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.
Campers got up bright and early for their first full day of Ultimate. After a quick breakfast, everyone headed to the fields for the first session of the day. PK led off warm ups where campers stretched and sprinted to get their blood flowing. Once everyone was warmed up campers headed into throwing drills with the counselors.
Once campers finished lunch they headed back to the fields for the second session of the day. Campers scrimmaged in their temporary teams with input from the counselors. Each team got tips and tricks to help with the offence and defense. After a couple of games campers finished the session with some sprints.
Before we knew it, Team Night had begun! Campers filed into the lecture hall to meet with their teams for the week. Games were played to determine the colors each team would wear. Once the colors were settled campers headed off to bed to cap off their second day at camp.
Campers came far and wide for the first day of Session B of NUTC 2019! Moving into their rooms for the week, campers got checked in by the staff and got their complimentary NUTC gear. Once settled in, everyone headed to the fields for a few games of pickup before dinner.
After dinner, campers headed to Intro Night where camp director Tiina Booth and the counselors went over all the rules and expectations of camp.
Once Into Night had ended, campers returned to the dorms where they met with their floor for their first meeting of the week. Just like that the first day of Session B wrapped up and everyone headed to bed looking forward to an Ultimate filled week.
Today was our last day for Session A! The light blue, yellow, red, and green teams competed in the semis while the grey and dark blue teams played a consolation game. Campers didn’t let a little rain stop them from playing hard and keeping all the games tight. In the end, red and light blue faced off, and light blue came out on top.
We capped the week off with our awards ceremony and said goodbye to the campers. Thank you for coming out and playing hard. See you next year!
The tournament continued today with 4 full games! Everyone battled it out for a top spot in the semi-finals tomorrow. Campers showcased the skills they’ve learned and built upon all week to spectacular results! And their counselors cheered them on, coached them, and doled out ‘shups as needed.
We ended the night with our NUTC talent show, and saw many incredible talents! Campers also competed in the final battle in the Disc Olympics: Disc-Spinning!