Layout February 2010, Volume 1



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Women’s Intermediate Tournament April 10 – Register Now!

This tournament is offered by TUC, in conjunction with the Lotus Women's Touring team. It is aimed at intermediate level females who are looking to improve their game and learn from the experts! Players will go through a proper warm-up and brief clinic session and then participate in 3 games (approx 40 minutes each). All aspects of the tournament will be instructed and coached by elite level players from Lotus.

Registration is by individual only, and done online through the TUC site. Cost is $30 per TUC member, $45 per non-TUC member, and open to the first 60 women who fully register – registration is now open! You must be a minimum 18 years of age and this tournament is recommended for women with some player experience - it is not for beginners or for elite level players.

Date: Saturday, April 10
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: The Docks - Soccerworld
Cost: $30 per TUC member, $45 per non-TUC member
Player Limit/Signup: limited to the first 60 women who sign up!



Calling All Volunteers!

TUC needs your help. We have a number of committees that could use a few more enthusiastic bodies, with the goal to continue furthering the Club’s success. Here are a few areas where we are seeking help:

Juniors – seeking TJSL convenors and coaches for summer 2010, as well as anyone interested in developing youth ultimate

Social Committee – help organize TUC parties and social events!

Land Committee – wanna see TUC get better fields? Be a part of our team that explores opportunities and fights for new and improved fields!

Web Committee – we want to continue to improve our website in terms of functionality and appearance. We’re seeking individuals to help with web algorithms and design, and an understanding of one or the other would be ideal.

Put your stamp on TUC! Contact if any of the opportunities above, or any other volunteer possibilities interest you.


Fall Indoor League Champions

Congrats to Sunday Fall Indoor League Champions Firebox and the Incredibles, who captured the intermediate and recreational crowns respectively. Congrats to Monday Fall Indoor League Champions More Cowbell and Indoor Escalation, who captured the Competitive and Elite titles respectively. Lastly congrats to the Tuesday Fall Indoor League Champions Disciples of Love. Thanks to Matt Denton, Ed Kung, and Bill Wong for their photo contributions!

VC Ultimate News – February 2010

VC Ultimate is looking forward to another great year as TUC’s Preferred Apparel Sponsor! Our products and service have never been better, and we’re excited to get your team decked out in the highest quality, most completely customizable performance gear around. Drop us a line to discuss your uniform dreams –

Check out the VC flyer!


Reminder to All TUC Players – Respect Your Fields!

Recently we had an incident at one of our indoor facilities. There was still time remaining on the scoreclock, but it had been set past our allotted time. The staff person was asking us to leave so that the following rental group could begin their session promptly. When the facility staff approached our players to leave the field they were met with abusive behaviour. THIS IS COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE.

Regardless of when your game begins you must be off the field on time. If the facility staff tells you to stop because you are past your time, you stop and the game ends immediately. If you feel that the staff person is being quite overzealous (it can happen) or if something occurs that causes your game to start late or disrupts your game, let your team convenors or the TUC office know and we will address it on your behalf. But please do NOT berate the staff, this is extremely unspirited.

As players you pay a premium fee to participate in these fields and we understand that you want to get every ounce of playing time out of them. But if we do not obey the rules or if we abuse the staff/rules then we will no longer have these fields to enjoy, because they will stop permitting the fields to us. One incident like this, compounded with other incidents, leaves a poor impression on our Club. We have great relationships with our current facilities and we do not want to jeopardize that.

You must obey indoor facility rules and staff at all times. Absolutely NO ALCOHOL in the facilities, no food or sugared drinks, no pets, no bicycles. Be respectful to all staff and other user groups at all times. Play with Spirit on and off the field!


Starting Monday, March 15, registration will be open for TUC 2010 Membership, Spring League, AND SUMMER LEAGUE! Please read the key information below:

How to Register

Registration is done online at Click the How to Register icon  
for instructions on how to get started. Also, check out the Leagues – 2010 Registration Information pages for more information on our memberships. For information on Spring and Summer Leagues, check out the links under ‘Leagues’.

For teams and players that are new to TUC, check out our New Player Info link.

Key Registration Dates

March 15   2010 Membership, Spring League, and Summer League registration OPENS
March 22   Date upon which all summer spots are first come first serve
April 05   Spring League Registration CLOSES
May 7    Summer League Registration CLOSES

TUC Membership 2010-2011

Your 2010 TUC membership is valid from April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010. The regular adult annual fee of $65 is used to cover the Club costs of our professional full-time managers, as well as membership packages and insurance coverage. A portion of the regular membership ($25) is also allocated to our ‘Future Fields Fund’ which will be used to develop existing TUC fields and/or acquire new ones. All players in TUC leagues must first be a valid member of the Toronto Ultimate Club.

TUC also offers an introductory membership for brand-new players or players who have not been with TUC at any point within the last 3 years. If you or someone you know falls into this category, we offer a 2010 membership for only $25! Any adult who was a member of TUC within the past 12 months, in 2008, or in 2007; regardless of the membership you held (intro, pro-rated, regular) you must register for the regular $65 adult membership in 2010.

For more information on TUC membership, types of membership, and its privileges visit the Membership Information page.


Spring 2010 Registration opens March 15. We will be offering turf field locations, and leagues will run for approximately 5 weeks, from sometime in April to the beginning of May (Summer League begins May 24). We plan to offer both co-ed and single gender Spring Leagues, with all levels of play.

We are currently awaiting field information and will post our updated Spring League information on the Spring Leagues page very soon. Check back with us in a few weeks and we’ll also send you the update in our next LAYOUT.

Sign up between March 15 and April 5. Registration AND payment confirm your spot. You must first be a 2010 TUC member (new membership year) in order to participate.

