The TOC & FFDF Official Event Doctor, Dr Annie Gibier, is on-site and has made the following recommendations to combat heat fatigue:
a) All participants should drink 3 litres of water each day. IN ADDITION players should try to drink 3 litres of water per game with 1gr of salt per litre. This is not a typo – an additional 3 litres PER GAME!
b) Avoid playing bare foot. There are a lot of players coming in with minor burns on their foot arch. The injury itself is minor, but can be very painful and affect your play.
c) All tap water in Royan is drinkable. This includes the taps at the fields, the beach, the town fountains and all green pumps. If you have any concerns, water that is not drinkable will say ‘eau non potable’.
The TOC has made 1g packets of salt available at the main marquees starting from this afternoon.
All players should be aware that the VC area in the main tent is closed, but a new tent behind the far endzone is selling merchandise today.
On Saturday and Sunday there are no special shuttle services to go to the airport from the Igesa accomodation or from Air France. Players should organise their own transport for these trips.
Buses to the party from Igesa and Air France will leave between 8.00pm and 9.30pm – several buses will be going back and forth between the locations.
Buses home from the party at the Congress Palace will leave between 1.00am and 2.00am, again with several buses shuttling back and forth.
Please don’t miss the bus, and have fun at the party!
Today is the last day for teams to collect their free Spikeball kits from the VC tent. Make sure you take advantage and pick yours up!
There are changes to two games at 9am tomorrow morning, and two at 10.10am.
The Philippines vs Canada Mixed semi-final was scheduled to be on pitch 1, while the USA vs Germany Mixed semi-final was scheduled to be on pitch 2. Those will be switched, so USA vs Germany will be on the arena pitch and Philippines vs Canada will be on pitch 2. Both games will still be streamed.
Similarly, the USA vs Canada Women’s semi-final that was scheduled for the arena field will now be on pitch 2, while the Great Britain vs Russia semi-final will be on the arena pitch. Again, both games will still be streamed.
The TOC can confirm that there will be no changes to the field locations for the Men’s semi-finals. Great Britain will play the Philippines on Field 3, while France will play United States on Field 1, in the arena. Both of these games will be streamed online – Field 1 will be on the WCBU Live website, and Great Britain vs Philippines will be on Fanseat.
There has been a field change for two quarter-finals at 5.10pm:Women’s Masters semi-final Canada vs Great Britain will now be on FIELD 3, NOT FIELD 1. Women’s quarter-final Great Britain vs France will now be on FIELD 1, NOT FIELD 3.
There are no other changes to other fields.
Thursday’s schedule has been slightly modified to increase online viewership of the WCBU:
Rounds 1-3 (ie. 9h00- 11h20) – No change
Round 4 (12h30) – MIXQ2 (the winner of RUS-ESP vs the winner of USA-IRL) will move to Field 1 and will be broadcast. MIXQ1 will move to Field 2 and will not be broadcast
Round 5 (13h40) – No change
Round 6 (14h50) – MENQ4 on Arena 1 will now be broadcast
Round 7 (16h00) – MMENS2 on Arena 1 will no longer be broadcast (but still will be played there)
Round 8 (17h10) – MWMNS2 will be moved from Arena 1 and replaced with a Women Quarter Finals. It is not determined which game. That decision will be made after the round 5 has been completed, around 14:45
Round 9 (18h20) – The choice of Men’s semi-finals on Arena 1 (currently MENS1) will be determined at 16h00
Round 10 (19h30) – No change
The online system will be updated to reflect these changes by 9 am.
Could all players and teams ensure that their bags are removed from the shaded areas once their games have finished in order to allow the next team on the pitch to use the area.
So far the site has been kept relatively rubbish-free by players using the bins located around the beaches for their trash. Please do continue to do so for the rest of the week.
Anyone who has not yet arranged transport to the airport for their return flight should contact Manon at Venus Tours by tomorrow afternoon in order to do so. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teams are reminded to respect the 3m and 5m safety zones and to ask their supporters to do so as well. We are seeing a lot of spectators or teams from other divisions supporting games from inside the 5m line. Please remember the safety zone is there for keeping our players and spectators safe.
