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Become a UUDA Member!

Sign up to become a UUDA Member!  Becoming a UUDA Member allows you to have your say in the direction of the organization.  Voting for board members will happen on December 8th 6:30pm at The Peery Hotel in the conference room on the bottom floor!

Peery Hotel
110 Broadway
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

A Letter from UUDA Board Member and Current Coach of BYU – Bryce Merrill

Friends-

I’ve had a lot of thoughts bounce around in my head the last couple weeks regarding UUDA. I think its fantastic to see that the drive to improve the scene here in Utah is alive and well.
I just wrapped up with our UUDA board meeting. I shared some of my thoughts with them. We discussed a lot of what has been discussed here. A couple of notes:
Official Annual Community Meeting Thursday, December 8th downtown Salt Lake City at the Peery Hotel beginning at 6:30pm sharp.  More details forthcoming. Board member voting for 3/5 of the spots. This is important. This meeting will have an agenda and, while there will be some time allotted for community input, will be limited to official discussion on agenda items. Not an ideal public forum, IMHO. Or at least not an ideal first-look at a public comments and really helping form good ideas into great programs and practices.
I know we’ve gone back and forth on a less formal meeting on November 12th. Discussing with the board, however, I think it’d be a great idea to get together and bounce off each other some ideas, some concerns, and some actionable items moving forward. The items contained in the Action Plan are spot on. And I think continuing to flesh those out (with this meeting as a catalyst to further discussions) will better prepare us for a formal meeting on December 8th. More importantly, we’ll be bringing in 3 new board members–a new majority. That also includes the opportunity to be board president and vice president. If you want to make UUDA what you want it to be, this will be your chance, individually and collectively, to refine those ideas and pitch them to your community and let them vote on you/your ideas and decide if they want your vision of Utah Ultimate to be the vision of Utah Ultimate.
I plan to come to the November 12th meeting both as a 5 year board member of UUDA, but also as a club captain/player, college coach, high school coach, clinic organizer, tournament director, proponent of observers, player of city leagues, and as a member who has had a lot of frustrations with governing bodies in ultimate that lack communication skills. I think that nothing but good things can come from an informal discussion. I would hope we represent at this meeting the diversity of our community. It won’t do any good to only have our best club players in attendance. Or only savvy vets. Or only SLC people. That’d create our own echo chambers and reinforce our current frustrations. I’d love to see HS parents and HS players and Ogden pick up players. I’d love to have players who have been born out of the UUDA programs, and I’d love to have access to the opinions of players who’ve played in other outside organizations.
So, lets all help break down states on the 12th. Better yet, we’ll watch some mixed finals, and then break down states. And then we’ll gather nearby and share some ideas and concerns. No censoring–everything’s on the table. You want UUDA involved in Club? Lets talk about what we could do to make that happen. Want to understand the funding of UUDA and how you can benefit from it? Lets do it. Concerned about the constant asks from the club players to support the high school leagues with man hours without support in return? Amen.  Here here! Lets get that transaction process cleaned up and figured out.
Everyone agrees that Utah Ultimate is worth supporting–either by directing supporting UUDA or by supporting your local team/clinic/league. But aligning UUDA, an imperfect tool designed to further the platonic ideal of “Utah Ultimate” with our own individual vision of what we could be is tough. It’ll take a lot of really smart people in the room to make it happen.
I look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday, November 12th, immediately following the breakdown of HS mixed states. This meeting will be worth your time and mine. A shareable calendar invite, with RSVP, and an opportunity to submit discussion points will be forthcoming.
Catches and throws. World Peace through Ultimate. UUUPPPP.
*More information about High School Mixed State Champion can be found HERE
**UUDA Workshop will be held at Waterford School 1480 East 9400 South, Sandy, UT 84093
***UUDA Annual Community Meeting will be held on Thursday night December 8th, 2016 at 6:30pm located at the Peery Hotel 110 W Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
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Copper Hills High -Unreal…Still can’t believe they pulled it off

