Layout June 2009, Volume 1

  Dear TUC Member,

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Things are rolling along nicely so far with Summer League. Weather-wise we had a GREAT first week and a not-so-great second week. Here are some helpful reminders for the summer:



  • there is no longer a rain line! CHECK THE WEBSITE PLEASE. We will update the TUC website by 3:30pm each game day regarding whether games are on or off. The update will be at the top of the home page either as a banner or written underneath the top banner. If the website isnÂ’t updated, then we havenÂ’t yet made the decision so please be patient and check back after 3:30pm. Games will be played most of the time, so the average rain will not stop games – it is when there is seriously bad weather or soaked fields that we cancel games. We often check with Sunnybrook Park and use them as a gauge because sometimes (ie. week #2) they close the fields. A general rule - when in doubt, go to the field!
  • be sure to CHECK YOUR SCHEDULE AND START TIME each week. Any games on premier fields will likely start at different times (ie. Thursdays at Downsview 6:30 AND 8:30 start times) due to our permits on those fields. Please only be on those fields during the allotted game times and make sure you show up at the right time!
  • for regular 6:30pm grass field games, the time cap is listed as the end time. That is why you might notice different end times for 6:30pm games. Captains make the final call on the field and can agree on time caps.
  • players who are not on team rosters should not be playing, unless they are new players being introduced to their first game or are subbing and have been declared amongst captains. New players can be added to team roster during the summer (before August 1), but they must be registered TUC members and added to the team rosters
  • weÂ’re still looking for a few women to help out our summer league hat teams! If you are a female player interested in picking up games on another night, please let us know. Also, players and teams be sure to check the TUC BBS for postings by your fellow members.
  • TUC offers free pickup on Fridays (Ashtonbee Park @ 6:30pm) and Sundays (Riverdale east @ 2:30pm). Drop on by and join in the fun!.
  • has your team tried the Carbon Flip? Check it out and try it at your next game!
  • PLAY WITH SPIRIT!!! We encourage you to review our Spirit guidelines and remember, top spirited teams have a chance at winning sweet Steam Whistle prizing throughout the summer!

  TUC Clinic League

We have already begun our current 7-week Clinic League which is perfect for players who are new to the game or just want to raise their skills to the next level. There is still an opportunity to join this league for the last 5 weeks. The league runs on Mondays from 6:30 PM to dusk at Caledonia Park (Caledonia and Keele) and it concludes July 13 – you must sign-up first by contacting the TUC office. After that we will be running a second 7-week Clinic League on another day of the week starting in mid-July, dates and location TBA.

At the clinic league you will get expert instructions on improving your skills, basic team concepts, zones (offence & defense), strategies, rules and much more. Each week will provide a clinic on a specific topic for the first hour, which will then be followed by a scrimmage to practice those concepts.

You need to be a TUC Member in order to register for this league and registration cost is $35 for all 7 weeks. Online registration for the second Clinic League will open soon and if you want to join the current league, contact the TUC office.



  Spirit Hat Tournament

Saturday, May 30th marked our second annual Spirit Hat Tournament. With over 100 participants and numerous hard working volunteers, we hosted a day of fun and ultimate that left everyone smiling. Thanks so much to our Spirit mentors, photographers, and volunteers who made this a special day.

The morning consisted of a clinic used to introduce Spirit through games, role playing and discussions. Afterward we split into 8 teams and everyone was given an opportunity to play 4 full games and enjoy a delicious BBQ.

Congratulations to our Spirit MVPs of the tournament who each won Steam Whistle hoodies and to Sarah Brown, who won the tournament Spirit award. She's been awarded a 5 day dog sled trip courtesy of valued at $3000!

Otto's also created a video - click here to get a glimpse of what the Spirit Hat is all about and check out our Galleries section on the website (left-hand menu) for pics.



  Steam Whistle Boat Bash

On May 30 we also ventured out to Lake Ontario aboard the Obsession III for the Steam Whistle Boat Bash. We had a great turnout and everyone had a great time. Special thanks to our sponsors VC Ultimate and of course Steam Whistle for providing some great prizes for our boat extravaganza.

We had some awesome performers - Meredith McNaughton had a fantastic set, The Handsome Nobodies put on a great show for everyone, and Dave Morris was a terrific DJ.

This night could not have been as amazing as it was without the help of our very dedicated social chairs - Sue Holland and Jamie Dempster. Their dedication and hard work paid off, and we were all able to enjoy a great night on the lake.

