August Flies by in Record Fashion

Hi everyone!

Sorry for the lack of updates. It seems that August went by in the world’s fastest fashion! Here’s a super-update on the month of August:

Colorado Cup – Aurora, CO (August 1-2)

CO Cup

Heist spirit circle with Underground on Sunday.

Heist flew/drove to Aurora, CO to compete in the Pro-Elite Challenge 2015, the second tournament we competed in for the USA Ultimate Triple Crown Tour. Our pool featured some gritty opponents. We were able to come out strong with a win against Nemesis 12-8 (Chicago, IL). The next round, we fell in universe point fashion to Capitals 9-10 (Ontario, Canada). Coming off of a tough loss, we came out hot against Nightlock (San Francisco, CA), but let them back in mentally and physically. We fell to the San Francisco ladies 6-11. This matched us up against Ozone in the Pre-Quarter round. Even though we went down, we were able to score three consecutive breaks to tie it up after halftime. We lost some steam and fell 9-13.

KokinosAt the end of the day, we voted on our Tick Tick Boom, Crack dat Vault, You did Good, Player of the Day Spirit Lock recipient: Brittney Kokinos! She really improved her offensive prowess, and became a huge leader for our O line. Her break throws were poised and confident. She became decisive in her cuts, and opened up the field with or without the disc.  On Saturday night, our team headed for some regrouping and BBQ food. After gorging ourselves silly, we headed back to our house and crashed.

Sunday brought a new team to the fields. We came out hot and never lost our focus throughout the Sunday games, beating Underground 13-8 (Seattle, WA) and Green Means Go 13-6 (Philadelphia, PA). Offensively, we worked to correct many of the issues that plagued our flow on Saturday. Defensively, we focused in on faster transitions frRoseom zone to man, to stay in the drivers’ seat, and from D to O to capitalize on opponents mistakes.

Rose captured our Tick Tick Boom, Crack dat Vault, You did Good, Player of the Day Spirit Lock for her commitment to leading the team in a positive way on and off the field. We really appreciate her relentlessly positive attitude, and ability to hold everyone accountable to achieving their goals.

Heavyweights – Rockford, IL (August 8-9)
Heist went undefeated at Heavyweights to get momentum back for the post-season. This was our last single team tournament of the regular season, and the second tournament in three back-to-back-to-back weekends! Coffee made our first ever Heist highlight video:

Our team focused on executing regardless of who our opponent is. Offensively, that meant coming out with swagger, poise, and focus to execute in one possession. Defenviely, that meant taking control and dictating our opponents options.

We were excited to play Rival (Colombus, OH/Ann Arbor, MI) in a showcase game at the end of Saturday games in front of some friends and fans! It’s always great to showcase women’s ultimate; when it happens alongside men’s or mixed too, that means more eyes! On Sunday, we edged Nemesis 15-12 in the championship in a hard-fought game against the home team.

Two teammates who helped us focus in on these goal Tick Tick Boom, Crack dat Vault, You did Good, Player of the Day Spirit Lock, were Rachael “Romy” Romaniak (Saturday) and Eva Popp (Sunday). They had focus and helped step up the focus on the field.
  Romy    Eva

Cooler Classic – Delafield, WI (August 15-16)
Our last tournament of August was most focused on building. Cooler Classic is special to us because it is the only Regular Season women’s club ultimate tournament in Wisconsin. Having this tournament so close to home is such a great opportunity to showcase women’s ultimate and help give reps against top competition for the newer women’s club teams that attend. We are always thankful for this opportunity, and want to make sure the tournament keeps happening (huge thanks Milwaukee Ultimate Club for organizing and helping ensure there was a women’s division again!).
This tournament also helps our team focus on fine tuning. We go split squad to this tournament to increase the reps with various O and D strategies. Heist-X, captained by Robyn, and Heist-Y, captained by Rose, both went undefeated vs. Frenzy (Chicago, IL), Marzannas (Milwaukee, WI) and Snap (Twin Cities, MN).

CoolerOur inter-squad games were really intense…leave it to a tournament to amp up the intensity of a scrimmage! We played twice during the course of the weekend: once on Saturday in pool play. Once on Sunday in the championship game. Heist-X came out victorious by ramping up the defensive pressure on the O line. The windy conditions on Sunday played to the strength of the D-line (Team X)’s fast transition mindset and aggressive deep game. Team X took home the Cheese Cow, Team Y took home the Cheese Wisconsin.

BraidThe Tick Tick Boom, Crack dat Vault, You did Good, Player of the Day Spirit Lock went to Alison “Braid” Vandegrift on Saturday for her fierce defense and poised, smart offense. She took advantage of poaches and out-of-position defensive players by breaking the mark and facilitating movement with the disc to the break side. She really challenged Team X to make adjustments and adapt to her smart play.

AnnaSunday’s Tick Tick Boom, Crack dat Vault, You did Good, Player of the Day Spirit Lock went to Anna Williams. She is officially healed after a biceps injury forced her to play left handed for the season thus far. Cooler was the tournament where she really fell back into her utility player role and took advantage of defensive matchups. She is great at communicating when to drop back as a handler and when to push up as a cutter–her throws looked fantastic, and you surely can’t tell she was ever hurt in the first place.

