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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: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013                    Jump down to: Individual Recognition (Most Valuable People)

2018 Organization Recognition

 

Most Youth Players

  AFDC Juniors Logo triangle ultimate logo  nv ultimate 2014 logo   
  1st (1438)  
  2nd (1156)  
  3rd (1066)  

 

AFDC Juniors Triangle Ultimate Neuqua Valley Ultimate  
Note: Includes players rostered in registered Affiliate-owned sanctioned/insured events as well as USAU Outreach Programs (GUM and Learn to Play/Compete) but not Coach/Observer eduction clinics nor USAU owned championship events.

 

 

Most Growth in Youth Players

  LOGO AUDA  LOGO connecticut ultimate club LOGO CUDA   
 

1st (568.3%)

41 (2017) - 274 (2018)

 
 

2nd (125.5%)

51 (2017) - 115 (2018)

 
 

3rd (40.6%)

229 (2017) - 322 (2018)

 

 

Albany Ultimate Disc Association Connecticut Ultimate Club Columbus Ultimate Disc Association  
NoteOnly includes Affiliate organizations who were full-year participants in 2017 and 2018. Includes players rostered in registered Affiliate-owned sanctioned/insured events as well as USAU Outreach Programs (GUM and Learn to Play/Compete) but not Coach/Observer eduction clinics nor USAU owned championship events.

 

 

Most Youth Competition Events
(Tournaments + Leagues)

 

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 triangle ultimate logo  AFDC Juniors Logo  
  1st (17)  
  2nd (8)  
  3rd (7)  

 

Utah Ultimate Disc Association

Triangle Ultimate AFDC Juniors  
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/Compete, GUM, Coach/Observer clinics) nor USAU owned championship events.

 

 

Most Female-Identifying Players

  LOGO Maine Ultimate UUDA logo  triangle ultimate logo   
  1st (887)  
  2nd (717)  
  3rd (628)  

 

Maine Ultimate Utah Ultimate Disc Association Triangle Ultimate  
Note: Includes players rostered in registered Affiliate-owned sanctioned/insured events as well as USAU Outreach Programs (GUM and Learn to Play/Compete) but not Coach/Observer eduction clinics nor USAU owned championship events.

 

 

Highest Female-Identifying Percentage of Players

  WI Ultimate logo  Tucson Ultimate Tucson Ultimate   
 

1st (42.71%)

41 of 96

 
 

2nd (39.50%)

485 of 1228

 
 

3rd (39.05%)

123 of 315

 

 

Wisconsin Ultimate Valley Ultimate Tucson Ultimate  
NoteIncludes players rostered in registered Affiliate-owned sanctioned/insured events as well as USAU Outreach Programs (GUM and Learn to Play/Compete) but not Coach/Observer eduction clinics nor USAU owned championship events.

 

 

Most Individual Players

   triangle ultimate logo UUDA logo LOGO Maine Ultimate  
  1st (2535)  
  2nd (2478)  
  3rd (2218)  

 

Triangle Ultimate Utah Ultimate Disc Association Maine Ultimate  
Note: Includes players rostered in registered Affiliate-owned sanctioned/insured events as well as USAU Outreach Programs (GUM and Learn to Play/Compete) but not Coach/Observer eduction clinics nor USAU owned championship events.

 

 

Most Overall Growth in Players

  AFDC Juniors Logo  LOGO connecticut ultimate club LOGO CUDA   
  1st (44.1%)  
  2nd (12.5%)  
  3rd (5.6%)  

 

AFDC Juniors Connecticut Ultimate Club Columbus Ultimate Disc Association  
NoteOnly includes Affiliate organizations who were full-year participants in 2017 and 2018. Includes players rostered in registered Affiliate-owned sanctioned/insured events as well as USAU Outreach Programs (GUM and Learn to Play/Compete) but not Coach/Observer eduction clinics nor USAU owned championship events.

 

 

Most Total Competition Events Offered
(Tournaments + Leagues)

 
IUF UUDA logo
 triangle ultimate logo LOGO AUDA LOGO Maine Ultimate  
  1st (40)   
  Tie - 2nd (12)   
  3rd (10)  

 

Indiana Ultimate Foundation

Utah Ultimate Disc Association

Triangle Ultimate

Albany Ultimate Disc Association

Maine Ultimate

 
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/Compete, 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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Tucson Ultimate triangle ultimate logo  
  1st (2.92)  
  2nd (2.36)   
  3rd (2.26)  

 

Kalamazoo United Youth Ultimate Tucson Ultimate Triangle Ultimate  
Note: Includes players rostered in registered Affiliate-owned sanctioned/insured events as well as USAU Outreach Programs (GUM and Learn to Play/Compete) but not Coach/Observer eduction clinics nor USAU owned championship events.

