Colorado Springs, Colo. (March 6, 2019)—USA Ultimate, the national governing body for the sport of ultimate in the United States, announced today dates and locations for the major events of the 2019 Triple Crown Tour.
The Tour’s regular season kicks off June 1, which marks the first opportunity for club division teams to earn points towards their 2019 ranking. On the weekend of July 13-14, the season’s first two major events will take place side by side in Aurora, Colo. The Pro-Elite Challenge and Select Flight Invite (West), will be held at the Aurora Sports Park and hosted by Colorado Ultimate.
Two weeks later, Oshadega will host the year’s second Select Flight Invite (East) in Columbus, Ohio, July 27-28. 2019 marks the first year USA Ultimate will hold two Select Flight Invites, part of continued efforts to offer additional competition opportunities for Select Flight teams around the country. The second event was discussed at length by club division representatives during the annual USA Ultimate Competition Working Group meeting last December.
The National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn., will once again host the U.S. Open Ultimate Club Championships from August 2-5. The International Club Championships division will be contested August 2-4, and features the semifinalists from the 2018 National Championships, invitation-only international squads and other top North American teams. The Youth Club Championships division will get underway a day later, with teams competing August 3-5.
Rockford, Ill., and GLUE Ultimate hosts the 2019 Elite-Select Challenge, August 17-18. The tournament includes the lower half of last year’s national championship qualifiers and teams that just missed out on a trip to San Diego last fall.
The Triple Crown Tour regular season concludes with the Pro Championships, August 31-September 2, in Valley Forge, Pa., where the top half of last season’s national championship qualifiers will compete. The event will be hosted by the Ultimate Planning Association.
Following the conclusion of the regular season on August 25, except for those teams competing at the Pro Championships, final rankings are calculated and bids are allocated before teams officially begin their road to the National Championships. The Triple Crown Tour Postseason opens with sectional qualifiers (September 7-8) before eight regional championships (September 21-22) determine which 48 teams will punch their tickets to the 2019 USA Ultimate National Championships which return to San Diego, Calif., October 24-27.
Each major Triple Crown Tour event will feature three competitive divisions – men’s, mixed and women’s. Teams can win the Triple Crown by winning the U.S. Open, Pro Championships and National Championships.
The 2019 TCT guidelines are currently being finalized and will be published as soon as they are available.
2019 Triple Crown Tour – Key Dates & Locations
|Regular Season Begins||June 1|
|Pro-Elite Challenge||July 13-14||Aurora, CO||Aurora Sports Park||Colorado Ultimate|
|Select Flight Invite (West)||July 13-14||Aurora, CO||Aurora Sports Park||Colorado Ultimate|
|Select Flight Invite (East)||July 27-28||Columbus, OH||Spindler Road Park||Oshadega Ultimate|
|Elite-Select Challenge||Aug. 17-18||Rockford, IL||Sportscore Two||GLUE Ultimate|
|U.S. Open Club Championships||Aug. 2-4||Blaine, Minn.||National Sports Center||Minnesota Ultimate|
|Pro Championships||Aug. 31 – Sept. 2||Valley Forge, PA||Hilltop Farm Complex; Germantown Academy||Ultimate Planning Association|
|National Championships||Oct. 24-27||San Diego, CA||Surf Cup Sports Park||Diego Ultimate Disc Experience; San Diego Sports Commission|