Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Sand and discs will fly at Oceanfront with return of USA Ultimate Beach Championships

The USA Ultimate Beach Championships return this weekend to Virginia Beach. (Courtesy of usaultimate.org)
The USA Ultimate Beach Championships return this weekend to Virginia Beach. (Courtesy of usaultimate.org)

The USA Ultimate Beach Championships return to Virginia Beach Saturday and Sunday for the second annual national championship tournament at the Oceanfront.

Seventy teams and 1,200 athletes from around the country will hit the sand in hopes of being crowned national champions of the team disc sport.

The success of last year’s event made its return to Virginia Beach an easy decision, said Andy Lee, USA Ultimate‘s director of marketing and communications. This year’s tournament has 10 more teams.

“It tells us that it was a little buzz and the word spread that year one was a phenomenal event and more people want to be a part of it,” Lee said.

He said the feedback from most participants included two points: Everybody loved the event, and everybody “loved going to Virginia Beach.”

Men’s, women’s and mixed teams will compete in Beach, Beach Masters, and Beach Grand Masters brackets for their respective national championships.

A “Locals” team from Norfolk will represent the 757 in the mixed bracket. The Cambridge, Mass., team that calls itself “And the Warhawks” will return to defend its men’s title.

“Anytime you bring an event like this to a community like Virginia Beach, it gives us the opportunity to get the sport in front of a lot of people who otherwise may not be familiar with it,” Lee said. “Our expectation is that everyone comes and has a good time. We want to continue to use this event to promote the sport of ultimate and discipline of beach ultimate.”

USA Ultimate will host a free Learn to Play clinic for kids ages 8 to 16 at 1 p.m. Saturday. There will be games, drills and scrimmages to teach the rules and basic skills of the sport. Each participant will receive a free disc, sticker and handout.

“We want to get more youth playing the sport, and it’ll be a fun opportunity,” said Sarah Power, Ultimate’s Youth and Educations Programs coordinator.

Learn more about the tournament here.

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