1 October 2016, Setia Alam – Shark Alarm Open (“SAO”) is a mixed gender ultimate frisbee tournament, held annually since 2012. It was first organised to provide a quality tournament for ultimate frisbee teams from throughout Malaysia to compete against each other at an accessible price for the participants. From the start, the event has been organised at Setia Alam football fields, as it is the only venue in Shah Alam which has enough space to accommodate 6 ultimate frisbee fields.
SAO is a two day tournament. Each team will be playing at least 8 games over the two days. In the Malaysian ultimate frisbee scene, SAO has been setting benchmarks in terms of tournament standards and quality. Teams have identified SAO as one of the “must–participate” events, and other tournaments held in the country emulate the organising standards set by SAO.
The first four editions of the tournament from 2012 to 2015 featured 20 teams. Teams from Klang Valley, Northern Region, Southern Region, East Coast and also East Malaysia all travelled to Shah Alam to compete. Teams from Brunei have also joined the tournament in the past.
Due to the popularity of SAO, an overwhelming total of 41 teams expressed their interest to participate in the 2016 tournament, including teams from Singapore and Thailand. For the first time, a total of 24 teams have been accepted by the organising committee, making SAO2016 the largest gathering of Malaysian ultimate frisbee players.
The objectives of the tournament are:
Below are the details of the tournament:
4.3°N, Aerofoil, amplifire, aur, Badgers, Carebears, SMU ultimate, Extimo JHR, Husky, Ironman, MMMC ultimate, Omelette, Red Squirrels, Rojaks, SATE, Satu Lagi Headhunters, Semput, Soar High, Swat7d, The Islanders, Wildcats, Skrubdisc, Oops
ABOUT THE SPORT – ULTIMATE FRISBEE
Ultimate frisbee is a non-contact, self-refereed team sport played with a flying disc.
Two teams of seven players compete on a playing field about the same length as a football field, but narrower. At each end of the playing field there is an end zone. Each team defends one end zone. They score a goal if one of their players catches the disc in the opposite end zone.
The player with the disc is called the thrower. The thrower may not run with the disc. Instead they move the disc by passing to team-mates in any direction. The defensive team gets possession of the disc if an offensive team’s throw is not caught by a player of the same team. Then the defensive team becomes the offensive team and can try to score in the opposite end zone.
Ultimate relies upon a Spirit of the Game that places the responsibility for fair play on every player. There are no referees; the players are solely responsible for following and enforcing the rules, even at World Championship. Competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of respect between players, adherence to the rules, and the basic joy of play.
PROMOTING SHARK CONVERSATION
As part of our social and environmental responsibility initiatives, we intend to use the tournament as a platform to promote and increase awareness on the importance of shark conservation.
In order to achieve this, we have partnered with Shark Savers Malaysia to promote the FINished with FINS campaign, and are targeting for at least 300 ultimate frisbee players to make the pledge to stop consuming shark fin soup.
ABOUT THE ORGANISER – SATE ULTIMATE
We are a social-competitive mixed-gender ultimate frisbee team, established since 2010. The name “SATE” is derived from the letters of Shah Alam ultimaTE, as Shah Alam is our homeground where we train and host weekly ultimate frisbee games that are open to the public. The connotation with the popular satay food item also gives us a unique Malaysian identity.
Our players comprise of students and also working professionals of various backgrounds from throughout the Klang Valley. We identify ourselves as a fun, energetic and spirited team, and actively compete in tournaments held throughout Malaysia.
Other than the weekly public games that we host, Shark Alarm Open is one of the ways we believe we could “give back” and contribute towards the development of the ultimate frisbee scene in Malaysia.