GB Senior Squads 2011-12

GB Open 2011-12

GB Open is holding the first of two tryouts towards selection of its 2011-2012 squad on the weekend of 09-10 October 2010.

Recognizing that, more so that in any of the previous selection years, there is now a huge pool of talented players across the whole of GB, these tryouts will be walk-in and we encourage players from any club to come and match themselves up against the best.  Juniors and under 23s (over 18s only) are encouraged to come to the trials.

Selection will be based on skill and athleticism, as well as in-play vision and timing.  On day one, players will be put through a series of specific drills which will allow selectors to grade them according to their skill and/or potential.  On day two, a considerable time will be spent on providing players with some basic marking, throwing and cutting drills in an effort to lift the skill base of the squad during the off season.  An initial cut will be made after the first trials and players will be personally invited to the second tryout weekend (date tbc - but probably 30-31 Oct).

We do need to know who is coming in advance.  Please fill in the informal application form and then email it to gb[dot]open[at]ukultimate[dot]com - so we know who you are.

GB Women 2011-12

GB Women's Trials

The Committee:
Jenna Thomson - Captain
Sophie Watson - Vice Captain
Jools Murray
Gemma Taylor

We invite you to attend the first of 3 GB women's trials on the 9th and 10th of October 2010. We believe that there is an exciting group of talented women in the UK and we would like to see as many of you as we can to achieve our aim of creating a motivated team that is capable of medalling at Worlds in 2012.

We believe that the success or our team lies in unifying the strengths and experience of individuals to create a team that will train, play and develop together on a two year journey to Worlds 2012.

What we are looking for are women who:

- Want to play for the GB Women
- Want to improve
- Value the contribution they can offer to the team
- Have the confidence to attend our trial dates

We encourage women of all levels of experience to try out. (All attendees must be over 18 unless having received a personal invitation prior to trials.)

Please download and complete the application form and email it to ultimate[dot]women[at]gmx[dot]com.

We will be on hand before, during and after trials for any questions or feedback you may wish.

You are expected to make all three trial dates (dates TBC soon).

If you cannot make all 3 please contact the group using the email below with an explanation why.

After the 3 initial trials we will pick a squad of promising players. These promising players will then be given feedback/homework to do over the off season to prepare our bodies and skills for the exciting season ahead.

A retrial will be held in January (date TBC) where we will pick the GB squad that will train throughout the spring.

The final team selection will be made towards the end of Spring, with a focus on preparing for Europeans 2011.

It is important that you all feel confident approaching trials so please do not hesitate to contact the group with questions or concerns.

GB Womens Group: ultimate[dot]women[at]gmx[dot]com


GB Mixed 2011-12

Following on our Gold medals and an undefeated European Championship, GB Mixed is heading to Japan for Worlds in July 2012.

Captain: Iain Thackrah
Ali Smith (Vice-captain)
Mark Davin (Vice-captain)
Paul Waite

Andrew Tate
Ange Wilkinson
Anthony Solomon
Bex Forth
Catherine Gainey
Fran Scarampi
Georgie Winborn
Jackie Veralls
Jaimie Cross
Jen Hart
Mara Alperin
Merrick Cardew
Nick White
Nick Wong
Phil Johnson
Rich Coward
Rich Hims
Rob Whitehouse
Sam Bowen
Sam Morris
Tasha Nishiyama

Squad Players:
Chris Davies

GB Masters Open 2011-12

GB Masters 2011-12 will be led by Stu Mitchell, Ben Mitchell & Si Hill.

Latest info:

We're going to start with two trials.  We'd like people to attend both as far as possible.  Depending on numbers we MAY do some selection prior to and after the first trial.

Dates: 26-27 Feb and 2-3 April.  Locations TBD but expect somewhere between Coventry and Leeds...
Times will be approx:
Sat: 1pm-5pm, followed by a short(ish) meeting approx 6pm-7pm.
Sun: 9am-1pm

The trials are completely open to anyone that is eligible to play GB and meets the age criteria.  The eligibility rules from WUC 2008 can be seen here
 - its pretty unlikely there will be substantial changes. 

To be eligible for EUC 2011 your date of birth must be in 1978 or earlier.
To be eligible for Worlds 2012 your date of birth must be in 1979 or earlier.  We want to hear from you too, and you are welcome to get involved straight away during 2011.

We will have more info about additional dates, etc, at the Feb session.  I know some people are worrying about which tournaments we might do.  *IF* we enter a European tournament in 2011, we will aim for Windmill Windup - but we may look for other ways to get some match practice in June/July.

We expect to create an extremely competitive team...  If you aren't quite sure about committing right now - please put yourself forwards to come to one or both of the trials and find out how we see things shaping up.

To put yourself forwards for selection please email (or email Si directly at his blueyonder address if you have it) with the following info:
1. Name
2. DoB
3. Which year(s) you want (or are able) to play
4. Some playing background: current/past teams - that sort of thing. 
5. What player "class" you are if don't have a UK passport (see WFDF eligibility link for details)
6. If you cannot come to one or both trials please say so.

There are some great Masters players out there who might only hear about this through word-of-mouth.  If you know of anyone that might be interested please feel free to forward this message to them - we will certainly consider strong players that might otherwise not be playing.