Borneo HeadhunThors Hat Theme

Borneo HeadhunThors Hat Theme

Finally, the 4th edition of the Borneo Headhunters Hat has been themed!

HeadhunThors Hat - At a Field Near You (Us) in 2013

Borneo HeadhunThors Hat

Probably because we all have a lot of Spandex lying around that is going unused, the committee decided on a superhero theme for the 2013 installation of our hat tournament.

Will you be all dark and mysterious as Batman? Or the hot and smoldering Black Widow? Perhaps you have a heart of palladium like Iron Man? Or Wonder Woman’s… whip?

But let’s try and avoid those mild mannered alter-egos shall we? No Clark Kents, Dianas of Themyscira, Peter Parkers, Selina Kyles or Bruce Waynes. They just don’t wear enough spandex for this theme (well, ok, maybe Diana of Themyscira does).

Where to start?

Your imagination is good place :) Otherwise, Google Images “superhero“.


Borneo Headhunters Hat 2013 Date Announced

Borneo Headhunters Hat 2013 Date Announced

We are very excited to announce the date for the next Borneo Headhunters Hat taking place in 2013.


4th Borneo Headhunters Hat:
Saturday, 2 March 2013


What is the Borneo Headhunters Hat?

The Borneo Headhunters Hat is Sabah’s first and, so far, only Ultimate Frisbee tournament.

It was held for the first time in 2010 and attracted 36 participants. In 2011 we had 82 participants and in 2012 we had 120 participants.

In 2013 we celebrate the 4th annual Borneo Headhunters Hat and, fields permitting, we hope to grow our event’s participation even further.

The hat part of competition refers to the format of the tournament. Players register as individuals and the organisers will divide them into teams, trying their best to balance the teams with players from various skill, fitness and experience levels.

A hat tournament a great way to grow the sport, as you don’t need to bring your own team to participate, and newer players have the opportunity to learn from more experienced players they’ve probably never met or played with before.  The exchange of knowledge, skills and friendship at this type of tournament is unparalleled.

Where is the Borneo Headhunters Hat?

Our Ultimate tournament takes place in Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, which is 1 of 2 east Malaysian states on the island of Borneo.

The fields have not be confirmed yet, but Kota Kinabalu isn’t very big and between inexpensive public transport and eager local players willing to ferry competition participants around, you will never be far away from where the Headhunters Hat action is.

How do I get to the Borneo Headhunters Hat?

Well, to get to the Hat you have to get to Kota Kinabalu first.

Kota Kinabalu can be reached via direct flight, often on an inexpensive low-cost carrier from major centers around the region including Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Bandar Seri Begawan, Manila, Tapei, Macau and Hong Kong.

The relatively low cost makes the Borneo Headhunters Hat an excellent choice for Ultimate players in the region looking for somewhere new and fresh to play Ultimate at.

Where do I stay for the Borneo Headhunters Hat?

As we said before, Kota Kinabalu isn’t all that big, so where you stay won’t make a big difference to your transfer costs.

So 5 star, no star, budget, home-stay, apartment, resort – whatever you fancy is available and probably not too far from where the fields will be either.

What can I do before and after the Borneo Headhunters Hat?

Kota Kinabalu is the gateway to the rest of Sabah, which is known as an action packed, eco destination.

While you’re here, before or after playing in the Borneo Headhunters Hat, you have a host of activities available to you.

White water rafting, diving, island hopping, orang utan sightings, jungle trekking, climbing Mt. Kinabalu, wildlife safaris, mountain biking, cultural experiences, homestays, golfing, and the list goes on.

We’ll be hooking our players up with some good deals soon.

More information will be made available right here or at the Facebook events page for the Headhunters Hat.

Stay tuned…

Wrap Up: Borneo Headhunters Hat 2011

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah: An awesome weekend of Ultimate action at the Borneo Headhunters Hat 2011 wrapped up here Sunday at the most international pick-up session Kota Kinabalu has ever seen.

Borneo Headhunters Hat 2011

The surprisingly fast-paced, and energetic pickup game was the cherry on top of the super-moist, double chocolate cake that was Saturday’s hot hot hot Borneo Headhunters Hat Ultimate tournament.

The tournament had lots brilliant plays, dramatic fumbles, a sudden spate of ankle-rolls and cramps, a slight drought of layouts – but that which there were, were brilliant – and fairly evenly balanced teams.

Before lunch the games were narrowly contested and the scores were fairly close. After lunch the differences were slightly more pronounced, but both the penultimate game and the finals were decided off Universe Points, making for riveting Ultimate right here on Sabah soil.

