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2022 Denver/Boulder Youth Winter Indoor League!

All 6 weeks are from 10 to 11 AM this coming year ( 2022) at Foothills Sports Arena, Sundays Jan. 9th to Feb. 13th.  Ages 14 to 19. League fee is going from $115 to $120 this year. Each Sunday Morning Sports Group at the Foothills Sports Arena purchased 15 more minutes per week for easier set up and breakdown. Apologizing right away to the Boulder Crew because of the distance away, but at least there's more time to travel on Sundays. Last Winter With COVID we adjusted to Skills and Drills, and eventually got back to scrimmaging and games. It was still tons of fun. For 2022 I’m anticipating being back with 8 Full teams and a full League game schedule. If you are Fully Vaccinated- no mask is Required. To avoid getting placed on a waiting list at the last minute, I suggest getting registrations and payments mailed in ahead of time. This is League Based (non-instructional) and Co-ed.  The League fee includes a jersey and disc.  Come on out, keep the skills sharp, and have some fun!  Registrations and Med. Forms are due by December 4th, 2021! 2022 USAU memberships required! Memberships and Renewal are usually available at usaultimate.org in December for a discounted rate. Make sure you wait till 2022 USAU memberships are available before getting a membership and signing Online Waivers. (Usually in December) When: Sunday Mornings January 9th to February 13th, 2021 – 10 to 11 AM Where: Foothills Sports Arena, 3608 S. Kipling Parkway, Denver, Co. 80235 Cost: $120 - includes League Jersey & Disc  Ages: 14 to 19 Co-Ed Previous Playing Experience Recommended Games: Two 25 minute games every Sunday 5 v 5 Fields: 25 yds. By 45 Yds., Three Total Fields Required: Current USAU Membership and Online Waivers signed for 2022, and USAU Medical Authorization Forms filled out by Parents. **For USAU Memberships wait until the 2022 memberships are available (Usually December) Registrations Due December 4th, 2021 Questions: Contact  Buzz Ellsworth at 303-552-6516 or [email protected] REGISTRATION FORM MED FORM - USAU Med forms must be filled out by parents of players under 18! Everything is MAIL-IN! Continue reading

Sept. 2021 Newsletter

September 2021 Newsletter sent Sept. 22. Don't miss the next newsletter - sign up here. Ultimate has returned to action after one of the most difficult years in memory. Summer camps, local and national tournaments, our youth club teams, Cutthroat and COSmic, and re-formed adult, college and high school club teams—all make things feel more normal. Still, we want to acknowledge what we have been through together, to keep each other and our broader communities safe and healthy, and to make our organization and activities wiser and better as we move forward. In just the past few months we’ve seen laws restricting reproductive rights and voting access in Texas, as well as the Colorado Attorney General’s ruling confirming racist policing in Aurora. These are only two examples of where ultimate and the broader world intersect. (Please see these links for more information on how the Ultimate communities have reacted to these events: Texas |Aurora). Please consider the opportunities below to join us in helping grow Ultimate and making the sport an engine for a more just and equitable world. Our Altitude Board is incredibly appreciative of our community and sport! Thank you all! YouthFall Middle School PlayCongrats to YCC TeamsThanks to VolunteersDon't Miss Out on Playing OpportunitiesUpcoming events and important dates AdultPosition Openings with AYU Part-time Community Organizer Full-time Operations Manager Board Positions Youth Coaches More Links & Dates   Continue reading

Congrats to YCC Teams

Cutthroat U20 breaks seed at the Youth Club Championships in Blaine, Minnesota earlier this month finishing 6th and second in the division in Spirit rankings! Continue reading

Fall Middle School Play

The primary focus for Middle School play this fall will be school-based - check this link here for schools that historically have teams and their contacts to see if your school has a program. Also, let us know if your middle school has an ultimate team that’s looking for some fun playing time this fall - send us an email to be added to the Team Finder list to set up inter-school games/scrimmages. Continue reading

Middle School Fall Season

The primary focus for Middle School play this fall will be school-based - check this link here for schools that historically have teams and their contacts to see if your school has a program. Also, let us know if your middle school has an ultimate team that’s looking for some fun playing time this fall - send us an email to be added to the Team Finder list to set up inter-school games/scrimmages. We will be hosting a One-Day Fall Tournament coming up in November! To provide playing opportunities to kids without a school program while allowing schools to host their own practices and teams, AYU will be hosting middle school scrimmage days throughout the front range. These scrimmage days will consist of one hour of coach-led drills and skills development followed by one hour of gameplay.  Continue reading

Little Big Fridge Partnership

Feed.Serve.Connect OR Sandwiches, Serving, Fridges, OH MY!  We invite you to join Little Big Fridge this Summer by volunteering to make sack lunches to stock our fridges or serve a meal  Little Big Fridge is a community fridge project in the Denver Metro area that is passionate about helping the community by stocking fridges full of free food supplied by volunteersSign up on the Little Big Fridge Website here:  https://www.littlebigfridge.com/volunteer Continue reading

New Mask Protocols

USA Ultimate recently issued their new mask protocols based on the latest guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the increasingly positive direction of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. Their guidelines are designed to address two primary types of events – local tournaments and events, in which participants are residents of the same state, and national-level tournaments, which include participants from multiple states. Continue reading

Aurora Colorado Progress

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. We want to center our commitment to our BIPOC community (both local and ultimate) as we return to play in Aurora, Colorado. We also want to uplift the recommendations of a task force of Black players and Aurora community members- it is these recommendations that are informing how we are holding tournaments. This also provides you, our community, with the ability to hold us and USAU accountable to our commitments.   Continue reading

