Anne Pogoriler published Middle School 2021 Fall Scrimmage Days info in Middle School 2021-08-16 10:07:29 -0600
The primary focus for Middle School play this fall will be school-based, yet AYU will be hosting middle school scrimmage days throughout the front range. This will provide offer playing opportunities to anyone without a school program while allowing schools to host their own practices and teams. These scrimmage days will consist of one hour of coach-led drills and skills development followed by one hour of gameplay.
We expect to host these scrimmages at various parks in the following areas: Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver - East (City Park), & Fort Collins. We will also host a learn-to-play league in the Aurora area throughout the fall. We will also look to provide clinics or informal playing opportunities in other areas.
Scrimmages will begin the weekend of Sept. 18th and will go through Oct. 30th (expected six weeks of play so there is one week buffer in case of weather cancelations).
There will then be a middle school tournament the weekend of Nov. 6th - we anticipate teams at the tournament will consist of schools with their own programs or teams made up of players from the scrimmages who do not attend a school with an Ultimate program.
Depending on numbers, players will be to divide up to play with similar grades (5th/6th graders & 7th/8th graders together). We also will plan to host a girls scrimmage at each location as well!
Who: 5th-8th graders (boys and girls)
Cost: $145 for all seven weeks to cover coaches, fields, USAU Youth Player Affiliate Membership, administration, discs, etc. - $25 per session.
When: Saturdays* from 9:30a-11:30a, Sept. 18th through Oct. 30th (6 sessions with one extra week in case of weather)
*Boulder area will alternate Saturdays and Sundays and Sundays will be from 11a-1p.
**Colorado Springs will start Sept. 25th
What: 2 hour weekly sessions with one hour of skills and drills and one hour of scrimmages
Colorado Springs: Nancy Lewis Park
Denver (East): City Parks
Fort Collins: City Park
Coaches: led by AYU Club Coaches and local club players - looking for High School players to also assist in coaching (contact Jimmy if interested in coaching). All coaches will have a current NSCI background check and SafeSport certification.
Boulder: Anshu, Tina, & Woody
Colorado Springs: Ray Palazzo
Denver (East): Kyle Mullin & Rachel Stockdale
Fort Collins: Miranda Markland
** Do you have a 4th grader looking to play? Contact Middle School Coordinator with their playing experience and we'll determine if they should join a group.
If your school is interested in starting a team, or your child would like to join a team, please contact the Middle School Coordinator for more information.
We are also looking to host PE class takeovers or afterschool programs at school - let us know if you'd like us to come to your school!
Altitude Youth Ultimate (AYU) seeks to create a welcoming environment where participants of all backgrounds and identities feel comfortable bringing their full selves to all of our events. We recognize the importance of having our Ultimate community reflect all members of our Colorado community, and to prioritize breaking down barriers for marginalized groups for whom access has not historically been equitable.
AYU acknowledges that this will not be an easy task, and that we may make mistakes. Nevertheless, we commit to pushing ourselves to put diversity, equity, and inclusion at the core of our operations, while being a progressive force in society to promote these values.
AYU'S EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION MISSION
To realize our vision of an Ultimate community that represents and welcomes all people, AYU is dedicated to committing significant time, people and funding. Our goal is to provide more access to our sport within racially and ethnically diverse communities, and to raise awareness of DEI issues among members of our existing community.
Toward that end, we will establish, measure and evaluate annual goals within the following broad areas:
Education. We will educate ourselves and provide opportunities for our community to be educated about issues around equity, diversity and inclusion. We will foster opportunities and conditions to learn and grow together. We will be open to dialogue and feedback from the community.
Support. Our Board will center equity, diversity and inclusion in our decisions and conversations. We will work to support all members of our community by seeking out diverse voices and actively including people from historically marginalized backgrounds. As a part of this, we will dedicate significant money and resources to providing scholarships and affordable pricing for players for whom cost is a barrier.
Programs. We will create new or expanded programs in and for traditionally underrepresented communities, based on the needs and wishes of the community. To do this, we will develop and foster partnerships within the communities so that they can inform our practices.
Transparency. We will be transparent and accountable to all members of our community and to all our member communities. This means that we will solicit feedback, empower our EDI Task Force to highlight inequities and blindspots, build community partnerships, and show how we are spending our funding.