An incredible mix of new and experienced players representing nearly 10 countries attended the Hat this year, hopefully giving the newer players the opportunities to measure themselves against more experienced ones and learn something new.

The participants also showed tremendous spirit, with all the teams scoring either 29, 30 or 31 points for Spirit, with the eventual winners just pipping everyone to the post with 32 points.

Here’s what the day’s 12 games came to.

Results from the Tournament

1st & Tournament Champs: Blue Wave in Blue
2nd: Big O in Orange
3rd: Hail Bloody Mary in Red
4th: Mat Salehs in White
5th: Lean Mean Green Machine in Green

MVP Female: Nicky from Blue Wave
MVP Male: Donny from Blue Wave

Best Female Layout: Lee from Big O
Best Male Layout: Dickson from Big O

Best Spirit Award: Mat Salehs

Click on the pic for the games scores and point differentials:

Click for games scores and point differentials

Big Up to Our Sponsors

Without our sponsors we would have been a lot more limited and would like to say a big thank you for your monetary contributions, discounts and supplies.

Core FitnessImperial International HotelMega Tech Consolidation Sdn Bhd
Gatorade - Non-carbonated Sports DrinkBTC Group

Photo Albums of the Event

A big thanks to our Official Photographer Charles Lai who snapped away the entire day.

There were loads of other cameras out at the tournament though, so if you would like to share your images with everybody, please email me the link and I 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.

Open to all:

For Facebook users only (might require friend request):

Awesome Headhunters Hat 2011 Suppliers

Here’s the awesome businesses that we used for the various bits and pieces. Their great service, punctual delivery and competitive prices ensured a smooth running tournament.

  • Outstanding Headhunters Hat 2011 Logo by Graphic Artist Lim Sheng Haw (;
  • Kick-ass PA + music system by Dee Entertainment Music Services (Ph: 012 826 6889);
  • Tents / canopies by Syarikat Khemah Sejadi (Ph: 088 754 303);
  • Water and dispensers by Nabalu Trading (Ph: 088 976 880);
  • T-shirt and printing by Loung Bee Enterprise in Asia City (Ph: 088 211 031);
  • On-field catering by Maju Cafe (Phone James Lamson on 017 831 8447);
  • First Aid services by Field Skills (Phone Simon Amos on 088 484 734

Borneo Headhunters Hat 2011 In The News

News Paper Articles

Blogs & Other Websites

2nd Print Run Shirts

The 27 extra shirts we had printed to sell at the tournament sold out fast, so we’re accepting orders for a second print run. If you want to order more shirts, please email me with the quantity you want, what size and colour and add your phone number, and when we have enough we’ll order some more.

Available colours are red, green, blue, orange, white and black.

And that’s it – thanks again to all the participants, spectators, sponsors and suppliers that were involved with this year’s Headhunters Hat. We look forward to doing it all again, but better, next year!

See you then!

Borneo Headhunters Hat 2011 – Rules, Schedule & Scoring

OK Borneo Headhunters Hat 2011 Participants, here’s some more details for those of you itching to know more about Sabah’s Hat tournament.

First, the Rules.

Borneo Headhunters Hat 11 Rules

Yes, the rules are what makes Ultimate Ultimate, so our tournament will follow them.

We follow the WFDF’s Latest Ultimate Rules. Learn it; love it; play it.

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 the By Laws for the Borneo Headhunters Hat 2011 is as follow:


Teams will elect their own captains on Saturday morning.

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 08:30, Saturday morning with your team name, which you also have to decide on.

Game Duration

Total: 40 mins + 5 min half time  (20 mins a side)
At Half Time, finish the current point. The time it takes to finish that point will be deducted from your second half.

Gap Between Games: 15 mins

Time Out: 1 per team per game (60 seconds only)

Winning Score

First to 15 wins, but lead by at least 2 points.

If by the 35th min there is no clear winner, a Cap will be called. Then teams will finish the current point and check the Leading Score, before they restart play. The first team to reach Leading Score + 1 will win the game.

Female Players

It is compulsory to have a minimum of 1 female player per point.

With Captains’ Agreement more female players can play per point, but never less.

The 2 Finals

Duration: 50 minutes + 5 min break.

Winning Score: First to 17 wins, win by 2 points (TD may call a time cap if the game drags on too long)

Other rules remain the same.

Scoring & Awards

There are 5 teams. Each team will play a Round Robin of 4 games.

After the initial Round Robin, the top 4 teams will play a 5th game each.

After each game, a team scores 1 point for winning, and 0 points for losing.

The more wins, the higher the rank. If several teams have the same rank, 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 winning team.

