2016 Tryout Schedule

We are proud to announce our 2016 Tryout Schedule! As we compete in the Pro Flight this season and continue to build the Phoenix program, we are looking for players and teammates who work hard and who are team-minded. We are committed to putting in the work on the field, at the track, and in the gym with our teammates to be the best players and team that we are capable of being. This year, the roster will be selected by our captains (Rachel Johnson, Jenna Dahl, and Michelle Ng) as well as our Selection Committee members (Judy Winglee and Kyra Catabay).

Tryouts will take place over the following weekends (locations TBA):
– Open Tryout: April 23, 9 AM – 2 PM
– Invite Tryout: May 7, 1 – 5 PM
– Invite Tryout: May 8, 11 AM – 3 PM

Please fill out this Google form to register for tryouts:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1wYuoBrD8kWYoeEKSUmjIPouVespWAuSE2bFnn1RB9AE/viewform

The tryout registration fee is $15 to cover field rental costs.

What’s the 2016 season look like for Phoenix?
We are very excited to be competing in the Pro Flight this season, based on our finish at last year’s Nationals. Our full tournament schedule can be found here. We plan to have a mix of one-day practices (4-5 hours on a single weekend day) and two-day practices (3-4 hours on both Saturday and Sunday). We will also often have one weekday workout and one weekday practice per week for the majority of the season. We will be striving for efficient, focused, and FUN practices, and will also be paying close attention to making sure that there is a good balance between the commitment of playing on a high-level club team and other life commitments.

Finding our Footing and Roles at the US Open

11709969_10204731804721799_8747013863043967912_oThe US Open is a different tournament from anything else Phoenix will experience. The level of play and the 4 day schedule is comparable to Nationals, but it’s only the second tournament of our regular season. Since it’s so early, the pressure is amplified and downplayed at the same time. On one hand, this tournament does not define our season; we will have plenty of opportunities in 2015. On the other hand, this is a time to build a foundation for the rest of the season and to make a first statement about what kind of team we are. No pressure.

As we all walked away from the fields Saturday after being dealt a sixth loss for the weekend there were a lot of feelings. It was hard to find a silver lining in what should have been, statistically, a losing weekend. But we found out a lot about our selves and our team this weekend. This weekend showed that we will stumble. We will go down early. But we will also find our rhythm and make some great comebacks like we did against Schwa and Fusion. We found out that we can hang with and ultimately, challenge a well-tested team like Riot. If that isn’t starting the season on the right foot, then I don’t know what is.

11713670_10204731791481468_3381232796266015742_oOur captains have done a great job of finding the things we are all good at individually and trying to maximize that potential with our on-field roles. Getting a role is exciting and nerve-wracking. We all love being told we’re good at something, but then once you know you’re good at it, the pressure is on to continue being good. Throughout the season I think we’ll all deal with this pressure in different ways, and it will hopefully challenge us to find new motivation to keep improving.

Off-field we’re still trying to find our voice, fill new roles, and get our footing as well. Have you ever tried to come up with things that rhyme with “Phoenix”?? If so, you’ll understand why our cheers are few and far between. Luckily we’re a creative team, and we had a fair amount of beer and bonding at the US Open to really strengthen our cheering and off-field game.

So now that we’re all back and answering the inevitable questions from friends, family and coworkers about how the weekend went, I find myself taking all of the above into perspective and answering, “Well, good!”

PHX Heads to the US Open

This week we pack up the cars and hit the road to West Chester, OH! There we will face off against some of the nation’s top reigning women’s teams in USA Ultimate’s annual US Open tournament.

We start the tourney with a Thursday morning game against San Francisco Nightlock, who has continued to gain ground against some of the long-standing top ranked teams each of the past 3 years. We then play a 1:30pm live-streamed* game against Southeast Regional champion, Atlanta Ozone, followed by a match-up against San Francisco Fury, one of the country’s most-storied programs of the past decade. All three teams finished in the Pro-Flight in 2014, and we couldn’t be more excited to test our skills and chemistry against them.

