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 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.
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-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.
2020 CUTTHROAT TRYOUTS POSTPONED
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?
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