NUTC – Session D – July 26th, 2017

After a late return to Mount Holyoke following yesterday’s game, breakfast was pushed back this morning to give the campers enough rest. With only four teams, one tournament round was played during the shortened morning session of Tournament Wednesday with Blute Squad (blue) playing Granny Smooth (green) and Fluorescent Adolescent (neon) playing Frosted Flakes (gray).

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After a tasty lunch and a short break, it was time for the final two rounds of the tournament. Small sized teams and a few injuries meant that everyone got plenty of playing time. All the campers played hard and kept spirits high within their teams regardless of the score.

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The evening concluded with the talent show, during which campers and counselors were able to showcase their unique talents. Everyone had a great time and at the conclusion of the talent show, eagerly returned to the dorm for pizza.

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NUTC – Sesssion D – July 25th, 2017

The campers had a very busy day today, which started off with team time during the morning session. Counselors taught their teams offensive and defensive strategies to use during the tournament. Immediately afterwards, teams were able to try out what they learned in scrimmages, before everyone gathered for the women’s game. With lots of fast paced action, the male campers cheered on their female teammates. Before lunch, campers got together for the all-camp and individual team photos.

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Most of the afternoon session consisted of competitions for the Disc Olympics – distance throwing, most time aloft (MTA), and disc-a-thon. Campers played a brief scrimmage before ending early for NUTC’s first ever field trip!

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In lieu of holding a gender equity meeting, all the campers and the entire staff of NUTC headed to Medford, MA to go watch the EuroStars take on Boston Brute Squad. The EuroStar team is an all-star team composed of 16 elite female players from 11 different European countries. Brute Squad is Boston’s top female club team and defending National Champion. Session A counselor Angela Zhu and Session D counselor Tulsa Douglas both cleated up for Brute Squad. The campers took advantage of seeing their counselor play on the big stage with an active cheering section. At the conclusion of the game, campers had the opportunity to get discs signed by the EuroStars.

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NUTC – Session D – July 24th, 2017

The weather was not as cooperative today as it has been the past few weeks and the morning session was cold and wet. Fortunately, lots of running and hard work kept the campers warm and the spirit was high as campers wouldn’t let the uncontrollable weather influence their first time playing with their tournament teams. Counselors led another mental toughness exercise and a rules session before warming up and going through some warm-up throwing drills. The campers then learned about how to run an effective vertical stack on offense before playing some sopping scrimmages and team sprints.

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The rain stopped right before the afternoon session, which started a little later in order to give campers time to dry off and warm up. Campers worked on improving their hucks an d each player was given individual feedback from one of the counselors. Afterwards, the camp split into two groups and rotated between a defensive positioning drill and a ‘breaking the mark’ drill, before finishing the session off with more scrimmaging.

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The evening ended with a hard-fought camper vs. counselor game. Afterwards, everyone had ice cream to celebrate.

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NUTC – Session D – July 23rd, 2017

The first full day of camp started with a 6:30am fire drill, meaning that all the campers and counselors were wide awake to enjoy breakfast prior to the morning session. During the morning session, counselors led the entire camp through good push-up form, good throwing form, and through a mental toughness exercise. They also helped each camper improve their throwing form before moving into an active drill. The rest of the morning session continued with an explanation and drill on the reset, as well as scrimmage time. One of the counselors is a certified strength and conditioning coach and led the entire camp through some linear sprint form drills to conclude the morning.

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After lunch, campers learned about effective marking, well-timed deep cuts, and correct cutting form. They had an opportunity to improve these skills in drills before applying them to a games situation during their afternoon scrimmages. The afternoon session finished with camp-wide sprints.

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Following the afternoon session, the campers had rec hour and many chose to go to the pool before eating a hearty meal at dinner. In the evening, the campers found out their tournament teams for the week and spent some time getting to know them and thinking about their individual and team goals for the week. Afterwards, the teams took part in a series of fun competitions for the right to choose their jersey colors.