There have been changes to the stops for the shuttle bus due to the music festival. The last bus from the Field 4 stop will depart at 5.30pm, as car access to the street will be limited.
There will be a new bus stop near the TKI restaurant, where buses will leave at:
6.30pm 7.15pm 8.00pm 8.45pm
We would like bring attention to the drop off points for disposing any sharp objects while staying in Royan. Please dispose of medical sharps waste such as used epi pens, insulin pens, needles, syringes and sharp edged instruments ONLY in approved and secure Sharps Disposable Bins.
Sharps Disposable Bins can be found on-site at both the Event Medical Centres (at Field 2 and Field 14) and at pharmacies around town.
Please DO NOT put any sharp objects into the bins or leave on the beach.
If you find any broken glass or anything that can penetrate the skin, you can also hand that in at the same points for safe disposal.
Tonight at 8 pm there is a typical French ball sport tournament: pétanque (joue de boule) in the Zen space behind the large tent. It’s fun, free, and French. Its WCBU2017! Come and join us.
Any players who would like to purchase sand socks can do so from Five Ultimate. The order MUST be placed before 4pm today, and the socks will be delivered tomorrow morning. The collection point will be from outside the main tent, and only socks that have been pre-ordered will be available. There will NOT be a Five stand or booth to buy socks from tomorrow – orders must be placed here today.
All players and coaches should be aware that from tomorrow, spot checks for rules accreditation will be carried out. We will check:All teams who got “0” All teams who got Spirit score 6 and lower All teams who got all “1” in “Rules Knowledge and Use”
We will notify teams by email that we have checked your team and if you have or don’t have any issues. The email will be sent before 8:00am on Tuesday.
Every member of every team should have the rules accreditation, with at least 50% having passed the advanced accreditation. Failure to meet either of these standards will be put before the Tournament Rules Group, and could result in loss of games or disqualification.
All teams should note that, due to an error, the version of the schedule on the system is incorrect. The error only affects games on pitches 9 to 11, and may result in teams showing up for games a slot early so there is no danger of any team missing their game. The PDF version of the schedule was correct and this remains the case. The error has now been corrected and we apologise for any inconvenience.
As a reminder to all players, coaches and guests who are playing on pitches 1, 2 and 3: Our mics are quite sensitive and have been picking up the sideline a lot over the first two days. Remember this when talking beside these pitches, please do not swear or say any anything unsavoury that may be picked up. Also please remember to allow the commentators a line of sight and to not disrupt their view of the action!
Players should be advised there is a country-wide festival of culture happening on Wednesday 21st June. This is likely to affect parking around the venue. Please make sure to read the signs around town carefully before parking, as failure to follow these signs may result in your car being towed.
The festival is called Fete le Musique, and further details can be found here.
After consulting with local weather experts, the TOC has advised that temperatures are due to drop. As a result, the WFDF Tournament Technical Director can confirm that there will be NO CHANGES to the schedule or to any other parts of games (i.e. timeouts).
WCBU are offering free muscle activation sessions for players who need extra help warming up tired muscles. The sessions will be going on in the ‘Zen Area’ behind the players’ lounge (on the grass) at 8am, 9am and 10am.
Additionally, the ‘WCBU Spa’ opens at 10am and will remain open until 6pm. Sign up at the bar in the lounge to avail of this tomorrow!
The main tent has a metal bar running along the bottom of the entrances. This bar is part of the structure holding the tent together, so cannot be removed. Most of the tent is being kept open to help air flow and avoid the area heating up too much, but this means that the bar is exposed in some places. Please watch out for it – if you kick it accidentally you’ll definitely come off worse than the bar will.
The shuttle buses will leave every half hour from four bus stops each day between 0930 and around 1800. One bus stop is near the main tent, just by the toilet building. The other on the main part of the fields is on the corner of Boulevard de la Grandiere and Avenue de la Grande Conche, opposite the restaurant. On the other fields, the bus stops are both on Boulevard Frederic Garnier, by fields 13 and 16.