Want to see what the Boat Bash was all about? Click here to see Otto Chung's video account, or click here for the tale told in pictures by Ian Brooks.



  Toronto Juniors Summer League & Youth Open House

TJSL starts very soon! This league is for youth aged 18 and under (recommended ages 15-18). It is co-ed, open to all skill levels, and it focuses on skill development and game play. Players can play with their friends and depending on the skill level of the players, we can adapt the leagues accordingly to balance competition and make it fun.

We will host 3 locations and days of the week for TJSL. TJSL West will take place at Buttonwood Park on Tuesdays, TJSL North on Earl Haig SS on Wednesdays and TJSL East at St. Patrick CS on Thursdays. Start time is 6:30pm and runs until 8:30pm each night. We will have on site coaches who coordinate skill learning and games.

Cost to participate is FREE so long as you are a registered TUC Junior member with completed waiver. Register online now for your TUC Junior membership as well as for the TJSL. Visit the TUC Juniors page for information and pass along this poster to those interested!

TUC is also hosting a Juniors Open House for youth aged 8-14, on Saturday June 13 at Sunnybrook Park, 11am – 1pm. View this poster for more details and pass along to your friends!

Note we are still seeking qualified coaches for Toronto Juniors Summer League – if you are interested please contact



Sue Holland
is the May Volunteer of the Month.

As a member of the TUC Social Committee, Sue was a key leader in hosting the Steam Whistle Boat Bash on May 30. A lot of effort went into this event; things like posters, tickets, promotions, sales, logistics, music, and prizingÂ….. and she was a big part of that. The result was our best social event in years and everyone who attended had a blast.

Sue is also a regular volunteer with TUC tournaments and clinics and recently helped with our womenÂ’s tournament in March. She is an active participant in all things TUC and we canÂ’t thank her enough for all of her contributions. Thanks Sue!

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


Summer Experience Tournament June 13-14  

The TUC Summer Experience is back for its third seasonÂ… and the registration deadline is this Thursday June 11! The tournament will take place June 13-14 at beautiful Sunnybrook Park. It will be a 2-day co-ed tournament for TUC teams and individuals, as well as teams and individuals from other leagues who wish to participate.

The level of play will roughly be intermediate, but is completely dependent on who signs up - all are welcome! The purpose of the tournament is have fun and be social with other teams, while working on skills and plays within your own team. So if you end up playing against a much stronger or weaker team, you can use the opportunity to develop your team in certain areas. Simply make the best of the Summer Experience!

Open to all TUC Co-Ed Teams and players (limited spots)
Team Fee: $125 per TUC team, $200 per non-TUC team
Individual Fee: $15 per TUC member who does not have a team, or $25 per non-TUC member. You will be placed on a 'hat' team with other individual signups. Guaranteed minimum of 5 games, plus basic tournament amenities.

TUC teams and players register online through TUC. Registration is now open.




Next 3 TUC Clinics!!!  
Sunday, June 21st – Intro/Beginner Clinic
Location: Riverdale Park East
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Register at this link:
*Hosted by the Ontario Disc Sports Association*

Sunday, June 28th – Team Clinic
Location: Riverdale Park East
Time: 12:00pm – 2:30pm
Register at

Sunday, July 12th – Intermediate Clinic
Location: Lamport Stadium
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Register at
*Hosted by the Ontario Disc Sports Association*

Visit the Clinic home page article for more details (ie. what to expect, costs) and feel free to email Sign up online (with TUC or ODSA depending on event) prior to the clinic dates.


Team Canada Donations

The 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung, China are fast approaching (July 16-26) and Team Canada is looking to bring back some gold in the sport of Ultimate (Canada won in 2001, USA in 2005). Several Toronto players represent Team Canada and we want to wish them the best of luck:

Men – Andy Ouchterlony (GOAT), John Hassell (GOAT), Sam Kennedy (GOAT), Jeff Lindquist (GOAT)

Women – Alyson Walker (Lotus)

The Canadian Ultimate Players Association is accepting donations to help support our Ultimate heroes at the World Games. They are doing this on their own dime! If youÂ’d like to make a donation visit:



VC Ultimate TUC Summer Spirit Deal
VC offer great deals on custom jerseys for TUC teams and for a limited time they are offering a ‘TUC Summer Spirit’ special: TUC teams that place their orders between now and 4pm on June 18th, mentioning the TUC Summer Spirit deal, will receive 1 free screen set-up on their order ($30 value). Order now to get geared up for summer!




- The TUC Team


TUC Sponsors for 2009