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Seattle Sockeye Ultimate Tryouts ’14

March 20, 2014

Seattle Ultimate Frisbee Sockeye Combine 2014The 2014 Seattle Sockeye season will begin Saturday, May 10th at the Magnuson Sports Meadow from 10am-4pm with our Open Tryouts.

The Sockeye Combine Tryout will include a full day of drills, scrimmages, games and high-level ultimate action for any and all ultimate frisbee players and enthusiasts. It will also represent the only Open Tryout opportunity for players looking to make a charge into closed tryouts and a spot on the final roster.

Click here to sign-up for the Combine and enjoy a day of swimming with The Fish! 

Coming off of a finals appearance at the USAU Club National Championships in Frisco, TX, Sockeye will be looking to come out with intensity and focus.

2014 will be an incredible year as The Fish will be heading to Lecco, Italy in August to participate in the World Ultimate Championships representing as one of the four US teams in the Open Division. Throw in a trip to the US Open in Minneapolis,  a stop in Santa Cruz, CA for the Labor Day Ultimate Championships and an eventual return to the USAU Series which includes another chance at the USAU Championships.

Interested tryout player should also fill out the Player Profile doc here.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for Combine, tryout and season updates!!!

Sockeye 2013 Roster Announced

August 21, 2013

Sockeye is proud to announce their 2013 roster for this season’s USA Ultimate Club Championship Series:

Donnie Clark
Tyler Kinley
Jacob Speidel
Aly Lenon
Vehro Titcomb
Phil Murray
Mario O’Brien
Xtehn Titcomb
Sam Harkness
Adam Simon
Reid Koss
Tim Gehret
Mat Sewell
Matt Rehder
Nate Castine
Mark Burton
Chris Kosednar
Michael Caldwell
Spencer Walls
Danny Karlinsky
Joe Sefton
Frank Devin Barich
Duncan Linn
Erik Doesburg
Adam Holt
Julian Hausman

See each player’s profile on our team roster page!

Sockeye Tryouts 2013

April 6, 2013

The 2013 Ultimate Frisbee season is rumbling towards the Emerald City!

Seattle Sockeye is getting geared up for an epic season with a chance at a national championship and a bid to the 2014 WUGC Worlds in Italy!

As always, we’ll start our  season tryout with the Seattle Ultimate Frisbee Combine held at Magnuson Park. Check out our Facebook page to keep up with all the tryout news and updates.

2013-Sockeye-Combine-Flyer

The Combine is an open tryout event for any and all players looking to test their skills against the best our rainy city has to offer.

Even if you are new to the sport, come out to  experience the game with high-level skills, drills, scrimmages and tests. This is also your chance to get in the mix for any Open teams in the city!

Expect ~5 awesome hours of Ultimate Frisbee Seattle style. Reserve your spot at the Sockeye Combine today!

After our Combine, the team’s Personnel Committee (PC) will make selections for the full Sockeye Tryout group who will join to compete for spots on the 2013 team.

Our tentative schedule for the entire tryout process is below:

-OPEN- Ultimate Frisbee Combine, Sun, May 26th, 12-5pm 

(Tryouts from here on will be by invite)

-Midweek Practice, Wed, May 29th
-Weekend Practice, Sun, June 2nd
-Midweek Practice, Mon June 3rd
-Midweek Practice, Wed, June 5th
-Flowerbowl, Vancouver, BC Sat/Sun June 8-9
-Midweek Practice, Wed June 12th
-Weekend Practice, Sun June 16th
-Midweek Practice, Mon June 17th
-Midweek Practice, Wed June 19th

We hope to see you all out there!

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or issues with signups!

-Seattle Sockeye-

 

Nationals 2012: Gone Fishin’ Playlist

October 22, 2012

Gone Fishin’ :: Nationals 2012 from SeattleSockeye on 8tracks Radio.

Round Robin Write Up

June 19, 2012

Round Robin Write Up

A new year, a new tradition?

