Youth Competition Guidelines

2017 Youth Competition Guidelines

2017 USA Ultimate State HS Championships

 

2017 USA Ultimate Regional Youth Championships

 

2017 USAU Youth Club Championships

 

 

Competition Guidelines

 

 

Updates for 2017

 

 



USAU High School State Championships

 

The USAU State High School Championship program is expanding.  States are chosen to host a USAU State HS Championship at the discretion of the Manager of Competition and Athlete Programs. 

The four criteria weighed in granting USAU sponsorship to a new State HS Championship are:

  1. Existence of a USAU sanctioned state tournament in previous years
  2. Reliable organizers to host the event
  3. Keeping the growth at a level where high quality training can be provided to new organizers
  4. Geographic balance

 

A "state tournament" can be an independent event, run by a local organization or organizer, sanctioned by USA Ultimate. State tournaments are most often used to prepare for running a State Championship in upcoming seasons.

A State Championship is a specific state tournament, owned by USA Ultimate and run by the USA Ultimate Competition State Youth Coordinator.

In 2016 the states hosting USAU State HS Championships were: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

 

Requirements for State Tournaments

  1. The state tournament or championship must be publicly announced to local organizers and via USA Ultimate web properties at least four weeks prior to the event. 

    1. Announcement must include:
      1. Date of event
      2. Location of event
      3. Contact information for event
      4. Registration requirements
  2. The state tournament must include every HS team in the state that meets the Competition State Coordinator's deadlines
    1. In the event that there are too many in-state teams to accommodate at a state tournament, there must be USAU qualifying event(s) for the state tournament.
    2. If there is a Qualifying Event for one team within a state, then every team within the same State Championship must participate in a Qualifying Event in order to qualify. 
      1. Example: If North Carolina were running Qualifying Events in Raleigh and Wilmington, then Charlotte teams must also compete in a Qualifying Event in order to be eligible for the state tournament.
    3. The State Championship can include teams from outside of the state as long as it does not prohibit in-state teams that have met the registration requirements.
    4. Teams cannot be directed to participate in a secondary event (such as a developmental division) without a Qualifying Event, unless they choose to do so.  


Application and compliance of the above guidelines will be subject to the discretion of the USA Ultimate Manager of Competition and Athletes.

 

Team Info

All teams must submit an official 2017 State Championship roster by the deadlines outlined below.  USAU membership dues and individual waivers must also be submitted prior to participation at the State Championships. Players may not pay onetime event fees for Championship events.

  1. Event/Team Registration Deadline
    1. All teams competing in a State Championship or Qualifying Event must be registered in the USAU online rostering system for the appropriate event three weeks prior.
      1. Teams without this information registered in the online system by this deadline will be ineligible to compete.  
      2. Teams that miss the deadline may contact the Competition State Youth Coordinator to request late acceptance and are subject to a $75 late fee. Late admittance may be granted pending completion of registration steps (USAU cleared chaperone and Coach Member).
    2. Each team must have a registered chaperone who has passed a USAU background check and signed a waiver. Each team must have a chaperone listed on the event roster (Please see the Help Documentation guide for details team creation and event registration) by the roster deadline.
      1. In order to meet the event deadlines, teams must have chaperones begin the background check process no later than two weeks prior to the registration deadline.
      2. Note: A chaperone’s background check may expire prior to the end of the State Championship; the chaperone must renew his/her background check prior to its expiration.
    3. Each team must have a registered Coach Member who has passed a USAU background check and signed a waiver. Each team must have a Coach Member listed on the event roster (Please see the Help Documentation guide for details team creation and event registration) by the roster deadline.
      1. In order to meet the event deadlines, teams must have a Coach Member begin the background check process no later than two weeks prior to the registration deadline.
      2. Note: A Coach Member’s background check may expire prior to the end of the State Championship; the Coach Member must renew his/her background check prior to its expiration.
    4. No player, coach, or chaperone may be listed on two or more rosters at the same event (including across multiple gender or age divisions). A Coach Member who meets chaperone requirements (over 21 years of age) can fulfill both roles on one team roster.
    5. It is recommended that all player membership dues and waivers should be submitted prior to this deadline.

 

*Note: There may be additional registration information required by your State Youth Coordinator. Contact your State Youth Coordinator in advance of the registration deadline for more details.

