VOTS Spring 2018, photo by Quan Nguyen
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A History

Valley of the Sun Ultimate has been an official non-profit organization for less than 30 years, but it has been a community of players and organizers for much longer. New Year Fest, our locally run tournament, entered its fourth decade in 2012.

This page is an attempt at an inclusive history. It is a work in progress. If you have materials or reminiscences, please email me at webmaster@vots.org ~Katherine Nabity, 07/09/20


2010s

2010

New Year Fest XXVIII

Leagues

Best of VOTS 2010

2011

New Year Fest XXIX

League

  • Spring League 2011

    Champion: Joystick
    Captains: Patrick & Marlena Nardi

    Teams | Results | Playoffs

  • Women's League 2011

    Champion: Lucky Charms
    Captain: Kaetlynn Daoust & Erin Donahue

    Teams | Results

  • Friday Night Flights 2011

    Teams
    Results not recorded.

2012

New Year Fest XXX

Leagues

  • Friday Night Flights 2012

    Champion: Black Bear Bicycle

    Teams | Results

  • Fall League 2012

    Champion: Blackout
    Captains: Pat & Marlena Nardi

    Teams | Results | Playoffs

  • Sunday Fall League 2012

    Champion: Ice Cream Sunday

    Teams | Results

  • Winter Women's League 2012

    Champion: SnowBALLAS
    Captains: Cheyenne Lopez & Jody Sheets

    Teams | Results

  • Winter Men's League 2012

    Champion: Green-Man Woman Haters Club
    Captains: Eric Bay & Bryan Paris

    Teams | Results

2013

New Year Fest XXXI

Leagues

  • Spring League 2013

    Champion: Hucktoberfest
    Captains: Jason Chen & Erin Donahue

    Teams | Results | Playoffs

  • Summer Women's League 2013

    Champion: Hanky Pankies
    Captains: Breanna Bryant & Erin Donahue

    Teams | Results

  • Summer Men's League 2013

    Champion: El Gringos
    Captains: Bill Christensen & Nick Rodeck

    Teams | Results

  • Friday Night Flights 2013

    Champion: Purple Drank

    Teams | Results

  • Fall League 2013

    Champion: Office Disc Space
    Captains: Crystal Hall & Tom Studer

    Teams | Results | Playoffs

  • Winter Women's League 2013

    Champion: The Blue Team
    Captains: Emily Claricoates & Amanda Kaestner

    Teams | Results

  • Winter Men's League 2013

    Champion: Redrum
    Captains: Tim Streit & Tom Studer

    Teams | Results

USAU Southwest Club Regionals 2013

  • VOTS hosted the 2013 USAU Southwest Club Regionals.

    Congratulations to Revolver & Condors (Open), Polar Bears, Mischief & 7 Figures (Mixed), Fury & Nightlock (Womens) for earning bids to the National Championship competition.

2014

New Year Fest XXXII

Leagues

2015

New Year Fest XXXIII

Leagues

2016

New Year Fest XXXIV

Leagues

Club

  • Rubix Ultimate welcomed Club Mixed teams to the first-ever Coconino Classic, Aug 13-14, held in beautiful Flagstaff, AZ.

    Coconino Classic is a SANCTIONED mixed tournament. In its first year, it hosted 8 teams. The tournament was also a fund-raising event for Ultimate Peace.

    http://vots.org/16SWRegionals/16SWRegionals.shtml
  • USAU Southwest Regionals 2016

    Southwest Regionals were held in Phoenix, AZ at the Reach 11 Sports Complex, Sept 10-11, 2016.

