Tomorrow night (Friday 3/24/2017) the exhibition games for the Northwest Challenge will begin at 6:30 pm with the women of the University of Washington’s Element facing off against Syzygy from Carleton College. The men’s game immediately afterwards (8:30 pm start) will showcase the UW Sundodgers vs BYU CHI. These free games in Seattle’s Memorial Stadium will be a great chance for local youth players to get inspired. More information on the Northwest Challenge Facebook page…
If you’re busy Friday night, there are also a bunch of games happening at the UW’s IMA fields in Seattle on Friday, and then up in Burlington at Skagit River Park on Saturday and Sunday. All these games are free, so you should consider volunteering for a couple hours (they’re still looking for help over the weekend). Here are schedules and game locations for the women and men (Tier 1 | Tier 2).
According to Ultiworld’s “Power Rankings” for college teams, UW Element is ranked 20th and will play rank 16 Carleton Syzygy. For youth spectators in Seattle, here are the other women’s games that will be played tomorrow (Friday):
Please spread the word about two great youth tournaments that will be hosted in 2017, this winter (February) and spring (May) by the Bay Area Disc Association (BADA).
Playing on the beach in California is really fun and requires only a small roster. Spaghetti Western this year is in May and so doesn’t conflict with Spring Reign. In addition, BADA offers financial aid for teams or players in need.
Notes from the mandatory pre-season meeting run by Jude Larene, Youth Coordinator for Disc Northwest, on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 6-7:30. Impressively the number of teams has increased by ~20% this year (including 5 new teams within Seattle) — the fastest growth of all the youth spring leagues run by DiscNW. The meeting was attended by ~40 coaches, as well as Jude and the DiscNW Account Manager, Kate Speck. A highlight was receiving 5 free J-star 140-gram discs with an entrancing rainbow print of the DiscNW logo!
Here is a (low quality) audio recording of the meeting…
This last weekend, Waldorf United not only were the spirit champions at Spring Reign 2015, but also placed 2nd in the playoffs! The team of Seattle Waldorf 5th graders is coached by David Steiner and Jan Harris.
An earlier Tweet announced that Hazel Wolf’s team were the skill champions (maintaining their Champion status from Spring Reign 2014), beating Seattle Waldorf in a very close game (7-6). They had previously beaten SCDS (11-7) and Evergreen (13-6). The elementary team from Hazel Wolf (K-8) is coached by Jamshid Khajavi and Lori Frey Butler.
While the standings for the 2014 spring elementary league are ranked according to wins on the DiscNW site, below is a version of the standings ranked by spirit score. Perhaps the counterpoint (antidote?) to the increasingly competitive world of adult ultimate is glorification of the Spirit of the Game in youth ultimate?
If so, it is particularly fitting that the team with the most Spirit in the entire league comes from the youngest of the divisions. Congratulations to T. Marshall 3/4–Mooses from Division C, winners of the 2014 spirit award with a high score of 4.86 averaged over 7 games!!
And, with no further ado, here are the winners of each division!
Seattle Country Day School had the lowest Spirit score in every division in which they competed (A, B, & C). The lowest scoring team in the A2 division was Pacific Crest Montessaurus. Because SCDS and Montesaurus had the most wins in Division A and A2, it is tempting to suggest that the dominant teams generally get the lowest Spirit scores. However, based on wins in Divisions B & C, SCDS ranked 4th (out of 12) and 7th (out of 8), respectively.
Looking at all the spirit scores versus the % of wins (within a division), it appears there isn’t a strong correlation, though the overall slope is negative.
The mean Spirit score is about 4.3.
So generally, the more you win more likely it is your spirit score will be (slightly) lower. But the relationship barely holds in division B and the slope is positive in division C.
Coaches, parents, and players sharing K-12 ultimate