AYU DEI Updates
An partial list of completed goals to date includes:
- Created camps focused on Girls and Spanish-Speakers
- Translating some website pages and forms into Spanish (and paid community members for their work)
- Created cultural competency trainings (we've trained both local and national ultimate leaders)
- Developing relationships with local community advisors - we have someone in the NE Denver area who is a Black community organizer, we have someone in the Pueblo area who is on the school board and will support us working with Pueblo kids of color
- We have a paid EDI Community Engagement Specialist who is working to build relationships (recently this person transitioned out of this role, we will be seeking to replace them soon)
- Publicly condemned racist police violence with Aurora city organizations, met with Visit Aurora, other city leaders and community members, and convened a panel of BIPOC members of the Ultimate community to coordinate on a productive path forward
- AYU Board did a training with an DEI consultant and integrated DEI objectives into our strategic planning
From the Blog
Introducing AYU's new EDI Coordinator!
March 14, 2020
We would like to introduce Marissa Torres, AYU’s new EDI Coordinator. Marissa will be responsible for developing a relationship with community partners and fostering youth Ultimate in racially diverse and historically marginalized communities in Denver. Read More
Our Response to Recommendations Related to Aurora Police Violence
November 19, 2020
Earlier this summer, USA Ultimate, Altitude Youth Ultimate and other local disc organizations around the country stood in solidarity with Black members of the ultimate community in denouncing the police violence and systemic racism that has afflicted the Black community for centuries and continues to marginalize them to this day. Read more
Aurora Colorado Progress
May 21, 2021
As we move into a more safe and vaccinated reality, and likely tournament season, we want to make sure that the lessons we've been learning from Black Lives Matter and our commitment to racial equity do not get forgotten. Read More
Anne Pogoriler published Middle School Program Coordinator and Coach Bios in 2021 Summer Camps for Ages 7 - 16 2021-05-04 19:10:28 -0600
FORT COLLINS AREA
Daniel Sponaugle - District Coordinator
Though I have played organized ultimate for about 8 years, I have never been on a team with a coach—with the exception of a few practices with Indianapolis AlleyCats, a highlight of my career. Most of my experiences have been on new teams - both open and mixed, including the mixed club team Ouzel most recently - that I’ve helped start and/or captain which has generally made me one of the “coaches.” That being said I look forward to helping coordinate and coach these teams in a more official role and working to create a great playing experience for all.
Courtney first fell in love with ultimate frisbee at a local summer camp. She played during college with Sideshow at the University of Delaware. More recently, Courtney has played on Trainwreck (Fort Collins women’s club team), Hoarse ‘n Draggin (Fort Collins masters team), and captained Ouzel (Fort Collins mixed club team). Courtney is an educator at heart, and is excited to share her love of ultimate frisbee with youth players.
I grew up in Fort Collins, but didn’t start playing ultimate until the summer before 8th grade with my dad and a few of my friends using a small dog disc. I was immediately hooked, so I formed an ultimate club with my friends at Preston Middle School. We played every day during lunch and a couple days after school (with a real ultimate disc this time) and loved every minute. My high school didn’t have an ultimate team at the time, so some friends and I recruited all around the school to form the Fossil Ridge Phantoms, the first high school ultimate team in Fort Collins in a long time. I acted as captain/coach, and we competed competitively all across the front range, welcoming onto our team anyone with an interest in playing ultimate!
Nowadays, I am a sophomore on Hibida, the CSU club ultimate team, as well as a founding player of Ouzel, one of the Fort Collins mixed club teams. I am also a regular participant in the FC Ultimate seasonal leagues, which I have been playing in since 2016.
I love everything to do with Frisbees, and during the pandemic have been playing a lot of disc golf, as well as working at The Wright Life, the local Frisbee and alternative sports store in old town. Ultimate is my true love though – and I am excited to be a part of its return!
Dylan Latham McGraw
I got my start with ultimate junior year of high school at Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto, California. I have been playing for 6 years now and I have gotten experience playing at the high school, YCC, D1 college, and Select Flight level of club. I have also assistant coached for one summer with the Bay Area YCC team, Red Dawn.
Anshu Boonapalli - District Coordinator
I have played lot of league and pickup games in Boulder area (off/on since 2000 and regularly since 2010). My club experience is only at the Grand Masters level where I have been playing with the Bighorn team since 2015.
My coaching experience includes GRUPY (for elementary/middle school kids), helping as a coach at a few AYU/GRUPY organized camps, coaching Summit Middle School's 6th grade team at 2019 state tournament finals, a couple of ultimate introductory sessions at my kids' elementary school, and informal coaching as a captain of numerous GRU league teams.
