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Underserved School Outreach

Valley Ultimate has grant money to go into any school that does not have an ultimate program and teach the students how to play. We are flexible in how we do this so that we can accommodate a school’s needs. The hardest thing is to make a connection with a school to get the program going. If you have a connection to a school in the area that would be open to our free ultimate program offer, please contact Terry Plotkin at terryplotkin@gmail.com.

Valley Ultimate Youth Club Champs & Summer League 2017

Coach Leila Tunnell

Registration is now online for Valley Ultimate’s two summer youth offerings:

Youth Club Champs Program: A girls team and a boys team that will participate in the 2017 USA Ultimate Youth Club Championships. Lelia Tunnell will be coaching the girls team and Joe Costello will be coaching the boys team. Girls tryouts are on 6/3 and boys tryouts are on 6/10.

Youth Summer League: Open to all youth players in the region! The league will meet 8 times and start on June 7th.

 

Leila Tunnell & Joe Costello launch VU’s YCC program!

U20 girls coach Leila Tunnell

Over the last 3 years, Valley Ultimate has run a highly successful U20 league throughout June and early July that has served 60+ girls and boys from our area. This summer we will continue to offer this youth playing opportunity.

In addition, Valley Ultimate will be sending two teams, a U20 girls team and a U20 boys team, to compete nationally at the Youth Club Championships in Blaine, Minnesota this August 5th through 7th!

Valley Ultimate YCC2017 Application

Complete team information can be found on the VU YCC page.

April 2017 Board Meeting

The next Valley Ultimate Board meeting will take place on Tuesday, 4/25 from 7-8pm at Johnny’s Roadside Diner in Hadley, MA.

Anyone with any interest in helping grow Ultimate in the Valley is encouraged to attend! We will be discussing:

  • Summer event planning
    • Summer Solstice Hat
    • VU Youth Club Champs Program
    • Summer Leagues
  • Following through on our annual meeting strategic planning
  • Planning for the fall
  • Continued outreach to underserved areas
  • Much more!

Spread the word via the Facebook event!

Annual Meeting Recap & March 2017 Meeting

The next Valley Ultimate board meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 28th from 7-8pm at the Bluebonnet Diner in Northampton, MA. Anyone with any interest in helping grow Ultimate in the Valley is welcome to attend! Help spread the word by inviting people to the Facebook event!

During the meeting we will be focusing on:

  • A recap of our 1st Annual Women’s Ultimate Day
  • YCC planning
  • Outreach programs to underserved areas
  • Volunteer management
  • Oxbow field site planning

Additionally, we will be pulling together a summary of the results of the strategic planning session we ran during our annual meeting. Major themes that came out of the session include:

  • Promoting women’s Ultimate
  • Expanding outreach
  • Introducing more adults to the sport
  • Promoting Spirit of the Game
  • Training more coaches

Come on out and help chart the course of Ultimate in the Valley!

First Annual Women’s Ultimate Day

Coach Leila Tunnell

Announcing VU’s First Annual Women’s Ultimate Day! The event will be held on Friday March 3rd from 5pm to 10pm at Indoor Action Sports located at 1385 Bernardston Rd., Greenfield, MA 01370. The event costs $10 per participant.

Whether you are looking to dust off your old cleats, continue winter training, or pick up a disc for the first time, women of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend this indoor event. The all-female environment will be led by Championship-level female athletes with ties to this area as coaches and players.

From the Two-Time Reigning National Women’s Division Champions Boston Brutesquad:

  • Emily Baecher
  • Aly Heath
  • Vicky Negus
  • Lauren Sadler
  • Amber Sinicrope
  • Claudia Tajima
  • Leila Tunnell
  • Dory Ziperstein

From the 2016 National Mixed Champions Boston Slow White:

  • Hannah Baranes

Activities will include:

  • Differentiated instruction based on ability
  • Skill building, including throwing instruction and athletic movement
  • Community building and discussions on gender equity and leadership
  • A mini-tournament alongside the greatest players that the sport has to offer
  • Much more!

For more information, including instructions on how to register,
please visit the event page.

February 2017 Board Meeting

Solstice SunThis event is being rescheduled to the end of March. The new date will be posted here as soon as it’s determined.

The February 2017 Board meeting will take place on Tuesday, 2/28/17 from 6-7pm at 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:

  • Oxbow Event Planning
  • Outreach programs
  • Volunteer Management
  • Youth Club Champs 2017
  • Annual meeting recap
  • 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.

Share the Facebook event page!

At the January meeting we planned expanded outreach initiatives, the first annual meeting, and our Women’s Ultimate Day.

Spring Scheduling Meeting & First Annual Annual Meeting!

Sunday, February 5, 2017, 11am – 2pm
Amherst Regional High School

11am – Come get your local team (college, high school, middle school) schedule set for the spring.

Then stick around for Valley Ultimate’s Annual Meeting where we’ll:

  • Outline of the upcoming year of Valley Ultimate activity
  • Take input on what to work on
  • Breakout into groups to discuss specific topics like leagues, hat tournaments, governance, youth development, and communication
  • Lots more!

Open to all – Hope to see you there!!

Facebook Event — Ask questions here!

Valley Ultimate will be sending girls and boys teams to the 2017 Youth Club Championships!

Who: Valley Ultimate’s YCC program aims to serve all youth ultimate players in our region. We encourage any girl or boys in the area to come and play during the summer!

What: Valley Ultimate will send send our own girls and boys teams to participate in USA Ultimate’s Youth Club Championships in Blaine, Minnesota. According to the 2017 Youth Competition Guidelines, the age divisions participating in this national tournament will be U17 and U20. Competition divisions will include Boys’, Girls’ and Mixed. (USA Ultimate recently announced a revision and clarification of the Guidelines, including player eligibility, here.)

Where: The Youth Club Championships is a national tournament held in Blaine, Minnesota.

When: The Youth Club Championships will be held on the first or second weekend of August.

Why: Youth ultimate is growing nationally, and within our region. We believe that we have some of the best young players and organizers in the country! The Youth Club Championships is an event that will showcase our talent and character. This program exemplifies our mission to continue to expand our offerings and networking for the ultimate community in our region.

How: Valley Ultimate is committed to promoting gender equity in our sport. We will be reaching out to the young women in our region as well as organizers and coaches to make sure that our YCC program will provide the best opportunities for girls.

We are planning to send a girls team and a boys team from The Valley. We welcome players of all ages to participate! Player and community involvement will determine the age and competition division(s) in which Valley Ultimate will participate at YCCs.

If necessary, Valley Ultimate may conduct a tryout process, or facilitate player participation at YCCs in Blaine through our network of youth organizations. We are committed to supporting ANY player from our region who aspires to compete nationally at YCC’s. Some financial aid will be available!

Valley Ultimate will continue to offer summer and fall leagues for youth players of all experience levels. These leagues will connect players with our local coaching and organizational talent!

If you are a player who is interested in learning more about this opportunity, please fill out this quick survey.

If you are a parent, a coach, or interested in volunteering in any way, please fill out this quick survey.

Valley Ultimate is a registered 501(c)3 whose mission is to promote and grow the sport of ultimate in western Massachusetts and the Connecticut River Valley. For specific inquiries about Valley Ultimate’s YCC program, contact Joe Costello (joe.costello2@gmail.com) or visit ValleyUltimate.org.