The time for Nebraska Youth Ultimate is now.
This is by no means a LUDA-exclusive endeavor; rather, making Nebraska Youth Ultimate the force that it can be requires the input and involvement of students, coaches, school sponsors, parents, and other volunteers.
In keeping with the Ultimate Players Association's (UPA) vision for youth ultimate nationwide, the following opportunities are available for our young ultimate players:
High School Teams & The State Championship (Nebraskionals)
Every high school is encouraged to form a team. A team requires players, obviously, but they also need a school sponsor and a coach. Parents are also strongly encouraged to get involved as assistant coaches and chaperones--even if they have no ultimate Frisbee experience. (They'll learn quickly.)
All high school teams will play a season of games against one another in the spring. Upon completion of the season in late May, the teams will compete in a tournament to determine the state champion. This tournament is called "Nebraskionals".
Nebraska Youth Ultimate Summer League
Following Nebraskionals, youth from 7th-12th grades will have the opportunity to play in the Nebraska Youth Ultimate Summer League from June to August.
Players do not need to have a high school team to participate in the summer league; in fact, instead of assigning teams based on school, all registered players will be drafted by captains and will play with the same team throughout the summer.
At the conclusion of the summer league, we will send a team of youth players from the league on to the UPA's Youth Club Championship series (YCC) in Blaine, MN.
In the meantime, we need to hear from you. What's happening ultimate-wise at your high school? Do you want to coach or sponsor a team at your school? Are you interested in starting a team? Are you interested in volunteering in any way?
You can contact Seth Colaner, the LUDA Youth Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org with comments and questions.
Parting shot: Check out our newly-built Nebraska Youth Ultimate website, and please leave a comment or participate in a discussion on the forum!