Acceptance Criteria

Acceptance Into Our Program

Ultimate prides itself on its focus on community and "Spirit of the Game". We will always put our greatest emphasis on sportsmanship, inclusion, community, and a commitment to learning the game and becoming a better player and teammate while adhering to these principles. We will accept players into the program based on their commitment to the sport and their teammates, their citizenship and contribution to the "Spirit of the Game". This season, game and disc skills will also be a contributing factor in acceptance into the program. We will rank players based on basic disc skills, quickness and speed, field awareness, experience, and knowledge of the game.

Below is our list of Acceptance Criteria. This list is in our primary order of preference, though for some players, one thing may be weighted more than for others. For example, a player who has previously been committed to the program at Hamilton for years, is a recognized leader, and has an understanding and commitment to the "Spirit of the Game" may rank higher than a player who is simply a strong and accomplished athlete.
  • Commitment to "Spirit of the Game", our ultimate community, and being a good citizen and teammate.
  • Participation and Availability
    • All players are expected to participate in all practices and all games, though a very limited number of excused absences is acceptable.
    • If you think your child may need to miss practices because of other commitments, then please consider withdrawing your registration for the Fall and try again in the Spring, or explore some of the other options listed below.
    • We will attempt to accommodate players/family schedules regarding team placement, but not at the expense of other players who meet or exceed the above criteria. While we will ask parents for a preferred day to practice, we offer no guarantee that we can place your child on a team on your preferred day.
  • Skills and Knowledge of the Game. Players will be rated based on:
    • Willingness to learn and accept instruction.
    • Field awareness and player safety.
    • Disc skills.
    • Speed, quickness, and general athletic ability or aptitude.
    • Knowledge of the game, including rules, terms, and offensive and defensive strategy.
    • Experience with the game of ultimate or other field sports.
Note: there is no fee for Fall Ultimate as it is an SPS sport.

Options for Students who are not selected into the HIMS Fall Ultimate Program

While we invite all students to tryout for ultimate at HIMS, and we hope that ultimate will become a part of their life, playing on a Middle School team may not be your child's best introduction to the game. Middle School ultimate in Seattle has become a very competitive sport over the years. Because of increased interest at HIMS, and more students entering Middle School with a couple years of ultimate already under their belts, acceptance into our program is also very competitive. We encourage you to seriously consider whether HIMS Fall Ultimate is right for your child. For example, our club offers a slightly less competitive program in the Spring (meaning, we have fewer students who participate). And while Fall Ultimate has historically been able to accept students who are either new to the game, or are new to organized team sports, this season we will be more selective. To be clear: interest, enthusiasm, commitment and "Spirit of the Game" are very important to us. Paramount, in fact. We truly aren't looking only for the natural and gifted athletes. We want kids who want to play Ultimate! But we don't have room for students who are simply applying to acquire a PE waiver. We expect a lot from players in our program.

Now.. that said.. WE NEED MORE GIRLS!

Our program is co-ed, and we have a set amount of open slots for both boys and girls. Historically we have typically not filled the maximum amount of girls on our teams. Because of this, we will likely be able to accept all female registrants into our program (so long as the student meets our Acceptance Criteria). Please forward this website link to any girls who you think might enjoy joining our program!
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