AYU Blog

Springs Club Experience

We are launching a 2020 Fall Colorado Springs Club Experience that will provide players in the Springs a chance to strengthen skills, build a team culture, and gain a sense of community.  Players develop together throughout the fall, during two intense practices each week led by Peter Kiefer (University School Head Coach).  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). Register Now Contact the team director Continue reading

Cutthroat Rises Up This Summer!

In May, AYU and the Cutthroat coaches wondered what if anything to do about our traditional, summer-time Cutthroat youth club teams. In light of COVID-19 and USA Ultimate cancelations of the spring college season and the summer’s Youth Club Championships, doing nothing was a real possibility. Participant safety and compliance with the Colorado Department of Health guidance had to be the highest priorities from the beginning. With masks, social distancing, plenty of sanitizer, and other modifications, AYU decided to offer some of the country’s only USAU-sanctioned youth programming in the country. Continue reading

AYU's Commitment to Racial Equity

The Altitude Youth Ultimate board is appalled at the oppression by police of black and brown people that — while a long-standing issue in this country — has been most recently brought to light by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McCain and many others. We are also heartened by the world’s response, rising up with words and deeds to try to put a stop to unfair policing and to promote social justice. And while we find that the actions and conversations happening within the Ultimate community are particularly important and necessary, we know that words or a moment of action are not enough. Continue reading

Summer Camps Can Open June 1

The Colorado governor has given us new safety guidelines and announced that children's day camps and youth sports camps will be able to open on June 1  "I know this has been a very different school year than many students were expecting, and thanks to the success of our social distancing efforts so far, Colorado kids will be able to enjoy day camps and youth sports camps this summer in as safe a manner as possible." Governor Jared Polis said. Register for a camp today!   We expect that Denver and other cities/counties will follow the state's guidance and we feel confident that we will run MOST Camps this Summer! BUT BEWARE THAT THERE WILL LIKELY BE A 10 or 25 CAMPER MAX SO SIGN UP TODAY, SPACE WILL GO QUICK WITH THIS NEWS! Continue reading

Ultimate Social Distancing Resources

While our community is social distancing and sheltering in place to stay safe, we want to provide a space and opportunity for our community members to engage and connect with each other! Here are some resources and tips we hope will give us all a way to come closer while we're apart. Continue reading

March 16 Update: AYU and USAU Respond to COVID-19

CDC Website: COVID-19 USA Ultimate Response to COVID-19 This post will be updated frequently as this situation is quickly evolving. Please take the necessary steps personally to keep yourself and others around you healthy. March 16 Update USA Ultimate has made the decision to follow the CDC's guidance, released yesterday, to limit public gatherings for eight weeks. As a result, USA Ultimate events are being canceled or postponed through at least May 10. That includes canceling college regional championships and postponing, indefinitely, some high school state championships and the Beach Championships. AYU will be evaluating the latest updates and recommendations to make a decision on state championships.  March 13 Update USA Ultimate has announced that all USAU-sanctioned events through April 20 will be postponed or canceled.  This applies to clinics, leagues, practices, and tournaments – including coaching clinics. This means that all AYU events sanctioned through USAU will be postponed or canceled. On behalf of our entire board and staff, postponing and delaying events, shortening seasons, and other cancellations or 'pauses' is the last decision any of us wanted to make. We appreciate your understanding and commitment to this sport and the health and safety of the players and the community. The large organizations we are keeping a close eye on are: CHSAA (Colorado’s governing varsity sports’ organizers) USA Ultimate Colorado Governor's office Local School Districts  CDC and other health officials We will be taking the lead from these organizations on how to proceed following the suspension of events. We will keep posting to this page and to our social media platforms. As frustrations and disappointments elevate, please keep in mind our social responsibility to the rest of the community. It is a privilege to be strong and healthy at this time, and with privilege comes the responsibility of taking care of those not as healthy. Continue reading

Introducing AYU's new EDI Coordinator!

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. She is a teacher at Parklane Elementary in Aurora and has a mean low-release flick! She's currently playing in leagues and plans to play club this summer- say hi to her when you see her. Marissa will work closely with and be supported by the AYU EDI Taskforce and Board of Directors. Continue reading

2020 AYU Indoor Tournaments Recap

AYU was excited to host 4 great indoor hat tournaments this winter! Thank you to all players who attended and played with great spirit and enthusiasm and made these tournaments a great environment to have fun and meet new people. We had 197 high school and college players attend this year, with a total of 330 players between the 4 tournaments.  Between the tournaments in January and February, we collected 130 items of canned food to donate to the Action Center in Lakewood. Continue reading

Cutthroat Winter Clinics Recap

We want to thank all the players and coaches who participated during the Cutthroat Winter Clinics! We had over 40 players play in all kinds of weather throughout the clinics with excellent coaches leading sessions. The U20 boys finished out the clinics with a fourth-place finish at a college tournament at the Air Force Invite! Continue reading

Coaching Requirements Explained

Since USAU now requires one certified coach per high school team to compete at State Championships, we have been planning certification clinics throughout the spring to give coaches as many opportunities as possible to become certified.  We have four coaching certification clinics scheduled before the State Championships. Find the clinic that fits your schedule and location best >>> Continue reading