an ultimate team (middle school, high school, or college) in Cobb county? If so, your registration is FREE! Thank you for all that you do! Email info@afdc.com for more information. Check out our Cobb Leagues page to learn more.

Fall Goalty

  • Wednesdays 7-10pm @ Coan Park
  • Sep 4 – Oct 23 (8 weeks) & EoS Oct 27 (Sun)
  • Skill level: ALL – beginners encouraged
  • Format: All draft
  • Cost: $60
  • Registration will close Monday, 8/26

Hurry! Only 5 captain spots are left. Email mccargo@gmail.com if you’re interested in captaining. Captains do not need to provide a core this year – it’s draft only! Check out our Goaltimate page to learn more.

New to 2019 – Georgia Ultimate Premier League

Check out this new opportunity for ultimate across Georgia!

The GUPL, or Georgia Ultimate Premier League, is currently looking for interested teams or free agents to join this first-year, state-wide ultimate league. More details for those interested below.

After some discussion on Reddit and as announced on their Twitter – The GUPL is a project to bridge the gap between college/league level play to club. The league will be tiered (ladder style) with teams playing for promotion or fighting relegation.

  • Open to any team in Georgia (college, club, church / friend group, etc.)
  • Divisions TBD based on interest (hoping for men’s & women’s)
  • 10 week season from Oct – Dec
  • 4 “home” and 4 “away” games per division
  • Minimal team deposit required to secure spot which will be at least partially refunded if all “away” games are played

Team entry closes Sep 8th, don’t miss out!

Contact Jim Heneghan, or reach out on GUPL’s Facebook for more information.

Share the Learn To Play MS Jamboree Aug. 17!

AFDC Juniors, Project Diversity, and USAU are holding a FREE Middle School Jamboree on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Maynard Jackson High School to spread the fun of Ultimate. All kids are welcome but registration is required. Please spread the word! Click here to register https://forms.gle/tF7DyNwJk3WYGA7C6

 

 

Check Out the Color of Ultimate: ATL Documentary!!!

The Color of Ultimate: ATL official documentary recently went public on YouTube!!!

The documentary, hosted by AFDC: Project Diversity,details the stories of players who participated in the Color of Ultimate: ATL game. The stories include why the players enjoy ultimate, what the Color of Ultimate ATL means to them, and how race and socioeconomic statues have influence their lives both in the sport of ultimate and in life at large.

Click the image above to watch the documentary!!

The film was created by TNReels with the support of USA Ultimate. You can watch the documentary’s trailer here.

The Color of Ultimate: ATL was an All-Star ultimate frisbee that showcased many of the sport’s most talented players of color from across the United States and Colombia, South America. The game took place in Atlanta, GA on June 22, 2019.

Did you miss the game? Complete footage of the game can be found here.

Premier Ultimate League & AFDC Tailgate

The first ever Premier Ultimate League (PUL) championship is this weekend! For those who are unfamiliar, the PUL is an international non-profit organization that strives to achieve equity in the sport of ultimate through myriad ways, but one of them is to showcase elite women’s ultimate from across the world!

The Atlanta Flying Disc Club is co-sponsoring a tailgate before the first game of the championship weekend and subsidizing general admission tickets to AFDC Summer League participants at a reduced price – $10 for the whole weekend! Just share that you’re with AFDC Summer League at the ticket booth to take part of this great deal.

Both semifinals games take place Friday with the finals and league awards ceremony taking place on Saturday. Atlanta’s own Soul will be playing in the second semifinals game taking on Revolution from Colombia (the country!). Come cheer on our local pros

  • Where: Silverbacks Stadium
  • When: June 28
  • Tailgate starts at 4:30 – check out the Facebook event
  • First semi’s game starts at 6:00 (New York Gridlock vs Raleigh Radiance)
  • Second semi’s game starts at 8:30 (Atlanta Soul vs Colombia Revolution)

There will be free food and a keg for Summer League participants! Don’t sweat it if you cannot make the first game, there will be plenty of time to step out for a drink or a snack. Please feel free to bring any tailgate games or other activities / items you’d like to share!

The Afterparty!

PUL finals will be back at Silverbacks Stadium on Saturday at 12:30 for anyone not playing in MST. To help celebrate ultimate and the end of this inaugural season, there will be an afterparty with dancing and mingling with your favorite PUL players.

For Summer League participants, we expect MST games to be done around 4:00, so you should have plenty of time to freshen up and head on over. There will again be an AFDC subsidy to make things cheaper – $4 fancy beers & $5 rose drafts.

  • Where: Venkman’s in O4W
  • When: doors at 7:00pm

How often to you get to party with professional athletes?!