  1. Rostering Deadline: Wednesday before the State Championships
    1. Online rostering must be completed by the Wednesday prior to a team's State Championship (For example, if a team's state championship is May 13-14, rostering must be completed by 5 PM MT on Wednesday, May 10)
    2. State Youth Coordinators may set an earlier deadline for rostering in coordination with his/her Regional Youth Director
  2. On-site Player Additions
    1. On-site player additions are subject to a $75 late fee.
    2. State Youth Coordinators may choose not to accept on-site rosters or player additions. This will be communicated to the teams during registration.
  3. Player Eligibility
    1. USA Ultimate High School Championship events are competitions for school-based teams. All players on teams participating in the event must meet the following guidelines for "High School Players".
    2. To be considered a High School Player, students must meet the following requirements:
      1. Students must be regular members of the school they represent in order to participate in an interscholastic athletic activity.
        1. Students are a "regular member" of a school if they are enrolled half time or more, exclusive of interscholastic athletic activities.
        2. In cases where schools can provide supporting documentation, USA Ultimate allows two or more schools meeting certain requirements to compete as a consortium (single-team from multiple schools) in the USA Ultimate High School division. More details can be found here.
      2. Students must be enrolled in ninth, tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade.
      3. Students ineligible under the above requirements and any of their state’s eligibility exceptions may apply for an eligibility exception. Please contact your Regional Youth Director for an application.  
    3. Students must not turn 20 prior to June 1st of the current school year.
    4. Students must not have graduated or received a GED before January 1st of the current school year.
    5. Students who are home schooled will be considered eligible to participate on a team at a USA Ultimate Championship event as follows:
      1. If the student is part of a USAU-recognized home school cooperative, they may participate as part of that cooperative’s Ultimate team, provided that team meets the state tournament participation requirements. This home school cooperative must be renewed every two years and may be reviewed by USA Ultimate at earlier intervals if needed.
      2. If the student is not part of a USAU-recognized home school cooperative, they may participate as part of the Ultimate team at the public high school that they would normally attend, provided that team meets the state tournament participation requirements.
      3. If a student is a regular member of a school they may not play with any other school, regardless of any homeschool designation.
  4. State Eligibility Exceptions
    1. State Youth Coordinators can request modifications to eligibility rules for their entire state by April 1st to the Regional Youth Director for approval by USA Ultimate. If approved, these modifications will apply consistently and to all teams within that state.
  5. Coach Requirements
    1. All teams are required to have a minimum of one current USA Ultimate Coach Member present and listed on the official event roster for all State Championships and Qualifying Events.
  6. Violations of these rules may result in disqualification of a team or individual from the State Championships and/or Qualifying Event and possible repercussions through the USAU conduct process
  7. Clarifications: these rules are designed to be as fair as possible for the wide range of players participating in the State Championships.  Experience has shown that there can be cases where these rules do not absolutely determine the eligibility of a particular player.  The following procedure is available for players/teams for whom the rules are not clear:
    1. The coach, team representative, or the player in question may submit an inquiry to the Youth Eligibility Committee via its eligibility form.
    2. The inquiry form must be filled out completely, and submitted between January 1st and April 5th.  Late requests will be considered at the discretion of the Committee.
    3. The inquiry will be reviewed by the Committee, and responses sent by e-mail. 
    4. Email youth_elig_chair@usaultimate.org if the form is not available or for any other questions.
    5. The Eligibility Committee will rule on a player’s case based on the published Youth Competition Guidelines; this is not the mechanism for requesting changes to the guidelines. Please contact the Manager of Competition and Athletes on the process for proposing changes.
  8. Click here for coordinator contact info.
  9. Click here for detailed instructions on how to complete your roster and for links to the needed forms.
  10. Click here for the Medical Authorization Form (required for minors).

 

Application and compliance of the above guidelines will be subject to the discretion of the USA Ultimate Manager of Competition and Athletes.

 


 

 

2017 USA Ultimate Regional Youth Championships

Overview

The goal of this event is to provide regional level competition for youth ultimate players and encourage local, non-high school based playing opportunities for youth within the USAU structure. In 2017, USA Ultimate will be accepting bids for three separate age divisions – U20, U17, U15.  The guidelines that follow are USAU’s requirements for qualification and criteria for acceptance for the USAU Youth Regional Championships.  As this is a growing division, these guidelines and the bid allocation process are subject to change.

Application and Team Selection

Applications for the 2017 USAU Regional Youth Championships will be available on the USAU website in June 2017.  Applications will be due by July 14, 2017 (5PM Mountain Time) and invited teams will be notified by July 28, 2017. Teams that meet requirements will be eligible to receive an invitation.  Teams will be selected based on team strength, geographic representation, and recent participation in sanctioned youth tournaments. A team’s contributions to the development of youth ultimate may be considered as a tiebreaker in cases where teams cannot be separated based on strength and geography.

Pre-requisites

Any team originating from a state that has not had a USAU State Championships in the appropriate divisions within the past year will receive the lowest bid priority.

 

  • For a boys’ team to receive any bid priority it must originate from a state which has held either a boys’ or mixed division USAU state championships within the last year.

  • For a girls’ team to receive any bid priority it must originate from a state which has held either a girls’ or mixed division USAU state championships within the last year.

  • For a mixed team to receive any bid priority it must originate from a state which has held either a girls’ or mixed division USAU state championships within the last year.

 

For states without a sanctioned state tournament or high school state championship, the application must be accompanied by a state development proposal.

Team and Player Requirements

  1. On-time receipt of application
  2. Adequate adult support structure (at least 2 chaperones over 25)
  3. Players in the U20 division must not turn 20 during the year of the tournament in order to be eligible.
  4. Players in the U17 division must not turn 17 during the year of the tournament in order to be eligible.
  5. Players in the U15 division must not turn 15 during the year of the tournament in order to be eligible.
  6. Each player on the roster must be a USA Ultimate member in good standing at all times during the event.
  7. Teams must be made up of players residing in the same (USAU adult club) region, with residency defined as:
    1. the location where the person is living for the majority of August, AND
    2. the location where the person is living for the majority of the 3 months prior to August
    3. If the above definition means that a player does not have a region as their "residence", then the player is considered to be an out-of-region player.
    4. Teams are allowed a maximum of 4 out-of-region players.
  8. In the cases where a USAU State Championship does not exist, the team must submit a "Development Proposal". Both the application and proposal are due by the application deadline. 
  9. USAU reserves the right to determine whether players on applying teams meet the above criteria.
  10. Multiple team affiliations are not allowed. No player, coach, or chaperone may be listed on two rosters at the same event (including across multiple gender or age divisions).

Development Proposals 

As a part of the application process, applicants that do not have a current State Championship will be required to submit a Development Proposal. This proposal will outline how the applicant will help develop local youth ultimate opportunities, building toward an eventual sanctioned State Championship. This proposal will be included as part of the Youth Regionals application. For more information or questions about developing your proposal, please contact the Manager of Competition and Athletes– youth@usaultimate.org.

Event Registration: Information on paperwork requirements and deadlines will be sent to selected teams along with the invitation to the event.

Application and compliance of the above guidelines will be subject to the discretion of the USA Ultimate Manager of Competition and Athletes.

 


 

 

2017 USAU Youth Club Championships

 

Overview

The goal of this event is to provide national level competition for youth Ultimate players and encourage local playing opportunities for youth within the USAU structure. In 2017, USA Ultimate will be accepting bids for two separate age divisions – U20 and U17.  The guidelines that follow are USAU’s requirements for qualification and criteria for acceptance for the USAU Youth Club Championships.  As this is a growing division, these guidelines and the bid allocation process are subject to change. For context on the 2017 changes please see this statement from the 2017 Youth Competition Working Group.


U-20 Application Process

  1. Phase 1:  Applications for the 2017 USAU Youth Club Championships will be due by March 10, 2017 (5PM Mountain Time). Bids will be awarded according to the team selection process on March 17, 2017.

