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.
Players develop together over the summer, during two intense practices a week with training from 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.
Our Cutthroat family includes 5 divisions:
- U15 Mixed*
- U17 Boys
- U20 Mixed*
- U20 Girls
- U20 Boys
*This year we are expanding our Cutthroat family with TWO additional divisions. We will have a U15 team and a U20 Mixed team. Our mixed team will compete in local adult club mixed tournaments here in Colorado. The U15 will not have cuts since this is a developmental opportunity. We are hoping to culminate in the U15 team at the tournament in Utah in June!
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
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 Sunday (4:30-7:30 pm) in Lakewood.
We are also providing multiple opportunities for players to develop cohesion before the Youth Club Championships! The big opportunities are:
- 6/6-6/7: Woody Memorial Tournament in Colorado Springs (Mixed)
- 6/12-6/13: Mountain Invite in Colorado Springs (HS teams and U-17)
- 6/20-6/21: Summer Solstice on CSU campus in Fort Collins (U-20 Boys, Mixed, and Girls)
- 6/27-6/28: Youth Quake in Utah (U-15, U-17, and Potentially U-20)
- 7/11-12: Colorado Cup Classic division (U-20 Boys, Mixed, and Girls)
- 8/01-8/03: Youth Club Championships in Blaine, MN with travel on 7/31 (All Cutthroat Teams)
- 9/12-12: 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.
HOW DO I TRY OUT?
Tryout dates and locations: 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.
Date and Time
|Tryout 1||Thursday, May 14, 5-8 pm||Washington Heights|
|Tryout 2||Saturday, May 16; 4-7 pm||Long Lake: West Turf|
|Tryout 3||Sunday, May 17; 4-7 pm||Long Lake: West Turf|
* Backup dates will turn into practice dates if not needed for tryouts.
The cost to participate in the three-tryouts in the series is $25 for boys and $20 for girls.
DOES IT COST MONEY?
This season the cost to participate in Cutthroat U17 Boys, U20 Boys, and U20Girls will be $650, Cutthroat Mixed and U15 costs TBD. 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