The Losers’ Bracket will be played by teams ranked 3rd & 4th.

The Winners Bracket will be played by teams ranked 1st & 2nd.

The winner of the Winners Bracket will be the Tournament Champions.


Tournament Champs: The overall winning team

Spirit Champions: The team judged by other teams to have the best Spirit (general Spirit, foul calls, courtesy, cheers for opponents & games)

Most Valuable Player – Female: The girl judged by each team to have made the most valuable contribution to her team;

Most Valuable Player – Male: The guy judged by each team to have made the most valuable contribution to his team;

Best Team Name: A token prize to the team with the best name.

Prelim Schedule

Time Field 1 Field 2 Bye
08:00 Arrive + Get your Shirts + Choose Captains / Team Names
08:45 – 09:30 Red v Blue Green vs. Orange White
09:45 – 10:30 White v Green Blue v Orange Red
10:45 – 11:30 Orange v Red White v. Blue Green
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 13:15 Orange v. White Red v. Green Blue
13:30 – 14:15 Green v. Blue Red v. White Orange
14:30 – 15:25 R3 v R4
15:25 – 16:20 R1 v R2
16:40 Prize Giving / Boat Races

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 2011 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.

Borneo Headhunters Hat 2011 Accommodation Deals

Now that the registration fee cutoff date is looming (14 January if you’ve not been paying attention), you probably have your flights booked and are looking for accommodation.

Through our local player base we’ve managed to secure the following deals for you at Imperial International Hotel & Imperial Boutec Hotel, as well as the Borneo Beachouse Backpackers.

Imperial International Hotel & Imperial Boutec Hotel

Located right next to each other in Warisan Square in the middle of the city, staying here means you will be in the thick of things when it comes to Kota Kinabalu’s nightlife, restaurants and shopping. It also means that you’ll be a bus ride or a RM15 taxi ride from the field, but you gotta give up something.

Offering slightly different levels of comfort, the Imperial International Hotel is a little more for the discerning traveler leaning towards the business traveler. Rooms are spacious and modern with the modern conveniences you’d expect from a modern hotel.

Imperial Boutec Hotel is for the flash packer; the budget conscious traveler who doesn’t want to give up any creature comforts. Equipped with flat screen TVs and WiFi access in the rooms the rooms are sleek and modern providing a comfortable place to rest your weary bones after a day of Sabah Ultimate.

Contact Dino by emailing dinoza(a), supplying your booking reference and check-in/check-out dates. He will confirm with us that you’ve paid your registration fees and will secure your booking.

Imperial International Hotel: RM130 per room per night;
Imperial Boutech Hotel: RM100 per room per night;
Terms & Conditions Apply

Borneo Beachouse Backpackers

Located 5 minutes walk from the beach and 25 minutes walk from where we will likely host the Borneo Headhunters Hat 2011, the Borneo Beachouse Backpackers provide friendly, comfortable accommodation at the official Head Quarters of Ultimate in Sabah.

Offerings a 10% discount on rooms and dorms, the Borneo Beachouse Backpackers supports Ultimate in Sabah by offering pocket friendly accommodation.

Email jacs(a) with your dates to make a reservation. We will pass your details on to the Borneo Beachouse Backpackers who reserve and confirm your booking.

Borneo Headhunters Hat 2011 Registration


The 2nd Borneo Headhunters Hat, taking place on Saturday, 26 February 2011, is now open for registration.

This year’s theme is “Getting Wiggy With It”. Remember the Saturday night party and dress up to the theme. We’ve made it easy this year, so no excuse not to partake. It’s wigs, in case the theme is too cryptic for you, just wear a wig.

Registration closes on 14 January 2011

Borneo Headhunters Hat 2011The registration fee is RM60 per person and currently includes the following:

  1. A space in a team at the Borneo Headhunters Hat 2011;
  2. A tournament t-shirt of a colour matching that of your team;
  3. Water on the field;
  4. Buffet lunch;
  5. Limited beer on the field;
  6. Accommodation discounts and other freebies to be added as we get sponsors.

Sorry, but at the moment we do not include a tournament disc.

Due to our budget constraints, we require players to pay the registration fees in order to confirm their registration.  Last date for payment is 14 January, so any players whose payments are not received on or before Sunday, 16 January 2011, will not be confirmed registered.

The banking details will be sent to you with your registration confirmation.

A hat tournament is an open tournament where individual players can register and be divided into a team, which hopefully will have a balance of speed, catching, defence and throwing. In order to achieve this balance, it’s important to be honest about your abilities. If you’re shit hot, don’t be modest about it. And if you’re just so-so or brand new, then say it.