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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The spring of 2014 is an exciting time to be involved with youth ultimate in Seattle. The sport is rapidly growing here at many levels, providing kids with not only more opportunities to play, but also lots of inspiration from collegiate and adult tournaments.
At the K-5 level, the DiscNW spring elementary league has a record 37 teams competing in four divisions! That will make for some great competition both at the regional Spring Reign tournament on April 26 and in the spring league playoffs on May 17.
At the middle school level (grades 6-8), the DiscNW spring middle school league has 68 coed/boys/girls/combined teams in A/A2, B, C, and D divisions. It will be interesting to see how their rivalries evolve both in the league and at Spring Reign, especially after the 8th public middle school season last fall in which 3 teams tied with perfect spirit scores.
There’s more going on at the high school level and beyond that I haven’t fully mapped. The Emerald City League has both girls and boys (6-12?) from local private school playing this season. And then there’s Fryz and Small-Fryz…
As for inspiration, the most exciting thing I learned at the coaches clinic (from Mike) is that the Northwest Challenge is happening right here in Seattle in a week! This is a tournament that will bring some of the best U.S. college women teams together for some amazing games on 3/24-25. There is also an opener exhibition game on Friday night (3/23) in Ballard between the 2012 Champs UW Element and the 2013 Champs OregonFugue. Stay up to speed with their Twitter feed: NWChallenge
Finally, young players may also be inspired by the major league and other National competition. While the second season of the Rainmakers will be exciting to watch in the MLU, the American Ultimate Disc League is reaching out to young players… but that’s the subject of a separate post!
Holler in the comments if you know of other youth ultimate activities or particularly inspiring play going on this spring.