    1. Teams must fill out the application by the deadline.

    2. At-large applicants (both new and returning) must fill out the application in order to receive instructions for the required youth club development proposal. Both the application and proposal are due by the deadline stated above. It is highly recommended that you submit the application early in order to have time to develop a quality youth club league development proposal.

  2. Phase 2:  Applicants that miss the Phase 1 period can apply during Phase 2 for any available spots or to be added to the waitlist should a Phase 1 team turn down a bid in any division. The waitlist application will be made available on the USAU website in April. The deadline for the waitlist application process will be May 12, and teams will be notified of the status of their bids by June 2.

    1. Teams must fill out the application by the deadline.

    2. At-large applicants (both new and returning) must fill out the application in order to receive instructions for the required youth club development proposal. Both the application and proposal are due by the deadline stated above. It is highly recommended that you submit the application early in order to have time to develop a quality youth club league development proposal.

The purpose of multiple bid deadlines is to accommodate leagues and teams that want to know early in the year how many bids they will receive and in which division(s). In recognizing that not all leagues are ready to bid early, Phase 2 was created to fill any vacant bids after Phase 1 and give a second opportunity for new leagues/teams to apply.

At-large team proposals - As a part of the application process, At-large applicants will be required to submit a youth club development proposal that outlines how the applicant will develop a local youth club league and work with USAU to sanction this league within the next two years.  Applicants who successfully receive a bid based on their youth club development proposal may apply for such a conditional bid for two consecutive years. After the two years from the time the proposal is accepted, if no viable USAU sanctioned youth club league has been developed, it will be at the discretion of the Manager of Competition and Athlete Programs to determine whether the team can continue to apply for bids to the Youth Club Championships. An application must first be submitted in order to receive instructions on developing this proposal.

Team Selection Process: This process is designed to encourage communities to develop youth club playing opportunities outside of the high school structure that is already supported by the USAU High School State Championship series.  The incentives created by the bid priority system encourages the development of local USAU playing opportunities.

Please refer below for the priority in which bids will be awarded.  

  • 1st Priority

    • Affiliates and State Based Organizations.

      • In the case we need to choose between affiliates/SBOs, registration totals for the organization's 2016 youth club league(s) will be used to determine priority.

        • Those with more boys = higher bid priority for boys’ divisions.

        • Those with more girls = higher bid priority for girls’ and mixed divisions.

        • Leagues within the calendar year may be combined.

      • Organizations can only receive one 1st priority bid in each division.  Subsequent bids will receive priority ahead of At-Large teams.

      • State from which team is based must have had a USAU High School State Championships in the appropriate division in 2016 or the team loses bid priority.

        • A priority bid in the boys’ division is dependent upon that team originating from a state which hosted a USAU boys’ or mixed division state championship in 2016.

        • A priority bid in the girls’ division is dependent upon that team originating from a state which hosted a USAU girls’ or mixed division state championship in 2016.

        • A priority bid in the mixed division is dependent upon that team originating from a state which hosted a USAU girls’ or mixed division state championship in 2016.

        • A team may still be considered for a priority bid under the condition that they commit to hosting a 2017 USAU State Championships in their state, in the necessary division, and fill out a "High School Development Plan".  Both the application and development plan are due by the application deadline.



  • 2nd Priority

    • USAU sanctioned, inclusive, non-school based, youth leagues.

      • In the case we need to choose between leagues, registration totals for the league's 2016 youth club league(s) will be used to determine priority.

        • Those with more boys = higher bid priority for boys’ divisions.

        • Those with more girls = higher bid priority for girls’ and mixed divisions.

        • Leagues within the calendar year may be combined.

      • Organizations can only receive one 2nd priority bid in each division.  Subsequent bids will receive priority ahead of At-Large teams.

      • State from which team is based must have had a USAU High School State Championships in the appropriate division in 2016 or the team loses bid priority.

        • A priority bid in the boys’ division is dependent upon that team originating from a state which hosted a USAU boys’ or mixed division state championship in 2016.

        • A priority bid in the girls’ division is dependent upon that team originating from a state which hosted a USAU girls’ or mixed division state championship in 2016.

        • A priority bid in the mixed division is dependent upon that team originating from a state which hosted a USAU girls’ or mixed division state championship in 2016.

        • A team may still be considered for a priority bid under the condition that they commit to hosting a 2017 USAU State Championships in their state, in the necessary division, and fill out a "High School Development Plan".  Both the application and development plan are due by the application deadline.


  • 3rd priority

    • USAU sanctioned high school leagues.

      • In the case we need to choose between leagues, registration totals for the league's 2016 youth club league(s) will be used to determine priority.

        • Those with more boys = higher bid priority for boys’ divisions.

        • Those with more girls = higher bid priority for girls’ and mixed divisions.

        • Leagues within the calendar year may be combined.

      • Organizations can only receive one 3rd priority bid in each division.  Subsequent bids will receive priority ahead of At-Large teams.

      • State from which team is based must have had a USAU High School State Championships in the appropriate division in 2016 or the team loses bid priority.

        • A priority bid in the boys’ division is dependent upon that team originating from a state which hosted a USAU boys’ or mixed division state championship in 2016.

        • A priority bid in the girls’ division is dependent upon that team originating from a state which hosted a USAU girls’ or mixed division state championship in 2016.

        • A priority bid in the mixed division is dependent upon that team originating from a state which hosted a USAU girls’ or mixed division state championship in 2016.

        • A team may still be considered for a priority bid under the condition that they commit to hosting a 2017 USAU State Championships in their state, in the necessary division, and fill out a "High School Development Plan".  Both the application and development plan are due by the application deadline.


  • 4th priority

    • *"At-Large" teams that are not sponsored by a USAU sanctioned league, but which come from a state with a USAU school-based state championship (see below).

      • Teams must submit a development plan for establishing and growing a USAU sanctioned youth league.

      • When choosing between at-large teams, teams participating in USAU sanctioned youth tournaments may receive priority.