This year, instead of the usual trip to Solstice, Sockeye, Furious George, and Rhino played in a round robin tournament in Portland, Oregon, which featured a Saturday with split Rhino and Sockeye squads (and Furious staying as a unit to prepare for Worlds), and a Sunday with each team joining their forces to play head-to-head against each others’ full squads.

Sockeye split teams by O and D. The Offense, working on incorporating some new talent as well as finding its rhythm and chemistry together, started the day well by besting both the full Furious George squad, as well as half of Rhino (who had split down the middle, without an O or D defined difference as the Fish had). Beginning their day against Rhino X (or Y, unclear), The Bruce, Seth Wiggins, and Aaron Honn were controlling much of the Rhino’s performance, playing very well in their isolation side-stack. Sockeye’s O-line relied on great plays from Vehro Titcomb, getting a big block on a long huck, and Mark “Hero” Burton catching a nice long goal and working well as a continuation cutter downfield. Spencer Wallis, following a goal-line turnover, immediately got it back with a massive layout catch block to fuel the fire for the Sockeye O-line, who were able to take this.

In the O’s game against the other Rhino squad, the team saw its defensive intensity lead the charge as Nate Castine and Chris Kosednar forced multiple turns in the handler set through strong dump defense and quality marks. Phil Murray caught several goals as Mike ‘MC’ Caldwell did an excellent job of getting open and creating space upfield. Rhino’s Cody Brjorkland was able to get off several big OI flick hucks and an awesome hammer goal. Several of Rhino’s tryouts also stepped up with some great breaks and give-go’s, highlighting one of Portland’s major strengths this season. In the end, quality decision making and an ever growing defensive pressure allowed Sockeye O to take the game by a few.

Against Furious, who ran numerous junk defense sets, the O found success by working patiently and avoiding lazy throws, which were what FG were looking to attack. Furious has a very aware defensive unit, which fronts downfielders and offers help defense deep from the weak side cutters who are not active. This got blocks on the Sockeye O if they weren’t looking for these hunting defenders. Of note in the game as well was a truly fantastic greatest from Spencer Wallis, leaping well out of bounds and somehow managing to throw a catchable throw back in-bounds from a full layout to maintain possession on a Sockeye overthrow.

The Sockeye Defensive squad had an opposite day, starting off with a loss to the Furious full team. The deep shots were not connecting well, and defensive intensity simply hadn’t hit 100%. Furious was without their eastern additions that would make them Team Canada (Hassell, etc), and thus were purely Furious George for the weekend. Their downfield movement was very well-scripted and timed, and combined with poor heads-up defense from the Sockeye D-squad and multiple miscommunications on switches, the Furious offense quickly and easily ran through the D-team. Offensively, the D would let any pull outside of the endzone hit the ground and call a set play, as if after a turnover, to give the defense more realistic reps since they will rarely if ever be receiving pulls. Many kinks were worked out with this approach, and this game would prove a good stepping stone in the D-line’s improvement over the weekend.

Next came the Rhino split squad, led by Mario & friends. Again, the Sockeye D-line was not hitting top gear, although it was a substantial step up from the Furious game. The offensive deep looks were still not hitting well, although defensive pressure began to mount and switches were worked out better. In the end Rhino took this game, although it was close.

To end the day, Sockeye’s D-line faced off against the other half of Rhino, a substantially taller group led by Bruce and Seth Wiggins. What stood out this game was the legs of Sockeye’s D-line overpowering what seemed a tired Rhino squad. Multiple big blocks, coming from Todd Sliva, Xtehn Titcomb and others propelled this D-squad to victory in their final game, also leaving the Sockeye O-squad impressed as they watched on a bye. After the game, all teams bonded over beers and shared stories.

This is the first of many times these regionals rivals will face one another, yet with the new bid structure, the vibe has changed. Now, each team roots for the other to compete well during the season, as each hopes the rest will do their part to bring the region much needed strength bids come Regionals. It is a strange departure from the days of old, where strength bids were pre-determined by last year’s nationals, and the rest of the bids had nothing to do with actual performance.

