Ultimate Frisbee D-I College Regional Championships
Thursday April 25, 2013
The 2013 USA Ultimate Atlantic Coast D-1 College Women's and Open Regional Championships will be held at the Smith River Sports Complex this weekend, April 27th and 28th. Games will start on Saturday at 9 a.m. and run through 6:30 p.m. On Sunday games will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The men's championship game is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday and the 2nd place game to qualify for the Championships is schedule for 1 p.m. The women's championships game is scheduled for 1 p.m. This event is free to the public.
There will be a total of 16 Open and 16 Women's teams competing with 2 Open and 1 Women's teams qualifying to represent the Atlantic Coast region at the National Championship tournament on May 24-27 in Madison, WI. Over 12,000 student athletes on more than 700 college teams from across North America entered the USA Ultimate College Championship Series in early April.
This Ultimate Championship will bring over 700 athletes and coaches to the Martinsville-Henry County area generating a great economic impact.
"We are very excited for the high level of competition that occurs every year at the Atlantic Coast Division I College Regional Championships," said Dave Branick, the Atlantic Coast Open College Director. "The event includes 32 teams from schools in Delaware, Maryland, DC, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, all competing for a coveted spot at the College Championships. ."
Combining the non-stop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football, a game of Ultimate is played by two seven-player squads with a high-tech plastic disc on a field similar to football. The object of the game is to score by catching a pass in the opponent's end zone. Ultimate is a transition game in which players move quickly from offense to defense on turnovers that occur with a dropped pass, an interception, a pass out of bounds, or when a player is caught holding the disc for more than ten seconds.
"We are really excited to host this USA Ultimate sanctioned regional qualifying event," stated Billy Russo, Director of Operations for the Smith River Sports Complex. "We feel that this event will continue to put us on the map to host more high level events in the sport of ultimate and others in the future."
USA ultimate is the National Governing Body for the sport of Ultimate in the United States. Their mission is to advance the sport of Ultimate by enhancing and promoting Character, Community, and Competition.
"The staff at Smith River Sports Complex make our lives as event organizers incredibly easy, so returning to SRSC this year was a no-brainer," Branick said when asked why USA Ultimate decided to return to the Smith River Sports Complex. "From providing amazing fields and facilities to handling tasks like field lining, water runs and trash pick-up, the staff make it easy for us to focus on coordinating with teams and supervising competition. Streamlining our responsibilities the weekend of the event really frees the organizers up to make sure the event comes off without a hitch."