The Ultimate Season is Upon Us! Interested? Read All About It!!
February 13, 2018
Dear VCS parent and/or student,
If you or your student has any interest in participating on the Ultimate team this year, you need to read this.
I am pleased to announce the beginning of the VCS Flying Turtles Ultimate Team’s 12th season. I look forward to a great season with what I know to be a great group of students.
Beginning March 5 – preseason conditioning. There will be an Ultimate conditioning PE, offered M + F during our normally scheduled PE time. Ultimate players are encouraged to participate but are not required to do so. This will be held at and around school. Participants should have running shoes and whatever they need to be active outside given the weather, including water bottles.
Beginning Monday March 19 – Indoor practices at the Edge on Eastwood Av. S. Burlington.
These will end as soon as we’re allowed on the fields.
Monday March 19th – 3:00-4:30
Thursday March 22 – 4-5:15
Tuesday March 27 – 4-5:15
Thursday March 29 – 4-5:15
Monday April 2 – 3-4:30
Wednesday April 4 – 4-5:15
Monday April 9 – 3-4:30
Wednesday April 11 13 4-5:15
Students may be picked up at the gym or back at school 15 minutes after the end of practice.
Gym practice will continue until we are allowed on the fields, which will be as early as 4/2, but most likely will be later.
In the event that Farrell is off-limits for longer than expected, we may shift some practice to Oakledge park.
Outdoor practice: Farrell Park, South Burlington. Pick up at fields or at school 15 minutes after practice.
Monday 4/2 – 3-4:30
Tuesday 4/3 – 4-5:15
Wednesday 4/4 -4-5:15
Thursday 4/5 – 4-5:15
Monday 4/9 – 3-4:30
Tuesday 4/10 – 4-5:15
Wednesday 4/11 -4-5:15
Thursday 4/12 – 4-5:15
Monday 4/16 – 3-4:30
Tuesday 4/17 – Host CVU – Game starts 4:00. Over by 5:30
Wednesday 4/18 -4-5:15
Thursday 4/19 Host Middlebury Game starts 4:00. Over by 5:30
Week of April 23 – Vacation – no practice or games
Monday 4/30 – 3-4:30
Tuesday 5/1 – @ MMU. vs MMU @ 3:30 and vs SB @ 4:50. Games over by 6.
Wednesday 5/2 -4-5:15
Thursday 5/3 – @ Colchester HS Game starts 4:00. Over by 5:30
Saturday May 5 – Capital City Classic – 8-4 Montpelier. This tournament has not been officially announced yet but we went to it last year, and hope to do so again this year. We believe that it will happen on this date and that we’ll be attending.
Monday 5/7 – 3-4:30
Tuesday 5/8 – @ Rice. vs Burr and Burton @ 4:50 and vs Rice @ 6:10. Games over by 7:15.
Wednesday 5/9 -4-5:15
Thursday 5/10– 4-5:15
Monday 5/14 – 3-4:30
Tuesday 5/15 – @ Sharon Academy. vs Sharon @ 3:30 and vs Brattleboro @ 4:50. Games over by 6:00.
Wednesday 5/16 -4-5:15
Thursday 5/17 – Host Long Trail. Game starts 4:00. Over by 5:30
Fri 5/18 – Sunday 5/20 – Pioneer Valley Invitational tournament – Northampton Mass. We will leave Friday evening for this 2 day event. Return home by Sunday evening. We have put in a request for housing (to be put up by local families, but, in any event, there will be some cost for individuals to participate in this event.) I will need to know who plans to attend by March 9.
Week of May 21– Encounter Week– no practice or games
Monday 5/28 – Memorial day. No practice
Tuesday 5/29 – 4-5:15
Wednesday 5/30 – Home or away, depending on seeding, if we are in top 8 we will play in a quarterfinal game. If not, we will have regular Wednesday practice.
Thursday 5/31 – 4-5:15
Saturday 6/2 – State tournament @ Bombardier park, Milton. If we are in the top 16, we will be at this event. Either playing in the semifinals or playing consolation games. Games begin at 2 and wrap up by 6:30. Awards ceremony 6:30-7:00
Wednesday 6/6 – State championship game. Location tbd.
Practice gear: All players must bring one dark colored t-shirt and white t-shirt. In addition, they need a water bottle, sneakers (for the gym) or cleats (on the field), and appropriate clothes for running in whatever the weather is.
Thunder/Lightning: Nobody will be allowed on fields within 20 minutes of hearing thunder or seeing lightning.
Players who have to miss practice or games must let me know in advance.
Transportation to practice and games.
Practice: Students are required to ride in the team bus unless they are driving their own car, or, the bus is full and they have permission from parents to ride with the specific student who is to drive them.
Games: Students are required to ride in the team bus unless granted permission from coach to drive their own car.
Uniforms: Players wishing to participate in games must purchase uniforms, if they don’t already own them. $35 will cover a pair of shorts, and 1 green and 1 white jersey.
Dress: On game days or eve of tournaments, all players will dress in a manner befitting the occasion as determined by team captains
Playing Time: We expect to have 20+ players on the team.. Only 7 play at a time. You can do the math. We would love to field Varsity, JV, and girl’s teams, but we only have one coach, so our options are limited. We do anticipate plenty of occasions when we will have a lot of folks and small amounts of playing time to share out. Here are a few things we think about when making PT decisions: Rewarding commitment to the team (both this season and previously), winning games (we do like to win, and we believe it’s good for the team), and at the most basic level, whatever we think is in the best interest of the program (taking into account the circumstances of the game, team and individual morale, etc). All that said, it will be important for younger and newer players to tamper their expectations. Players are always welcome to talk to coaches prior to events to get a sense of what to expect. We do hope to schedule some middle school games and/or games that are specifically for JV level players.
Can you be on the team if you can’t make all the practices? Yes, but we need to know the schedule you can commit to and you should understand that missing practices impacts playing time.
Girls – Traditionally, our team has been coed, which I love and hope to continue. We would also certainly love to field a girl’s team if we had sufficient numbers. Some years, our girls decide to up joining forces with another school (CVU for example) and have had a lot of fun doing that. We strongly encourage more girls to come out for the team. We would love for you to play with us, but we will also support you to play with another if that makes more sense for you.
Volunteers: There are tons of things that could help this program. We especially could use chaperones/coaches that would allow us to be in two places at once. Other things that come to mind include: photography and videography of team events, stat recording, paperwork managing, social event coordinating, serving as extra chaperones, bringing food to team events, transportation to practice and games, even extra coaches for those who have any experience with the game. Let me know if you’re interested in any of the events.
Communications: With a lot of people and a lot of variables comes a need for a lot of communication. Email will be the primary form of communication All players are responsible for knowing the info in all communications and responding promptly when appropriate.
All parents and students should always feel free to ask me questions about anything related to the team and/or ultimate. If you’re interested in learning more about the sport, I suggest you check out www.usaultimate.org, or watch highlights on Youtube.
If you plan to be on the team or you’re thinking about it, please send me an email so that I know to put you on the mailing list.
Finally, I can’t you tell how many students have said over the years, “I can’t play Ultimate because I’m so bad at it”. Please remember that nobody was any good before they started to play. Nobody could throw a forehand before they practiced throwing one hundreds or thousands of times. Come try it out, we’ll teach you, you’ll get better, and you’ll have fun.