In the evening, teams continued to hang out, as Rhino was kind enough to host Sockeye at their homes. Muchas gracias, Rhinoceras.

Sunday began with a late start for the Fish, as Furious would play the first two rounds with the longer drive home. After a nice breakfast, the Fish watched as Furious toppled Rhino in the first round, and warmed up. Every Fish commented how excited they were to join their O or D line brethren, and the excitement was evident as the Fish put in their first O point and immediately broke on a tight defensive point that forced a tough catch & drop, followed by a quick score. Furious simply didn’t seem to have their legs under them after what must have been a tiring Rhino game, and Sockeye was feeling fresh. The D-line was able to put good pressure on Furious throughout the game, and the Fish Offense looked strong, moving the disc very quickly both vertically and horizontally, taking the game 14-10.

Rhino was up next. By now, some Fish were relatively banged up, and the D-line was down to 10 players. However, the pressure continued to look good against Rhino, whose errors seem to multiply as they occurred. Sockeye capitalized quickly on many of these turns, although there were notable plays from Cam Allison-Hall and especially a massive Aaron Honn sky that portend great games to come. Sockeye wins, 14-11.

Coming out of the weekend, it’s clear that Rhino is much better than their Flowerbowl games would reflect, and is far better yet than even their round robin results, lacking Dylan Freechild and others. Shout out to ex-Fish Aaron Talbot who ran us ragged in his Gilligan hat.

Furious George will have another season of double-peaking ahead of them, which poses a challenge. However, given their sub-par performance at last year’s nationals after such an excellent showing at regionals, that taste has not left their mouths and I highly doubt they’ve forgotten it either. I fully expect a strong Monkey come ECC & Labor Day.

Roster Set

We thank the many Seattleites who battled with us and represented our great city with unparalleled determination.

Through sweat, scrapes, blood, and grit… Sockeye 2012 has been forged:

Frank Devin Barich
Michael Caldwell
Nate Castine
Eddie Feeley
Sam Harkness
Adam Holt
Danny Karlinsky
Tyler Kinley
Chris Kosednar
Reid Koss
Aly Lenon
Duncan Linn
Simon Montague
Phil Murray
Matt Rehder
Moses Rifkin
BJ Sefton
Skip Sewell
Todd Sliva
Jacob Spiedel
Xthen Titcomb
Vehro Titcomb
Spencer Wallis
Matty Zemel

…And the Season Has Begun

June 4, 2012

Flowerbowl is the first tournament for Sockeye each season, and this year gave us an opportunity to not only test our tryouts (final cuts coming in 2 weeks), but also to gauge our fitness and abilities against two Worlds-bound teams, Revolver+ as Team USA, and Furious+ as Team Canada.

Starting things off with a bang, Sockeye matchup in under the Friday night lights in Thunderbird stadium against Team Canada in an Ultivillage-streamed showcase game, coincidentally a rematch of the two teams on the very same field where they battled for a World Championship in 2008. That game left a bitter taste in Sockeye’s mouth; however, very few of the players from that game remain on the 2012 Fish roster (Furious has seen substantial turnover as well, but not as much). Thus this game was as much new as it was a rematch.

Sockeye’s leaders made a few things clear before the game: first, we had nothing to lose, with no expectations on a tryout heavy roster, while Team Canada had expectations to live up to, and was the favorite coming in. Second, we can only control ourselves, and the focus was defensive energy. Finally, hey, it’s a showcase game, in a stadium, under the lights, streamed on the internet– have fun!

The game began in Sockeye’s favor, with the Fish earning multiple breaks to start off of great defensive pressure team-wide, and good blocks on floating hucks from the Canadians. Sam Harkness made his presence felt early, going up huge for a massive block on a Team Canada huck, and then getting the double-happiness goal from a huck from Tyler Kinley, again going well over a couple defenders for the break. Multiple rookies also made big plays to keep the Sockeye energy high, including a Wes Simons ho-block on an in-cut, and a couple big blocks in the air from Jacob Speidel. Mark “Hero” Burton and Donnie Clark made their presence felt offensively in the endzone, catching goals on deep looks, and after fending off a multiple-break run from Team Canada, The Fish rattled off a few more breaks at the close of the game to take a smattering of revenge against our Canadian rivals.