Coming off a home tournament win at Cackalacky Challenge a few weeks back, we are feeling confident and excited for the season! In preparation for the Open, we have been brushing up on our primary colors and studying passages from Animal Farm during team huddles. Watch out for Red Pigs!!  We showcased our VC Whites at Cackalacky and will be proud to sport our new VC Darks this week!

In addition to the friz tournament, Cassie Swafford hopes to get as many steps in as possible this weekend to maintain a stronghold at the top of the team Phitbit challenge.  Ladies & Gentlemen, place your bets – under / over 40,000 steps?

*For full information on broadcast games at the US Open look here: http://www.usaultimate.org/news/usa-ultimate-announces-17-game-broadcast-schedule-for-us-open/

Cackalacky Champions!

It was our distinct pleasure to host some of our favorite regional rivals this past weekend at Cackalacky Challenge. Fellow North Carolina teams Rogue, Rut-Ro (an iteration of Ripe/Retro/Sweet T), and Warhawks (a YCC team!!) made the drive out to Fuquay-Varina, just south of Raleigh. Virginia, Maryland and DC were all well-represented, and both Ozone and Tabby Rosa made the trip up north to kick off their seasons.

Day one saw its share of battles. Both pools had games go down to the wire. In pool B, Outbreak and Tabby Rosa went to DGP, to have Outbreak punch it in for the win, ultimately taking 2nd in the pool behind Rut-Ro. Over in pool A, a story of classic regional rivals began again in the 2015 season as Ozone and Phoenix traded the lead in the first half. After Ozone took half 7-5, Phoenix decisively pulled away for the win and to take first in the pool.

The story of the weekend was undoubtedly the heat. Dry fields only amplified the scorching temps as teams employed any means to create shade and grabbed cool towels to avoid heat stroke. Thankfully everyone made it out of the weekend without any lasting damage.

On Sunday, temperatures stayed high as Ozone and Phoenix fought through quarters and semis to meet once again in the finals game. After an early lead by Phoenix, Ozone came back with a vengeance to take half. Both teams traded long points in the second half until Phoenix scored a 2-point run to make it DGP. After an Ozone turnover, Phoenix worked it back down to the Atlanta end zone to score and keep the Cackalacky Challenge Championship in NC.

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Phoenix would like to thank everyone again for coming and playing through the heat with us! We can’t wait to see you all again throughout the 2015 season!

ps- Don’t we look awesome in our brand-new whites from VC Ultimate!?!

2015 Day of Play

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Phoenix is proud to announce the 2015 Day of Play! This event is open to women and girls of all ages and experience levels to come and learn, meet new friends in the women’s community, and have a great time playing women’s ultimate.

WHEN: Saturday, April 4th 9am-3pm

WHERE: East Chapel Hill HS Fields

WHAT: Drills & Skills stations in the morning, lunch provided, followed by an afternoon hat tournament!

Registration Information:

$30/player on or before March 29th, $40 after that date or on the day of the event. Scholarships available for those in financial need,  College and High School teams may receive a discount if they commit to bringing at least 7 players. Please email Megan Tarasi  to inquire about scholarships or team discounts.

To register, please fill out the following Google form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1suuP1Svor0_RhyYaHaka_gSfQofEtIAtbrxoMIxGLxI/viewform

How to Have a Fun Offseason

Here on Phoenix, we take the offseason just as seriously as our regular season. That means we’re in the gym, getting touches on the disc at pickups and leagues, and keeping up the PHLOVE that makes us the team we are!

So how does one maintain a spirit of phlove and phun during the offseason? For us, we are trying to have hangouts all over the Triangle area to make new friends and reconnect with old ones. Thus far, we’ve had an awesome pizza night:

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AND tried our hand at a backup sport:

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Some of us will be sticking to frisbee, others have already transitioned to professional pizza-eating.

If you love pizza, frisbee, birds (this one is optional) and fun, email us at phx.ultimate@gmail.com and we’ll make sure you hear about our next night of phun! You can also join the NC Women’s Pickup Group to get info about upcoming competitive women’s pickup opportunities, just email us!

