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NSC hosting USA Ultimate’s new U.S. Open Club Championships August 4-7

08/03/2017, 2:00pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

Elite teams will represent Canada, Colombia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Great Britain as well as 13 different states

Blaine, Minn. (August 3, 2017) – After announcing last year that the Youth Club Championships (YCC) and U.S. Open will be held side by side at the National Sports Center (NSC) in Blaine, Minn., through 2019, USA Ultimate revealed a new identity and logo treatment for the combined event.    

The newly branded U.S. Open Club Championships will feature 135 youth and elite-level club teams in 2017.


USA Ultimate has combined two existing events, the Youth Club Championship and the U.S. Open, into one event, now called the U.S. Open Club Championship.

As part of the rebrand, the event will consist of two main divisions – the Youth Club Championships (YCC) and the International Club Championships (ICC). The nomenclature allows for USA Ultimate to retain the YCC label – an event with a 13-year history of crowning national champions in the youth division – as well as more accurately describe the global nature of the elite division, which this year will attract teams from Canada, Colombia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Great Britain, and in the past hosted squads from Australia, Denmark, Germany and Panama. 

The event runs at the National Sports Center August 4-7. Each division will compete over three days with the ICC division running Aug. 4-6, and the YCC division taking place Aug. 5-7.

The YCC division of the U.S. Open Club Championships will consist of five subdivisions: U-20 Boys, U-20 Mixed, U-20 Girls, U-17 Boys and U-17 Girls.

Ultimate, originally known as ultimate Frisbee, is a non-contact team sport played with a flying disc. Points are scored by passing the disc to a teammate in the end zone. As in football and soccer, there is passing, interceptions, turnovers and incomplete passes.

The International Club Championships division will include men’s, mixed and women’s subdivisions. The ICC will play their semifinals and championships on the NSC’s marque fields, U1 (Stadium) and U2 (Exhibition Field). ESPN will broadcast seven semifinal and championship games from the NSC Stadium. Six of the games will air on ESPN3 and one on ESPN2.

The current men's and women's world champions will compete this weekend. Revolver, from San Francisco, won men's title, and Riot, from Seattle is the women's champion.

All totaled, the YCC division will feature 99 teams, and the ICC division will host 36 teams.

Here is the list of the teams competing in the elite International Club Championships, as well as each division’s playoff schedule.

Men

Revolver (San Francisco, Calif.)
Sockeye (Seattle, Wash.)
Ring of Fire (Raleigh, N.C.)
High Five (Ohio/Michigan)
CUSB La Fotta (Bologna, Italy)
Sub Zero (Minneapolis)
Truck Stop (Washington, D.C.)
Ironside (Boston, Mass.)
Johnny Bravo (Denver, Colo.)
Clapham (London, U.K.)
Patrol (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Inside Rakete (Darmstadt, Germany)

Men’s Semifinal #1: Saturday, August 5 at 2 p.m. on field U1 (ESPN3)
Men’s Semifinal #2: Saturday, August 5 at 3:30 p.m. on field U2
Men’s Championship Final: Sunday, August 6 at 12:30 p.m. on field U1 (ESPN3)

Women

Brute Squad (Boston, Mass.)
Molly Brown (Denver, Colo.)
Traffic (Vancouver, B.C.)
Showdown (Austin, Texas)
Revolution (Medellin, Colombia)
MUD (Tokyo, Japan)
Riot (Seattle, Wash.)
Fury (San Francisco, Calif.)
Scandal (Washington, D.C.)
Heist (Madison, Wis.)
UNO (Aichi, Japan)
Iceni (London, U.K.)

Women’s Semifinal #1: Saturday, August 5 at 4:30 p.m. on field U1 (ESPN3)
Women’s Semifinal #2: Saturday, August 5 at 7 p.m. on field U1 (ESPN3)
Women’s Championship Final: Sunday, August 6 at 3:30 p.m. on field U1 (ESPN3)

Mixed

Slow White (Boston, Mass.)
Mixtape (Seattle, Wash.)
Mischief (San Francisco, Calif.)
NOISE (Madison, Wis.)
Shinshu LOOSE (Nagano, Japan)
Team Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico)
AMP (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Metro North (Mianus, Conn.)
Drag’n Thrust (Minneapolis)
Steamboat (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Fire (Bogota, Colombia)
Migrant (Tokyo, Japan)

Mixed Semifinal #1: Sunday, August 6 at 10 a.m. on field U1 (ESPN3)
Mixed Semifinal #2: Sunday, August 6 at 10 a.m. on field U2
Mixed Championship Final: Sunday, August 6 at 6 p.m. on field U1 (ESPN2)

 

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