BHH 2012 Wrap-up

Someone did the No-rain dance very exuberantly prior to last weekend. In what’s regarded as the hottest day in Borneo Headhunters Hat history yet, Borneo Headhunters Hat 2012 wrapped up with over a hundred players from 8 nations vying for the coveted BHH 2012 Championship title. Their reward: A Borneo Headhunters 2012 ultimate Frisbee disc and a championship medal.

The hot weather provided a challenge for all players and the tournament saw plenty of players suffering from muscle cramps. But nothing could provide a bigger challenge for the participants than the tournament champions, Red Hot Silly Divers, that dominated all the teams they played against.

23 games were played during the tournament, spread out between 3 fields, making for an Ultimate-packed Saturday. The tournament also provided an opportunity for local players to gauge themselves with foreign players while providing exposure to local Sabahans, further promoting the sport in the state.

Results of the tournament

Tournament Champions: Red Hot Silly Divers

2nd: Orange Crush

3rd: Gang Green

4th: Mellow Yellow

5th: Dark Knights

6th: Bloody Blue

7th & 8th: Pink Panther and Polar Bear

Spirit Award: Gang Green

Male MVP: Erwin Wee (Dark Knights, Malaysia)

Female MVP: Katherine Wiley (Mellow Yellow, USA)

Our sponsors and suppliers

This year’s hat tournament would not have been made possible without the contributions from our sponsors. We thank you for all your support.

We would also like to acknowledge our various suppliers for their great service delivery. Your help was invaluable in ensuring a smooth running tournament.

  • Accommodations by Imperial Boutec Hotel (+6088-525969)
  • Accommodations by Borneo Backpackers  (+6088-234009)
  • Sporting facilities and equipment by Likas Sports Complex, Sabah Sports Ministry (+6088-232166)
  • Lunch catering by Le Safran (+6088-486489)
  • First Aid by Persatuan Bulan Sabit Merah Malaysia, Cawangan Kota Kinabalu (+6088-232718)
  • Canopies by Encik Ghazali (+6019-8221470)
  • Shuttle bus by Encik Jamal (+6016-8106664)


Photo Albums of the Event

A big thanks to our official tournament photographers Charles Lai and Dwen Celestial that caught the actions of the tournament.

There were many other photographers on the field and so if you would like to share your images with everybody, please email us the link and we will list it here. If you give me the Facebook link from the bottom of your Facebook album’s front page, then people who are not your friend can also view it.



Borneo Headhunters Hat 2012 in the news



2nd run jerseys and discs

We are currently accepting orders for our next batch of limited edition black jerseys (worn by our volunteers on tournament day) and BHH 2012 discs. Interested parties can email Dinoza with the quantity you want, what size and add your address and phone number so we can contact you when we have your order ready.

Thank you’s

The BHH 2012 Organizing Committee would like to express our thanks and gratitude to all our participants, spectators, sponsors and suppliers for making this year’s hat tournament a success. We look forward to meeting you all again next year!

See you then!

Red Hot Silly Divers wins Borneo Headhunters Hat tournament 2012

BHH 2012 Schedules & Format

Less than 3 more days to the first game of the 3rd Borneo Headhunters Hat so lets satisfy your information cravings with the tournament schedules and format.

BHH 2012 Rules

Yes, BHH 2012 definitely rules. Jokes aside, Ultimate Frisbee is a unique self-refereed sport, but players still abide by rules governing it.  As such, we follow the World Flying Disc Federation, WFDF’s Latest Ultimate Rules. Time to go brush up your knowledge.

You have no excuses not to know the rules. Know your stuff when it comes to contact, fouls and especially the Spirit of the Game!

The By Laws for the Borneo Headhunters Hat 2012 is as follow:


Teams will elect their own captains on Saturday morning during the 7:30 am team meeting. So be on-time.

Pick somebody who will champion the Spirit of the Game at all cost.  Also good to have in a captain: Knowledge of the Rules, Knowledge of Game Plays and Experience.

Your captain must report to the Tournament Director by 7:45 am Saturday morning with your team name, which you also have to decide on.

Game Format

First to 11 goals with a margin of 2 goals or more. Win-by-1 cap is 13 goals. Time-cap @40mins (i.e. finish current point. If lead by 2 goals or more, wins. If lead by 1, leading score + 1 wins. If tied, universe point).

Time Out: 1 per team per game (2 mins only). Time outs do not stop game clock.

Half time: 2minutes half time taken when a team scores 6 goals or half-time cap at 20 minutes, whichever first. Half time does not stop game clock. When half time is called in between pulls, take the half time.

Female Players

It is compulsory to have a minimum of 2 female player per point. With Captains’ Agreement more or less female players can play per point, but never less than 1.

The Championship Finals

First to 13 goals with a margin of 2 goals or more. Win-by-1 cap is 15 goals. Time-cap @50mins (i.e. finish current point. If lead by 2 goals or more, wins. If lead by 1, leading score + 1 wins. If tied, universe point).