TUC Summer League 2010!

Summer League will begin the week of May 24 and conclude the week of September 6. Summer Registration begins Monday, March 15 and closes Friday, May 7. We will continue to provide improved field locations and more turf than ever (this time without a City strike!). We will provide more details in our March LAYOUT but here is what we can tell you now:


Team fees for Summer League will likely be $850 per team and individual fees (for those who want to register as a solo player on a hat team) will likely be $65 per person. On a per-player basis cost per game for the summer is an average of $4 per person. Summer season is 15 guaranteed games, co-ed 7-on-7, games to 17, full field.

Once again we may have to raise fees this year to account for increases in summer field costs. In 2009 our field costs rose $30,000 from the previous year. We recouped $10,000 through team fee increases and the remaining cost was offset through City strike refunds and reduced operational spending. In 2010 we will need to make up another $20,000 in summer field costs. We will continue to pinch our budget as much as we can to maximize your value, but we still require an increase in fees to make up some of the difference. If you have any questions or concerns about team fees we encourage you to contact the TUC General Manager (, or your TUC President, at We thank you for your understanding.


For all returning summer teams from 2009, GUARANTEE YOUR SPOT by registering and completing payment from March 15 – 21. After that, registration is first come first serve to any and all teams who register, and weeknight spots and divisions are subject to field availability. Ensure your desired night and division are locked in by registering early!

There will be four summer team registration options on the website (1 for each night, Mon-Thurs), with registration AND PAYMENT confirming spot. After the first week of registration (March 15-21) each weeknight will be CAPPED to ensure we have enough room for teams. Teams who are late (over the cap) will be placed on a waiting list (until we know exactly how many fields we have) and/or they can sign up for another available night. Caps will be based on historical field permits. As always we’ll do our best to put your team on the night requested, but if you are late and we don’t have the fields, you will have to find another night. Register early to ensure you get the night you want!

Mandatory Captain’s Meeting Participation

The Captain’s Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 19 at Whistler’s Grille (same location as last year). Based on the success of last year’s event, we will once again have ALL SUMMER TEAM CAPTAINS attend on this one night. Each team captain MUST attend this meeting or send a responsible team representative in his/her place. Any team who does not send a representative will be penalized in the form of lesser desired fields for a portion of their summer league games!

January Volunteer of the Year – John "Wheels" Hurlbut

Volunteer of the Month for January 2010 is John "Wheels" Hurlbut. A long standing TUC member and devotee to player development, Wheels still finds time to help out. Wheels has followed his passion for ultimate, traveling the world to play in over 14 countries. He brought every bit of his love for the game to 3 clinics this month, to teach essential skills and veteran tricks to everyone, from absolute beginners to advanced players. We're fortunate to have him as part of the TUC family. Thank you Wheels for your dedication to TUC and to player development!

Are you interested in volunteering for TUC committees or helping out with player development? Contact

Each V.O.M. will receive $50 Scally’s Dollars that can be used towards any purchase at Scallywags.

Catch the Spirit! – 6th Annual High School Indoor Tournament

The Toronto Ultimate Club is hosting its 6th annual “Catch the Spirit” tournament for high school teams on Thursday February 25 & Friday February 26, 2010. CTS is a co-ed 6-on-6 indoor tourney that promotes Spirit and Ultimate development at the youth level.

Our ‘B’ division on February 25 is full but we have expanded our tournament on February 26 to include all levels of teams (we’ll have two tiers). Registration is now almost totally full and spots go on a first-come first-serve basis.

TUC is putting out a call to anyone who would like to volunteer for this great event. As well, if you know of any schools who may be interested, please let them know about “Catch the Spirit!” by sending this LAYOUT or referring them to the CTS section on our website.

Whistlers Winter Indoor Leagues Specials

Whistlers Grille offers Team Specials for all of our Fall & Winter Indoor Leagues! Here are the specials as well as the Whistlers menu. Take your team to Whistlers Grille after the game and tell them you are from TUC!

Father of Frisbee Dies at Age 90
Toronto Star Article

SALT LAKE CITY–Walter Fredrick Morrison, the man credited with inventing the Frisbee, has died. He was 90.

Utah House Representative Kay McIff, an attorney who represented Morrison in a royalties case, said Morrison died Tuesday at his home in Monroe, Utah. "That simple little toy has permeated every continent in every country, as many homes have Frisbees as any other device ever invented," McIff said. "How would you get through your youth without learning to throw a Frisbee?" Morrison's son, Walt, said "old age caught up" with his father and that he also had cancer.

Morrison sold the production and manufacturing rights to his "Pluto Platter" in 1957. The plastic flying disc was later renamed the "Frisbee," with sales surpassing 200 million discs. It is now a staple at beaches and college campuses and spawned sports like Frisbee golf and the team sport Ultimate.

Morrison co-wrote a book with Frisbee enthusiast and historian Phil Kennedy in 2001. Kennedy released a brief statement on Thursday, wishing his late friend "smoooooth flights."

According to Kennedy, Morrison and his future wife, Lu, used to toss a tin cake pan on the beach in California. The idea grew as Morrison considered ways to make the cake pans fly better and after serving as a pilot in the Second World War, Morrison began manufacturing his flying discs in 1948. He would hawk the discs at local fairs and eventually attracted Wham-O Manufacturing, the company that bought the rights to Morrison's plastic discs.

Kennedy said Wham-O adopted the name "Frisbee" because that's what college students in New England were calling the Pluto Platters. The name came from the Frisbie Pie Co., a local bakery whose empty tins were tossed like the soon-to-be Frisbee.

But Morrison never liked the Frisbee name. "He thought it didn't apply to anything," Kennedy told the Washington Post.

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