      • State from which team is based must have had a USAU High School State Championships in the appropriate division in 2016 or the team loses bid priority.

        • A priority bid in the boys’ division is dependent upon that team originating from a state which hosted a USAU boys’ or mixed division state championship in 2016.

        • A priority bid in the girls’ division is dependent upon that team originating from a state which hosted a USAU girls’ or mixed division state championship in 2016.

        • A priority bid in the mixed division is dependent upon that team originating from a state which hosted a USAU girls’ or mixed division state championship in 2016.

        • A team may still be considered for a priority bid under the condition that they commit to hosting a 2017 USAU State Championships in their state, in the necessary division, and fill out a "High School Development Plan".  Both the application and development plan are due by the application deadline.


  • International Teams

    • International teams will be placed according to the discretion of the USA Ultimate staff.


  • Last Priority

    • *"At-Large" teams originating from a state that did not host a USAU High School State Championships in the appropriate divisions in 2016.

      • For a boys’ team to receive any bid priority it must originate from a state which has held either a boys’ or mixed division USAU state championships in 2016.

      • For a girls’ team to receive any bid priority it must originate from a state which has held either a girls’ or mixed division USAU state championships in 2016.

      • For a mixed team to receive any bid priority it must originate from a state which has held either a girls’ or mixed division USAU state championships in 2016.

      • A team may still be considered for a priority bid under the condition that they commit to hosting a 2017 USAU State Championships in their state, in the necessary division, and fill out a "High School Development Plan".  Both the application and development plan are due by the application deadline.

    • *Within this group of teams bid priority will be given to teams sponsored by a USAU-sanctioned youth club league.


Bid Allocation Limits:

In order to incentivize growth in the number of opportunities for girls to play ultimate in a single gender environment, the number of bids that a league can receive in each division and across divisions will be limited at the Youth Club Championships.  The limits on the number of teams per division and across divisions will be determined according to the following maximum allowable ratios of Boys division bids to Girls and Mixed bids:

 

Boys Bids

Girls Bids

Mixed Bids

2

1

0

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

1

 

State Requirements

Any team originating from a state that has not had a USAU High School State Championships in the appropriate divisions within the past year will receive the lowest bid priority.


  • For a boys’ team to receive any bid priority it must originate from a state which has held either a boys’ or mixed division USAU state championships in 2016.

  • For a girls’ team to receive any bid priority it must originate from a state which has held either a girls’ or mixed division USAU state championships in 2016.

  • For a mixed team to receive any bid priority it must originate from a state which has held either a girls’ or mixed division USAU state championships in 2016.

  • A team may still be considered for a priority bid under the condition that they commit to hosting a 2017 USAU State Championships in their state, in the necessary division, and fill out a "High School Development Plan".  Both the application and development plan are due by the application deadline.


For states without a sanctioned state tournament or high school state championship, the application must be accompanied by a state development proposal.

League Requirements

For the purposes of Team Selection for the YCC, leagues will be defined as follows:

  1. USAU Youth Club League

    1. USAU sanctioned

    2. Provides playing opportunities for youth in a youth-focused environment

    3. Competition and team makeup is not based on school affiliation

    4. Minimum of 4 league meetings (scheduled game days per team) over a minimum of 4 weeks

  2. USA Ultimate reserves the right to determine whether leagues applying for bids to the YCC meet the above criteria.

Team Requirements

 

  1. On-time receipt of application

  2. Adequate adult support

    1. At least 2 USAU Chaperones over 25 years of age

    2. At least one rostered Coach (with USAU Coach Membership)

    3. No Coach or Chaperone may be listed on two or more rosters at the same event (including across multiple gender or age divisions).

  3. Must be made up of players residing in the same (USAU adult club) region, with residency defined as:

    1. the location where the person is living for the majority of August, AND

    2. the location where the person is living for the majority of the 3 months prior to August

    3. If the above definition means that a player does not have a region as their "residence", then the player is considered to be an out-of-region player.

    4. Teams are allowed a maximum of 4 out-of-region players.

 

Player Requirements

 

  1. Each player on the roster must be a USA Ultimate member in good standing.
  2. All players must not turn 20 or older during the year of the USAU Youth Club Championships.
  3. *Players must have either:
    1. participated in the USAU High or Middle School State Championships or State Qualifying Event during the academic year immediately preceding the USAU Youth Club Championships, OR
    2. participated in a USAU-sanctioned youth club league with a start date during the 12 months prior to the current Youth Club Championships and been enrolled in high school or middle school during the academic year immediately preceding the USAU Youth Club Championships.
  4. *Player Eligibility Exception Process: Teams and Players that do not meet above requirements but wish to participate may be granted an exception and are encouraged to apply for one. These situations require completion of a Player Exception Application (FORM LINKED HERE).
    1. Examples include, but are not limited to:
      1. Players who do not meet Rule 3a or 3b above, but are enrolled at a school whose top (Varsity/A) team participated in the most recent USAU High School State Championship or Qualifying Event will be allowed to participate (must complete form linked above in Player Eligibility Exception Process).
      2. All players who have not yet attended High School and do not meet Rule 3a or 3b above will be allowed to participate (must complete form linked above in Player Eligibility Exception Process).
      3. Players who participated at YCC in 2016, have graduated from high school, and do not turn 19 before June 1, 2017, will be allowed to participate (must complete form linked above in Player Eligibility Exception Process).
    2. All other players will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    3. USAU reserves the right to determine whether players on applying teams meet the above criteria.
  5. No player may be listed on two or more rosters at the same event (including across multiple gender or age divisions).

 

Event Registration

Information on paperwork requirements and deadlines will be sent to selected teams along with the invitation to the event.

U-17 Application Process

  1. Phase 1:  Applications for the 2017 USAU Youth Club Championships will be due by March 10, 2017 (5PM Mountain Time). Bids will be awarded according to the team selection process on March 17, 2017.

    1. Teams must fill out the application by the deadline.

    2. At-large applicants (both new and returning) must fill out the application in order to receive instructions for the required youth club development proposal. Both the application and proposal are due by the deadline stated above. It is highly recommended that you submit the application early in order to have time to develop a quality youth club league development proposal.

