2012 State Champs!

This last weekend both St. Johnsbury Academy varsity teams came out on top at the USA Ultimate 2012 Vermont State HS Ultimate Championships!

UP CIT Ava Schein pulls down the winning goal in the state championship finals!

This is the 7th year the tournament has been run, and the first time a girls division has been possible. Overall, 17 teams competed in the open division and 5 in the girls. The JV squad also did quite well, going 3-3 with two wins over varsity teams and finishing 10th after initially being seeded 15th.

This is the boys second state title. They last won in 2007.

Boys' Trophy

In the finals, the boys took down BFA Faixfax 15-4 with wonderfully a wonderfully patient short game. The girls also went up against BFA Fairfax in the finals, coming out with the win 13-9 with terrific person defense and great mid-field completions.

Girls' Trophy

You can read local press coverage of the tournament right here:

Caledonian Record, 5/26: Part 1, Part 2

Caledonian Record, 5/28: Part 1, Part 2

Some photos from the weekend are online right here.

Complete tournament results are online right here: Girls Division, Open Division

Here’s a video of the awards ceremony and of the teams ringing the bell in Colby Hall (an StJA post-state champs tradition):

This is why I coach.

Fundraiser Dance Announcement

This weekend St. Johnsbury Ultimate is hosting the 8th annual St. Johnsbury Academy Invitational. 55 teams from 38 schools, representing 7 states and one province are coming in for a weekend of 176 games spread across 5 divisions and 4 field sites. It’s going to be amazing. On the Saturday night of the event, we hold a dinner/dance/trade night for all 950 players attending the tournament. On the Friday night before the tournament, we are running the same dance as a fundraiser for Ava Schein’s Ultimate Peace work.

This morning during live announcements at St. Johnsbury Academy, Ava Schein gave a live announcement about the fundraiser. Supported by our dance gurus, Graham and Gordon, they put on quite a show. Check it out:

A coaching clinic in Israel!

Since 2005 I have been running coaching clinics all over the East Coast. At these clinics I instruct coaches on topics ranging from ethics, liability, and professionalism to how to run an effective practice, and teach skill progressions.

A few days ago, I was asked to run a coaching clinic in Israel in the days before Camp UP begins! So, sometime between 6/17 and 6/27, I’ll be running a day-long session for a group of local coaches, including the group that will be coaching the Israeli Junior National team at the World Junior Championships in Dublin, Ireland this August! I can’t wait!

I got my tickets and UP visualized

I’ll be arriving in Tel Aviv on Sunday morning, 6/17 and taking off on Friday morning, 7/20.

I can’t wait!

As I go about my days thinking about Ultimate Peace, I’ve been focusing on what Ultimate Peace means. I’m a big fan of visualization, so, with the aid of the wonderful site Tagxedo, I  created a couple word cloud based on the Ultimate Peace about page:

NMH, Andover, and Amherst

Over the past two weekends I have spent 98 hours traveling, coaching, or chaperoning my St. Johnsbury Academy Boys Ultimate team. I am dead tired. Of course, it’s been totally worth it. In my travels this weekend down to Amherst, MA, I got to meet up with another Camp UP CIT, Gabe Kaufman. Here’s a shot of Ava, Gabe, and myself from this afternoon in Amherst.

It was great for the three of us to meet and discuss how excited we are for this summer!

Photos from Andover and Amherst are online, as well as a short video from Amherst. Also, photos of our three spirit awards from last weekend are online right here.