And then there were two. After the showcase game, Sockeye split into two smaller squads for the rest of the tournament, Team USA (a more D-based roster) and Team USSR (with more O-players). Each performed well, with both teams besting a tryout-heavy Rhino squad, and Team USSR beating Team Canada and taking Revolver to double-game point on a Revolver late-game comeback. Team USA gave both Revolver and and Team Canada good games, losing to TC by 2 and to Revolver by 3.

To finish the weekend, Sockeye reunited its split squads for a final against Revolver. This game, from a fan’s perspective, would presumably be called a drubbing by Revolver, who capitalized quickly and at times quite easily against a miscue-riddled Sockeye team. However, this was also a test for the Sockeye legs and bodies, as many had gotten quite banged up over the weekend and were nursing injuries or tweaky muscles. Revolver took this game handily, at a count of 15-6.

Notes on teams:

Rhino- This squad, led again by Mario O’Brien and Seth Wiggins, clearly took Flowerbowl for exactly what it was – a testing ground for its tryouts, an opportunity to gauge their current strength and fitness, and a starting point. Reading much into their performance would be at any team’s peril. Seth and Mario ran much of the show offensively, and their offense utilized a side stack much similar to their strong system from 2011 that earned them a top 10 ranking at points during the season. Once their roster is finalized and they get their legs underneath them, their systematic offense will be potent and their additions of athleticism will create a physically imposing D line.

Revolver/Team USA – First things first, their absences: Robbie Cahill, Bart Watson, Beau Kittredge. So, yeah. These three are major contributors to Revolver’s offense, and without them they were still quite strong. Especially notable were the performances of Ashlinn Joye and Kurt Gibson. Ashlinn’s hucks were impeccable, putting a massive backhand on a shelf in front of a deep cutting Kurt Gibson downwind (trust me that this was a very, very difficult throw), and a huge upwind forehand for a break. Mac Taylor also played quite well, and the addition of Kurt Gibson is a strong one — they effectively side-stacked and gave a massive field to Kurt as the isolated cutter, and coupled with throwers like Ash and Mac and Adam “Chicken” Simon, it is very difficult to stop Kurt from either scoring goals or gaining lots of yardage. A lineup of Mac Taylor, Bart Watson, Robbie Cahill, Kurt Gibson, Eric Halverson, Ashlinn Joye, and Mark Sherwood is perhaps the most potent defensive lineup in the world. 6 of these players have very big hucks on both sides, and all of them are threats with both speed and size. Add to this Revolver’s depth in speed and size and I don’t see any team truly challenging them on the worlds’ stage. Go Team USA!

Team Canda/Furious – It was clear that they haven’t yet found their rhythm offensively. This doesn’t shock me, as it’s exactly what they looked liek last year. What did surprise me was the lack of a massive impact from Hassell, who is a more potent threat offensively than his impact this past weekend would’ve suggested. I’m sure it has to do with integration into the system — they don’t have a ton of time logged in as a team yet — and this weekend will help with that surely. In addition, it was more often than not execution errors that made the difference in their losses, rather than systematic or decision-based errors, and execution is the easiest thing to correct. For instance, Oscar had a few hucks in the Friday showcase game that were simply uncatchable. With some more touches on the disc, he’ll dial those in quickly and all of a sudden its a tie ball game. This is very much what Sockeye saw last year at Regionals – their former miscues and execution errors disappeared, and their system became incredibly potent and difficult to slow down. If they can find that rhythm and eliminate their own errors, they may be the only team in the world that could challenge Team USA in Sakai.

