As a second-year coach of my son’s 5th grade team, I attended a USA Ultimate coaching clinic in Seattle. I expected to learn practical skills relevant to coaching 3rd-5th grade players. Instead, I got information about ethics and skill development that was mostly relevant for coaching adults.
I left the clinic thinking I’d just search the web for the youth ultimate resources I sought: fun drills; ways to teach spirit of the game; super-simple offensive and defensive strategies; the best place to get practice discs and jerseys. Along the way, I was sure I’d find guidance on how to manage the growing 50-player team at my kids’ elementary school: recruitment techniques, on-line calendars, RSVP and roster management tools, and regional events appropriate for our team.
I found some of what I was looking for, but in disparate places. So, this site is a place to concentrate, organize, and discuss information and tools useful to ultimate coaches, parents, and players — with a focus exclusively on youth (K-12), and an emphasis on the youngest (grades 3-5). Please join me in sharing what you know and love about the sport! Register to comment, discuss, blog, and/or edit.
— Scott in Seattle