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Mile Zero Ultimate Annual General Meeting Summary

The Mile Zero Ultimate Annual General Meeting (AGM) yesterday evening at The Elk’s Lodge was filled with great league news. It was one of the most attended AGM’s in MZU history with around 75 people eligible to vote (in person or by proxy). The passion for Ultimate in St. John’s, and in our league is incredibly strong. These are very exciting times for our league. The two main points of business was a bylaw amendment vote as well as the election of the new board.

The bylaw amendment passed with a 98% approval rating. This is an overwhelming mandate from membership that they wanted our eligibility requirements changed. Additionally, MZU is a membership run league. If you see a bylaw that you do not agree with, you as a member have the power to change that.

The Board of Directors election was also conducted. The new board are as follows:

President – Allan Johnson

Vice-President League – Chris Whittick

Vice-President Spirit – Cameron Segger

Vice-President Communications – Jeff Lush

Vice-President Finance – Adam Drover

Members at Large:

  • Jessica Wade
  • Mark Flynn
  • Alex Bill
  • Rob Langridge
  • Sherry Lythgoe
  • Drew Barnes


Additionally, with the election of the new board this marks the end of two MZU Board member’s exceptionally long tenure.

Michael Walter, served on the MZU board for the last 9 years. When he started, if you had asked him what he thought of Southlands Field he would have looked at you very confused, as the field hadn’t even been conceptually developed. Michael was involved in league and spirit initiatives throughout his tenure and helped grow the league immensely. With his decision to take a step back and be a regular member the board loses a tireless volunteer who always brought a positive attitude. See you around Mike.

Sophie Harrington, served on the MZU board for the last 8 years. She was very much the voice of the league, and has probably sent you a dozen emails. She was instrumental in creating the current league communication strategy as well as most of the back end infrastructure implementation. She was VP-Finance for a bit even though she “draws pictures for a living”.  The league runs as efficiently as it does because of her work over the last 8 years. Thanks for all your hard work Sophie and hopefully we can trick you into making a few more Valentine’s this year.

Thanks to those two volunteers specifically for their outstanding contributions to MZU.

Also thanks to the following outgoing board members for their contributions: Karen Lawlor, Mark Young, and Nick Hounsell.

If you have any further questions about last night’s AGM please email or write us on facebook.


Annual General Meeting Reminder

Hey MZUers,

As you know our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is this Wednesday, November 25th at 8PM at The Elk’s Club. We are all very excited to share with you a summary of what we have accomplished this year, and also elect our new board. Additionally, we will have a bylaw amendment vote. Here’s a few things to keep in mind in advance of our AGM:

1) Are you able to make the meeting? If you can’t make the meeting, you may vote by proxy. To do this, please indicate in writing to the VP Communications (Hi@MileZeroUltimate.Com) who is voting on your behalf. You can read all about proxies in detail here

2) Have you read about the proposed bylaw amendment? One of our members has submitted a bylaw amendment regarding MZU Player eligibility. You can read about the amendment here.

3) Have you considered running for The Board? MZU is operated by a group of dedicated volunteers, and it’s super easy. If you’ve wanted to get more involved in running the league now’s your chance! It could be as simple as “I’d like to help with administering the leagues”, or “I’d like to work on spirit of the game with MZU”. There are lots of commitment levels and roles available. You can read more about the positions  here . Also, if you have a specific question about a role, email any of the specific directors or hi@MileZeroUltimate.Com and we’ll work to get you the best answer.

Look forward to seeing everyone at our AGM!


Mile Zero Ultimate Summer League Survey Results

Mile Zero Ultimate Summer League Survey Results

Hi board members. We received a lot of fantastic feedback from members on the 2015 MZU summer league survey. We want you to know we’re listening, and have prepared a brief summary of the feedback we received.

We received over 60 responses, from a good mix of experienced and new players. The responses to the level of competition and scheduling, as well as the jerseys, were overwhelmingly positive, which we’re always glad to see, but we aren’t ignoring the few dissenters either. There were a wider range of responses on league social activities, subbing policy,

On what you liked best, responses indicate players find the league inclusive and particularly enjoyed the more predictable schedule.

