Rainmakers youth clinic in Seattle this Thanksgiving vacation

The Friday after Thanksgiving (11/28/14) the Rainmakers will offer middle and high school players near Seattle an opportunity for improvement!  Their 2nd youth clinic of the year, this fall clinic will happen from 3-5 pm at Jefferson Park in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle.  It is open to players 12-18 years old of all skill levels and will be led by top players from the Rainmakers team!

Kids can expect:

  • A two-hour training session with Seattle Rainmaker players and coaches, consisting of exercises, drills and scrimmages designed to help players improve their Ultimate skills in a controlled environment.
  • Unfettered access to some of Seattle’s most elite men’s ultimate talent, and the ability to work one-on-one with them over the course of the afternoon.
  • A ticket to the first home game of the 2014-15 Seattle Rainmakers season.
  • Lots of chances to win great swag and rainmakers prizes.

Please encourage any youth you have on your teams to join us.  The cost is only $25 and all participants need to do is show up.  Participants will be required to have a parent/guardian sign a waiver to participate and are encouraged to bring cleats and a water bottle.

For more info please encourage your kids visit us at the Rainmakers Facebook page or TicketLeap or if you have any questions please feel free to contact gabe.fertman@seattlerainmakers.com

Best ways to buy discs for youth ultimate

For coaches and team managers, here are the best ways to purchase high-quality discs in bulk quantities for your team(s), ordered from least to most expensive.  Costs are approximate, based on late 2014 quotes and conversion rates, and are somewhat specific to orders being shipped to Seattle (shipping costs vary regionally).  If you order from one of these sources and want to share your experience (cost, delivery time, quality, etc.) — just leave a comment and we’ll add your data to this post.

All makes/models listed here are approved as meeting USA Ultimate’s Disc Technical Standards.  Be careful to order the right size disc, though!  (They are listed here together…)  The 175 g disc is used in most of youth ultimate; the 145g disc is only used by some very young players, generally in 4th or 3rd grade or younger.

Cheap (<$7)

$3.00-3.49/disc – Discraft misprint J-star (145g) 10-disc packs

  • Note these are smaller, 145 gram discs good for younger players or portability (fits better in a kid’s backpack)
  • These are misprinted Discraft discs direct from Discraft (which has much better shipping rates than other distributors, e.g. Sportdiscs.com below)
  • Listed as 29.99 in November, 2015
  • 34.95 for 10-pack with $5 standard shipping = 3.49/disc
  • 59.98 for two 10-packs with shipping included = $3.00/disc
  • Assorted colors: white, blue, red
  • 2017 (March): out of stock!

$3.32-3.84/disc – Discraft Ultimate Juniors Program

  • These are misprinted Disccraft discs only for use in K-12 programs in the U.S.
  • Order either Ultrastar (175 gram) or J*Star (145 gram)
  • Must ship to a school address
  • Order must be placed by a current USA Ultimate member
  • School must be listed as a USA Ultimate team (as of 2014, USA Ultimate member/coaches can add a team on-line)
  • Max order size is 50 discs per calendar year
  • Minimum order size is 10 discs
  • Price range is due to variable shipping ($16-42 for 50 disc orders, more as you get further from Michigan)
  • 2016: An order of 50 discs sent to Seattle cost $150 + 41.80 shipping = 191.80, or $3.83 per disc
  • 2017, March:
  • 2017, March: turn-around time of 10 days (mailed order from Seattle on 3/3; school received on 3/13!).  Other Seattle coaches report recently: receiving discs as quickly as 1 week after ordering; still waiting after about a month.

$4.00-5.20/disc – Discraft UltraStar (175g) misprints from SportDiscs.com

  • Random assortment of 175 gram Discraft discs (assorted colors, designs)
  • Good source for schools that need more than 50 discs (the max Juniors Program order)
  • Be sure to specify “kid-friendly” designs
  • Cost above varies with order size ($4.32 is for max order of 75 discs) and does not include shipping

