Thanks for coming to Hatgiving 2016!

screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-11-45-08-am110 players from around the region came together for the 3rd annual Hatgiving Hat Tournament!

The competition and spirit were both strong!

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No team went undefeated, and team Slow Brute pulled out the win in the finals!

Lots more photos are online in the Valley Ultimate Hatgiving 2016 Facebook photo album.

Here’s what was left behind at the fields. Email Josh (josh@valleyultimate.org) if you recognize any of the items.

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Thanks again for coming out and playing some awesome, spirited Ultimate!

Looking to help grow Ultimate in the Valley? Come on out to the next Valley Ultimate board meeting on Tuesday, 1/10/17 from 6-7pm at the Johnny’s Roadside Diner in Hadley, MA. Anyone with any interest in helping grow Ultimate in the Valley is welcome to attend. You can learn more about the meeting right here.

Hatgiving 2016 is tomorrow!

HatgivingLogo-01Everyone here at Valley Ultimate is super excited to host over 100 people at the 3rd annual Hatgiving Hat Tournament tomorrow!

Here are a few important reminders:

  • The ONLY way to get to the Oxbow fields is by driving on Island Road. Please make absolutely sure you travel less than 15mph while on Island Road. Please make sure this happens. Please ONLY park on the left as you enter the Oxbow.
  • All players must check in between 8:15 and 8:45am. Games will start promptly at 9am and end by ~4pm. The game schedule is online here. Team assignments are currently being made. Once they are finalized they will be posted on the Player Status page.
  • We will have water on site. That being said, it would be helpful if every player could bring at least one full bottle of water.
  • If you will be younger than 18 on Saturday, you must bring a completed medical authorization form listing Dan Kaplan, Jo Sleigh, and Joe Costello as your event chaperones.
  • If you are not a full USAU member, you must bring a completed Valley Ultimate waiver.
  • If you are a full USAU member, you must confirm your roster spot, make sure your USAU membership dues are paid, and make sure you’ve signed the online USAU waiver. The players who have yet to confirm their roster spot as of 11am on Friday, 11/25 are listed below.

All player paperwork and rostering must be complete before games begin.

The following people need to confirm their roster spot. Login to your USAU account to confirm
Anderson, Brent
Banta-Ryan, Casey
Brock, Katrina
Gagnon, Sam
Goldman, Eli
Hanley, Amiel
Hardacker, Liam
Johnson, Ryan
Johnson, Wesley
Julien, David
Schmitt, Gabriel
Sciaruto, Alex
Sciaruto, Anna
Shaughnessy, Ciaran
Shibuya, Miki
Snodgrass, Julia
Studen, Chris
Van Emmerik, Jorden
Plotkin, Terry

January 2017 Board Meeting

Solstice SunThe January 2017 Board meeting will take place on Tuesday, 1/10/17 from 6-7pm at the Johnny’s Roadside Diner in Hadley, MA. Anyone with any interest in helping grow Ultimate in the Valley is welcome to attend. Discussion topics will include:

  • Oxbow Event Planning
  • Outreach programs
  • Volunteer Management
  • Youth Club Champs 2017
  • Hatgiving 2016 recap
  • Spring 2017 events
  • Whatever you’d like to bring up!

If you’re not a board member and you plan on attending the meeting, please email josh@valleyultimate.org so we can plan for the proper numbers at the diner.

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At the recent October meeting we discussed all of the above topics plus Hatgiving planning, spring events, youth club development ideas, and some updates from Jonathan Levy of New England Ultimate.

USA Ultimate Coaching Clinic

usaultimatelogo435x290Valley Ultimate is hosting a USA Ultimate Coaching Development Program Level I Workshop on December 10!

What: The Level I program consists of two workshops (Coaching Ethics and Coaching Performance) where coaches will learn skills and techniques to introduce ultimate and its skills to new players.

Are you a female coach or a coach of a female or mixed team? You may be eligible for a rebate through the Women’s Development Program. Visit Women’s Development for details.

When: Saturday, December 10 from 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Where: Northampton High School (NHS), 380 Elm St., Northampton, MA 01060
Cost: $82.50

NOTE: A USA Ultimate membership is required to attend. While any membership will work for attendance, a background check ($21.50+ additional county costs), and a coach-level membership are required for certification.

What do I get? In addition to gaining certification (and the benefits of the list above), coaches will also receive the following from USA Ultimate and program sponsor, Five Ultimate:

  • USA Ultimate Coaching Ethics and Performance Manuals
  • USA Ultimate Coaching Code of Ethics and Spirit of Coaching
  • Five Ultimate Coaching Development Program Five Gear
  • Five Ultimate Coach Bag
  • USA Ultimate Coaching Development Program Disc

Do note that if you are under 21, you may attend the workshop, but your certification will be held until you turn 21.

Want more details?

November 2016 Board Meeting

Solstice SunThe November 2016 Board meeting will take place on Tuesday, 11/15 from 6-7pm at the the Bluebonnet Diner in Northampton, MA. Anyone with any interest in helping grow Ultimate in the Valley is welcome to attend. Discussion topics will include:

  • The 3rd Annual Hatgiving tournament
  • Oxbow Event Planning
  • Outreach programs
  • Volunteer Management
  • Youth Club Champs 2017
  • Whatever you’d like to bring up!

If you’re not a board member and you plan on attending the meeting, please email josh@valleyultimate.org so we can plan for the proper numbers at the diner.

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At the recent October meeting we discussed all of the above topics plus spring events, youth club development ideas, and board-releated paperwork.

Hatgiving 2016 Registration is Online!

The 3rd Annual Hatgiving Hat Tournament will take place on Saturday, 11/26/16 at the gorgeous Owbow Marina fields!

Complete event information and registration details are online right here.

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Hatgiving is a single-day Ultimate tournament. The event is open to all levels of players 12 or older. Every registered player will be assigned to a team prior to the event. Each team will be coed, randomly yet fairly built, and captained by two experienced players. We may have A and B divisions. We are capping the event at 12 teams of 15.

Brute Squad, Slow White, and Ironside players play for free! #BostonPride!

October 2016 Board Meeting

Solstice SunThe October 2016 Board meeting will take place on Wednesday, 10/26 from 7-8pm at the the Johnny’s Roadside Diner in Hadley, MA. Anyone with any interest in helping grow Ultimate in the Valley is welcome to attend. Discussion topics will include:

  • The 3rd Annual Hatgiving tournament
  • Oxbow Event Planning
  • Outreach programs
  • Coaching opportunities
  • Volunteer Management
  • Whatever you’d like to bring up!

If you’re not a board member and you plan on attending the meeting, please email josh@valleyultimate.org so we can plan for the proper numbers at the diner.

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At the recent September meeting we discussed all of the above topics plus a recap of our 5 events this summer and plans for youth development in 2017 – 2018.

September 2016 Board Meeting

2015-09-29 19.12.56The September 2016 Board meeting will take place on Wednesday, 9/21 from 7-8pm at the the Bluebonnet Diner in Northampton, MA. Anyone with any interest in helping grow Ultimate in the Valley is welcome to attend. Discussion topics will include:

  • The 3rd Annual Hatgiving tournament
  • Oxbow Event Planning
  • Outreach programs
  • Coaching opportunities

If you’re not a board member and you plan on attending the meeting, please email josh@valleyultimate.org so we can plan for the proper numbers at the diner.

Share the Facebook event page!