Club Ultimate is an opportunity available to players who would like to continue playing beyond the 2019 spring season into the summer! The state of Oregon is organizing a series of Youth Club Teams, consisting of players from around the state, that will compete in the Youth Club Championships series in Minnesota this August. Everyone on any team is welcome to try out and participate!
USA Ultimate’s Youth Club Championships, or YCCs, has been the pinnacle of youth Ultimate every season since their inaugural year in 2010. YCCs brings together elite level teams from across the country to compete. Oregon has a strong history of sending teams to represent the state at YCCs, most recently with Oregon Eruption taking 2nd in the U17 Boys Division, and Oregon Flood placing 9th in the U20 Mixed Division.
This year, we are looking for competitive youth players ages 14 to 19 to compete on one of three YCC teams representing Oregon. YCC tryouts are an opportunity for learning as well as a selection process.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with “club” sports, these are youth teams, organized by age group (U17 and U20) consisting of players from across the state, regardless of the high school you go to. Due to the sparseness of Oregon’s Ultimate playing population, the club teams this year will draw upon players from all over Oregon, and practice at rotating locations (1-2 practices per month on weekends).
There are three different teams you could play for, depending on your age:
Eruption U17 Boys team: This is an all-boys team. Only players who do not turn 17 at any point in 2019 are eligible for this team. Born in 2003 or later.
Downpour U20 Girls team: This is an all-girls team. Only players who do not turn 20 at any point in 2019 are eligible for this team. Born in 2001 or later.
Avalanche U20 Boys team: This is an all-boys team. Only players who do not turn 20 at any point in 2019 are eligible for this team. Born in 2001 or later.
OYU is committed to hiring certified, experienced and passionate coaches to help our youth achieve the most they can. Our coaches will facilitate an environment that promotes the spirit of the game, individual player development, and a love for the sport of Ultimate. Head coaches for 2019 are:
Eruption! – Jay Cohen, Michael Glass, Nancy Glass
Downpour – Russell Arkin, Brian Linkfield, Dara Linkfield
Avalanche – Michael Knapp, Cliff Marhoefer, Caleb Campbell
- U17: Freshman and some Sophomores born in 2003 or later (which means they will be under the age of 17 for the entirety of 2019)
- U20: Seniors, Juniors, and some Sophomores born in 2001 or earlier (which means they will be under the age of 20 for the entirety of 2019)
Tryout locations, dates, and times
March 2: Eugene • 12pm – 4pm at three different locations
April 6: Bend • 4pm – 7pm at Pine Nursery Park
April 21: Portland • 1pm – 5pm at Lents Park in SE Portland
Selected players are responsible for all the associated costs of participation. Players should expect to pay for their own flight to Blaine, Minnesota, plus a season fee, currently estimated at $525, which includes:
• High-quality uniforms
• YCC team/player fees
• Practice fields
• Transportation to/from airport/hotel
• 4 nights of accommodation at the Super 8 in Blaine, one of the closest hotels to the tournament fields (walking distance)
• Food while at the tournament (YCCs)
Financial aid is available through OYU and through USAU’s Play it Forward program. Please complete our Financial Aid request form if you are unable to pay part of, or all of, our tryout fees.
Alternatively, if you have the means, consider helping us provide as much need-based financial aid as possible for those in need. While registering, you can add an optional donation to “Sponsor a YCC Player” and contribute to our YCC financial aid fund.
Our Support System: Parents!
Our coaches are paid only a minimum honorarium for their hard work, which means they need community support to do their job well. If the sport of ultimate has been important to your child and to you, please do your part to enable this higher level of play. We need:
USAU requires a minimum of two chaperones per team attending the Youth Club Championships.
Chaperones must be a minimum 25 years of age, register as a USAU member, and pass a background screening through NCIS. Chaperones will be required to be present both at the field and at the hotel during the evenings.
We are also looking for volunteers to help facilitate hotel, travel and food for the team, both at the tournament and in preparation for leaving. This is a great way to help make YCC the best experience for all our players and coaches. Positions include: Food Coordinator, Hotel Coordinator, Travel Coordinator. If you are interested in any of these volunteer positions, please email Laura Wayte.
What if my child can’t afford to participate? We want to make sure that ultimate, even at its highest level, is available for every child. For this club season, we have limited need-based financial aid More information will be available soon.
What if my child can’t make the tryout date? Coaches for YCC will be at designated high school league games to facilitate tryouts for players unable to make the tryout date.
Can my child miss some practices? Yes, you can miss some practice sessions, but placement on the team will consider the availability of each player to be at scheduled practices. This availability information will be collected at tryouts.
What if my child cannot make it to YCC? Our teams have practice player spots available, so even if your child cannot attend the tournament, it will be a fantastic opportunity to work on building skills and athleticism throughout the summer.
Why should my child attend tryouts if they know they cannot be a part of the team? Our tryouts are a great learning experience, so we encourage everyone to attend. Players will learn what tryouts are like, meet the coaches, play with the best players in the state and be more prepared for next year.
What happens if my child doesn’t make the team? We want to look beyond the basic dynamic of a team to create and build an Oregon YCC community. If your child isn’t selected to be on a team there are still many options. The best is to attend as a practice player, learn and get better along with the others, and look forward to joining the team in a subsequent year.
For More Information:
If you have any additional questions please email Jay Cohen.