  2. Phase 2:  Applicants that miss the Phase 1 period can apply during Phase 2 for any available spots or to be added to the waitlist should a Phase 1 team turn down a bid in any division. The waitlist application will be made available on the USAU website in April. The deadline for the waitlist application process will be May 12, and teams will be notified of the status of their bids by June 2.

    1. Teams must fill out the application by the deadline.

    2. At-large applicants (both new and returning) must fill out the application in order to receive instructions for the required youth club development proposal. Both the application and proposal are due by the deadline stated above. It is highly recommended that you submit the application early in order to have time to develop a quality youth club league development proposal.

The purpose of multiple bid deadlines is to accommodate leagues and teams that want to know early in the year how many bids they will receive and in which division(s). In recognizing that not all leagues are ready to bid early, Phase 2 was created to fill any vacant bids after Phase 1 and give a second opportunity for new leagues/teams to apply.

At-large team proposals - As a part of the application process, At-large applicants will be required to submit a youth club development proposal that outlines how the applicant will develop a local youth club league and work with USAU to sanction this league within the next two years.  Applicants who successfully receive a bid based on their youth club development proposal may apply for such a conditional bid for two consecutive years. After the two years from the time the proposal is accepted, if no viable USAU sanctioned youth club league has been developed, it will be at the discretion of the Manager of Competition and Athlete Programs to determine whether the team can continue to apply for bids to the Youth Club Championships. An application must first be submitted in order to receive instructions on developing this proposal.

Team Selection Process: This process is designed to encourage communities to develop youth club playing opportunities outside of the high school structure that is already supported by the USAU High School State Championship series.  The incentives created by the bid priority system encourages the development of local USAU playing opportunities.

Please refer below for the priority in which bids will be awarded.  

  • 1st Priority

    • Affiliates and State Based Organizations.

      • In the case we need to choose between affiliates/SBOs, registration totals for the organization's 2016 youth club league(s) will be used to determine priority.

        • Those with more boys = higher bid priority for boys’ divisions.

        • Those with more girls = higher bid priority for girls’ and mixed divisions.

        • Leagues within the calendar year may be combined.

      • Organizations can only receive one 1st priority bid in each division.  Subsequent bids will receive priority ahead of At-Large teams.

      • State from which team is based must have had a USAU High School State Championships in the appropriate division in 2016 or the team loses bid priority.

        • A priority bid in the boys’ division is dependent upon that team originating from a state which hosted a USAU boys’ or mixed division state championship in 2016.

        • A priority bid in the girls’ division is dependent upon that team originating from a state which hosted a USAU girls’ or mixed division state championship in 2016.

        • A priority bid in the mixed division is dependent upon that team originating from a state which hosted a USAU girls’ or mixed division state championship in 2016.

        • A team may still be considered for a priority bid under the condition that they commit to hosting a 2017 USAU State Championships in their state, in the necessary division, and fill out a "High School Development Plan".  Both the application and development plan are due by the application deadline.


  • 2nd Priority

    • USAU sanctioned, inclusive, non-school based, youth leagues.

      • In the case we need to choose between leagues, registration totals for the league's 2016 youth club league(s) will be used to determine priority.

        • Those with more boys = higher bid priority for boys’ divisions.

        • Those with more girls = higher bid priority for girls’ and mixed divisions.

        • Leagues within the calendar year may be combined.

      • Organizations can only receive one 2nd priority bid in each division.  Subsequent bids will receive priority ahead of At-Large teams.

      • State from which team is based must have had a USAU High School State Championships in the appropriate division in 2016 or the team loses bid priority.

        • A priority bid in the boys’ division is dependent upon that team originating from a state which hosted a USAU boys’ or mixed division state championship in 2016.

        • A priority bid in the girls’ division is dependent upon that team originating from a state which hosted a USAU girls’ or mixed division state championship in 2016.

        • A priority bid in the mixed division is dependent upon that team originating from a state which hosted a USAU girls’ or mixed division state championship in 2016.

        • A team may still be considered for a priority bid under the condition that they commit to hosting a 2017 USAU State Championships in their state, in the necessary division, and fill out a "High School Development Plan".  Both the application and development plan are due by the application deadline.


  • 3rd priority

    • USAU sanctioned high school leagues.

      • In the case we need to choose between leagues, registration totals for the league's 2016 youth club league(s) will be used to determine priority.

        • Those with more boys = higher bid priority for boys’ divisions.

        • Those with more girls = higher bid priority for girls’ and mixed divisions.

        • Leagues within the calendar year may be combined.

      • Organizations can only receive one 3rd priority bid in each division.  Subsequent bids will receive priority ahead of At-Large teams.

      • State from which team is based must have had a USAU High School State Championships in the appropriate division in 2016 or the team loses bid priority.

        • A priority bid in the boys’ division is dependent upon that team originating from a state which hosted a USAU boys’ or mixed division state championship in 2016.

        • A priority bid in the girls’ division is dependent upon that team originating from a state which hosted a USAU girls’ or mixed division state championship in 2016.

        • A priority bid in the mixed division is dependent upon that team originating from a state which hosted a USAU girls’ or mixed division state championship in 2016.

        • A team may still be considered for a priority bid under the condition that they commit to hosting a 2017 USAU State Championships in their state, in the necessary division, and fill out a "High School Development Plan".  Both the application and development plan are due by the application deadline.


  • 4th priority

    • *"At-Large" teams that are not sponsored by a USAU sanctioned league, but which come from a state with a USAU school-based state championship (see below).

      • Teams must submit a development plan for establishing and growing a USAU sanctioned youth league.

      • When choosing between at-large teams, teams participating in USAU sanctioned youth tournaments may receive priority.

      • State from which team is based must have had a USAU High School State Championships in the appropriate division in 2016 or the team loses bid priority.

        • A priority bid in the boys’ division is dependent upon that team originating from a state which hosted a USAU boys’ or mixed division state championship in 2016.

        • A priority bid in the girls’ division is dependent upon that team originating from a state which hosted a USAU girls’ or mixed division state championship in 2016.

