Volunteer coaches offer the co-ed, self-refereed sport of ultimate as an after-school extra-curricular program for students at or near Bryant Elementary School in Seattle. We usually host an annual “Try Ultimate” event in the fall or winter, and then organize teams for the spring elementary league run by DiscNW. While everyone is welcome at the Try Ultimate event, only 3rd-5th graders can play in spring league.
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We start practicing after school once or twice a week in mid-February, have Saturday games from early-March through April, and finish with some playoffs and an all-city tournament called “Spring Jam” in May. Most players walk to practice in a group that meets a coach and parent volunteers near the bike racks after school, and departs about 10 minutes after school gets out. We practice for about 1.5 hours and play 5-vs-5 games in the spring league (as opposed to 7-vs-7 in adult ultimate) with the offense choosing whether 3 boys and 2 girls, or 3 girls and 2 boys are on the field for the next point.
Games are on Saturdays during the spring season (early-March through mid-May), almost always during the day (time TBD, but typically between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) at Seattle Parks or school fields.
Season costs will be determined once rosters are set, but typically are $50-100 per player and include a custom team jersey. Scholarships are available upon request.
Info for parents
- Overview of how to be a supportive parent in youth ultimate
- Sign-up form for the spring season
- Registration form for the spring season
- Get updates via our email distribution list (1x/week during the season, 1x/quarter otherwise; un/subscribe via this link)
- Keep in touch via the Bryant Ultimate page on Facebook
- General info page on Bryant PTSA web site
Info for players
- Expectations (all players should read before 1st practice)
- For new players: read this intro to playing ultimate
- ALWAYS bring the following to both practices and games:
- cleats (no spikes) or sneakers, and athletic clothing appropriate for the weather (shorts or sweats);
- a full water bottle;
- a snack if you tend to get hungry after school or during ultimate;
- depending on the weather forecast, sunscreen or rain gear.
Info for volunteers
Parent volunteers are always welcome. We’re always looking for help coaching (especially if you’re a Bryant alum still playing in high school!), but we can also give you an entertaining job helping the team — whether it’s shepherding kids to practice, helping at practice, ordering jerseys, or lending a hand at games.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to volunteer in any capacity!
- Procedures for volunteering with Seattle Public Schools
- If you’re interested in coaching, read this guide for new coaches
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Info for coaches
- Google folder with managerial and coaching resources
- Google sheet with seasonal to-do list for Seattle youth coaches (specific to Bryant ultimate)
Map of walking route and practice locations
Map of lower Ravenna Park with practice locations (green pins) and walking route from Bryant. The default pick-up location is the western (left) green pin. Blue pins are alternate practice locations. Here’s the Google map version if you need to zoom in, etc.
Try Ultimate event
A fun introduction to the sport and other kids on the team
Each year before the season we host an “Intro to Ultimate” event near our school. This is your chance to learn some basic throws, play some fun games, and meet some of the coaches and players who will form teams from Bryant in the spring. While we try to have this event when the weather is still nice in the fall, sometimes it happens in January or February!
This introduction to ultimate usually happens in lower Ravenna Park on the field adjacent to the play structures (just NE of the intersection of NE 55th Street and Ravenna Blvd, the left green pin on the map below). We often have some Bryant alums who now play for Eckstein Middle School there to share their knowledge and love of the game.
While all ages of kids (and parents!) are welcome to attend the intro and our spring practices, only 3rd-5th graders are allowed to play in the spring elementary school co-ed league (in groups of 5 players — 3 boys and 2 girls, or 3 girls and 2 boys). We start practicing after school once or twice a week in late February, have Saturday games from mid-March through April, and finish with some playoffs and an all-city tournament called “Spring Jam” in May.
And feel free to forward this info to any families (especially of current 3rd graders) who might be interested in trying the sport.