After three events over the course of 6 nights, the Capital City Classic made one thing clear. The metro area of Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia is quite possibly the most talented youth Ultimate region in the world. In just the past four years, the area has had three Youth Club National Champions. Swing Vote (2015, 2016) and Foggy Bottom Boys (2018), as well as two runner finishes from Rogue (2017, 2018).
This fall, American Ultimate Academy brought together over 100 of the best boys and girls in the region including many current and future YCC players to play in a unique, inaugural tournament format that unified the local talent while providing a competitive opportunity for all involved.
Last Sunday the boys division of the CCC kicked off at Trinidad Recreation Center in Washington DC. Regional All-Star teams from Fairfax, Maryland, D.C., and Arlington played a round robin to see who would play in the inaugural championship. At the conclusion of the last round, the results were in.
Washington D.C. | 3-0
Arlington | 2-1
Fairfax | 1-2
Maryland | 0-3
For both Fairfax and Maryland, this was the first year where they fielded a competitive All-Star team. Fairfax almost stunned D.C. in the first round, and used a 3 goal run late in the scond round to defeat Maryland 11-10. For Arlington and D.C., the top two finishers, a rematch the following week would decide the champion.
The girls division kicked off the next day at Woodrow Wilson High School where 25 of the top players across the region came together for a girls All-Star game. Players came in from Fairfax, Maryland, Arlington and D.C. The matchup took place under the lights with a cool rain that didn’t seem to faze them or the group of spectators that came out from American University. Players even stuck around after the game for some pizza!
The Capital City Classic headed to Washington Lee High School in Arlington for the final event this past weekend. Hosted by YULA, two games were to take place under the stadium lights in a cool but windless evening. The first game was between Monarchy and a mix of local College and Club players.
Led by coach Christine Valvo (Space Heater), Monarchy is a competitive travel team composed of a roster largely from Arlington, with a few Northwest Corridor (D.C. & Maryland) faces. The College and Club roster was a combination of American and Catholic University women’s teams, with reinforcements from Suffrage Ultimate. Monarchy, who recently won a College Ultimate tournament, flashed their incredible skills and athleticism all night long. They defeated the College and Club players 11-6.
The boys final was a rematch of D.C. and Arlington, but this time on Arlington’s home turf. D.C. started with a hold and 3 breaks, and never looked back. D.C. Disc City took home the inaugural Capital City Cup with a 13-8 victory.
The Capital City Classic will return next year as a full weekend tournament, with a boys and girls division consisting of High School All-Star teams representing their respective cities.
Special thanks to Fairfax Ultimate, YULA, Dave Ohls (Wilson Ultimate), all of the coaches, volunteers, and event coordinators for a successful tournament. And thanks to the DC Breeze for continuing to support local Youth Ultimate opportunities.
American Ultimate Academy is hosting their second overnight Ultimate Frisbee Summer Camp, June 23-28. In 2018, our first year, over 30 players from 7 different states attended. For more information on our camp and to learn what we do, head over to americanultimateacademy.com/camp