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NUTC – Session D – July 22nd, 2017

43 campers arrived today for the last session of NUTC 2017! At registration, each camper picked up some goodies, including a jersey, disc, and backpack. Once they finished registering, campers were off to pick-up before dinner.

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After dinner, counselors introduced themselves at Intro Night. Campers learned about the dangers of dehydration and were reminded to take care of themselves by regularly applying sunscreen. Once the logistics of the camp were discussed, players had a chance to get to know their fellow campers for the week.

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NUTC – Session C – July 20th, 2017

Semifinals and finals took place on the last day of Session C. All the campers played hard as Wunderbolt (neon) matched up against Tiina Blueth (blue) and Froggy Fresh (green) matched up against Wolf Pack (charcoal). Wunderbolt and Froggy Fresh met in the finals, with the neon team emerging as the winners of Session C. There were lots of great plays, enthusiastic cheering, and energetic high-fives.

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Parents, campers, and counselors gathered for the awards ceremony following the conclusion of the finals game. There were many handshakes and hugs as various awards for the week were given out. It was a great conclusion to a fantastic and competitive week. We hope to see you again next year!

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NUTC – Session C – July 19th, 2017

It’s Tournament Wednesday! After a hearty breakfast, campers played two rounds of tournament games in the morning. The weather was perfect for Ultimate, as a layer of clouds kept the heat at bay for a couple hours.

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The afternoon session included the final two rounds of tournament play, as well as the disc-a-thon, one of the events in the Disc Olympics. There were highlight reel plays on both fields and lots of smiles and high fives.

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The weekly talent show took place in the evening, leaving both the campers and counselors laughing and applauding.

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NUTC – Session C – July 18th, 2017

Today was Tuesday, which means many of the campers and counselors wore an abundance of pink! The morning session started off with a mental toughness exercise about making good choices. Teams then worked on individual strategies for the tournament and were able to fit in a scrimmage before the women’s game. Right before the women’s game started, it began to rain. Undeterred, the female campers and counselors played an intense game as their peers cheered on. Before heading to lunch, the campers received their team jerseys and took an all-camp photo, as well as team photos.

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The Disc Olympics started during the afternoon session with the distance and most-time-aloft competitions. Following these contests, the teams had some team time to fine-tune their strategies before they played the first round of the tournament.

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The evening concluded with a gender equity meeting, during which campers discussed the meaning of gender equity, how it pertains to sports in general and also specifically Ultimate. Most importantly, the discussions included steps that all the campers can take to become better advocates for women in sports.

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NUTC – Session C – July 17th, 2017

Today was a beautiful, hot day and the campers worked hard the entire time. The morning started off with a mental toughness exercise and an explanation of the vertical stack as an offensive strategy. Tournament teams (Wolf Pack, PPL, Wunderbolt, Froggy Fresh, and Tiina Blueth) also had an opportunity to work on their team strategies with their coaches prior to scrimmaging.

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In the afternoon, coaches worked with every camper to improve their deep throws. The campers also improved their defensive positioning and ability to break the mark through focused drills. The afternoon session ended with more scrimmaging, taking breaks only to do push-ups for offsides and out-of-bound pulls.

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After rec hour and dinner, campers were able to trade for or buy jerseys and shorts at trade night before lacing up their cleats for the campers vs. counselors game. Unsurprisingly, the counselors won handily, but everyone had a great time and was treated to ice cream afterwards.

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NUTC – Session C – July 16th, 2017

Today was the first full day of camp and campers started the morning off with several presentations, including a mental toughness exercise, a rules explanation, and good throwing and push-up form demonstrations. They were then able to improve their backhand and forehand throws with the help of counselors before moving into a few drills and a scrimmage. The morning session concluded with all-camp sprints!

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During the afternoon session, campers worked on resetting the disc, timing deep cuts, and making effective deep and under cuts. They also had more time to scrimmage, as well as more all-camp sprints. Many of them chose to cool off in the pool during their rec hour.

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After dinner, everyone headed off to team night, where the campers found out their tournament teams for the week. They had a great time competing in various competitions for the opportunity to select team colors.

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