From Team Box to Bauhaus

We never planned for this to happen.

The minutes of madness, the goat, the goose, the pigeon, the fighter jets, rats, jellyfish, parsley being chopped, certain ironic walks that may or may not be signifiers of minority sexualities, an eagle being ‘trapped’ in naked buttocks in an otherwise empty field, being featured (some might say stalked) by a rogue reporter from the Ballarat Interrogator, the two gold medals, the many, many silver ones, a giant human noodle linked in a T-shape and the unwelcome discovery of lumps of pure butter in homemade chocolate mousse.

All those songs, actions, jokes, animals, shouts and tears like the elements of an Alice-in-Wonderland-esque lucid dream. And that’s even before we get to what stuns me considerably more these days, which is the fact that Bauhaus Club now has three full teams brimming with talent, scores of competent and talented women working towards the actual functioning of the club, a juniors pathway and even an online Leadership Development Program. Back in our age of innocence (early 2007), my mouth would have gaped open if you’d told me those things and I would have responded with a loud, disbelieving “HO HO HAHAHA”.

10 years ago, Team Box began with three new captains, a handful of returning players, an armful of new ones, mums, ex-pats and juniors. By today’s standards we were a motley crew at best and our frisbee dreams were fired that summer by humour, a lot of hard work and the very fact of our newness.

The original team in 2007  

The original team in 2007
 

The first game we lost that season was halfway through Nationals to a Sydney team called Wildcard, who ended up also beating us in the final a couple of days later. Two games lost and a significant number of wins over a few months, finishing second in the country - we were delighted but mainly stunned with that result.

Then - for the next year or so at least - the future of Team Box was assured. A gamble (an extended gambol) had paid off.

That group who took its ridiculous name as seriously as its frisbee. That name clearly not being sufficiently ridiculous or expressive, so that by 2008, the team became known as Sporting Team Box Athletico United.

The appreciation that frisbee, and all sport is, even at its best, completely ridiculous as well as magnificent and expressive. The chasing of inanimate objects around set parameters and being so absurd as to place any importance by the results of this activity.

Cherishing and celebrating those results unabashedly. The singing of songs, an anthem with a running time of circa 46 minutes.

The losing of a spirit contest at the Kaimana Klassik, 2014, to a topless, strident, unbeatable Hawaiian team by three shot takers in a seven person lineup.

The making of many friendships, memories that will last a lifetime.

In our 10th anniversary year, I would like to say thank you to all the captains and players who have made Team Box/STBAU/Bauhaus our great, funny ship that sails proudly into the future. We are incredibly honoured to welcome both brand new players to their first club experience, and those who have proudly played for other clubs in the past. We are all part of the Bauhaus story and I cannot wait to sing the next verse with you all.
 

Written by Joy / Dobesaurus

 

So what's 'Club Ultimate' anyway?

Being in the Club Haus: An introduction to club ultimate

 

Welcome to the Ultimate community. Welcome to our house at Bauhaus. 

 

Ultimate is a sport like no other. You will have realised that people do things a little 

differently. For a start, it's self-officiated, which means that spirit of the game 

(SOTG), being fair, and knowing the rules is crucial. Secondly, club frisbee hinges 

around the Nationals season. 

 

The Frisbee calendar

Rather than more ‘traditional’ sports or league frisbee, where you play each week in 

a season – the Nationals calendar is about training and playing tournaments to 

prepare you for Nationals.

 

Frisbee's yearly calendar is divided into two parts, Bauhaus (and now YOU, how 

excitement!) are preparing for the Nationals season- which culminates at the 

Australian Ultimate Championships (aka AUC, aka Nationals), a 4-day Frisbee-

fest over Anzac Day long weekend. The other part of the year is 'the mixed season', 

competing at Australian Mixed Ultimate Champs (AMUC) in early October. You can 

play that too, I suppose. If you want. 

 

Nationals clubs typically start selections/ trainings in November or December, before 

selecting their teams and announce which tournaments they'll attend for the season.

 

Tournaments

Here's a summary of the most common tournaments on the calendar: 

 

Southern Regionals: 

This is a qualifying event for Nationals, with teams from Victoria, SA and Tasmania 

fighting it out over 2 days. In 2016 it'll be in Victoria.

Sydney Melbourne open (SMO):

Hosted by either Sydney or Melbourne, with teams from all over. Another full 

weekend tourney and the first opportunity to see some of the clubs from up north 

and to the west. In 2016 it'll be in Sydney.

Brisbane Canberra invitational (BCI):

BCI is typically only 4 weeks from Nationals, and teams must qualify and earn the 

right to an invitation, so this is a hotly contested exclusive affair!! 

Nationals: 

What we are all training for! Usually 3-4 games each day for 4 days, with finals on 

the last 2 days. There will be showcase games, great uniforms, the "party" and 

frisbee folk from all over this fine land. Games go for about 80 minutes and it's a 

longer tournament, so you'll need to be mentally and physically tough, be there for 

your teammates and recover well. In 2016 Nationals is in Victoria!

 

Training, expectations, and getting in the groove

The expectations during the season vary considerably between teams and will be 

outlined to interested players. Team trainings are designed to learn new strategy 

and skills in a big group together. Missing training means you'll have missed some 

content that you'll have to get on top of. Training often ends at the pub! 

 

In addition to regular team trainings, there is some other stuff you'll need to do. 

"Pods" are both a delicious biscuity snack AND a great way of getting together with 

nearby players for skills, fitness and throwing training each week. Fitness is key to 

lasting through the season, and you'll get a plan with a couple of sessions each week 

to go through. Throwing regularly and intently is really important too. 

 

On-the-field stuff:

 if you ever have any questions, just ask. Don't stress. Know the force. Cut hard, clear 

hard. Play to the team plan, and do your job. That's what we care about most.

 

Off-the-field stuff: 

Stay where the team stays if you can – usually people will organise this. Have fun. 

Recover and hydrate. Do your best to sort out your injuries and don't forget your 

uniform!  

 

How to be a great teammate at nationals: 

Cheer! Loudly and often, and more if times are tough. Know the force. Tell people 

they are doing well/ or how they can be even better. Help with little tasks (lunch, kit 

bags, cool downs, Twitter feeds!) 

 

How to be a good opponent at nationals: 

Say hi to your opponents, tell them who you are. Know the rules. Stay out of other 

rules chat unless you're directly involved. Talk to the captains if something is bugging 

you - they might be resolving it.

 

Got any more questions? Post below in the comments and we'll answer them too!

 

Looking forward to seeing you around,

Shaz and Emily.

Welcome to the house of Bau

Coming into our 10th season as a top women's ultimate club, the planning committee approached the topic of branding, and whether it was time for us to reshape our identity.

For us, our name and the creative use of it has always been closely attached to our wonderful and hilarious culture. The stubborn pride with which we carried a ridiculously long name, the ease with which we could make up new cheers, the power with which we built a culture around being athletic, sporting, and united. These elements are a great strength to us.

As we become more recognised internationally, and begin to look towards long term sponsorship opportunities, it was clear that we needed to create an identity that was less confusing to outsiders. And yet would still retain all the points above. What a challenge!

We set to work to come up with something that was memorable, marketable, and matchable.

And here it is!

Bauhaus. It's focused, it's catchy, and it's built upon part of our club lexicon. It's a name that will carry us forward into the future. We're not just planning for next season. We're planning for three years longterm. Ten years longterm, twenty years longterm, forty years longterm...

When ultimate frisbee is a sport at the scale of AFL, we will still be here.

Welcome to the house of Bau.