This year we tried a new format: separate competitive (Flaherty Cup) and recreational (MZU Summer League) leagues. The response was overwhelmingly positive, particularly as it related to scheduling. There were several responses from members that said it didn’t necessarily affect them, and there were a couple of responses that the bottom teams in the competitive league were closer in skill to the top teams in the rec league than in their competitive league. A couple also expressed concern over the size of the competitive league.
There were a wide range of responses to our new subbing policy. Some wanted unlimited subbing, others wanted comp players disallowed from subbing in the rec league. There were several suggestions to limit comp subbing to the top tiers of rec league, and even one that if a rec team gets top competitive-league players the other team gets an automatic 5 points.

On balance, most competitive league players responded they were fine with the policy, while more rec league players disliked comp league players subbing in the rec league. The top concern certainly seemed to be competitive balance and fair play. It’s clear we will need to look at the policy some more, and may solicit more feedback in the future.

We also received an interesting proposal to try a mixed night once in the season where competitive league players are placed at random with rec league teams to try and help teach and lead by example.

Responses were also quite mixed on the idea of allowing players to play in both the competitive and recreational league. Some liked the idea of getting more field time and helping newer players learn the game, but there were a lot of concerns raised about competitive balance. There are a lot of logistical concerns, and it was interesting to see how many players recognized that.

There was some optimism, and a bit more skepticism, with the idea of specific-night leagues. Mostly, your responses indicated you would want more details first. Other scheduling responses included several concerns that 5:30 games were too early for players to make, especially in Mount Pearl.
There were lots of positive reactions about our gender equality week, including some who want to make gender matching a permanent league fixture. However some members thought it was a good idea that needed further examination on the best way to roll it out. In particular there were very split feelings about the double-point female assist though, both love and hate. The new board will determine if this initiative is something that MZU continues going forward.

There was also a suggestion to make teams pick a male and female all-star after games – this is currently an option for teams, but is not mandatory.

As for fields, members seemed to appreciate getting so much field space, but there were some concerns over Southlands (windy and more of a drive) and particularly Brother Egan (quality of the field). We had a few suggestions to add games at Bowring Park and Mundy Pond if possible. We’re working hard on this for the next year.

The responses to playoff day were overwhelmingly positive, with few exceptions. There were a few new suggestions we’ll be sure to take note of. While some members were open to moving to a two-day playoff, most told us they wanted to keep the one-day event.

On the question of whether every team should make the playoffs, all but two responses told us they should. Message received.

While some members liked the idea of a mid-season tournament, there was also quite a lot of skepticism. Responses were almost evenly mixed.
The most positive responses we received were on the value members felt they got for their money. We’re very happy to hear it. Several members called the league the best value for money of any sports league in the city, and one high-roller even suggested we raise prices. A couple of people said they missed the beer on playoff day and trust us, we missed it too.

On the matter of the UNL fee member responses were far more mixed, particularly regarding communication and how money is spent. We’ll pass along the feedback to them, and we encourage everyone to like their facebook page ( and join their mailing list.
On the social side of things, it seems the Rocket Room inspires either love or hate, though this time love won by about a 3:1 margin. There did seem to be a large amount of people who wanted to see award presentations at the party though. Someone even proposed some league-oriented activities as part of the party instead of just drinking; though most seemed to like that too.

As for the social calendar wish list, it seems many of you would like more mid-season events, and we’re listening. Trivia, bowling, open mic, skating (in winter), and pub crawls were all suggested, and several of you requested an outdoor event in particular – your attraction to Rocket’s deck should have been our first clue. We also received an interesting request to merge a skills clinic with a social event.

One person asked for more family-friendly fare, two people requested beer Olympics. Clearly, we’ll never be able to please everyone at once.

Especially the person who requested shorter surveys.

The Mile Zero Ultimate Board of Directors

By-law Amendment Proposal At the Annual General Meeting

Dear Mile Zero Ultimate Members,

Mile Zero Ultimate runs on the efforts of its members. As a volunteer board we rely on you to tell us what we’re doing well and what we can do better. According to our by-laws, specifically section 11.01, any member also has the right to propose an amendment to the by-laws. The board may present such amendments at any general meeting, provided that we provide membership with at least two weeks notice. Amendments to the by-laws require a two-thirds majority vote to pass.

