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2017 Beach Division
In the third year of Beach Division competition, we are excited to be returning to Virginia Beach for the Beach Championships once again, as well as to add Beach Westerns as another competitive beach opportunity.
Beach Westerns will be held April 22-23, in Santa Monica, Calif. The third annual Beach Championships will take place May 20-21 in Virginia Beach, Va.
About Beach Ultimate
Beach Ultimate is a popular and fast-growing spin-off of the grass-based game. Well-established Beach Ultimate events date back to the early 1990’s, with some events hosting as many as 100 teams, making them some of the largest tournaments in Ultimate. Beach Ultimate leagues and casual pickup games are sprinkled across the country, even on lakeside beaches.
Beach Ultimate is played as 4-on-4 or 5-on-5 and is played by Mixed, Women, Open, Masters, College, and Junior level players and teams. Windy beach conditions and a smaller field demand a more precision-oriented set of throwing skills, while the sandy field requires even greater endurance.
The natural environment of Beach Ultimate inspires a festive atmosphere where Spirit of the Game thrives alongside highly athletic play. The tradition of teams exchanging cheers or playing a whimsical game together after a match still runs strong in Beach Ultimate across the USA and internationally.
This focus on fun, coupled with a beautiful natural setting, also makes Beach Ultimate a great conduit for new players to encounter the sport in a pleasing environment and with no need for special equipment.
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What are the rules of beach ultimate?
USA Beach Ultimate recognizes the rules of BULA. There are rule sets for 5 on 5 as well as 4 on 4.
What are the goals of the beach division?
Goals of the beach division include: 1) Promoting the sport, fostering its growth and recognition; 2) Assisting organizers of beach ultimate events; 3) Providing players with information about upcoming events; 4) Working towards establishment of a national playoff series; 5) Acting as formal representative of the U.S. Beach Ultimate community at national and international events
Is there a competitive U.S. beach series?
2015 marked the start of USA Ultimate's inaugural Beach Championships, with the event returning to Virginia Beach for 2016.
What about U.S National teams at WFDF beach events?
At the last WFDF beach competition (2015 World Championships of Beach Ultimate), the U.S. had a selection process and sent teams. At that event, the U.S won 6 golds and 1 silver out of 7 divisions of play.
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