2015 Tryout Information

We are proud to announce our 2015 Tryout Schedule!  As we continue to build the Phoenix program, we are looking for players and teammates who work hard, and who are coachable and team-minded.  We are committed to putting in the work on the field, at the track, and in the gym with our teammates to be the best players and team that we capable of being.  This year, the roster will be selected by our captains (Michelle Ng and Jessi Jones) and team selection committee (Jinny Eun, Judy Winglee, and Shannon Matzinger).

Tryouts will take place over the following weekends (locations TBA):
– Open Tryout: April 18, 9 AM
– Invite Tryout: May 9, 2 PM – 5
– Invite Tryout: May 10, 9 AM – 12 PM

Please fill out this Google form to register for tryouts:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1TotQ7K1kioha_BruUEWyrQ3gD2ENoj9-09cZrXaO5tY/viewform
The tryout registration fee is $10.

What’s the 2015 season look like for Phoenix?
We plan to have a mix of one-day practices (4-5 hours on a single weekend day) and two-day practices (3-4 hours on both Saturday and Sunday).  We will also often have one weekday workout and one weekday practice per week.  We will be striving for efficient, focused, and FUN practices, and will also be paying close attention to making sure that there is a good balance between the commitment of playing on a high-level club team and other life commitments.

2015 Tournament Schedule:
– Cackalacky Challenge (June 13-14 // Fuquay-Varina, NC)
– US Open (July 2-5 // West Chester, OH)
– Elite-Select Challenge (July 11-12 // Columbus, OH)
– Pro-Elite Challenge (Aug 1-2 // Aurora, CO)
– Sectionals (Aug 29-30 // TBA)
– Regionals (Sept 12-13 // TBA)*
– Nationals (Oct 1-4 // Frisco, TX)*

Please email us – phx.ultimate@gmail.com if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you at tryouts!

Ways to Use Your VC Jersey

We really love VC. And not just because we’re a VC picks team (though we really love that!). We love VC because they make quality products that not only look good, but are fully functional in every aspect of our crazy lives. To demonstrate the multi-purpose nature of VC’s fine products, some Phoenixes put together this sweet list of 16 ways you can use your VC jersey! Enjoy!

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2014 Tryout Information

We are very happy to announce Phoenix 2014 Tryouts!

Stronger together. We play for each other.

As we continue to build the Phoenix program this season, we are looking for players and teammates who work hard, and who are coachable and team-minded.

TRYOUT SCHEDULE
All tryouts will be in the Triangle Area, NC unless otherwise noted (exact locations TBA).

– Open Tryout (May 10- 10 AM – 3 PM, Meadowmont Soccer Field)
– Invite Tryout Tournament (May 17-18, Washington DC Area)
– Invite Tryout (May 31- 10 AM – 1 PM)
– Invite Tryout (June 1- 10 AM – 1 PM)

PLEASE REGISTER FOR TRYOUTS HERE:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1OEsCK8cJJ9clxVAezQtdE_cKKdDd6aVBvaRCaaGvJJ0/viewform

PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Our exact Phoenix practice schedule and structure for the 2014 season will be determined after the team is set. Our intention is have a mix of one-day practices (3-4 hours on a single weekend day) and mini-camps (late Friday and early Saturday or late Saturday and early Sunday). We will be striving for efficient, focused, and FUN practices, and will also be paying close attention to making sure that there is a good balance between the commitment of playing on a high-level club team and other life commitments.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
– June 14-15: WCC (Efland, NC)
– July 12-13: Pro-Elite Challenge: Chesapeake Invite (Loudoun
County, VA)
– Aug 3-4: Elite-Select Challenge: Colorado Cup (Aurora, CO)
– Aug-Sept: One more tournament (TBD, hopefully within driving distance)
– Late Sept: Regionals (TBD)
– Oct 16-19: Nationals (Frisco, TX)- pending qualification

Please pass this announcement along to anyone who may be interested in playing for Phoenix this season. Due to low interest the past few seasons, we will no longer be supporting a second team, but we will be working closely with TFDA (Triangle Flying Disc Association) to assess interest in the development of another Triangle Area women’s team this year.Please feel free to contact us with any comments and/or questions at phx.ultimate@gmail.com

-Jessi and Michelle, Phoenix 2014 Captains