Hamilton Ultimate Frisbee - Fall 2014 Information Letter
Welcome to the Hawks Ultimate program!
Practice Days - CHANGE
Because of School District athletic registration procedures, our practices cannot start until after Wed, Sept. 24. Team Placement practices will be held on Thursday, Sept 25 and Friday, Sept 26. We encourage all students to attend both days if possible. Because of the late notice, we won't require participation to both practices, but it will help us with placement if we can see all players on both these days.
SPS Registration Packet
Priority for Acceptance
The 2014 season will have a program size cap in order to improve the experience of participating players.
We are all very excited for the Ultimate program here at Hamilton. It's been a great success! But sadly we are being overwhelmed by it's popularity. It's heartbreaking to exclude any kids, but we simply don't have enough field space (or coaches) to accommodate everyone. We as coaches also have come to understand that a team with too many players is a very difficult and frustrating experience for everyone. Play time becomes very limited, in practices and especially in games. It can be very frustrating for players. For all these reasons we have instituted a program size cap in order to improve the experience of participating players.
We've had a huge response from 6th graders, and unfortunately, many will not be able to play this Fall. Starting this past Spring, we decided that first priority goes to the older grades. Remember that Ultimate at HIMS is a two season sport. We will give Spring League priority to those students who are not selected to play in the Fall League. We will do everything we can to make sure that everyone who wants to play HIMS Ultimate will have a chance during either the Spring or Fall Leagues.
In our haste to get the registration process started last week, there was some confusion created about our selection process. The priority criteria was described differently in different media. Through conversations between our coaches, our Parent Admin Team, and HIMS administration, we've reached a consensus on our priority criteria. Our primary criteria is Grade Level. If we can accommodate all of the 7th and 8th graders, then we will do that first. We feel that if we are consistent with this over time, all kids will get a lot of Ultimate experience as they progress through HIMS. The remaining 6th graders will be selected randomly, with the goal of having a 50% split of boys and girls (because of Title IX considerations). If there are fewer than 50% girls, we will fill the rest of the team with boys from the random list.
We have dropped the priority criteria based on: a) order of online registrations received; and b) completed registration packets submitted. We felt that this could skew an advantage towards things like access to the internet, or a kid bringing home the registration packet before others, or a timely doctors appointment. We still are insisting that completed registration packets be submitted and approved by the HIMS office by Thursday, Sept 25.
Unlike many other team sports, we've chosen not to select participants based on skill. So, no tryouts. We believe that Ultimate is more of a sports community that stresses fun competition, fair play, and "Spirit of the Game". Once selected, players will be placed on a team based on skill level and practice day availability.
Participation is Critical
We expect players to participate at each practice and most games. If you think that your player may need to miss practices because of other commitments, then please consider withdrawing your registration for the Fall and try again in the Spring. We will maintain your priority for Spring League.
The Middle School division will be held at Skagit River Park in Burlington on Sunday, November 2nd. More on this later.
GAMES (Oct 4th-Nov 22nd)
We do not want transportation to be a barrier to access, so if this affects your child’s ability to participate, please let our Parent Admin Team know! (contact info below)
UNTIL ALL PAPERWORK IS TURNED IN, PLAYERS MAY NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICES OR GAMES!
Please let us know if you have any questions. Thanks!
Parent Admin Team
Amanda, Ted, & Steve
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