WUCC 2014While I'm sure the abbreviation WUCC 2014 doesn't mean much to you, it means the world to me. It's short for World Ultimate Club Championships 2014. (Yes, this is another Frisbee journal.) The WUCC come around every 4 years and to qualify, your team has to place in a certain spot at your country's National Championships (number of spots vary by country). This year, your team had to place top 3 in it's division to qualify. Sadly, my team finished 5th.
Good news though, the National Championship Coed team from Mexico, Slash, is short on players and have asked me to join them this year (same team I played with back in December)! I'm unbelievably honored that they asked me to help them in this International tournament that features over 50 Countries across 5 divisions.
Oh, did I mention that the tournament is going to be in LECCO, ITALY???
That's right! The tournament is taking place in Lecco, Italy (on Lake Como and about an hour from Milan) from August 2nd-9th. What's even cooler is it's only 40 minutes from where I lived as a kid! The plan right now is to be in the area for about 10 days, so if anyone in the area wants to do so, let me know and maybe we can organize a meet up!
It's that time of year again where I run the Youth Ultimate Frisbee League here in Austin. This means I need help creating a design that would look great on a disc for the middle and high school kids. This year we chose the theme of Jurassic Park, so we are looking for something similar to it's logo.
The trick though is that the design can only have one color (transparent background) and follow all of the discraft rules for a Ultrastar Hot Stamp. The color of the disc will be white. I'd also like it to read "Jurassic Huck" and in smaller print say "UPLA Spring League 2014". I know this is asking a lot, but it is for the kids!
Please feel free to get creative. The main point is dinosaurs and frisbee in a logo. Let me know in the comments if you are willing to give it a try!
Lei Out 2014 - SUCCESSLast Thursday I took off to Southern California for the beach Ultimate Tournament, Lei Out. On the way I made a quick stop at my older brother, Micah's, house to spend time with him, my sister-in-law, and my super cute niece. Friday with them was wonderful, and I really enjoyed the brother bonding time. While seeing Micah is always a good time, he can't compare to his 19 month old daughter, Quinn. She's such a cutie, especially when she gave me a kiss goodnight! First person ever to get one that isn't mommy or daddy!! Only downside is that my brother taught her to call me "Uncle Caca", oh well.
Friday night to Sunday evening was spent on the beach with people from the Ultimate Frisbee community. While the team I played for, Shotgun for Pull, went 3-4 on the weakend, we still had a great time. The best part about Lei Out is that so many people from around the country (and sometimes world) travel to this event in Santa Monica. It's a time to see old friends, make new ones, grab a few drinks, and party (although the DJ at the Saturday night party was the worst DJ in the history of man).
Big thanks to those of you who came out and said hello, it's always great to meet you. Big shoutout to @dacalac for taking a few photos!
Lei Out 2014This weekend I'm heading out to Santa Monica, CA to play in the annual Lei Out Beach Tournament (Ultimate Frisbee). Sadly I missed the tournament last year but I am beyond excited to play with my team from two years ago, Shotgun for Pull! As you can see below, we have fun!
2013 In ReviewJanuary -Started coaching Texas State Women's Ultimate -Joined the Ultimate Players League of Austin Board as the Youth Coordinator -Met the girl I am currently dating
February -Played at and won Mardi Gras (a mixed tournament in Baton Rouge, LA) -Road tripped to said tournament with Holly, Leo and Kyle -Started dating Holly -Coached at a couple tournaments
March -Flew to California to play in a college tournament with my brother Jordan -Broke my foot in said tournament -Host a random band (7 people) in my apartment -Coached Ultimate on crutches -Jordan comes to visit
April -Watched my sister get married. I looked good! -Ran a High School and Middle School Ultimate League -Cast removed after 7 weeks
May -Began physical therapy for my foot -Weekend in Galveston with Holly and her friends -Went to Southern California for Grandpa's 80th and my niece's 1st birthdays -One year anniversary of living in Austin -Trip to Colorado for sister's graduation and RT:CO -Finally cleared to run (but not play Ultimate)
June -Happy 2 years for working as the AH Community Manager -Tried out for Doublewide, the Ultimate Frisbee team that had won Nationals the previous year (even though my doctor told me not to) -Made Doublewide -Trip to Monterey with Holly and other friends for a couples weekend -Lost a friend. RIP buddy -Played in first game with Doublewide
July -RTX -Lots of frisbee -Got crushed in a Spikeball tournament -Watched a teammate and other friends win Ultimate at the World Games for Team USA
August -Played in and won the Colorado Cup with Doublewide -6 months with Holly -Visited my Grandparents and niece in Southern California -Began coaching Texas State for a second season
September -Played in and finished second at the Pro Finale in California -Watched sectionals (Frisbee) in Houston (Doublewide had a bye into Regionals) -Played at Regionals in Colorado with Doublewide and won, earning a trip to Nationals! -Trip to Norman, OK to coach Texas State
October -Turned 25 -Lost a good friend to cancer -Nationals with Doublewide in Frisco, TX. We had a disappointing 5th place finish. Shout out to my Dad for coming to watch! -BNL Concert -Coach Texas State in their home tournament (which they won)
November -Extra Life! -Brother and sister-in-law announce pregnancy. Quinn is gonna be a big sister! -Fall League begins (casual Ultimate league) -Trip to California for family Thanksgiving -Black Friday shopping with mom!
December -Trip to Mexico with Jordan to play at the frisbee tournament, Ulticopa. We won the men's and mixed divisions. -More frisbee (as always) -Doublewide team banquet -Back to California for Christmas
Overall I would have to say it was a wonderful year. Thank you to everyone who contributed to it! I'll be posting my New Year's resolutions sometime soon. Until then, tell me how your 2013 went!
Mexico TripTomorrow, my brother Jordan, aka @koogashark on the site, and I will be taking a trip to Mexico City. We are flying down to play in a 3 day tournament and couldn't be more excited! Thankfully for me, Jordan speaks spanish so communicating won't be bad (although I'm pretty sure the team we are picking up with speaks english).
About that, we are playing with the 6-time reigning National Champions of Mexico, Fenix. Pretty excited for that even if the tournament is just for fun!
It's a short trip (Thursday-Sunday) but I'm sure a ton of great memories will be made! Speaking of good memories, any of you have fun trips planned for the holidays?
Dom began his journey in early December of last year. He started by simply "running" a mile. He didn't run the entire mile, he had to walk quite a bit, The run took him about 18 minutes. Now, nearly one year later, Dom has lost roughly 60 pounds and recently ran roughly 6 miles at a 14 and a half minute pace. It's incredible how far he has come!