Fall 2020

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Hawks Ultimate at Hamilton International Middle School

Welcome to Hamilton Hawks Ultimate!
This website will be your primary source of information about the ultimate program at Hamilton International Middle School (HIMS). Please bookmark this site, come back often, and use it as a reference for information regarding ultimate at HIMS.

Fall Ultimate at HIMS is a sanctioned sport run by the Seattle Public Schools and governed by the policies of the Seattle Public Schools, Hamilton International Middle School, DiscNW, and the Hawks Ultimate Club. The fall league is administered and scheduled by DiscNW.

Find out more here at DiscNW: Fall Public Middle School League

Acceptance into the Ultimate Program
We are all very excited about the Ultimate program here at HIMS. It's been a great success! But we are overwhelmed by its popularity. It's heartbreaking to exclude any kids, but we don't have enough practice field space or coaches to accommodate everyone. We've come to understand that a team with too many players creates a difficult and frustrating environment. Play time becomes very limited, in practices and especially in games, and it can be a very frustrating experience for players and coaches. Because of this we have instituted a program size cap in order to improve the experience of participating players. We do everything we can to accommodate as many players as possible
with our limited resources.

Team Numbers Cap
  • We will have a target of 21 players per team.
  • All teams will be co-ed and will balance genders so as to adhere to the standard established by DiscNW for all youth leagues:
    • DiscNW’s gender maximum rule requires each team to play each point with no more than four players who identify as the same gender. If you cannot do so, you will have to play down unless otherwise discussed with your opponent according to the Captain’s Clause.
    • The gender a player identifies with is considered that player’s gender.  Please refer to DiscNW’s Gender Inclusion Policy for more information. 
  • We intend to field five teams this season. With more coaches and practice field space, we may be able to field six teams.
Acceptance Criteria
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". 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.
  • 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
  • and... WE NEED MORE GIRLS!

More Information about the Fall Ultimate Program

Academic Standards
    • From the HIMS website: Player eligibility will be based on a 2.0 average for all classes with no more than one core subject (math, reading, writing, social studies, or science) having a sub-2.0 grade at any time.
      • HIMS automatically assesses player eligibility on a weekly basis.  The school athletic director will notify any players who are not meeting criteria and their coaches. Students who are not academically eligible cannot play in games that week, but can still participate in practice. Hamilton school staff will work with those students to set up an academic plan to get back on track. 

      Discipline policy 

      For the most part, we are very lucky to have a crew of dedicated and respectful players, but sometimes middle schoolers will be middle schoolers. When those actions are repeatedly causing disruptions that prevent their teammates from participating and improving, coaches have to take action beyond the typical corrections (e.g., pay attention, extra laps).

      Hamilton Ultimate follows a two warning policy. Repeated interruptions will be followed by a one-on-one discussion with coaches and the player, where we will explain specifically what the player needs to improve. That is their first warning. If the behavior continues, a discussion between coaches and the player's parents is the second warning. Finally if the behavior persists, the player will be cut from the team. Players were told about this at their first practice, but wanted to make sure parents are aware of policy. It is rare that we get to even the second warning.

      PE Waivers

      Students who do not enroll in a PE class at HIMS are required to complete at least 60 hours of organized athletic activity during the school year. Students are required to submit a PE Waiver to the HIMS Office, stating their plan for organized athletic activity.

      • More info about the PE Waiver at HIMS (will update when the 2019 page is out)
      • PE Waiver forms are obtained from and submitted to the HIMS Office.
      • Do not to submit PE Waiver forms to athletic coaches.
      • All families who need a PE Waiver are required to submit the PE Waiver form.
        • For students participating in school sports, a separate cover letter from the coach/team is not required. Each school athletic program will submit the entire roster, along with verification of participation and number of hours.
      • Estimated PE Waiver hours: 50 hours.

      • Practices
        • Players are responsible for getting themselves to and from practice. For practices at Green Lake playfields, players can take the public bus or bike – more information will be provided prior to the first practice...
      • Game Days
        • Players must have their own transportation to games.
        • If we can, we will enlist a parent to organize a game-day carpool system.
        • If you would like to be our Carpool Coordinator, please email us at hamiltonhawksultimate@gmail.com.

      • Fall Drizzle: This is a one-day middle school tournament held in early Nov. More details as they are announced.
      Equipment / Jerseys
      • Footwear: Soccer or football cleats are highly recommended.
      • Clothing: Shorts or athletic pants, a synthetic athletic shirt, and warm/rain layers.
      • Jerseys: Players will be provided a Hamilton Ultimate jersey. These are the property of HIMS and must be returned at the end of the season.
        •  Players who own a Hamilton Ultimate jersey from a previous season may use that jersey. 

      Remember: Players may not participate in tryouts, practices, or games until all SPS Athletic Registration requirements are submitted to the HIMS Office and approved!

      If you have any questions, please email us at hamiltonhawksultimate@gmail.com