Wednesday, June 17, 2009

CUF is a 2 year old baby now!

We successfully completed 2 years on 9th June! All of us forgot! :-).

My first reaction: Not bad! We survived so far!

Some trivia & Timelines
(picked up from memory and yahoogroups old messages)

June 9th 2007 - CUF founding date: Mama's initiative completely. I'd given up on the thought of playing ultimate 'cause of the lack of grass grounds. Mama put enough enthusiasm and convinced us that we can play on the beach!
First Day Members: Shankar, Mama, Vivek Manjeri, Karthik Vijayapalan, Sundar Ramachandran, Sid Govindarajan, Manu
We all ate at Murugan Idli after the game. A tradition that continued for the next 1 year or so!
4 of us playing with the club still?

June 14th, 2007 - KK Starts the "I'm in" business (so yeah.. if any of you are irritated by the number of "I'm in" emails.. you know who to beat up).
June 16th, 2007 - Next group of people join in for a game : KK, Anba, Vatsan, Guna -> Only KK still plays

June 21st, 2007 - Abhinav joins the groups.. and says "I'm in!".. and continues to say that for the next 1.5 month.. but no signs of him on the field! Starting troubles of waking up early morning for the next 1.5 months!
AJ turns up on the field same day. First woman member Lekha also turns up. Drags Varun in from next week!

July 8th, 2007 - First press coverage: Initiated by Kiruba on Press trust of India (PTI). Sudden spate of members wanting to join the yahoogroups.
July 9th, 2007 - The first (and hopefully the only) time we had to temporarily shut down membership for the club. We had 1 red ultra-star, and that was it. We couldn't scale up as fast as we were getting people..

July 28th, 2007 - Our first visiting expat player Chakrax joins us for a game. He works for Cisco in SJC. Also the same day Sukrit Sarkar makes first appearance on the field. He teaches CUF to "NO BACKHAND!" later rechristened as "Force forehand" :-P. Can't believe we didn't know what a force meant till that point! Sukrit also educates us on how to look for Ultra Star discs and not buy any Whammo's!

Aug 15th, 2007 - First Frisbee camp! Independence Day Boot camp. Chennai Runners group takes a crash course on Ultimate. We pick up some more members! This is also the first mid-week game played.

Sep 9th, 2007 - First Sunday game. Demanded by Vatsan, AJ and a few others. They wanted to increase the number of game days to twice a week!

Sep 15th, 2007 - Subbu, Muthu join

Sep 27th, 2007 - CUF tournament proposed so that Mama, Sukrit, Shankar and me (only people who have played before) could split the members into 4 smaller group so that we can concentrate on growing skills of the players. KK, Abhi, AJ and Vatsan (later replaced by Subbu. Vatsan had to travel) respective vice captains. Friday games start at this point! We've reached 3 day games a week!

Oct 1st, 2007 -
Also Viswesh, Ranjani's first day

Oct 9th, 2007 - Ahmedabad Ultimate Discovered ( and contacted. Just saying "hey, we exist.. hopefully one day we'll find a way to play a match against you guys".

Oct 11th, 2007 - First time we deploy end zone cones! (Yes, till this point, we only had lines on the sand drawn with our foot)! Subbu & Mahen's suggestions.. .

Nov 2nd, 2007 - Logos for CUF designed by many people.. <- AJ"s logo only logo to show co-ed sport
A poll was taken and last logo won!

Nov 6th, 2007 - World's coolest poem in Senthamizh (pure Tamil) composed.. when a big cyclone affected our play!

Chennaila Cyclone!
chennai le cyclone vandha kaathu
school/college gate-ellam saathu

chumma light mazhai le nananja no baathu
only veetukku vandhu dress maathu!

heavy rain-na road le man-holes paathu
swimming therinja nee swim like vaathu
therilena takkunu shout "aandava kaapaathu"!

- Babynav, Rhapsoder (aka. Abhinav, Manu)

Nov 17th-18th, 24th-25th, 2007 - First CUF Tournament is held. Blue team wins.
Winning pic:

Group pic:

MVP: Abhinav

Tourney Cartoon - Coutesy GAPP

Press Coverage

Dec 2008 - 2nd expat player (Jairam) visits us from Stanford

Feb 12th, 2008 - Preparation for Ahmedabad Tourney starts. First hard ground game ever!

Feb 15th, 2008 - launched - courtesy GAPP

Feb 23rd-24th, 2008 - First Ultimate Frisbee tournament in India. Organized by Ah'bad Ultimate. Participants: Delhi Stray Dogs in Sweaters, Chennai & Ah'bad. Winner Stray Dogs in Sweaters

March 2008 - Vivek, Bharani join CUF. Bharani learns to throw his forehand just as awesomely as he does today AT the Kodai tourney :-P

April 2008 - Mondams (aka. Bulu Thunder) joins CUF, full Cheetah tail and all!

April 25th-26th, 2008 - Kodai Fly-Baba tourney. Participants Kodai, Learning to Fly (Bangalore), Disc-o-Deewane (Bangalore), Stray Dogs in Sweaters (Delhi), Chennai. Joint Winners Kodai & Learning to Fly

June 2008 - More expat players Manix and Govind Manian

July 4th-5th, 2008 - Chennai tours Bangalore! Camp Shrishti tournament. Bangalore combined beats Chennai in a nailbiter 16-14 in a gruelling 1.5 hour game! Manix played on Chennai team

Aug 15th, 2008 - 2nd Independence Day Boot Camp. CUF appears first time on TV.

October 2008 - Blitz team starts playing under the leadership of Janani

Nov 18th, 2008 - CUF is featured for the first time on radio Chennai Live 104.8fm in the Chennai Connect show.

Nov 27th-28th, 2008 - Chennai International Beach Ultimate Tournament. Participants: Serendiscity (Sri Lanka), Stray Dogs in Sweaters (Delhi), Learning to Fly (Bangalore), Disc-o-Deewane (Bangalore), Storm Chasers (Mumbai), LiveWires (Chennai), Cultimate (Chennai). Winners: Learning to Fly

Dec 20, 2008 - Asia notices Indian Ultimate Frisbee scene. Asian Ultimate TV features Chennai Ultimate Frisbee and rest of action in India

Jan 2009 - Siva turns up to try out Ultimate. Brings Vishnu, Vijay and Pramod. Thus starts Stall 7 team

Feb 2009 - Raj shows up first time to play for LiveWires against Blitz in a trial game in prep for Kodai FlyBaba 2008

March 28th-29th 2009 - Kodai FlyBaba 2008 tournament. Participants: Kodai Cheddarcheese, Kodai Mozzarella, Learning to Fly, Disc-o-Deewane, Storm Chasers, LiveWires, Chakraa. Winners: Learning to Fly

May 2nd-3rd 2009 - Chennai Stall 7 and Chakraa tour Pondicherry. Beach games at Auroville. Winner Chakraa

June 27th-28th, 2009 - Agni Nakshatra newbie tournament

July 4th-5th, 2009 - Agni Nakshatra hat tournament

Okay.. got impatient towards the end. But I had fun remembering the past! :-)

Baby steps for now! We have about 200 people in Chennai who have tried out Ultimate. 50 people who probably play actively. A little slow, but definitely growing.

Giant leaps coming up in the future!

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