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USA Ultimate is very pleased to recognize the hard work and dedication of local USA Ultimate Affiliates in promoting the sport of ultimate to their constituent communities and for their outstanding performance in fulfilling USA Ultimate's mission to advance the sport across the nation.

Prior Year Recognition: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013                    Jump down to: Individual Recognition (Most Valuable People)

2017 Organization Recognition

 

Most Youth Players

  triangle ultimate logo nv ultimate 2014 logo  AYU logo   
  1st (1412)  
  2nd (1305)  
  3rd (862)  

 

Triangle Ultimate Neuqua Valley Ultimate Altitude Youth Ultimate  
Note: Includes players rostered in registered Affiliate-owned sanctioned/insured events.  Does not include USAU Outreach Programs (Learn to Play, GUM, Coach/Observer clinics) nor USAU owned championship events.

 

 

Most Growth in Youth Players

  LOGO MNYU  LOGO UPLA nv ultimate 2014 logo   
 

1st (853.9%)

13 (2016) - 124 (2017)

 
 

2nd (142.9%)

28 (2016) - 68 (2017)

 
 

3rd (62.1%)

871 (2016) - 1412 (2017)

 

 

Jacksonville Ultimate League Ultimate Players League of Austin Neuqua Valley Ultimate  
Note: Only includes Affiliate organizations who were returning from 2016 for a full-year comparison. Includes players rostered in registered Affiliate-owned sanctioned/insured events.  Does not include USAU Outreach Programs (Learn to Play, GUM, Coach/Observer clinics) nor USAU owned championship events.

 

 

Most Youth Competition Events
(Tournaments + Leagues)

 

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 triangle ultimate logo  LOGO Maine Ultimate  
  1st (13)  
  Tied-2nd (9)  
  3rd (5)  

 


AFDC Juniors

Altitude Youth Ultimate

Columbus Ultimate Disc Association

Triangle Ultimate Maine Ultimate  
NoteIncludes registered Affiliate-owned sanctioned leagues and tournaments, including hat tournaments. Does not include insured practices/tryouts, pickups/scrimmages, training clinics/camps, meetings/conferences, USAU Outreach Programs (Learn to Play, GUM, Coach/Observer clinics) nor USAU owned championship events.

 

 

Most Female-Identifying Players

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  1st (803)  
  2nd (602)  
  3rd (584)  

 

DiscNY Maine Ultimate Triangle Ultimate  
Note: Includes players rostered in registered Affiliate-owned sanctioned/insured events.  Does not include USAU Outreach Programs (Learn to Play, GUM, Coach/Observer clinics) nor USAU owned championship events.

 

 

Highest Female-Identifying Percentage of Players

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1st (40.52%)

109 of 269

 
 

2nd (32.56%)

70 of 215

 
 

3rd (31.32%)

803 of 2564

 

 

Missoula Ultimate Federation Tucson Ultimate Maine Ultimate  
NoteIncludes players rostered in registered Affiliate-owned sanctioned/insured events.  Does not include USAU Outreach Programs (Learn to Play, GUM, Coach/Observer clinics) nor USAU owned championship events.

 

 

Most Individual Players

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  1st (2564)  
  2nd (2525)  
  3rd (2412)  

 

DiscNY Maine Ultimate Triangle Ultimate  
Note: Includes players rostered in registered Affiliate-owned sanctioned/insured events.  Does not include USAU Outreach Programs (Learn to Play, GUM, Coach/Observer clinics) nor USAU owned championship events.

 

 

Most Overall Growth in Players

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  1st (62.2%)  
  2nd (59.6%)  
  3rd (49.5%)  

 

Altitude Youth Ultimate Neuqua Valley Ultimate Indiana Ultimate Foundation  
NoteOnly includes Affiliate organizations who were returning from 2016 for a full-year comparison. Includes players rostered in registered Affiliate-owned sanctioned/insured events.  Does not include USAU Outreach Programs (Learn to Play, GUM, Coach/Observer clinics) nor USAU owned championship events.

