Thursday, March 12, 2009

CUPA is now accepting bids to host CUC, CUUC and CEUUC

Nation, As per the CUPA site, please distribute to the organizers of your league(s)

CUPA is now accepting bids to host CUC, CUUC & CEUUC

CUPA is seeking bids to host the 2010 Canadian Ultimate Championship (August 2010), the 2009 Canadian University Ultimate Championships (October 2009) & the 2009 Canadian Eastern University Ultimate Championships (Fall 2009). All completed bids should be sent to ed AT or mailed to CUPA, 200 Main St., Winnipeg, MB, R3C 4M2 by May 4, 2009.

2010 Canadian Ultimate Championships: Bid Proposal, CUPA-TOC Responsibilities

2009 Canadian University Ultimate Championships: Bid Proposal, CUPA-TOC Responsibilities

2009 Canadian Eastern University Ultimate Championships: Bid Proposal, CUPA-TOC Responsibilities

Note: If you would like to bid on both CUUC & CEUUC, one bid can be submitted with relevant differences included.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

I'd rather be a fringe sport than a Canadian National Soccer Player...


Interesting article from Jeters about talking about your ultimate life in your professional setting.
I have had good and bad experiences talking about our sport in various avenues (different cities, different workplaces, and with other sport academics). I was sometimes surprised by the respect given by high ranking people in sport (some of my colleagues with the COC for example) and I was also surprised by the ignorance from high level athletes and even some of my past sport management professors at Western.

I remember one particular prof who remarked that it was "great how (I) was such a defender of fringe sports". Her perception of fringe sports shocked me. Needing to pass her course, I declined to mention that her sport of choice (canadian university women's athletics) probably doesn't rank in the top ten of most respected sports either. How could someone that probably received a lifetime of rude comments about her gender's ability and sport itself turn around and be as equally rude and dismissive?

I think the harshest people of ultimate are those
  • Who don't know the sport
  • Who play other sports
  • Who play other sports that compete in an uphill battle to justify their existence for government monies
Nothing turns other sports against other sports like a fight for money and support. For some reason, sport never seems to work together when it is optimal.

The next time someone who plays soccer tries to tell you how great their sport is in Canada and how many people play the game compared to our "fringe sport", be sure to counter with our world ranking in the senior mens level.

We're now 94th in the world. "Sandwiched between Mozambique and Democratic Republic of the Congo."

Soccer Canada is an interesting example of what CUPA should strive to avoid. Politics have lead to inaction and mismanagement. That our nation, with all the facilities, programs, and clubs available with the time and money allowing kids to play, is sandwiched between two countries whose major concerns revolve around basic necessities for its people, drug wars, and avoiding civil war is well.. sad.

Kids play till their teens and then drop out at an alarming rate. Players like Owen Hargraves get passed over for someone's son and then shows up on England's starting lineup. Yet, Soccer Canada hides behind participation numbers.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Ultimate in Canada merchandise fundraiser... Can a logo get you sued?


First the push on behalf of a college/university team looking to raise funds for another UPA college run...

The Lady GeeGees ultimate team is selling unique "Ultimate in Canada" merchandise for the month of March. Partnering with VC ultimate, the team will be selling short ($15) and long-sleeved t-shirts ($20), sweatshirts ($35), and sweatpants ($25) at OCUA leagues and via email.

You can check out our blog for more information -

Now.. the question for discussion. If you look at the logo chosen for this promotion, you'll notice it's very similar to the Hockey Night in Canada slogan and logo.

I'm no expert on trademark and copyright infringement. However, I know some sport organizations (the IOC) seek out and serve any organization that uses their logos (or even the word Olympic) with a prompt "Cease and Disist" letter. They don't mess around, and I'm sure the CBC hates the thought of people taking money from their one true cash cow. (The CBC tells every government and CRTC committee on amateur sport that hockey revenue pays for all the other sports you see on the public network).

So the poll question is "Will the Ultimate in Canada promotion attract legal trouble"? I'm assuming that the majority of you will join me in saying no, but at what point of popularity will ultimate teams, leagues and companies start having to watch what logo or trademark phrase they use?