An observer looks on as Courtney Gegg and Jaclyn Verzuh prepare to resume play at the 2017 Stanford Invite. Photo by Rodney Chen of UltiPhotos.com.
Today was a snow day. A great day to watch game film and catch up on my backlog in the Ultiworld video archives from this 2017 college season. Watching film from Florida Warm Up is painful at times. You can pull out an example across every game it feels like, and find a great play called back on a bad call. Or time is added to the game because a discussion over one player's (bad) call is taking a good chunk of time.
But watching the Ultiworld coverage of the Stanford Invite, you notice how seamlessly observers can fit into games. During important moments - such as the early in/out call during the Stanford v. Tufts (Men's) game on Saturday morning - the observers were there to decisively make a call on the field, where there clearly would have otherwise been argument. It happened again in the Men's final between Colorado and Pittsburgh, the observers were there to help move calls along and keep that exciting final just as it was.
[Seriously, go back and watch this final over and over again. Colorado and Pittsburgh really give it their all. Rauls from Mamabird out here making plays and great throws. Wisch from En Sabh Nur tearing up the handler space. Go watch it with that fancy Ultiworld video subscription you have.]
I believe I've written about this before, but it shows time and time again in the Men's division of college ultimate especially. These elite college tournaments need observers. They need someone around them moving the games along, and keeping things under control.
Now, a list of College Men's Teams that are good in no particular order!
- North Carolina
- UNC Wilmington
Finally, a list of College Women's Teams that are good in no particular order!
- Ohio State
- North Carolina