Colorado Springs Area
Peter Kiefer - District Coordinator
Peter Kiefer is the guy shamelessly wearing Marvel pajama pants at every Ultimate tournament acting all intense (yes... he is something of an oxymoron). With coaching as his lifeblood and mentorship as a personal tenet, Peter is committed to developing youth in exceptional character through the sport of Ultimate. Having played Ultimate for 13 years, captained multiple teams, and coached for 6 years, his primary focus these days is growing the Ultimate community in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas.If you're a parent like Peter that wants your kids to grow into high-character individuals, then consider emailing him at [email protected] to see how your family can get involved in Ultimate!And if you're a passionate coach who's looking for a helping hand in building, launching and growing an Ultimate program - or simply want to get more involved in what already exists - you can also email Peter at [email protected] to see how he can help!
Ali has been playing ultimate for over ten years. She has worked with CSUN helping run leagues and clinics for several years and helped coach CC one year. She is excited to help develop Colorado Springs youth ultimate!
Jeff Berget - District Coordinator
Jeff started playing Ultimate at Overland HS in ‘96. He attended Colorado School of Mines and started the team there in‘97. After college he played on teams including Sack Lunch, Johnny Bravo and Mesteño and most recently played with Johnny Encore (who won a Bronze medals in the 2014 and 2018 World Games and a National Title in 2017 ) and now currently on Johnny Walker (Won Gold in the Pan Am games in 2019). He has worked in the Colorado Youth Ultimate scene since 2001 and Coached Lakewood HS from 2001 to 2006 (two state titles), several seasons of YCC coaching, and has been running the state championship tournaments (fall and spring) for over 20 years. Jeff has most recently taken over organizing and running the Summer Camp Program (since 2018) and has been helping run and grow the Middle School community (since 2018). He is currently running the McAuliffe MS Ultimate Program where his two children attend.
Megan Ives (she/her) has been playing Ultimate since her high school days at Lakewood High School. She went on to play for and captain the University of Colorado Boulder women's team, and helped lead the team to a semifinal finish in 2017. Ives now plays for Molly Brown while living in Denver, and has coached intermittently at several clinics over the years, and most recently in an informal after-school program at Skinner Middle School in NW Denver while she was completing an Americorps program. She is excited to bring her love for the game and energetic personality to the AYU Middle School Club program.
Thomas EcholsI played at LSU for 5 years then moved to Minneapolis and played for Sub Zero the past 2 seasons. For coaching, I coached Catholic High in Baton Rouge (won a high school national championship) for 3 years then coached the LSU Women's team for a year. I had a brief stint of coaching Hopkins High School out of Minneapolis before moving to Denver and coaching Denver East. I am also an owner of CUT Camp and have been coaching there for 6 years.
I am a long time player and educator who has been coaching ultimate for about 7 seasons. Most recently, I've coached the D'Evelyn High School Boys and Mixed Teams, and I am very excited to launch a ladies ultimate program this spring. My coaching philosophy is steeped in mindfulness, spirit of the game, and hard-work. Player development doesn't happen in a vacuum, so adding depth and context to every aspect of the game is a major focus for me. Ultimate has given me so much on and off the field, I consider it an honor to give back to the community. There is no better way to learn, or teach, ultimate than these week-long immersive camps. I coach ultimate because I love it.
Started Playing: 1989
Teams Played for: D.U.F (Florida State Univ.). Various Phoenix teams, Johnny Bravo-Encore-Walker, Misc Coed Teams.
Coaching: 1998-2014 Broomfield H.S. Middle School Basketball 2000-2012, YCC Girls (The Brenna Year) YCC U17 2017. USA Summer Camp Director 2014-present.
There is no other sport that combines the Intensity, grace, skill, speed, accountability and freedom of Ultimate. To not expose succeeding generations to this game would be wrong. Kind of like how disappointing it was that Luke refused to give Rey the proper instruction in what the force was all about. Camps are growing and evolving at a fantastic pace. It is super exciting to envision the possibilities of larger groups learning at a faster pace from increasingly accomplished counselors. I can't wait to see what the next generation brings to this game!
I’ve played ultimate for 8 years here in Colorado, including high school, college, and club. I’ve coached the Jazz Ultimate program for 3 years, and have been helping lead summer camps on and off for the past 5 years. My favorite part of ultimate is teaching others and sharing the fun!