Cutthroat Tryouts Updates

We invite you to sign up today to try out for Cutthroat 2021! Tryouts start this Sunday, May 16th!  REGISTER FOR TRYOUTS Colorado Cutthroat is Colorado's premier youth ultimate club program. These teams represent Colorado at the National and regional levels. Players build strong bonds with leaders on other local teams and develop the skills they need to compete at the highest levels of the sport.  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 the sidelines, and more (full list of protocols). 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. REGISTER FOR TRYOUTS 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 Contact Cutthroat Director WHAT IS YCC? Youth Club Championships (YCC) is a national tournament that takes place in early August in Minnesota. Participating cities each send a boys’, girls’, and mixed team.  WHY IS YCC AWESOME? Playing for one of Colorado’s YCC teams is an incredible experience. You get to play alongside some of the best youth Ultimate players from around the Denver/Boulder metro area. The coaching corps are highly experienced, passionate, and dedicated (and most of ‘em still play ultimate pretty darn well, too). The tournament itself is an amazing experience to play high-level ultimate with and against youth from all over the country. DO WE PRACTICE? To prepare for the high level of competition, we practice Thursdays (6 pm-dark) in Lakewood and Sundays (4-7 pm) in Lakewood.   U20 Boys U20 Girls U20 Mixed U17 Boys U15 Tuesdays6-dark         Harvey Park Thursdays6-dark Wash Heights   Wash Heights   Wash Heights Sundays4-7pm Wash Heights Monthly Scrimmages Wash Heights TBD   We are also providing multiple opportunities for players to develop cohesion before the Youth Club Championships! The big opportunities are: 6/19-6/20: Summer Solstice at Stenger Soccer Complex in Arvada (U-20 Boys, Mixed, and Girls) 7/10-11: Colorado Cup Classic division (U-20 Boys, Mixed, and Girls) 8/07-8/09: Youth Club Championships in Blaine, MN with travel on 7/31 (Girls, U20 Boys, and U17 Boys) Date TBD: Club Sectionals (U-20 Mixed and Boys)* * Practices between YCC and Club sectionals (2 months) will be once a week on Sundays Also, most YCC team members play in the Denver or Boulder Youth League. 2021 CUTTHROAT TRYOUT DATES This is a tryout series, and players are expected to make all tryouts (unless excused by Coach Hannah). This allows coaches to get the most well-rounded look at players' skills and abilities. Location: Location has changed- we will be at Washington Heights for all events (tryouts and practices) U17 Update: Currently we are lacking in numbers. Please invite friends you want to play with. We will likely not be doing tryouts- this is a great opportunity to develop your skills and get to know players on other teams! Girls: Currently numbers are lacking. We will be having monthly clinics (more info to come!). Read more about our mixed team below!  Mixed: We will be having a mixed team with awesome coaches, Ari Nelson and Thomas Echols.  U15 Fry: With U17 delayed, we will plan to just to straight into our first official practice on Thursday, May 27th, 6 pm at Washington Heights Park. Fry's head coach will be Cruz Alvarez-Machado. Practices will be Tuesdays at Harvey Park and Thursdays at Wash Heights at 6 pm.  FOR U20 Boys Tryouts on Sunday (all others are delayed… read above) Remember- tryouts are at Washington Heights Park (6375 W 1st Ave., Lakewood)... seriously, Wash Heights (park in the gravel lot near the art center) Be cleated and ready to run by 4 pm  REGISTER FOR TRYOUTS DOES IT COST MONEY? This season the cost to participate in Cutthroat U17 Boys, U20 Boys, and U20 Girls will be $650, Cutthroat Mixed and U15 costs $350. The bulk of this cost comes from travel expenses and lodging for our three traveling tournaments and the cost of fields. 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. Also, this year we are partnering with Sports Refund, a low-cost sports fee insurance that reimburses your registration fees if your athlete becomes injured or sick and can’t play. Sports Refund coverage: Reimburses 100% of registration fees for time lost Includes athletes diagnosed with COVID-19 Extends both on and off the court Relieves pressure on your child to hide or downplay injuries Has fast, easy sign-up and simple, stress-free claims The best part? Sports Refund’s individual rate is just 4.25% of fees, providing low-risk peace of mind for your family. If they can’t play, you don’t pay. It’s that simple. To learn more or sign up for Sports Refund Contact Cutthroat Director Continue reading


All COVID19 Distancing and Mask Guidelines will be in place! -Dates and times for Denver and Boulder (Age 14 to 19) Youth Summer leagues are as follows:  Denver- Tuesday Nights at Daniel Schaefer Athletic Complex 9750 W. Hampden Ave. Denver, Co. 80235 June 8th to July 27th.The games start at 7 PM. Cost $110. Registration Due May 15th. Registration Form for Denver Boulder-   JUNE  9th to July 28th. Games start at 7 PM The Four JUNE Wednesday Nights will be at Manhattan School of the Arts 290 Manhattan Drive Boulder, CO 80303 The Four July Wednesday Nights are at Platt Middle School 6096 Baseline Rd. Boulder, Co. 80303 Registration Form for Boulder Cost: $110. Registration Due May 15th. If a Player wants to Register for Both U19 Leagues the Total cost is $155.  Info, Registrations, and USAU Medical Authorization forms can be obtained by contacting Buzz at [email protected], Medical Authorization Form                                      Continue reading