Sockeye 2012

January 26, 2012

Sockeye 2012 is beginning…now. If you are interested in being a part of Sockeye 2012, or simply want to train with the Fish, add your name and email to our list and you’ll receive updates on anything and everything we do, including scrimmages, track workouts, skill training, and the like. Blood in the water…

UPDATE 3/23/2012: Players under 18, please have your parent or guardian sign our Youth Participant Waiver before joining in the preseason and tryout events, and bring to your first outing.

2012 Sockeye Preseason

Fill out your name and email and we’ll put you on our list of players to contact about preseason activities like scrimmages, drills, and games.




Regionals 2011 Preview

September 30, 2011

10 of the last 11 national champions have come from the Northwest Region. Skyd Magazine currently places 4 NW teams in their top 6 open club teams nationwide. Only 2 teams from this region will go on to compete in the National Championships in October.

It is no secret, this weekend will be a bloodbath, and easily the most exciting regionals tournament in a decade.

Rhino has blossomed from great potential into true competitor. They were always on the doorstep, losing in last year’s gut-wrenching game-to-go to Furious on double-game-point.

Furious has found its balance between veterans and youth, knocking off a Revolver-beating Chain and proving itself at the top of the elite competition.

Voodoo’s unphased by its supposed “second-tier” nomenclature, and has twice given Sockeye legitimate runs for our money in meaningful games.

And Revolver, a team with one loss in the past year, but whom Sockeye has not yet faced this season.

This weekend is shaping up to be everything a fan could hope for, and the action begins bright and early, first round, 9am Saturday.

The Northwest’s best rivalry: Seattle Sockeye vs. Furious George. The 1 vs. 2 seeds in the pool, in the first game of the day.

A much-depleted Sockeye recently bested a much-depleted Monkey at Sectionals, although neither team puts much importance into that game’s results– Furious will regain Andrew brown, Oscar Pottinger, Seraglia, Gabe Saunkeah, John Norris, and more, and Sockeye will fill its missing ranks with Nate Castine, Andrew Fleming, Moses Rifkin, Alex Nord, Erik “The Kraken” Doesberg, Simon Montague, Julian Childs-Walker, and more as well. The first game of the tournament may be one of its best, as this game could end up deciding the semifinalst matchups frmo the B pool. Furious is known for its well-calculated set plays and isolated lane cutters gaining huge yards, as well as gritty physical defense and athletic aerial defenders– Sockeye will need to start the day ready, there can be no slow wake-ups.

Next up is the 4th seed in the pool, Wolves. The only California team Sockeye will be seeing in their pool, Wolves comes from the lineage of Wolf — a Northwest team of the last few years. Having won the Open Division at Solstice this year, Sockeye will need to keep focus to ensure not repeating their Sectionals performance against…

And then Voodoo. The same Voodoo who nearly surprised the unfocused Fish at Solstice, in a 14-13 nail-biter. The same Voodoo who took half on the Fish 8-5 at sectionals, before Sockeye woke-up and played gritty ultimate. This, as much as the Furious game, will be a battle of great importance, as Voodoo certainly comes in tto win, and Sockeye can not look past them at all, as has been proven twice now. Wes Simons, Todd Sliva, Sean Sears, Tom Roatto, Ted Werbel… every Sockeye players knows every Voodoo player and vice versa, having played together or against one another throughout the years in college, at goaltimate, at pickup. There are no stars in the eyss of Seattle’s other team, however, and they are out for Fish blood. The Civil War is on, and for the Fish to prevail, we must bring it from the start.

Finally, South Portland Knife Fight. Composed of Portland area current and former college players, SPKF will ensure that Sockeye doesn’t get a rest all weekend. After all, it is Regionals.

Coming out of Saturday, the 1 seed will face the A pool’s 2 seed in the Semifinals, who would be Rhino if the seedings hold out. To follow the tourney from afar, check out Bryan jones of Skydmagazine.com doing an audio play-by-play, as well as Sockeye’s twitter account.

This weekend has all the makings to be the best regional championship in the past decade, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

Regionals Playlist

September 27, 2011

It’s about that time. Looking out onto the games-to-go, you’ve got to have the right music playing in the headphones. Here’s what Sockeye’s listening to these days.