Time Out: 1 per team per half (2 mins only). Time outs do not stop game clock.

Half time: 2minutes half time taken when a team scores 7 goals or half-time cap at 25 minutes, whichever first. Half time does not stop game clock. When half time is called in between pulls, take the half time.

Tournament Format (Round Robin Stage)

There are 8 teams which will be split into two groups, Group A and Group B, playing against each other in the same Group during the morning matches. Captain will draw lots to determine their A1-A4 or B1-B4 placements during the 7:45am Captain’s Meeting.

After all the morning match results are in, teams are seeded in their groups to determine the afternoon playoff games. In the event of a tie, point differential will be used.

Point Differential = Offense Points – Defense Points
Example: Your team scores 10, your opponents score 4. Your Point Differential is 6 (10 minus 4)
Or: You score 7 and your opponents score 13. Your Point Differential is -6 (7 minus 13)

If after considering wins and Points Differential teams are still tied for a rank, a Boat Race consisting of no less than 7 players per team will determine the seedings for the playoffs.

 Time Field 1 Field 2 Field 3
8:30 am A1 vs. A2 B1 vs. B2 A3 vs. A4
A40 am A1 vs.A3 A2 vs. A4 B3 vs. B4
10:30 am B1 vs. B3 B2 vs. B4 A1 vs. A4
11:30 am A2 vs. A3 B1 vs. B4 B2 vs. B3


Tournament Format (Playoff Stage)

Playoff Field 1 Field 2 Field 3
1:00 pm Game (1) Game (2)
2:00 pm Game (3) Game (4)  Game (9)
3:00 pm Game (5) Game (6) Game (10)
4:00 pm Game (8) Game (11) Game (12)
5:00 pm Borneo HeadHunters Hat 2012 Championship Final


No Moaning

The Tournament Director (TD) has the last and final say.

We have made every effort to balance the teams. Your team is what it is. Act like a champion and use what you have to overcome adversity.

Whatever happens to your team’s players on the day (no shows, upset stomachs, snowball in the eye) is your team’s fate and we cannot change it.

The Borneo Headhunters Hat wants to be known as the Best Spirited Tournament in Asia.  Help us by being friendly, having fun and making good calls on the field.

Any incidents of excessively bad Spirit will be swiftly and efficiently dealt with by the Team Captains and the Tournament Director, which could include disqualification, revoked tournament privileges, being asked to leave or all of the above.

Winning is good, but playing well regardless of whether or not you’re winning, is better.

Let’s all be better! And have fun while we’re at it.

BHH 2012 – What to expect?

This is it. Few more days to Borneo Headhunters Hat 2012.

Its been hot on some days and raining on others here in Kota Kinabalu so bring your sunscreen and hat and be prepared for a hot weekend or a muddy field (or both). Sadly, we have no control over the weather but we do however have control on playing safe and injury-free. Here’s the outline of the tournament:

Friday, February 24

7:30 pm – 11 pm  Registration party at Upperstar (Segama Complex)

Saturday, February 25

Borneo Headhunters Hat (Padang Sukma Likas)

7:30 am  Team Meeting (All players need to report at the field at this time)

8:00 am  Captain’s Briefing

8:30 am  Tournament starts

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7:30 pm  Saturday Night Party (Party Box, Waterfront): Free flow soft drinks and happy hour price on other drinks. Complimentary light dinner provided between 7:30pm – 8:30pm .

8:30 pm  Borneo Headhunters Hat 2012 Prize Giving Ceremony

9:00 pm  Best Guitarist Pose Contest

9:30 pm  Best Dressed Contest (Winner gets BHH 2012 disc)

10:00 pm PARTAYYYYYYY till close

Sunday, February 26

3:30 pm  Sabah Ultimate Pickup Game (Rugby/Football Field, Terminal 2, Low Cost Terminal, KK Airport)

What should I bring?

Your normal Ultimate Frisbee game clothes, dry clothes, sunscreen, socks and football boots / cleats.

We will provide: your BHH 2012 team jersey, water, bananas, lunch on the field.

There will be a few shaded areas on the field to hide from the sun / rain in between games. There’s also a canteen on-site in case you want to buy extra food / drinks.

What else Can I do to prepare for the tournament?

Read. The. Rules.

If you remember nothing, remember the Spirit of the Game: things like calling yourself out when you’re out. Not calling a score if you caught it outside the endzone, and above all – be competitive, but have fun!

Don’t forget, you can congratulate your opponent when they score on you. And at all times be respectful to other players. No arguments are needed. The rules are simple: if a foul is contested, it goes back to the thrower. Game on.

One team with the most outstanding spirit will win the coveted Spirit Award. It’s not just about the games you play afterwards, or the cheers, but also how you call fouls and deal with fouls called on you.

Other than that, you are what you are for this tournament. Make the most of it, have fun and learn as much as you can.