        • A priority bid in the mixed division is dependent upon that team originating from a state which hosted a USAU girls’ or mixed division state championship in 2016.

        • A team may still be considered for a priority bid under the condition that they commit to hosting a 2017 USAU State Championships in their state, in the necessary division, and fill out a "High School Development Plan".  Both the application and development plan are due by the application deadline.


  • International Teams

    • International teams will be placed according to the discretion of the Athletes and Competition Manager (youth).


  • Last Priority

    • *"At-Large" teams originating from a state that did not host a USAU High School State Championships in the appropriate divisions in 2016.

      • For a boys’ team to receive any bid priority it must originate from a state which has held either a boys’ or mixed division USAU state championships in 2016.

      • For a girls’ team to receive any bid priority it must originate from a state which has held either a girls’ or mixed division USAU state championships in 2016.

      • For a mixed team to receive any bid priority it must originate from a state which has held either a girls’ or mixed division USAU state championships in 2016.

      • A team may still be considered for a priority bid under the condition that they commit to hosting a 2017 USAU State Championships in their state, in the necessary division, and fill out a "High School Development Plan".  Both the application and development plan are due by the application deadline.

    • *Within this group of teams bid priority will be given to teams sponsored by a USAU-sanctioned youth club league.

       

Bid Allocation Limits:

In order to incentivize growth in the number of opportunities for girls to play Ultimate in a single gender environment, the number of bids that a league can receive in each division and across divisions will be limited at the Youth Club Championships.  The limits on the number of teams per division and across divisions will be determined according to the following maximum allowable ratios of Boys division bids to Girls and Mixed bids:

 

Boys Bids

Girls Bids

Mixed Bids

2

1

0

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

1

 

State Requirements

Any team originating from a state that has not had a USAU High School State Championships in the appropriate divisions within the past year will receive the lowest bid priority.


  • For a boys’ team to receive any bid priority it must originate from a state which has held either a boys’ or mixed division USAU state championships in 2016.

  • For a girls’ team to receive any bid priority it must originate from a state which has held either a girls’ or mixed division USAU state championships in 2016.

  • For a mixed team to receive any bid priority it must originate from a state which has held either a girls’ or mixed division USAU state championships in 2016.

  • A team may still be considered for a priority bid under the condition that they commit to hosting a 2017 USAU State Championships in their state, in the necessary division, and fill out a "High School Development Plan".  Both the application and development plan are due by the application deadline.


For states without a sanctioned state tournament or high school state championship, the application must be accompanied by a state development proposal.

League Requirements

For the purposes of Team Selection for the YCC, leagues will be defined as follows:

  1. USAU Youth Club League

    1. USAU sanctioned

    2. Provides playing opportunities for youth in a youth-focused environment

    3. Competition and team makeup is not based on school affiliation

    4. Minimum of 4 league meetings (scheduled game days per team) over a minimum of 4 weeks

  2. USA Ultimate reserves the right to determine whether leagues applying for bids to the YCC meet the above criteria.

Team Requirements

 

  1. On-time receipt of application

  2. Adequate adult support

    1. At least 2 USAU Chaperones over 25 years of age

    2. At least one rostered Coach (with USAU Coach Membership)

    3. No Coach or Chaperone may be listed on two or more rosters at the same event (including across multiple gender or age divisions).

  3. Must be made up of players residing in the same (USAU adult club) region, with residency defined as:

    1. the location where the person is living for the majority of August, AND

    2. the location where the person is living for the majority of the 3 months prior to August

    3. If the above definition means that a player does not have a region as their "residence", then the player is considered to be an out-of-region player.

    4. Teams are allowed a maximum of 4 out-of-region players.

 

Player Requirements

 

  1. Each player on the roster must be a USA Ultimate member in good standing.

  2. All players must not turn 17 or older during the year of the USAU Youth Club Championships.

  3. *Players must have either:
    a. participated in the USAU High or Middle School State Championships or State Qualifying Event
    during the academic year immediately preceding the USAU Youth Club Championships, OR
    b.
    participated in a USAU-sanctioned youth club league initiated during the 12 months prior to the current Youth Club Championships and been enrolled in high school or middle school during the academic year immediately preceding the USAU Youth Club Championships.

  4. *Player Eligibility Exception Process: Teams and Players that do not meet above requirements but wish to participate may be granted an exception and are encouraged to apply for one. These situations require completion of a Player Exception Application (FORM HERE).

    1. Examples include, but are not limited to:

      1. Players who do not meet Rule 3a or 3b above, but are enrolled at a school whose top (Varsity/A) team participated in the most recent USAU High School State Championship or Qualifying Event will be allowed to participate (must complete form).

      2. All players who have not yet attended High School and do not meet Rule 3a or 3b above will be allowed to participate (must complete form).

      3. Players who participated at YCC in 2016, have graduated from high school, and do not turn 16 before June 1, 2017 will be allowed to participate (must complete form).

    2. All other players will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    3. USAU reserves the right to determine whether players on applying teams meet the above criteria.

  5. No player may be listed on two or more rosters at the same event (including across multiple gender or age divisions).

Event Registration

Information on paperwork requirements and deadlines will be sent to selected teams along with the invitation to the event.

Application and compliance of the above guidelines will be subject to the discretion of the USA Ultimate Manager of Competition and Athletes.

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Competition Guidelines

Minor (Under 18) Player Info

Minors participating in the State Championships or Qualifying Events must have a Medical Authorization Form completed prior to participation. A team with minors on it must have an approved, background-checked chaperone listed on the team’s official roster.  The medical release form is the responsibility of the chaperone; it must be brought to each USAU event and kept on hand by the chaperone.This form will allow medical personnel to treat an injured minor without a parent/guardian having to be present. (Without this form a doctor might not be able to treat an injured minor.)

Spirit of the Game

Ultimate has traditionally relied upon a spirit of sportsmanship which places the responsibility for fair play on the players themselves. Highly competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of the bond of mutual respect between players, adherence to the agreed-upon rules of the game, or the basic joy of play. Protection of these vital elements serves to eliminate adverse conduct from the Ultimate field. Such actions as taunting of opposing players, dangerous aggression, intentional fouling, or other 'win at all costs' behavior are contrary to the Spirit of the Game and must be avoided by all players.