 

The Color of Ultimate: ATL — Game Recap

Atlanta, GA – Saturday, June 22. — by Gerleen Dineros

AFDC’s Project Diversity hosted an event-packed day of ultimate on Saturday, which culminated that night with an intense all-star showcase game that ended with Team Tuba winning in sudden-death overtime 20-19 over Team Simpson.

Athletes of the highest caliber from across the country (and Colombia, South America) came together for a showcase game that truly boasted of the amount of talent each player brought to the table. Players were split into two teams; Team Simpson (the home team in dark jerseys) and Team Tuba (the away team in light jerseys). Both teams scored on serve for most of the first quarter, offenses seamlessly working the disc across the full width of the field as they swung the disc. Handlers gave their deep cutters plenty of room to run onto the disc in the endzone. Atlanta’s Michelle Yang won possession of a disc in an air battle against two defenders and got the assist to Raleigh’s Georgia Tse, for a score. Delrico Johnson, from Washington DC, was a highlight-generating machine on the night. In the first quarter, he laid out to snag a disc right in front of the endzone and then threw a scoober assist for a score to Seattle’s AJ Beard. That break gave Team Tuba the inch up they needed to edge ahead of Team Simpson at the end of the first quarter, 7-6.

Team Simpson refused to stay down for long, and they took advantage of Team Tuba’s turnovers to generate several scores. Colombia players Elizabeth Mosquera and Ximena Montaña connected a few times on the field, contributing to Simpson’s climb back on the scoreboard as they left their defenders trailing behind. Despite a considerable amount of time spent during a lightning and rain delay, players and spectators alike kept up the energy when the game was continued. Team Simpson pulled ahead at the end of the quarter, leaving the score 10-12 as they headed into a shortened third quarter.

Due to the weather delay, the quarters were shortened to eight minutes and breaks between quarters were condensed to two minutes in order to keep the game going. Both teams did their best to retain possession of the disc on offense, but Team Simpson’s second quarter lead faltered one too many times with fumbles in the middle of the field and Team Tuba pulled head at the end of the third quarter, 15-14. Dallas’ Gabe Hernandez was an unstoppable force on offense and defense going into the top of the fourth. He generated bookends, intercepting a pass from Team Tuba and scoring the point after an uncontested foul call fumbled the disc out of his hands in the endzone. Though his team pulled into the lead close to the end of the fourth quarter, Team Tuba’s players made equally as incredible plays in order to stay in the game. Delrico Johnson made a Sportscenter worthy layout grab in front of the endzone to retain possession of the disc, dishing it to Atlanta’s Jenny Choi for the reset. Choi completed the point by passing upline to Seattle’s Jesse Bolton, who threw the assist to DC’s Christian Boxley for the score, with just 12 seconds left in the game. Team Simpson struck back quickly, however, as Elizabeth Mosquera found Atlanta’s Shanye Crawford on a deep shot as time expired.

With the score ending tied 19-19 at the end of the fourth quarter and the intensity still high, the teams went into a sudden death round after a final two-minute break. Team Tuba received the disc and worked their way downfield, Team Simpson’s defense playing tight as they looked for opportunities to generate a much-needed turnover. Atlanta’s Anders Olsen threw a flick huck downfield to a streaking Manuela Cardenas, from Colombia, who came down with the disc for the score and for the win.

It’s impossible to highlight every player that participated in the Color of Ultimate, but this was easily one of the most competitive games of ultimate I have witnessed recently. Offenses took bold risks with their deep shots, often gaining high rewards as players like Shanye Crawford and Michelle Yang won battles in the air against their defenders. Defenses played tight on their person and caused turnovers with their layout D’s and spatial awareness on the field. To have such high caliber players in one arena, and to see how much joy radiated from them as they played with each other reminded me of the importance of elevating our community members who feel isolated and uninvited to the ultimate narrative. Ultimate should be accessible to everyone, and these players have shown that making changes to create racial and socioeconomic diversity could result in the inclusion that we proudly claim is unique to this sport.

The Color of Ultimate: ATL — Player Interviews

We had the honor of interviewing a few players participating in The Color of Ultimate: ATL all-star showcase game this weekend. They shared captivating stories on how they got their start in ultimate and the impact they hope the Color of Ultimate showcase will have on the community.

We interviewed:

Sun Choi

Anraya Palmer

Byron Liu

 

 

 

 

 

Sun Choi, Atlanta Chain Lightning & Atlanta Hustle
Anraya Palmer, Atlanta Ozone & Atlanta Soul
Byron Liu, San Francisco Revolver & San Francisco Flamethrowers

1) Describe how you first started playing ultimate. What made you stay with the sport?

