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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

AYU Middle School Club Program

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION The Spring 2021 Middle School Tournament will be held at Long Lake Regional Park on May 15, 2021.  Games will start at 9a until around 3p. We expect a total of 11 teams across two divisions - A (6 teams) & B (5 teams). Official schedules will be sent to coaches the week leading up to the tournament. We ask that players, coaches, or spectators do not attend if feeling sick.  Click here to view the guidelines we will be following for COVID-19. Denver Waldorf Player Registration AYU Club Player Registration PROGRAM OVERVIEW We had heard from multiple parents that Middle Schools had decided not to run any sports programs this spring, so AYU is launching a new local club program for local middle schoolers looking for playing opportunities throughout the front range! The program begins the week of April 5th with two “practices” per week, culminating with a club “tournament” the weekend of May 15th. Each district will at least one boys and girls teams led by a district coordinator and at least two coaches - additional coaches will be added if needed. We will try to have a total of 12 practices so there is a week "buffer" in case of weather cancelations and/or missed practices to be determined by each district coordinator. The cost will be $245 that will cover coaches, fields, USAU membership, and admin with each player to receive one disc and one AYU reversible. There will be an additional $25 for the tournament. Tournament on Saturday, May 15th Age limits:Max age 'must not turn 15 before June 1, 2021Min age must be in 5th grade this year  Continue reading

Supporting AYU

After a challenging 2020 is so many way, we will be back this year to provide as many leagues, camps, clinics, tournaments, and community programs as we can for as many kids as possible. We ask you to please support AYU's vital work by linking your King Soopers and Amazon Smile accounts and by showing your support through our Colorado ONE Team gear from Breakmark. Continue reading

2021 Campamentos de Verano para los Edades 9-15

2021 Summer Camps for Ages 7-16

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. Continue reading

Alexia McCaskill Named G.U.M. Girls Outreach Coordinator

Alexia McCaskill recently became the USA Ultimate Girls’ Outreach Coordinator (GOC) for the Boulder area. As the Boulder area GOC, McCaskill will be a resource for any coach, program, or community in the Boulder area hoping to grow girls’ participation in the sport we all love whether it be in the Mixed, Open, or Girls’ Division. McCaskill has coached mixed division and girls’ division high school teams for Boulder High School students since Spring 2014. During that time, McCaskill has watched the fantastic increase in the number of boys participating in organized Ultimate but has also witnessed what seems to be stagnation or decrease in girls entering and remaining in our sport. McCaskill would like to help our Boulder-area Ultimate community actively recruit, increase participation, and retain over time the number of girls. Continue reading

AYU and USAU Community Centered Approach to Racial Justice

Our Response to Recommendations Related to Aurora Police Violence Dear Ultimate Community, 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. It is clear that all lives can’t matter until Black Lives Matter. We as a community are committed to taking action and prioritizing work around anti-racism and inclusion, recognizing their critical role in the integrity of our sport’s culture, and we welcome your candid thoughts and involvement as we strive to create meaningful change for BIPOC communities. In response to the racist acts of violence by the Aurora Police Department – some of which made national news –  and to concerns for safety from within our community, Altitude Youth Ultimate/Colorado Ultimate recently hosted an independently moderated focus group featuring Black members of the local and national ultimate community and non-ultimate players living in Aurora, Colo. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss what USAU and AYU could do, not just to create a safe and inclusive environment for BIPOC at events hosted in Aurora and at the Aurora Sports Park, but also to actively support and engage with people in the community. After hearing recommendations from the group and having several internal conversations, USAU and AYU have put together a list of commitments to advance our progress in serving BIPOC communities. We have also provided expanded descriptions of each organization’s commitments. Continue reading