Thursday, October 22, 2009

Keep Ultimate Alive in Columbus!

The following call to arms was emailed to all Columbus Ultimate players, but we're re-posting it in case anyone missed it (spam filters, etc.). Please read and help out if you can!
When CUDA was founded, it was a small organization of dedicated volunteers who primarily provided Summer League. It has grown to provide Spring League, 2 Summer Leagues, Fall Hat Tournaments, Winter League, and has formed a partnership with Andy 24. CUDA (a state-registered non-profit) now handles nearly $30,000 annually but still relies on an ever-decreasing pool of willing volunteers who spend an astounding amount of their own time to help the entire community.

We are in dire need of help. You are a part of the community and we need you to step up and commit some time to CUDA events. We need you to serve on the Planning Committee, help plan leagues, recruit players, write articles for the website or contact sponsors. We need you to captain teams, teach clinics, pick up t-shirts and discs, crunch numbers on spreadsheets, help prepare reports or help plan our future. We need you to give a little of your time to help support this organization that provides so much.

CUDA has grown exponentially in recent years in response to the demand for leagues and events and we have received the support of some new faces in our pool of volunteers, but we reply predominantly on about 3% of our nearly 400 members.

If you're wondering what you get in return for your efforts, we reward our volunteers with gifts and a party. We don't pay people for their efforts- I know it looks like we make enough money to pay people, but all of our income goes to providing ultimate.

So if being able to play ultimate is important to you or if you have something so say or if you'd like to see changes, now is the time to step up. Please help us continue to grow ultimate in Columbus and provide high-quality leagues and events.

Come to the next CUDA meeting to get started: Tuesday 10/27 at the King Ave Five at 7:00 PM.
If you can't make it to the meeting but you'd like to attend, please drop an email to and we'll talk to you about what you would like to do to help out.

The King Avenue Five is at 945 King Ave. in Grandview.

Thanks for your time
Matt Barlow

Please send email corrections/updates to the account.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Andy 24 2009

Registration is going on for the Andy 24 Ultimate Event! If you're new to the Ultimate community, Andy 24 is a 24-hour Ultimate game played in memorial of Andrew Starinchak, a local player who was killed in a hit and run accident. Players come from all over the country to play in this continuous game, which runs from 7:00 PM on Friday, August 21st to 7:00 PM on Saturday. All proceeds go to support the Boys and Girls Club of Columbus.

Registration is easy and cheap, and can be found over on our home site at For just $24.00 online you get all the Ultimate in the world, a great shirt made from high-quality wicking material and a grab bag of donated goodies. You can also buy a disc or extra shirt if you'd like.

Andy24 is Columbus' premiere Ultimate event. It's one-of-a-kind and a great time. Players take over Beekman Park on OSU's campus, and if you haven't been there before it's worth the price alone. The grass is immaculate and lush, the fields are level and soft. You can run and dive around like a dog and not feel a thing. For me and many others, it's also a chance to meet up with old friends coming into town as well as meet a bunch of new ones.

And of course, it's all for a great cause. No matter what your skill or experience level is, you owe it to yourself to experience this event and see what makes the community so special. Tons more information can be found at the Andy24 website.

Please note that if you, your company or employer, or anyone else you know would be interested in sponsorship opportunities for Andy 24, you can find more information here. Thanks!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Pick-Up Rises From the Ashes

I'm pleased to announce that pick-up is again a viable option for those in Columbus wishing to play a relaxed game of Ultimate outside of our many leagues and club teams. Join our Twitter Feed to get reminders and weather updates on weekly pick-up. Here are your options:

Sunday, Park of Roses - The CUDA pick-up game is finally getting good again, with 6s and 7s a dependable expectation. Numbers the last two weeks were low due to tournaments and Independence Day, but even then we've seen a handful of new players join the fray. Add back the regulars and this should be a great game moving forward. Park of Roses, Sunday, meet at 3:15 in the back of the park.

Wednesday, Academy Park - This is a newer game I haven't been to, but Adam Shea from the Monday League says they've been consistently playing from 8:00 until dark every week. Obviously Wednesday leaguers can't play, but this is a good option for any Monday players or area people new to Ultimate. Academy Park on Morse Road, Wednesday, meet at 8:00.

Wednesday, Park of Roses - There's actually a pick-up game going on the last few weeks by the softball fields at the Park of Roses during league play. It's a group of 8-10 men and women, and they say they come every week at 7:00 to play. This is another great Monday/beginner player option, and perhaps something that should combine with Academy Park, since they are near each other. Park of Roses Softball Fields, Wednesday meet at 7:00 PM.

Email or comment with any questions or other games you know of around Columbus.