 $5.00/disc – USA Ultimate’s custom prints on Discraft discs

  • A great benefit of becoming a member of USA Ultimate ($36/yr for coaches)
  • Nice variety of designs on mostly white discs
  • Can order any combination of J*Star (145g) or Ultrastar (175g) discs, each costs $5.00
  • Can specify any combination of nifty designs
  • Order via the USA Ultimate merchandise order (Google) form
  • $5.00 is actual cost as there is no shipping charged
  • If you are a coach, team manager, or PE teacher, the cheapest source of 10-15 discs may be one of the USA Ultimate kits (60-70$ for members) because they come bundled with valuable supporting materials…  $70/15=$4.67/disc and the PE kit comes with cones, curriculum, DVD, rule/spectator guide

$5.80/disc – VC Ultimate practice package

  • This is an example (from Oct 2015) of an intermittent or seasonal special deal
  • Package of ten 175 gram Discraft  UltraStars
  • Mix of colours and misprint designs
  • Not sure how much shipping would add
  • Original price listed as $14.00/disc…
  • Single misprint discs going for $5.95 (w/o shipping)

Inexpensive ($7-10)

$7.00/disc – DiscNW  discs

  • $7 is the price for youth, regardless of how many are ordered
  • Pickup is on Lake City Way in Seattle, near Nathan Hale high school
  • Arrange for pickup and payment by emailing ops@discnw.org

$7.03/disc – Daredevil 175g misprints

  • Not sure if these are guaranteed to all be the Gamedisc design approved by USA Ultimate
  • $7.99 Canadian (plus shipping?)

$8.06/disc – Discraft J*Star (145 g) from DiscAce

  • $5.99 before shipping (looks like ~18% of cart total for shipping to Seattle)
  • Discount code might help?

8.60$/disc – Discraft UltraStar (175g) from Amazon

  • $8.60 on Amazon Prime (14% discount from $10.00 list)
  • Plus shipping?

$8.79/disc – Daredevil (140g)

There are other color schemes for the same price, but kids will like this flame one best…
  • Note these have a mass of only 140 grams — the lightest available for young (<10 year old) players who have small hands
  • Made in and shipped from Canada
  • $9.99 Canadian (plus shipping?)

Standard cost (>$10), but cool for kids

$10.55/disc – Daredevil Gamedisc (175g)

Lots of cool color schemes for the same price, but this is their white background design.
    • Note these have a mass of only 140 grams — the lightest available for young (<10 year old) players who have small hands
    • Made in and shipped from Canada

Archived/broken sources:

$3.57-4.37/disc – Discraft J*Star (145g) misprints from SportDiscs.com

  • Note these are 145 gram discs good for players less than about 10 years old
  • 10 discs for $30.00 (before shipping); with shipping to Seattle, the total cost is 43.66, which means shipping costs ~45% of the disc cost…
  • 50 discs (5 orders of 10-pack) is $150+$28.60 for shipping (about 19% of disc cost), yielding a total of 178.60 or $3.57/disc.
  • Random assortment of 145 gram Discraft discs (assorted colors, designs); these are best for 3rd or 4th graders, or other youth with small hands
  • Good source for schools that need more than 50 discs (the max Juniors Program order)
  • Be sure to specify “kid-friendly” designs
  • 2017: broken link, sportdiscs.com redirects to http://discraftfactorystore.com/

Small/Fryz tryouts on December 7 & 14, 2014

2014 tryouts for the Fryz teams (open, girlz, mixed, and small Fryz) are now set for December 7 and 14th (both Sundays) from 10-3 p.m. at Magnuson Park.  Details are archived below from the Fryz website (where you will find the waiver in PDF format) and there is an announcement and some player comments on the Fryz Facebook page.

Last year (December, 2013) 130+ kids attended the first tryout, vying for ~30 spots.  In December 2012 there were 100+ attendees.  That suggests high demand and high growth in demand for more ways to play youth ultimate in Seattle!

The first tryout this year (on Sunday December 7, 2014) should be an exciting chance to see yet another manifestation of the explosive growth in youth ultimate.  Note that the second tryout (on December 14) is by invitation only, each day of tryouts costs $10, and the pre-registration form involves input from both parents and players (a short essay on why you want to play for Fryz).

