The first weekend in July will see something that has been missing from the Spring City for a few years: an ultimate frisbee tournament. The sport, more commonly referred to simply as Ultimate, is growing rapidly in China. In an effort to foster that trend, the Kunming Ultimate Club is hosting what they have dubbed the "Golden Cat Hat" tournament July 6-7. It will be the third such competition held in Kunming.
In frisbee parlance, a hat tournament means competitors enter as individuals rather than teams. When people register to play, they rank their abilities according to a number of criteria, thus helping organizers to create several mixed gender teams of similar skill levels. Anyone wanting to compete in the tournament must fill out this online registration form prior to July 6. This will assure your place on a team and guarantee you get to be fully involved in all the festivities.
The fee for taking part in the tournament is 200 yuan for students and 250 for non-studious types. This includes two days of games on the beautiful grass fields at Kunming Haigeng Sports Training Center. Lunch on both days will be provided by event organizers as will free-flowing beer on the sidelines. Participants will also receive a sweet t-shirt emblazoned with the tournament logo.
On the evening of Friday July 5, a registration party will be held at Moondog. There will be drink specials beginning at 8pm and people will receive t-shirts and team assignments. The following night after games have been completed, O'Reilly's Irish Pub will host a second party with a 'Midas Touch' theme, again with drink specials for players.
Ultimate — in Chinese called jixian feipan (极限飞盘) — is a hodgepodge of other sports and incorporates elements of American football. It is perhaps unique in the sporting world as players often referee themselves. Learning how to play is fairly simple as the rules are straightforward.
People of all skill levels are encouraged to attend the tournament, even those with no previous exposure to playing frisbee competitively. Click here to learn more about the sport.
If you have any questions regarding the Golden Cat Hat or if the registration form gives you any problems, contact organizers at kunmingultimate [at] gmail [dot] com. Those traveling to the Spring City from out of town are also encouraged to get in touch with organizers who can assist in putting together room shares.
Kunming Ultimate would also like to remind everyone that they hold twice-weekly games. Every Wednesday and Sunday starting at 4:30pm the group meets at the Yunnan University fields to play. The fields are just off Yieryi Dajie across the road from the front gate of Yunnan University of Nationalities. If you would like to join, bring water, workout clothes and cleats if you have them.
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