2017

New Year Fest XXXV

Leagues

  • Winter A/B League 2017

    Champion A Division: Blue Steal
    Captains: Justin Gries & Sarah Hill

    Champion B Division: Clifford
    Captains: Danielle Marshall & Stephen So

    Teams | Results | Playoffs

  • Spring League 2017

    Champion: ...but it's a dry heat...
    Captains: Brenton Hard & Sarah Hill

    Teams | Results | Playoffs

Club

  • Crawl, the open master's team, won USAU's Southwest Regionals and advanced on to Masters Nationals (July 21-23 in Aurora, CO). A Phoenix team hadn't won the southwest championship since Plastic Surgeons in 1992. At Nationals, Crawl broke seed to finish 6th in a field of 16 teams.

    Riding High West also competed at Nationals in the inaugural year of the Women's Grandmasters division. They also broke seed to finish 4th in a field of six.

  • Sprawl (open), Phoenix Uprising (women's), and Superstition (mixed) all earned bids to USAU Club Regionals.

2018

New Year Fest XXXVI

Leagues

  • Summer League 2018

    Champion: Blue Hawks
    Captain: Clifford Capria

    Teams | Results

  • Fall League 2018

    Champion: Canyon de Chilly
    Captains: Joanne Aspinall & Brian Colson

    Teams | Results | Playoffs

  • Men's Winter League 2018

    Champion: Stocking Full of Coal
    Captains: Mike Hall & Paul Otto

    Teams | Results

Club

  • World Masters Ultimate Club Championship

    Local team Crawl was invited to compete at the World Flying Disc Federation's World Masters Championship in Winnipeg, Canada on July 29–August 4th.

    WFDF's WMUCC site
    Crawl vs. Wolpertinger (Germany) via Big Media Sports

  • Coconino Classic

    Phoenix area club mixed teams acquitted themselves well in competition at Flagstaff's Coconino Classic. ROBOS took home the championship over California's Long Beach Legacy and Rubix and Superstition battled for third.

    ROBOS vs Rubix Highlights (pool play)

2019

New Year Fest XXXVII

League

  • A/B Winter League 2019

    Champion A Division: Black Ice
    Captains: Erin Donahue and Mike Hall

    Champion B Division: Yellow Tail
    Captains: Matt Nock and Liesl Pimentel

    Teams | Results | Playoffs

  • Spring League 2019

    Champion: Red Mountain Mamas
    Captains: Ted Bland and Kody Lippincott

    Teams | Results | Playoffs

  • Summer League 2019

    Champion Session 1: Rendez-blue
    Captains: Allyson Pacini and Timothy Streit

    Champion Session 2: Team 1 (WHITE)
    Captain: Kris Kaufman

    Teams | Results

  • Fall League 2019

    Champion: 2019: A Disc Space Pants Odyssey
    Captains: Ryan Blackman & Ashley Stahl

    Teams | Results | Playoffs

  • Winter League 2019

    Champion: Team 2

    Teams | Results

Professional

Club

  • USAU Mixed Masters

    Snowbirds mixed masters team competed at USAU Nationals the weekend of July 19-21. In their first season of play, Snowbirds finished third in our very competitive southwest region and broke seed at nationals to finish tied for 7th. Snowbirds is one of the Valley's first mixed masters teams and continues the strong tradition of masters ultimate in the Phoenix metro.

2020s

2020

New Year Fest XXXVIII

Leagues

  • Due to COVID-19, leagues were cut short and cancelled in 2020. A/B Winter League playoffs were cancelled and champions were determined by regular season win/loss. Spring League was cancelled in the third week after a welcome night game, one regular game, and rain-out.

  • A/B Winter 2020

    Champion A Division: DEFPOTEC
    Captain: Jake Hadziev

    Champion B Division: The Greengo Starrz
    Captains: Matthew Beversdorf, Sherri Mankofsky, Vick Mehta

    Teams | Results

Professional

  • Arizona Sidewinders

    The Arizona Sidewinders are the first professional Ultimate team in the state of Arizona. As part of the Western Ultimate League, the Sidewinders want to foster growth within the sport and provide a way for all womxn to compete on a stage which showcases high-level, competitive Ultimate.

    Alas, the inaugural WUL season has been sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Arizona Sidewinders