Choi: My first ever experience with playing ultimate was throwing in my high school parking lot with a friend. I remember it pretty vividly. It was the summer before I graduated high school and I was out throwing with a friend after school. The sun was setting, cars were strewn across the parking lot and I was in jeans. We were throwing with a worn-out blue Wham-O Heavyweights disc that I took from gym class that day. I swear we threw for hours. Dodging and hitting cars, laughing, running around and enjoying our start to the summer. This was one of the few moments I can recall that I was so wildly content. And that’s when I knew I was gonna play this sport. All because of a piece of plastic, a parking lot, and a friend to throw with. Went to Marietta pick and found out about KSU ultimate and the rest is really history.

I stuck with Ultimate because of the people. My first ever tournament was Shawn Adams with some KSU guys that I had probably known for about a month. I didn’t know how to play, but the team I played with was super nice and just open to getting me involved. The guys that I went with were hilarious and they taught me so much about the game. I liked how serious they took it, but were also very light-hearted about the whole thing. Thanks to those guys, it was an overall great experience that really solidified my love of the game.

Palmer: I first starting playing ultimate my senior year of high school. I had just finished playing basketball and was too burnt out with school to think about playing a super competitive season of soccer. A friend who had been trying to convince me to play ultimate told me it was very low commitment and super fun. I wasn’t convinced this was the sport for me yet because I was playing on an open team. If I dropped the disc, I wasn’t thrown to again. It wasn’t until I was able to play on a women’s team at an all-women’s tournament that I started to really enjoy the game. I rediscovered the sport in my sophomore year of college at UGA. My college team quickly became my second family and from then on, I knew ultimate was the sport for me. Being able to still be active and compete at a sport, plus doing it with my friends, nothing is better than that.

Liu: I started playing in college at Emory University. I joined because my older brother had started playing the year before at Middlebury College and we had played a bit when he came back for the summer. I actually didn’t play that much my freshmen fall because I was also spending time with a dance crew, but after attending my first tournament (Classic City Classic in Athens) I was hooked. It was there I found out how truly strange ultimate players are and how much that is encouraged.

2) Has race affected your experience playing ultimate? If yes, how so?

Choi: My first ever nationals that I went to see was in 2010. Masahiro Matsuno (team Japan) was playing with Furious George that year and the dude was a BEAST. He got MVP at CLUB NATIONALS! Watching that dude cut and work people on the field was amazing. It was seriously an inspiration to see an Asian dude tear it up on the field like that. I’ve always dreamed of having perfect timing like him.

Palmer: I think one thing most people don’t understand is that race can affect you without anyone being “racist”. Whenever I, as a POC, am entering a space where I am the minority, I am aware of my race. Every time I travel to a tournament, stay at a hotel and step on the field, I am aware of my race. I try not to think about it as much when I’m playing, but it is hard not to notice that I don’t see too many people that look like me. In the almost 10 years that I’ve been playing, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve had a black teammate. And while I’ve never experienced any negative interactions with any of my teammates, I am still always constantly aware of my surroundings and who I’m hanging out with.

Liu: Right into the tough questions! One specific moment comes to mind. After winning the 2017 AUDL Championship with the SF Flamethrowers I had two Asian Canadian kids (the game was in Toronto) come up to me. They had come to watch me play because I was one of the few players that looked like them that they had ever heard of. That was the moment I truly realized that I didn’t have the privilege of being just a player, that how I carried myself shaped an outsize portion of how others envisioned themselves in our sport. While I strive to be a good example for others, it made me wish our world felt more accessible to those looking for a way in.

3) What steps should be taken to promote diversity in the sport?

Choi: That’s a pretty hard question and I think greater minds are working on that. I think the AFDC and Hustle have done such an outstanding job of promoting the sport through Boys and Girls Clubs, volunteering at local Atlanta Schools and putting on showcase games like this one have been building towards getting more people involved in playing Ultimate.

Palmer: I think there needs to be more visibility for POC in our game. Teams like Downtown Brown and all-POC games like this one are huge. They raise awareness about the lack of diversity in ultimate, as well as create a space for POCs that they may never get to experience again. Game footage and highlights being readily available online and all-over social media is great too. Being able to see more players that look like you is so important, you can’t be what you can’t see. Also getting more and more people that are willing to speak up about the lack of diversity in ultimate. The GE movement got people to talk more about womxn in ultimate. It’s time we start talking about diversity.

Liu: I don’t feel anywhere near qualified to answer this question. But since I’m here, I think something we can always do better is living our values. A wise person once told me, it’s easy to know the right thing to do and hard to do it. That’s why I’m so impressed by the Color of Ultimate showcase game. This entire event sprang from folks choosing to act based on their values. By creating a visible celebration of diversity and inclusion they are saying, more powerfully than any words could, that there are socioeconomic and racial inequities that we need to face. Not only that, but they also made it easy for us (the players and the community) to engage — through registration, sponsorships, a live stream, and all the behind the scenes work that all require — knowing that things like this need to be perfect to get the recognition they deserve.