Written by Richard Wilcox

The Copper Hills ultimate team started out their first year this year as a fun distraction for the Copper Hills track team. With more than 1/3 of team also running track, we could only get 10-11 players to commit to tournaments. The ultimate tournaments conflicted with invitational track meets. It didn’t help that Copper Hills track hosted 3 invitational meets this year. At every tournament (Layton/Davis, Daweena, Waterford) we signed up with 10 or more players, but ended up fielding only 7 or 8. Our track guys would find out they had qualified for the track invite a few days before, and we would be left without another player. This occurred many times during the season. One of our non-track players who played in every tournament said in frustration, “I’m not playing another tournament unless we get 10 players.” Fortunately he did end up playing in all of our tournaments. We would not have made it so far at region without the tournament experience, even though we played the majority of our tournament games with 1 or 0 subs. It could have done more harm than good if we had been blown out of those tournament games. Fortunately most of them were close. Playing savage in a tournament is not something I would recommend, but it paid off for Copper Hills this year. At the Super North Region Tournament this past weekend, our first victory was having 16 players! Our track guys decided to forego a track meet at BYU to come to region. Unfortunately, we ended up losing 2 out of 3 games in pool play, including a very disappointing loss to our rival Bingham. We had defeated them in 3 out of 4 previous meetings, all decided by 3 points or less. This time they beat us soundly 12-7. After our games Friday, Quinn, our captain, let us know that we still had a narrow chance to go to state if we won 5 games Saturday. The players were optimistic, “We’ll just have to win 5.” I warned them that would be a very tough road. We would have to go through the likes of Davis, Alta, Skyline, and/or Riverton, all highly ranked teams. We had played each of those teams twice during the season and not won any of those (although a few were close). Surprisingly, our players were not detered. They said we’re winning 5 on Saturday. We won our first game against a scrappy City Academy team. In our second game, we faced Sky View B, the only Super North team we had not yet faced this season, so we didn’t know what to expect. They had athleticism, but what worried me most was their discipline. It was obvious that this was a team that trained with the Sky View A team. Sky View A had already wowed us their with patient and precise disc movement. Sky View B showed similar patience and precision. They clearly had more patience than Copper Hills. Although Sky View B started with the lead, our guys worked hard and played some stellar D that allowed us to come out on top, 12-5. This was a great confidence builder, and we definitely needed confidence going into our 3rd game. Next we had a bye, which for us couldn’t have come at a better time. The bye was much needed because our 3rd opponent was Alta. For whatever reason, we had not been able to compete against Alta this season. Ranked only a few spots ahead of us, Alta was a team against whom we should have been competitive. But our 2 previous meetings with Alta had been a disaster, losing 13-2 and 13-1. During those 2 losses, Alta played very well, and Copper Hills showed no sign that they were even trying to win. We were really tired, and we allowed our exhaustion to defeat us mentally. This time, however, we finally had our heads in the game. We were able to keep pace with them. We traded points to finish the first half up, 7-6. Seeing that we could actually compete with Alta was a great confidence booster. We were able to continue trading points during the 2nd half right up to the horn that sounded the time cap. Seeing that we were still in the game, our guys were still full of energy at universe point (meaning it was tied, next point wins). We were finally able to pull off the upset over Alta. This set us up for a showdown against Skyline, an athletic and experienced team that I would have picked to go to the state tournament. We had been competitive in our previous meeting with Skyline, losing 15-10, so we knew we could play with them. Skyline was coming off of a tough loss to judge, while we were full of confidence from finally beating Alta. I really think our confidence made the difference in this game. The energy we carried from our prior win was what we needed to put us over the top to win 11-7. Four wins! Copper Hills was 1 win away from qualifying for state. Winner of this final game would finish 5th place and have the privilege of moving on to the state tournament. We were to play the winner of a highly ranked Davis team and our rival Bingham. As fate would have it, Bingham defeated Davis to battle us for the 5th and final berth to the state tournament. We couldn’t have scripted a better final showdown. Our first 3 meetings with Bingham this season were decided by 3 points or less. They could have gone either way. Fortunately in all 3 we came out on top. At the Waterford tournament, however, Bingham figured out how to beat us, winning by 2. By region, Bingham was an improved team, and they had beat us convincingly in Friday’s pool play 12-7. This game for the final berth to the state tournament, our 6th showdown against Bingham this season, was destined to be a battle. Copper Hills and Bingham players did not disappoint. Copper Hills started the game well, took the lead early, and finished the half up 7-4. But Bingham wasn’t about to go down easy. In the 2nd half they tied the game and eventually took the lead 10-8. As CH lined up for the pull, I informed the team they had only 3 minutes until time cap. If time expired while Bingham was up 2, they win. It looked like this game was going to be another victory for Bingham. We had to score quickly! Our captain rallied the team, and with the input of the other players, he worked out some strategy. But instead of scoring, we turned over the disc. Fortunately, Copper Hills had been in this situation many times this season. Playing tired in a close game, and with some excellent ‘D’, were able to get the disc back. We moved the disc up the field quickly this time and tied up the score. The time cap horn sounded soon after we pulled. It was universe point. The sidelines were on their feet yelling. Both teams were playing some intense D and turned the disc over. After Copper Hills forced Bingham to throw the disc away, Copper Hills was finally able to move the disc up the field and score for the win. It was a Hollywood-scripted finale to an incredible run for Copper Hills!

An Open Letter to Male Ultimate Players, From a Guy

We thought that this was worth sharing.

Author: Kenny Wiley

Hey, guys.

I’m writing to you because the sport you love, ultimate, is also the sport I love. It’s more than my favorite sport–I consider it my spiritual practice. Ultimate has helped me in times of grief, sadness and depression, and in times of anger.

I play ultimate because it’s a game one can’t win alone. I play because I get lost in the moment. I play ultimate because I get fired up watching a teammate’s huge layout D. And I play ultimate because, at most levels, it’s up to the players to hold themselves, and each other, accountable.

I believe that the sport we love, while growing overall, harbors troubling sexism—and men, I think we are responsible. I see sexist behavior coming from some of us, both on the field and off. I contend too many of us don’t take female players seriously, and we don’t respect women’s ultimate more generally. We can, and must, do better.

I am a good, but not great, ultimate player. I have played in lots of sectional tournaments. I will never play at nationals. Despite my limitations, I have, like many players–including many men—often been told I’m a natural leader. For too long I thought that meant I needed the disc all the time, and that my voice needed to be heard for my team to win, whether “my team” meant a competitive team I practiced with regularly, or the random group of people at a pick-up game.

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