Anne Pogoriler published 2021 Campamentos de Verano para los Edades 9-15 - Altitude Youth Ultimate in Blog 2021-01-13 16:16:51 -0700
Come learn to play one of the fastest-growing field sports in America. Quality Ultimate Frisbee summer camp programs for both experienced players and youth athletes new to the sport.Read more
We are excited to return to play and are sure you are too! We want to assure you that getting back to the fun will not come at the expense of safety. We have undertaken a rigorous "Return to Play Safely" protocol to increase the safety of all players, coaches, and families. These vigorous safety precautions include enhanced sanitation of equipment, program modifications to reduce close contact, social distancing on sidelines, and more (full list of protocols below).
With these protocols in place and approval from government and health officials, we are offering a modified Colorado Cutthroat experience running from July through August (8 weeks) that will provide players the chance to strengthen skills, build team culture, and gain a sense of community.
Players develop together over the summer, during an intense practice each week led by expert coaches around Colorado. On top of training players to excel in knowledge, skills, and Spirit of the Game, coaches also teach Character Development based on the Cutthroat Code: Character, Community, and Competition.
Teams that we'll be hosting in this summer program:
- U17 Boys
- U20 Girls
- U20 Boys
Colorado Cutthroat is based on 3 tenets:
- Character: Cutthroat players treat ourselves, our teammates, our opponents, our coaches, and all others with respect. We hold ourselves to high spirit of the game standards as teams and individuals, and work to represent ourselves, our team, and our state in the most positive light.
- Community: Cutthroat is a close and caring community. We take care of each other, emotionally and physically. We work to bring new members into our community and support the development of everyone within our community.
- Competition: As the elite youth club team, we are competitive. Regardless of who we play or what the score, we are constantly pushing ourselves and our teammates to play as competitively as possible
THE GAME PLAN
This modified Cutthroat experience includes:
- Weekly practices every Thursday starting July 9th from 6pm to dark at South Sheridan Park in Lakewood.
- Cutthroat Neckie
- High-Level coaching from coaches from the local community.
- We are hoping to partner with local club teams or colleges to set up scrimmages and higher level of competition. *this is not a guarantee but a hope
- Access to AYU’s 6-Week Mind, Body, Ultimate Training Program to prepare to return to play (access starting June 21).
More about the 6-Week Mind, Body, Ultimate Training Progam
This program will help you to elevate your game and become the most complete player you can be. It brings together three of the best mind, body, and ultimate experts in the game to bring you an intensive 6-week program.
You get access to the following:
- Functional Performance Training by Tim Morrill from Morrill Performance.
- Mental Skills Training by Piers Kowalski from Performance Colorado.
- Ultimate Skills Training by USA National Team, former Molly Brown Coach, and current Johnny Bravo Coach, Joe Durst.
DOES IT COST MONEY?
The cost for this modified experience to participate in Cutthroat U17 Boys, U20 Boys, and U20 Girls will be $300. The bulk of this cost includes competitive coaches' pay, cost of fields, and swag items.
For our college kids who won't be able to be with us through August, we will pro-rate your amount. Please pay $150 and we will collect the rest once you tell us when you leave.
AYU believes that all players should have access to participate, and there are opportunities to apply for financial aid. If you need this, please make sure to note this in your registration!
We will be following the Governor's guidelines for youth sports camps which will include:
All participants and staff must follow the CDC good hygiene practices:
- Use hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, or no-rinse soap.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
- Limit camp sizes to 25 kids or number based on facility/county guidelines.
- Campers will NOT participate if they feel under the weather, sick, or have come in contact with someone that may be sick.
- No sharing of water bottles between campers.
- All participants must pass a health screen before they are allowed to play.
- Alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) will be provided for all participants to use regularly throughout the event or program.
- All participants and staff are required to use a face covering (i.e. mask, a bandana, or other material covering mouth and nose) as much as possible.
- All players, coaches, staff, independent contractors, and spectators should practice social distancing of 6 ft. wherever possible and activities that are not conducive to the required 6 feet of physical distancing will be limited throughout the day.
- Discs and frequently touched objects and surfaces will be DISINFECTED regularly.
- Players participate at their own risk and a waiver must be signed by all participants and guardians when necessary.
- Player equipment will be spaced accordingly to prevent close contact.
- Coaches and staff will not attend if they are not feeling well or have come in contact with someone that may be sick.
- No Handshakes or group celebrations and spirit circles
- Campers with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or other communicable illnesses will be sent home with a recommendation to get tested immediately and adhere to isolation and exclusion requirements.
- AYU or coaches hold the right to make decisions for the overall health of participants, including the right to remove players showing symptoms or not following safety protocols.
Anne Pogoriler published 6-Week Mind, Body, Ultimate Program Registration in 6-Week Mind, Body, Ultimate Program 2020-05-12 14:52:50 -0600
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