Some questions and answers, specifically about Small Fryz:

  1. What types of players will benefit from joining a year-round ultimate team as 6th graders?  Is it better to play a variety of sports in middle school, including seasonal ultimate, and then tryout for Fryz in high school?
  2. Who will be coaching Small Fryz this next year?  What is their background and experience?
  3. Is practice for Small Fryz truly year-round, or are there some Sundays off (e.g. holiday weekends)?
  4. Where and how often do Small Fryz compete?  How much travel is involved, for players and parents?
  5. What is the annual fee?  What costs does the fee cover?  What additional costs should be included in a player’s annual budget?

If you know an answer or have other questions, please comment!  We will incorporate further information below as it accumulates…

  1. There are costs and benefits to (and controversy surrounding) single-sport specialization in middle and high school
  2. The Fryz website has a history (2008-2013) of the impressive coaching team and their backgrounds. Coaches of Small Fryz in 2013-14 were
    • Shannon O’Malley – Head coach
    • Angelica “Geli” Boyden
    • Khalif El Salaam
    • Henry Phan
    • Tian Yen
  3. No answers yet.
  4. A current parent sez: “Fryz is mostly about training and conditioning.  They play a hand full of tournaments a year.  High school Fryz (3 teams), play college tournaments and travel is national.  Small Fryz play adult tournaments and travel is local.”
    • Small Fryz has played in these tournaments:
    • Fryz has played in these tournaments:
      • Annual Fryz Highschool Hat Tournament (June; 2012, 2013, 2014)
      • Spawnfest (July 2010; Burlington, WA)
      • Sundodgers (Nov.; 2013 women’s champs; 2012 girlz 2nd)
      • Geofest (2012; adult mixed tournament in Lacy, WA)
      • Chicago Invite (2013 open and girlz champs)
      • Paideia Invitational
      • Amherst Invitational
      • WA/BC Club Sectionals (Sep. 2014)
      • Mixed sectionals (2010)
      • U.S. Youth Club Championships
      • World Ultimate Club Championships
      • Junior Worlds
  5. No answers yet.



Archived information from the Fryz website (where you will find the waiver in PDF format) —

Please pre-register.  There are 2 tryout dates.  December 7th and December 14th. The December 14th Tryout will be by invitation only for all teams: Open, Fry Girlz, Mixed and Small Fryz teams.

Pre-Registration Form: http://goo.gl/forms/kQQayZsOSu

We use our tryouts to evaluate players on the following qualities by playing, drilling, conditioning and character.

Being a good teammate, fitness, dedication to Fryz, dedication to the sport of ultimate, spirit of the  game, skill, desire and ability to have fun while competing at a high level.  We expect our players to maintain a 2.5 GPA, which is monitored 2-3 times/year by coaches to ascertain whether extra help (from coaches or teammates) is necessary to remain a student first and an athlete second. We also expect our players to remain role models in our community by their stewardship to ultimate as well as their behavior on and off the field – fighting, drinking and the use of illegal drugs are prohibited on and off the field for members of the Fryz team.  We expect dedication from team members and practice attendance is not optional – delinquency is grounds for removal from the team. (Please note that we practice most Sundays year around from 2:00pm-4:00pm).  If the player makes the team, there is a yearly membership.  (All players participate regardless of their ability to fund.) – part and full scholarships are available upon request.

Tryouts are for 4 teams:
Fryz Open • Fry Girlz • Mixed • Small Fryz

Location: Magnuson Park
*Potential carpool: If you are unable to get to Magnuson Park, we will be offering carpools based on demand. Please indicate your need for or your ability to provide a carpool

Times: 10:00am-3:00pm.  Be there 30 minutes early for registration & warm-up

Ages: 6th grade – 12th grade

Cost: $10 (per Tryout day)

If you are interested in trying out, pre-register (with a photo) and download the waiver below, sign and send back.  Please make sure all the contact information is legible so that we can contact you after tryouts.  If you turn in a waiver at the first Tryout on Dec 7th, you will not need to do it again at the second Tryout on Dec 14th. However, a 2nd Tryout fee of $10 will be requested if you are invited back.  Please show up 30 minutes early to register and warm up.  Please bring plenty of water, light and dark jersey with numbers or names.

*Fryz is represented by 18 different high schools and 13 different middle schools from the greater Seattle area. Last year, 28 high schools and 21 middles schools were represented at tryouts. In order to keep our reach as broad as possible, we are testing out the possibility of carpools for tryouts and throughout the practice year.