Spirit of the Game sets Ultimate apart from other competitive team sports. For over 30 years, Ultimate has flourished, reaching a highly competitive level, without the use of referees. In Ultimate, the honor system works. Sure, human nature rears its ugly head from time to time - just as in any sport, just as in life. Yet, one of the many beauties of Ultimate is how, even amid the most difficult of situations, utmost graciousness is allowed to meet that challenge head on. Through this balance, Ultimate players are free to demonstrate the most honorable and the most joyous sides of human nature in sport.

Most Ultimate players care deeply about Spirit of the Game. The organizational challenge for USAU is to foster an environment where the challenge does not become, "to see what I can get away with". Rather than dictate what Spirit of the Game is or should be, it is up to each player to do so for him or herself within the context of the teams he or she plays with and against.

 


 

Gender Division Eligibility

  1. Males are eligible to compete in the Boys and Mixed divisions.
  2. Females are eligible to compete in the Boys, Mixed, and Girls divisions.
  3. On-field gender ratio rules for the Mixed Division are described in the Mixed Division Gender Ratio section of the Competition Guidelines.
  4. The eligibility of transgender athletes will be governed by the USA Ultimate Policy on Transgender Athletes. Contact USA Ultimate HQ for more information as needed.

 


 

Coaching Certification Requirements

During games at USAU Championship events where field access is restricted (e.g. semifinal and finals of the USAU Regional Championships), sideline access will only be granted to players, coaches that are designated by the team and have completed the USAU Coaching Ethics Workshop, USAU event staff, and media.

All chaperones and additional coaches that have not completed the USAU Coaching Ethics Workshop, will read, sign and agree to abide by the USAU Coaching Ethics Code and USAU Spirit of Coaching statement. This is completed during the NCSI background screening process.

Limits on number of coaches and other non-player support staff will be determined by specific event guidelines.

Coaches who aren’t currently Level I certified should make plans to attend the Coaching Ethics Workshop between October and March of each year in order to ensure access to the sideline for all games at the Championship events.

 


 

Name/Logo/Uniform Guidelines

USAU reserves the right to alter, or require a team to alter, a team name, player nickname, team logo, jersey graphic, or uniform and/or suggest alternatives at or in conjunction with a USAU program or event should USAU personnel determine that the existing name, logo, graphic, or uniform might hinder the mission of the organization or the goals of a specific USAU program or event. Alterations must meet with the approval of USAU personnel.

 


 

Uniform Requirements

Player Uniform Requirements

  • All players participating in the USAU High School Regional Championships and the USAU Youth Club Championship tournaments for a given team must wear jerseys of identical color and design.

  • Teams must have two jerseys of distinctly different color.

  • Jerseys must have numbers on the back.  The numbers must be at least 6 inches high and be one or two digit Arabic numerals.  No two players on a given team may use the same number or numbers with the same value (e.g. 00 and 0, 01 and 1, etc.).

  • Uniform bottoms (shorts, pants, skirts) worn by players on the field must be the same color.

  • It is recommended that uniform accessories including tights, undershirts, hats, and socks be of identical or coordinated style and color.

  • USAU reserves the right to disqualify and/or fine players who fail to meet the uniform requirements.

  • The uniform requirements for USAU State HS Championships are to be determined by the State Youth Coordinator.

 

Coach Uniform Requirements

  • All coaches participating in the USA Ultimate HS Regional Championships or Youth Club Championships must wear either a uniform of identical color and design as the team, or professional coaching attire as defined below.

  • Professional coaching attire is defined as any combination of the following:

    • The team jersey, or a sleeved shirt/polo matching the team uniform colors (and/or high school, if the team uses the school colors for their uniforms).   

    • Team shorts/skirt or hemmed slacks/shorts/skirt of an appropriate solid color    

    • Business casual attire    

    • Closed toe shoes such as cleats, flats or athletic shoes. Flip flops, open toed sandals and bare feet are not considered professional coaching attire.    

  • Coach jerseys and shorts are not subject to the number requirements for players.

  • Names, logos, and graphics on jerseys must comply with the Name/Logo/Uniform Guidelines above.

  • It is recommended that uniform accessories including weather related gear, tights, undershirts, hats, and socks be of identical or coordinated style and color.

  • USA Ultimate reserves the right to remove from the sideline/field and/or fine coaches who fail to meet the uniform requirements.

  • These requirements do not apply to State Championships

 

 


 

Formats

State Championship tournament formats will be determined by coordinators using USAU guidelines for the Championship Series. Contact your State Youth Championship Coordinator for information.  Formats for HS Regionals and the YCC will depend on the number of teams and fields, with the goals of determining a champion, showcasing the division at its best, and providing a great playing experience for all the teams.

Note that formats in the current USA Ultimate Formats Manual are being updated to meet the following guidelines.  State Youth Coordinators must contact their Regional Youth Director to have a format approved.

Event Competition Schedule Standards

  1. Only eligible players can compete in sanctioned youth events.
  2. Maximum amount of time that players are at the fields is 9 hours per day.
  3. Maximum amount of actual game time is 6 hours per day.
  4. For standard 2 hour rounds (games to 15),there is a max of 3 games a day (6 per weekend)
  5. Minimum of 30 minutes from hard cap to beginning of the next round.
  6. If teams have more than 2 games per day, an 1-hour break between games is recommended.

 


 

Seeding

  • Seeding for the State HS Championships will be done by the CSYC using the following information: input solicited from all the captains of participating teams; results of head to head match-ups prior to the Championships; results of last year's Championships; and other applicable information such as team composition during or prior to the Championships. (The coordinator has the authority to adjust rankings according to the best information available.)

  • Seeding for the USAU Youth Club Championships and USAU Regional Championships will be done by the USAU Championship series staff using the following information: input solicited from all the coaches of participating teams; results of head to head match-ups prior to the Championships; results of last year's Championships; and other applicable information such as team composition during or prior to the Championships and geographic location. 