All players should be aware that the water all over Royan can be used as drinking water. There are taps around every pitch, and there are also a number of green taps around the centre of Royan. While the water may be slightly warm to start, if left running it will cool down. There are some water bottles that can be bought from the tournament bar, but there are a limited number available. Please do take a moment to refill water whenever you see a tap as it is very warm and will remain so for the rest of the week.
Following some discussion at the captains meeting, here are some important rules clarifications to note for all teams.
First, the pitch is determined by the actual physical lines on the field, rather than the straight point between cones. Therefore if the lines blow in the wind or are dragged out of position by players, the physical line will still represent what is in and what is out, whether that line is straight or not.
Second, half time occurs when a team reaches 7 points. If, after 25 minutes, neither team has reached 7, then a cap of 1 will be added to the highest score when the point in progress has finished, and when that cap is reached it will be half time. Therefore, if after 25 minutes it is 3-2 and the point has finished, a cap of 1 point will be added so half time is when a team reaches 4. If the 25 minute cap comes on during the 3-2 point, the cap will be at 4 if the score becomes 3-3 or 5 if the score becomes 4-2.
Third, the process for the flip at the beginning of the game is as follows: first flip for offence or defence, second flip for gender ratio in mixed division games and the third flip for shirt colours should a clash occur.
Finally, timeouts CAN BE TAKEN after time has been called if a point is still in progress.
If you have any more questions, please contact the TOC or visit the WFDF office in the main tent.
The WCBU 2017 opening parade is set to begin at 11:30am. Players are requested to report to Congress Palace in full team gear for the photoshoots and festivities. This marks the grand opening of the World Championships of Beach Ultimate in what is set to be a fantastic week for all!
This is just a short reminder for date and time of Spirit Captains meeting: It will be at Congress Palace tomorrow (Sunday morning, June 18th) from 10:15 till 11:15 (am), right after the Captains’ meeting. The exact address is: Palais des Congrès, 42 Avenue des Congrès, 17200 Royan, France, +33546235152 (on google maps)
We are happy to announce that in less than 2 hours, at 6 pm local time, the bar in the big tent, next to field 2 and 3, will open!
To pay you will need to have registered, signed the waiver, and gotten your pass. Your pass can then be loaded with money at the same tent.
There is a meet and greet meeting for the volunteers at the big tent from 8 to 9pm. Teams and players are invited to come and offer a drink to the volunteers. The volunteers will be working hard for your pleasure the whole week. Show them how much you appreciate all their efforts.
After months of preparation, anticipation and training, the World Championships of Beach Ultimate are finally here! The tournament organising committee has made sure that fans all around the world will be able to keep up with everything going on throughout the week through streamed games, social media content and articles and photos posted on live.wcbu2017.org.
If there are any players or teams who want to join in with the effort of telling the world what’s going on in Royan then the TOC would love to hear from you.
If anyone is going to blogging during the event, please email email@example.com with the RSS feed so that we can promote your posts to all our viewers, and if you’re using any kind of social media then use the tags posted here so that fans can see everything easily.
Together we can make this the most widely watched and followed Beach Championships ever!
All players and team leaders should be aware that the schedule released on June 1st has been superseded by an updated version. This version, released on June 5th, features a number of changes including some field moves and some updates to later knockout games. The updated schedule is reflected in the online schedule that you can always access here.
First of all, let me welcome all of you to Royan for the World Championships of Beach Ultimate 2017 – players, coaches, and fans. A lot of people have been planning for a long time for this event, not only in the Tournament Organising Committee but in BULA and WFDF and also in Royan. They have been making sure that everything is as ready as it can be for all of you to enjoy this fantastic event.
I would like to draw your attention to the Player News Feed that will keep you informed during the tournament. It will feature bulletins from us, playing schedules, up-to-date scores and standings, and can be used easily on mobile devices.
If you have any questions there will be volunteers around the beach who can help you with whatever you need.
I hope you all enjoy your week in France, that you can experience some of the culture our beautiful country has to offer, and I wish you all the best of luck for the tournament.
Amandine Constant Tournament Director WCBU2017
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