 

 

Most Total Competition Events Offered
(Tournaments + Leagues)

 
LOGO DiscNY
 triangle ultimate logo LOGO CUDA  
  1st (38)   
  2nd (26)   
  3rd (15)  

 

DiscNY Triangle Ultimate Columbus Ultimate Disc Association  
Note: Includes registered Affiliate-owned sanctioned/insured leagues and tournaments, including hat tournaments.  Does not include insured practices/tryouts, pickups/scrimmages, training clinics/camps, meetings/conferences, USAU Outreach Programs (Learn to Play, GUM, Coach/Observer clinics) nor USAU owned championship events.

 

 

Highest Average Event Participation per Player
(Tournaments, Leagues &
 Other Training/Practices/Clinics/Etc)

 
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LOGO CUDA  
  1st (2.61)  
  2nd (2.20)   
  3rd (1.85)  

 

Triangle Ultimate Columbus Ultimate Disc Association AFDC Juniors  
Note: Includes registered Affiliate-owned sanctioned/insured events and the participation of players rostered in them.  Does not include USAU Outreach Programs (Learn to Play, GUM, Coach/Observer clinics) nor USAU championship events.

 

* Full Affiliate Recognition Summary
(Each organization's numbers for the above categories)


2017 Individual Recognition (Most Valuable People)

Each affiliate organization is given the opportunity to recognize their most outstanding individuals each year in 2 categories, event organizers and key contributors in any area.


LOGO AUDA

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Albany Ultimate Disc Association

Event Organizer
Tom Kirby has worked tirelessly for years to run all of our youth ultimate programs. We wouldn't be able to grow our youth programming, or even function at all, without Tom's expertise and energy.
     
Contributor Alicia Shultz's positive and boundless energy has lead to our youth programs success. She has helped run several youth outreach programs which were huge successes.



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Altitude Youth Ultimate

Event Organizer Jeff Berget runs the majority of our tournaments and is usually involved, on some level, even with the ones he can't be there to personally oversee. He's been doing it for a LONG time and deserves all the praise in the world for the amount of work he's put into perfecting the science of running tournaments.
     
Contributor As our treasurer, Fin Waugh has put in countless hours developing a highly functioning spreadsheet that tracks all of our income and expenses. But beyond that, he puts in hours of unpaid work running tournaments, creating community events, and organizing volunteers.



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Atlanta Flying Disc Club Juniors

Event Organizer We'd like to recognize Chad Borer for his work with high school Terminus. He's retiring from the tournament director position after 5 years on the job, in that time he's seen the tournament grow 3-fold to a national event and has done an amazing job managing growth and putting on an excellent event. We had many great contributors but for his work over the past 5 years, and this year in particular handling a fields emergency, Chad deserves recognition from the ultimate community (even if he doesn't want it).
     
Contributor George Li is the Junior's Director, and the fact that he hasn't been nominated yet is only a testament to his selfless character, as he's always nominating others before himself. Our robust growth over the last 5 years would not have happened without George at the helm. It's hard to sum up, depending on which metrics or stats you want to use, but we are well over 5x as big as we were before George took over. He's in a super stressful position where he has to make a lot of difficult decisions; those decisions have led to incredible growth at all youth levels, and he doesn't get nearly the recognition he deserves. He does this all while being a part of a large family with many kids still in the house, how he finds time to be so effective and productive is something the rest of AFDC Juniors can't figure out. If every city had someone like George watching out for the Juniors, the national youth ultimate scene would be far more advanced. He does everything from coach, to manage tournaments, to helping determine the budget, and everything in between. The AFDC Juniors program will be forever grateful for his contributions.



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Capital Area Disc Association

Event Organizer  Patrick Abeli
     
Contributor  Ellen Grimes



LOGO CUDA

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Columbus Ultimate Disc Association

Event Organizer  Kate Taylor has commissioned our Fall League for years and has always done a great job. This year she increased the league's size by 30%.
     
Contributor  Mike Sauter did a great job wrapping up his final year as CUDA President and was also a valuable leader in commissioning our Summer Leagues.



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Detroit Ultimate Association

Event Organizer  Mari Anzicek set the precedent for how to consistently run a quality league.
     
Contributor  Marc Zigterman always brings his A game and did not disappoint last year.



