Today was sadly the last day of both Session C and NUTC 2019, and it was quite an ending. We started the day a little earlier than usual and jumped right into the semi finals. Both games were extremely close, but in the end both the green and gray teams pulled upsets and made their way to the finals. On a Universe score, the Sick Pigeons took the gold to a crowd of light and dark blue teams and parents. Thank you to everyone who came out and witnessed three exciting games, two thrilling battles of roshambo, and one heartfelt awards ceremony to end the year! See you all next year!
It’s tournament day at NUTC!! Games on games on games and the excitement and skill levels are at an all time high. With games before and after lunch, all the campers enjoyed more than enough playing time and more than enough opportunities to bond with their teammates.
The camp’s talent show was after dinner and the acts were entertaining to say the least. Most were the results of bets from the camper-counselor game, but a few campers stepped up and showed off their skills. At the end, the disc spinning competition completed the week long Disc Olympics.
Today was a long but fun day for the campers. The morning rain cooled the whole day down and made the warm up drills just a little more challenging. After a full game, the boys sat on the sideline and cheered for the women’s game. Baby Powder and Pink Panthers duked it out and had some exciting points while the guys chanted “no more chafing” and “pinkies up.” On their way to lunch, they got their NUTC team colored shirts and took a camp picture.
After lunch, the campers all competed in a distance competition with age divisions and gender divisions. Two full scrimmages later, they were ready for trade night and brought their jerseys to swap around and buy. At night, the counselors schooled the campers 19-3 in the camper-counselor game, but NUTC has never seen a more hype sideline than during those few camper points.
This morning’s session was focused on energy and mental strength. Amos started with a group talk about your state on and off the field and how to maintain it. The campers split into their teams after warm ups and did warm up drills to help learn each other’s names and get their hands and feet warmed up. The counselors then demonstrated vert stack and the teams practiced it in various drills. After a few scrimmages, the campers conditioned and headed off to lunch.
After lunch, the campers got individual help on longer throws. As the rain started coming down, they switched between a breaking the mark drill and a defensive positioning drill. They ended the afternoon session with a scrimmage in the downpour, and several stayed during rec hour for a layout practice in the rain. At the end of the night, all campers went through gender equity training.
Today was the first full day of camp. The morning was spent practiced throwing and cutting form, marking, and huck placement, followed by lots of scrimmaging. The campers were rewarded with cold watermelon and plenty of water breaks.
After dinner, the campers attended Team Night where they were rostered onto teams. In those groups, they learned each others names (or at least tried) and shared their personal goals. Back as a large group, the teams competed against each other for jersey colors. Light blue was the winning choice, closely followed by gray, dark blue, then green.
Campers showed up to camp for the last session of the summer! Session C began with check in where the counselors got to meet and move in all of the campers. Unfortunately because of the heat there was no pick up outside but instead campers played games in the cool air conditioning.
After dinner campers met in the lecture hall for intro night. Camp director Tiina Booth laid down the law and introduced all of the counselors for the week.
Just like that, NUTC Session B 2019 wrapped up. Semi-finals of the tournament started bright and early Thursday morning where the teams competed for NUTC glory. While all teams played extremely hard, only two could be the final remaining. Green and Dark Blue faced off in front of the camp in epic fashion. Both teams had amazing bids and pin point hucks. Ultimately Green came out on top with a deciding victory over Dark Blue.
After the finals the whole camp gathered for one final talk. Awards were given out to campers who were the most helpful, hardest working, most spirited, and most improved. Campers had their last goodbyes with their teams and headed home.
Camper started off day six with a few more games of tournament play. Team chemistry was in full swing as teams matched up to settle the bracket. Cheers were heard all over the field and there was intensity in the air.
Unfortunately as the second session started, heavy rains pass through and campers had to head into the field house for some mini and throwing practice.
Pink Tuesday started off with high energy as campers me with their teams for some practice time. Each team went over curated drills designed by their counselors to improve their individual skill and team chemistry.
After team time campers gathered for the annual all girls game. cheers could be heard all over the field as the boys watched an amazing game put on by the girl campers and counselors. Chilly offense and blazing defense was the name of the game.
To wrap up the day teams met for their first games of tournament play. The level of intensity was extremely high and camper were working extra hard to help their teams win.
Wrapping up day six, campers met with counselors to discuss Gender Equity in the sport of Ultimate. Discussing the challenges women face in the sport as well and what everyone can do to help improve the community were major talking points.
With their teams set, campers started off their third day of camp with a lot of energy. In groups campers learned about defensive positioning with their teams. After a quick demo, campers practiced using their body to dictate where their person would go while playing defense. Then camper went into a quick scrimmage before lunch.
After lunch campers worked on long distance throwing with counselors. Many hucks were thrown and the dirty details of throwing mechanics were discussed.
Campers congregated under the lights for the annual Camper vs. Counselor game. Even though the campers worked their hardest, the counselors still saw themselves on top.
Wrapping up the nights with an ice cream treat, the campers headed to bed excited for their first day of team games the next day.