The MZU board has heard from some members on the issue of 18-year-olds and their lack of playing opportunity. Such players are too old to play in high school tournaments or youth leagues, but are too young to join MZU. Other considerations that should be taken into account regarding expanding our eligibility criteria are: potential limitations on space, as well as by-laws mandating spirit events for members – normally 19+ affairs.

As such, MZU member Andy Porter has submitted a proposed amendment to the board regarding section 3.01 of the by-laws. Below we have listed the current by-law, followed by the proposed amendment.

The MZU annual general meeting will take place on November 25 at 8:00 pm. This proposed amendment will be voted on at the meeting. We encourage everyone to attend. If you cannot attend but want a say in the outcome, please consult s. 4.05 of the by-laws – available on our website – on proxy votes.

Current Text

Members shall be any person, 19 years and older on their first day of play in any league, who has paid the registration fee in a timely manner or has otherwise been granted membership by the board of directors and is still considered a member in good standing. No player will be assigned to a team until such time that they have turned 19.

Proposed Amended Text

Members shall be any person, 19 years and older on their first day of play in any league, who has paid the registration fee in a timely manner or has otherwise been granted membership by the board of directors and is still considered a member in good standing. Junior members shall be any person, 18 years their first day of play in any league, who has paid the registration fee in a timely manner. Junior members are non-voting members and shall only participate in leagues. No player will be assigned to a team until such time that they meet the above age requirements.


No Fall Outdoor Games October 11 2015

Hey Fall Outdoor Players,

Just a reminder that there will be no games Sunday, October 11th 2015 due to Game 3 of the ALDS (Toronto @ Texas) which starts at 9:10PM conflicting with some of the games. Kidding! Thanksgiving b’y.  Games for Indoor BIY Monday October 12th will be going ahead as usual. That schedule is now up on Zuluru!



P.S not saying we won’t cancel Monday’s games if game 4 is required.

Eric Balkam Most Spirited Team Award

We’re so happy to announce that we are naming one of our favourite awards after a very special MZUer we lost this year, Eric Balkam.

The winners of this year’s Eric Balkam Most Spirited Team Award are: Scoober Doober Doo and Ghetto Geppetto! Congrats on an amazing season and for coming on the field with integrity and spirit every game.

Fall Indoor BIY Registration Details

Similar to last year, we will be having a Fall Indoor Build It Yourself League. We will be doing a registration similar to Winter BIY, as we thought that was the most fair and equitable.

The process is as follows:

-Captain’s can start identifying themselves and submitting a partial roster (minimum of 6 players)

-September 15th will be the deadline for Captains to self identify and submit their team’s partial roster to the league (via email, and

-If necessary, a Lottery system will select the 24 teams on September 16th. All teams will be drafted, with the first 24 being given a spot in the league, and any extras being added to the wait list.

-Captains have until September 28th to complete payment and have a full roster on Zuluru. New players will have to pay the $20 UNL fee before they are eligible to be added to a team. Failure to complete payment or roster by deadline will result in the next team on the wait list being offered the new spot. This team will have 48 hours to complete payment and have a full roster on Zuluru.

The complete league details are as follows:

Season Fall
League Name Indoor BIY League
Capacity 24 Teams
Team Composition 10 player minimum, with a typical composition of 6 males and 4 males.
Teams may have 5 males/5 females or 4 males/6 females
Field Composition 5 on 5, with a male to female ratio of 3:2 or 2:3, other team not required to match.
Fields Techniplex
Format 24 Teams
Zuluru Ranking System
10 week round-robin, One week playoff
Playoffs Pair Off Based on Standings
1 vs 2, 3 vs 4, 5 vs 6, 7 vs 8, 9 vs 10, 11 vs 12, 13 vs 14, 15 vs 16, 17 vs 18, 19 vs 20,
21 vs 22, 23 vs 24
Team Building Team Registration
Registration For Detailed Registration Overview See Above
Signup: Captains register team, invite players
When Monday nights from 8-12pm
Game 1: 8:00 PM
Game 2: 9:00 PM
Game 3: 10:00 PM
Game 4: 11:00 PM
Duration 11weeks – October 5th to December 14th
Jerseys NOT included in Registration
Cost ~ $800 per team + any appicable UNL fees

We’ve also made this handy form if you are trying to build a team but don’t have enough players. Or you are a player with no team.

Any other questions please email us at Hi@MileZeroUltimate.Com