LOGO DiscNY

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DiscNY

Event Organizer  Malcolm Baker (MS League Commissioner): Malcolm expanded DiscNY's MS league to over 20 teams in its second year of existence. He worked closely with Johnny DeMatteo (MS Athletic League Commissioner) to put more structure on their nascent ultimate program by offering DiscNY's support for: teaching the sport, providing discs & shirts to teams, and staffing trained observers to oversee all league games. Thanks to Malcolm's efforts, NYC now has an established funnels of experienced middle school players now moving into our HS Leagues. His recognition as DiscNY's 2017 Most Valuable League Organizer is greatly deserved.
     
Contributor  Karen Chalif (Newsletter Coordinator): Karen's vision of creating a monthly newsletter to provide important information to NYC's growing ultimate community helped to bring USAU's largest affiliate closer together. Her keen journalistic sensibilities, editing prowess, and visual acumen provided DiscNY's community with a newsletter which was always eagerly anticipated. She is highly deserving of being DiscNY's Most Valuable Contributor of 2017.



IYU 2 Color

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Illinois Youth Ultimate

Event Organizer Rob Berg was the most valuable person - not only did he have the vision for IU, for connecting IYU efforts and the knack for communicating with Ultimate Chicago, but he ran the state championships - the timing of this with the school year and his new baby at home - he made it a priority to have a great event. He was the glue in so many ways last year.
     
Contributor Matt Moran has been the Secretary of IYU and legal advisor. He helped guide us through the process of obtaining the 501c3 status. He is a clear headed thinker, calm communicator, and cornerstone of the Illinois Youth Ultimate organization.



IUF

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Indiana Ultimate Foundation

Event Organizer  Zakk Mabrey was extremely helpful this year with pre-tournament organization.
     
Contributor  Kelly Vogeler was extremely helpful with volunteering and organizing volunteers.



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Jacksonville Ultimate League

Event Organizer  Event organization was pretty balanced in 2017.  Thanks to all organizers!
     
Contributor  Organization was pretty balanced in 2017.  Thanks to all contributors!



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Kalamazoo United Youth Ultimate

Event Organizer Bruce Johnson has been our primary tournament director. He has successfully organized and executed arguably the two best run youth tournaments in Michigan for both 2017 and 2018.
     
Contributor Lindsay Winsborrow has performed the role of secretary on our board and has been a driving force in helping guide KUYU and keeping everyone on task.



LOGO Maine Ultimate

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Maine Ultimate

Event Organizer  Gunnar Heckler oversees adult winter leagues, often offers to be TD for local tournaments and helps out at youth events.
     
Contributor  Jen Muehle is the face of our tourney central and also runs the Maine Ultimate Swag Shop at all of our major events.



LOGO MUF

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Missoula Ultimate

Event Organizer  Kevin Ryder, for his organization of the immensely popular Big Sky Gun Show.
     
Contributor  Nate Goodburn, for his extraordinary artistic skills in designing logos, spring league jerseys, and other miscellaneous artistic pieces.



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Triangle Ultimate

Event Organizer  Denise Fleming, YCC coordinator and youth committee member, and learn to play volunteer.
     
Contributor(s)  Amy Smoker, Youth committee chair, TU board officer.



Tucson Ultimate

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Tucson Ultimate

Event Organizer  Antonio Rubio served on our board and was our league director in 2017 and was essential in helping us establish a strong system that he was able pass to the next director at the end of his board term.
     
Contributor(s)  Chris Hohmann has been amazing contributor to Tucson Ultimate in 2017 by serving on the board and getting our 501(c)(3) status, transferring our finances to quickbooks and connecting us with the USAU affiliate program.



LOGO UPLA

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Ultimate Players League of Austin

Event Organizer Jonathan Lemieux, tournament director, has been the point of contact for all UPLA adult tournaments and has run consistent and high quality events.
     
Contributor(s):   Rebecca 'Tex' Smith, Communications Director, has been instrumental in all of our social media development and growth in our social presence.



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Valley Ultimate

Event Organizer  Jo Sleigh. She does so many things behind the scenes that are crucial and frequently unseen.
     
Contributor  Joe Costello. He has grown the organization on every front! Club teams! Womens ultimate! Youth! He leans in to ALL of it.



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Zig Zag Ultimate

Event Organizer  Matthew Silverhart, new intern (and first ever), stepped in and became a crucial piece to nearly every aspect to our organization.
     
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Prior Year Recognition: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

 
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