4) What are your goals in the next five years of your ultimate career?

Choi: “not here for a long time, just here for a good time” That’s what I think of when I read this question. I’m not too sure what my Ultimate 5-year plan is, but I know that I enjoy playing at this level and want to compete here for as long as possible. I guess my biggest goals are to enjoy the sport, improve my game, and sky Matt Smith one time.

Palmer: I want to still be competing at the highest level. Continue to grow as a player and a leader. Be a top defender! I want Ozone to be consistently in the top 4 at Nationals. Continue speaking up for POC and increasing diversity in ultimate.

Liu:  I honestly haven’t thought that much about it.

–Interviews were conducted by Gerleen Dineros


Thank you to all of our sponsors supporting this event, but especially the Atlanta Soul, the Atlanta HustleSpin Ultimate and ARIA Discs for helping contribute to our mission of increasing the racial and socioeconomic diversity in ultimate.

                      

 

 

The Color of Ultimate: ATL — A Preview

 

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of that tapestry are equal in value no matter their color.” – Maya Angelou

 

Events like The Color of Ultimate: ATL exist today to reinforce Maya Angelou’s point: we are strongest as a people when we celebrate each other’s differences.

On June 22, 2019, AFDC: Project Diversity will host The Color of Ultimate: ATL, a game whose goal is to bring awareness about the socioeconomic and racial inequity of the sport of ultimate. The day will include the following events:

  • Round-table discussions for participating players about race, class, and inequity in ultimate and how ultimate communities can develop action plans to best reach the underrepresented demographics and communities.
  • FREE pre-game youth and adult clinics led by elite players of color
  • An all-star showcase game to close the night!

The game will take place at 7:00pm at St. Pius X High School in Atlanta, GA. The preceding clinics will take place at the same location from 5:30-6:30pm. Admission to the game is free, although donations to the cause will be accepted upon entry. The game will be live-streamed for free on youtube and available on youtube after the game as well.

The Color of Ultimate: ATL Roster features some of the game’s best players from across the nation (and Colombia).

To ensure a captivating and engaging experience for those participating throughout the day, top-level players—all who self-identify as players of color—from across the country (and Colombia, South America) have applied to and been recruited to play in this special event. Many of these players have made repeat appearances at USA Ultimate’s Club National Championships or at World Flying Disc Federation’s (WFDF) World Championships, and most have also played ultimate professionally through the Premier Ultimate League (PUL) or American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL).

This year’s iteration of the showcase game has grown exponentially as Project Diversity has validated and promoted The Color of Ultimate: ATL by additionally partnering with several sponsors, and hosting the game at a well-known high school football stadium. The game has come a long way from the first Color of Ultimate game that was held in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in September 2018 on a side football practice field that had only about twenty spectators.

The players coming to participate in this event are not only elite level competitors, but are also coaches and mentors in their respective communities. They have seen a need to represent their cultures and show younger generations that they too are capable of enjoying the sport and performing at the highest level of competition. We will be featuring a few of them leading up to the event in a future post.

The goal of the event remains to enable people of minority races to see others that look like them playing ultimate at a highly competitive level. Ultimate is an easily accessible game in terms of financial cost of entry. All you need are a disc and field. So why does this sport struggle with a lack of diversity?

When asked this question, Josh T. Feng, the director of Project Diversity, said, “People need to realize that there is a racial and socioeconomic inequity in ultimate, and that it isn’t okay. Once they’ve done that, we need to really think about how we can actually make a difference. Can we get more coaches into schools that NEED a single-qualified ultimate coach as opposed to supporting schools that already have several qualified coaches? […] Can we provide more opportunity and access to people who would love the sport but don’t know about it or can’t make it happen on their own? And then we need to actually do something about it.”

At the end of the day, one goal of hosting The Color of Ultimate: ATL is to bring about meaningful discussions to raise awareness and brainstorm solutions to the racial and socioeconomic disparities in the ultimate frisbee community. People play because they love the sport. They also advocate for others because everyone should have the opportunity to discover their love for the sport of ultimate. Join in strengthening the diversity of our community on June 22nd at St. Pius X High School at 7:00 pm.

–Gerleen Dineros

Click here for more information on the game:
http://www.afdc.com/the-color-of-ultimate-atl/

Click here to sponsor a player, donate to the mission, or purchase a ticket:
https://atlanta-flying-disc-club.square.site/tix-and-donations


Thank you to all of our sponsors supporting this event, but especially the Atlanta Soul, the Atlanta Hustle, Spin Ultimate and ARIA Discs for helping contribute to our mission of increasing the racial and socioeconomic diversity in ultimate.