Some important info:
SCHEDULE AND MAP
Schedule and pitch map now available from the event page (link at top of the page). Please remember that sometimes the schedule has to be changed so keep an eye out for corrections or updates although of course we will do our best to avoid making any changes.
TOILETS, CHANGING ROOMS AND SHOWERS
We have port-a-loos in the middle of the field – but please remember there are lots of toilets in the buildings as marked on the pitch map. The changing rooms do have showers too of course.
An interesting post on the drop in decision making as you tire and your heart rate goes up.
We should all be aiming to get fitter, and integrating decision making exercises into our fitness work.
With only 4 weeks to go till the biggest tournie of the year, now’s the time to really get yourself into throwing and fitness. Remember, everytime you mark up against someone and you are fitter or quicker than them, that’s one less player they have to throw to, and one more option for us. This game is won and lost on the smallest of margins, and fitness really does make a huge difference to winning games, especially the important ones at the end of the weekend when both teams are tired.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and Brodie Smith didn’t just learn to
be a jackass throw great backhands overnight. It takes hours and hours to perfect a skill (10,000 according to Matthew Syed) so if you can get out and throw with a friend / dog / grandma then take the opportunity. But don’t just throw simple throws, push your limits and you’ll come back throwing stuff that would make it onto highlights clips. A great blog about this comes from a legend of the sport, Ben Wiggins. Use the evenings to grab a mate and get out throwing. Just 20mins a day will make a huge difference. Use the squad email to find a throwing partner if you’re in Cambridge.
I’ve been banging on about this all term so you won’t be surprised to see it come up here. Any running you can do over the break is fantastic. If you don’t have much time, then High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is the best running you can do to get fit and ready for the season ahead. There is some good intro to it all here. So over the next few weeks you could try running these twice a week:
Plyos are really important to strengthen your joints and give you bounce. Both important for this sport. Here is a good intro to them. Best to do these before the running workout above.
Similar to plyos, these are great, and can be fun too. Check out these. Make them into a game with your siblings, or while you’re brushing your teeth.
Key to every sport is strong core. Nick Wong put together this excellent series of posts about it.
I could have saved myself lots of $$$ in physio fees if I’d stretched more. Your joints need flexibility in order for the body mechanics to operate as they should. Stretch everyday if you can. Here’s a good stretch routine again from runner’s world. Or Yoga – I’ll be going to this one a lot over the holidays
I’m not a huge fan of watching ultimate, but if you are then these are some great sites Ultivillage, Luke Johnson on Vimeo, Skyd Magazine, NexGen Productions. Hell, even watch Brodie Smith if it gets you excited about throwing and practicing more. Just don’t start acting like him.
Final thing is to remember to stay safe. If you’re running in the dark, wear a light. It something starts to hurt, stop and see a physio.
Bikram (hot) yoga
Being flexible is pretty important for athletes, and many of the top ultimate players use hot yoga sessions as great core workouts, with the added benefit of a really good stretching session. The room is heated to 40deg and really high humidity.
Ive started going this year and can really recommend it. It loosens up my back, hamstrings and neck… All areas i struggle with stretching normally.
There are a few places in town, but I wanted to recommend this one that has just opened and is reasonably priced. For students it is only £7 per session, or £5.50 when you buy 10 sessions. Sessions are 2 hours. Every evening at 5 and 7pm. Central cambridge location.
If you want to come along with me then ask when I’m next going.
20-21 April 2013
Nottingham Uni (Grove Farm)
UKU-BUCS University Outdoor Nationals and Alumni Cup comes to Nottingham
University’s Grove Farm. This is the same venue used for Mixed Tour and
Open/Women’s Tour in previous years. As with 2012, we will hold Open
Divisions 1 & 2 (16 teams in each), plus a Women’s division (24 teams), and
the Alumni Cup (16 teams).
The Open Division qualification events occurred on the 9-10 March, and
normally would create two divisions of 16 teams each. We had some severe
weather problems during regionals, so it is possible that the format of
Finals may need adjustment – we’re waiting to review that at the moment.
However we have a maximum limit of 32 open teams.
The Women’s division will have a limit of 24 teams and places will be
allocated to 1st teams first, and then on first-come, first-served basis.
The Alumni Cup (*) will be limited to 16 teams as in 2012. Again this is
We have information on the website here:
There is an online entry form on that page.
Deadline for entries and payment is MONDAY 1st APRIL.
Accommodation. Please note that we prioritising trying to find cheap/group
accommodation for the Uni Women’s teams.
Comments about ALUMNI CUP:
. All players in a particular institution’s alumni team should be
ex-students of that institution.
. We will limit each institution to one team unless we have spare
places at the tournament.
. In order to help the Alumni division get off the ground, any team
with 10 or fewer
players is permitted to bring one guest player (no restrictions).
. Current students NOT competing in the other divisions ARE
permitted to play in the Alumni Cup. It is strongly advised that players do
NOT play in the Alumni division in addition to one of the other
. Shirt colours are bound to be difficult. We recommend that all
teams bring a backup white shirt to enable games to be played as Light v
Dark if all else fails. If you have a better solution that is fine of
. We will take a simpler approach to SOTG in the Alumni division
where we ask each team to provide a single vote for their opponents who they
believe displayed the best Spirit.
. In 2012 Leeds University became the first UKU Alumni Cup
Champions. Can you take on the mighty Leeds?
Hope to see you there!
Ps – Alumni Cup – we intend to make this a permanent feature of Uni Outdoor
Nationals. I didn’t put this on the website, but LEEDS IS BEST. Hah. If
you don’t come you can’t do anything about it. J
Si Hill, UK Ultimate