Heist is back at the grind, preparing for North Central Regionals! Two more weeks!
❤ RobJob


Heist hits up the US Open

After winning the Beachfront Instant Classic Invitational, Heist heads to West Chester, OH (basically, Cincinnati) to take on the U.S. Open.

Heist at the Beachfront Instant Classic Invitational (BICI) 2015

Heist at the Beachfront Instant Classic Invitational (BICI) 2015

We will have a smaller roster than normal (16 players on Thursday, 20 for the rest of the tourney), but are as excited as normal. With some really exciting youngsters, Brittney Koknios and Margaret Walker (practice player), attending their first really high-level tournament, it promises to be a weekend with a lot of growth.

Heist enters as the overall 10th seed out of 12 women’s teams. Visit USA Ultimate for updates on scores, schedules and other fun things. For Heist updates, we’ll be tweeting all weekend!
US Open Pool Play Schedule

Thursday 7/2 9:00 am: vs. Brute Squad (Boston, MA)
Thursday 7/2 1:30 pm: vs. Scandal (Washington, D.C.)
Thursday 7/2 3:45 pm: vs. Traffic (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
Friday 7/3 11:15 am: vs. Showdown (Austin, TX)
Friday 7/3 1:30 pm: vs. Fusion (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
Saturday 7/4 TBD

Thelma and Louise head to BICI!

Heist will bTweete heading to the Beachfront Instant Classic Invitational (BICI) in Joliet, Illinois split into two squads. It’s a great opportunity for us to play with our rostered players, practice players, and several extended tryouts. Follow the action online at our team Twitter page! Our recent stream is on the right side of our blog!

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 PDF of each team’s schedules:

Heist Tryouts 2015, What We’re Looking for Part 2: Defensive Skills

Part 1 was all about offense, but we all know that Defense Wins Championships. In Part 2 of “What We’re Looking For,” we break down what defense means to us for the upcoming season:

1) Communication
Nationals_DQT_20141017_11-22_0197-(ZF-9907-47779-1-035)[1]We want to see teammates who don’t simply work well in isolation, but can work with others to foster team defensive success. A huge component that is easier for us to measure is how well you communicate with others on D. Communicate with the mark when you’re on the sidelines: should your teammate take away the around or the inside? Can you help her make adjustments that increase pressure? Communicate with your teammates when the disc is in the air; a simple “up” call is often enough to help someone make a quick adjustment downfield. On occasion, we all need to ask for help from our teammates when a superior opponent beats us deep or up the line…communicating that allows teammates to help you get back in position or make a switch that keeps our overall defensive pressure high.

2) Positioning and Footwork
Nationals_DQT_20141017_11-24_0205-(ZF-9907-47779-1-029)[1]Okay, this is a fairly broad statement to catch all of the fundamentals. We really do place an emphasis on athletic movement and fundamental defensive footwork to dictate where your opponent can go and to create pressure. We want to see chopping steps and minimizing the time and number of steps you take to change directions…show us efficient movement. Be assertive and physical.

3) IntensityNationals_DQT_20141017_12-42-(ZF-9907-47779-1-013)[1]
We want teammates who will be intense and focused during practices, workouts, and games to fuel our team’s success. We want you to be focused and intense even when people aren’t watching. Intense D in practice translates to intense D and better offense in games!

Heist Tryouts 2015, What We’re Looking For Part 1: Offensive Skills

We have been lucky in building our team for three season in finding fantastic players and teammates. Lots of teams are posting tips about tryouts, we thought we’d weigh in on specific things that Heist looks for in the women who come to tryouts. In Part 1 of “Heist Tryouts 2015: What We’re Looking For” we explore offensive skills:

Offensive Skills:

Lo takes advantage of huge spaces on O vs the Capitals at the 2014 Club Championships. Photo by Ultiphotos.

Photo by Ultiphotos from the 2015 Club Championships.

1) Consistent ability to create space for yourself and others
We are looking for fearless teammates who are selfless on offense. We want to see you move and look to create opportunities for yourself and for others. You need to clear effectively and work with everyone on the field; give everyone a chance to contribute!

Photo by Ultiphotos from the 2015 Club Championships.

Photo by Ultiphotos from the 2015 Club Championships.

2) Using lateral space to create offensive opportunities
Our offense relies on lateral spacing to open up vertical, downfield opportunities. Big gains come after swings! Be confident and look to break the mark and swing the disc. We like to swing the disc early and often!

Photo by Ultiphotos from the 2015 Club Championships.

Photo by Ultiphotos from the 2015 Club Championships.

3) Poised and confident with the disc
Understand your throwing abilities and how to use them successfully. Look comfortable with the disc in your hands; be ready to contribute and move the disc quickly.

Look for more posts about what you can do to shine at tryouts!

We hope to see you soon!

3v3 Mini League Starts THIS Week!

66 female ultimate players have signed up for our 3v3 mini league!  That’s enough people for 8 advanced teams and 6 youth/beginner teams!  We are so excited about the amazing turn out!  Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word about the league, we can’t wait to play!

The mini league will be held at Wingra Park. It starts tomorrow (Friday, April 24) at 5:15. Games are at 5:30, 5:50 and 6:10. Come check out some great women’s ultimate! Here’s our schedule and teams!

*There are still two spots in the advanced (college/club) league and two spots left in the youth/beginner league!  If you want to snag one of the spots or have questions about the league, please email Anna (alouisew[AT]!*