 


 

Forfeit Rule

  1. A team must play all of its games at a tournament.
    1. Any team that declines to finish a scheduled game or games or attempts to decide a match by any manner other than playing Ultimate on the field will forfeit those games.  Should both teams in a match choose not to play, then it will be considered a double forfeit.
    2. At the discretion of the event's USAU coordinator, consideration may be given to situations that might warrant an exception being made, provided it does not affect the fairness or integrity of the competition.
    3. Consideration should be given if a team misses the first game of the first day because of travel problems.
  2. If one team is not ready to play at game-time, points may be assessed in accordance with the current edition of the USAU Official Rules of Ultimate (Section VIII.A.4). Under these conditions, if the score of the game reaches 8-0, the team that has failed to signal readiness will technically forfeit the game (see rule above).
  3. A team will be considered to have forfeited any game where the number of players that can safely participate falls below the minimum requirement set by the Event Organizer for that specific event. (See "Player Minimums" below).

 


 

Rules

2017 USAU Youth and High School Championship events will be played using the current edition of the USAU Official Rules of Ultimate.  Any changes to these rules must be pre-approved by the USAU Championship Series headquarters staff.

Approved for 2017:

The following changes have been approved for use in the 2017 Youth Division: 

Endzone Size -  Endzone length will be shortened to 20 yards.  This change allows for consistency with WFDF rules used in international competition and increases the number of field sites that can be used for Ultimate.
   
Contact Call -  If contact occurs between the thrower and marker that would constitute a foul under XVI.H.3.a but the thrower does not release the disc, "contact" may be called. Play does not stop and the marker resumes the stall count at "one". Other than resetting the stall count to "one" after the first instance, the "contact" call is treated as any other marking violation. The marker may contest the "contact" call by calling "violation", which stops play. If the thrower calls "contact" after beginning the throwing motion and subsequently releases the disc, it is treated as if the thrower called "foul".

 


 

Observers

Only USAU Certified Observers or Instructional Observers are permitted to officiate at USAU Championship or Championship Series Events.

If officials are used during USAU Youth or High School Championship events, their duties must be in line with those described in the USAU Observer Manual.  Any changes to these duties must be pre-approved by the Championship Series Manager.

If captains want observers to be present at a tournament, they must notify the event coordinator at least 4 weeks prior to the tournament. This will facilitate recruitment prior to the event. The use of observers is subject to the availability of observer staff.

 


 

Gender Ratio for Mixed Division

  1. Youth Club Championships
    1. The gender ratio for the Mixed Division of the Youth Club Championships will be 4/3 (4 men and 3 women, or 4 women and 3 men).
    2. The receiving team will determine if the current point will be played with 4 men and 3 women or 4 women and 3 men. The pulling team must match the gender ratio of the receiving team.
    3. If the pulling team cannot match the gender of all 7 players, then it must play with fewer than 7 players, matching the gender of as many players as possible.
    4. Injury timeouts
      1. In the event of an injury time-out where a player leaves the field, the replacing player must be the same gender as the injured player.
      2. If a team replaces players, the opposing team has the option of substituting a like number of, or fewer players.
      3. The replacing player(s) must be the same gender as the player(s) they replace.
      4. If a team calls an injury time-out but does not have a replacement player of the same gender as the injured player, it may not replace that player and must play with fewer than 7 players.
  2. State HS Championships
    1. At USAU State HS Championships that include a mixed division, the gender ratio for that division will be determined by the USAU State Youth Coordinator after consulting with the affected teams' captains and coaches.
    2. Please note that for teams to be eligible to apply for participation at HS Regional Championships, the mixed division of a sanctioned state championship or a sponsored USAU State HS Championship must have the gender ratio of 4/3 (4 men and 3 women, or 4 women and 3 men).

 


 

Player Minimums

  1. USAU Youth and High School Championship events set specific player minimum requirements for both registration and competition.
  2. Registration Minimums: Set to determine whether a team can officially register for an event.
    1. For Sanctioned/Championship Tournament play: 10 total players minimum, and for mixed divisions, at least 4 players per gender.
    2. For League Match play: 10 total players minimum, and for mixed divisions, at least 4 players per gender.
    3. For Regional Events/Youth Club Championships: 10 total players minimum registered and attending the event, and for mixed divisions, at least 4 players per gender.
  3. Competition Minimums: Set to determine whether a team can continue to compete safely at an event.
    1. For Sanctioned/Championship Tournament play: 7 players to start, 5 to continue playing.  Fewer than 5 is a forfeit.  For mixed: 4 players per gender to start.  5 to continue playing.
    2. For League Match play: 7 players to start, 5 to continue playing.  Fewer than 5 is a forfeit.  For mixed: 4 players per gender to start.  5 to continue playing.
    3. For Regional Events/Youth Club Championships: 7 players to start, 5 to continue playing.  Fewer than 5 is a forfeit.  For mixed: 4 players per gender to start.  5 to continue playing.
  4. Contact the event organizer or USAU headquarters to determine any requirements beyond these minimums.

 


 

Violations and Sanctions

Failure to abide by any of the Competition Guidelines may result in sanctions through the USA Ultimate conduct process. Such sanctions may be imposed on a team or individuals associated with a team deemed to be in violation of the guidelines, and may include, but are not limited to, suspension or disqualification from USA Ultimate competition.

In order to help teams follow the Competition Guidelines and avoid violations, USA Ultimate will continue to work to improve registration procedures and communication of information pertaining to youth competition. As these improvements are made by the organization, teams will continue to be held more fully responsible for following procedures and understanding information. Because consistency in holding all participants to the same administrative and competitive standards is vital to the integrity of the competition, because many violations lead to unfair advantages in competition, and because it is often difficult to determine intent, guideline violations will result in serious repercussions. Such repercussions will provide an incentive for players and teams to understand the guidelines fully, follow the guidelines carefully, and avoid intended or unintended violations in the future.

Application and compliance of the above guidelines will be subject to the discretion of the USA Ultimate Manager of Competition and Athletes.

 

* Revisions to the 2017 Youth Guidelines made on 2/22/17 are outlined in detail here.