 

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


2018 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

 

 

Albany Ultimate Disc Association

Event Organizer Karoline Hart for creating and running our first Women's Winter League.
     
Contributor Erin McKinney, who helped start the Bethlehem HS ultimate club, which now has 3 teams, runs youth clinics, hosted HS States with us, and was our Women's League Spirit Champion, is organizing our 2019 YCC team, and too many other things to mention.



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Altitude Youth Ultimate

Event Organizer Jeff Berget runs some of the best tournaments in the country. He does a great job building good relationships with different field personnel, which helps with the business side of things too. Although he seems easy going (I've never actually seen him stressed!) and always has a smile, he is also incredibly detail oriented and a perfectionist. He is thoughtful in his communication, plans ahead, constantly looks for ways to grow, and is incredibly dependable. And he's a really good person. He is such an asset to Altitude! And a great person to work with!
     
Contributor Pogo (Anne Pogoriler) has created an incredible website and is always takes into consideration our needs and requests. She has put in a TON of time to give us an incredibly beautiful and functional website, while also giving the website the ability to be flexible and grow and change with us. She is also always reminding us to take pictures (which is something I always forget), but will make our events stand out that much more and be that much more memorable. She has also had the brilliant idea to hire a couple high school kids to take over our social media accounts- giving them important professional develop opportunities and gives us a way to reach the youth on their terms :)



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Atlanta Flying Disc Club Juniors

Event Organizer In the last three years, Denise Koo has served a number of volunteer roles: League Commissioner, YCC team manager, Outreach Coordinator, Executive Director mentor, and now Interim Juniors Director for AFDC. She is a behind the scenes problem-solver, who operates in a thoughtful and professional manner. Denise's gifts in recruiting and bridging communities explains her effectiveness in Outreach. She personally delivered dozens of starter kits to area schools, she recruited Ultimate-knowledgeable resources for new programs, and her (hard-won) success in achieving school PE exemptions in the Dekalb County school district has now been disseminated as a model for the entire country. 
     
Contributor Besides completely owning and taking the middle school spring league to the next level in the last three years, Rachel Scales has served tirelessly on the AFDC Juniors Board, bringing both a player's perspective and an organizer's spin to all of our director discussions. Rachel has made the board so much more efficient by slowly introducing new technology to an initially resistant group! Rachel has coached several girls teams this year including a new middle school team, Atlanta's first U17 girls team, and the girls teams in Spring League. Her creativity and desire to fill gaps in the girls division has driven many of our 2018 organizational successes.



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Capital Area Disc Association

Event Organizer Patrick Abeli handled the day to day organization of the leagues, led league-wide communication and connection to promoting womens league play while setting the tone for promoting good spirit.
     
Contributor Lane Kaufman made super cool ceramic mugs as spirit prizes and really upped our swag game. Brought knowledge from previous leagues and clubs as well as from conferences that were attended this year.



CUDO

 

 

Charlottesville Ultimate Disc Organization

Event Organizer Kay Comer
     
Contributor  



LOGO CUDA

 

 

Columbus Ultimate Disc Association

Event Organizer  
     
Contributor  



LOGO CT Ultimate Club

 

 

Connecticut Ultimate Club

Event Organizer Dan Griffiths orchestrated a number of CTUL events and was pivotal in getting our CUC Summer League off the ground from field reservations, draft preparation, and logistics throughout the season. Another nomination would be a co-recognition for Alex Morrone and Todd Larese, who coordinated our YCC efforts in 2018. 
     
Contributor Holland Florian was a valuable contributor in terms of organizing leagues, volunteering with our CTUL and Summer League tournaments, and is a great ambassador for the sport in a variety of venues. 



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Detroit Ultimate Association

Event Organizer Dina Tayim. As a new board member in 2018, Dina picked up field wrangling and summer league organizing with a calm, organized approach that made it look easy. Her no-nonsense approach is effective when it comes to supporting other volunteers and leading efforts. We are super glad to have her to help run/improve DUFL!
     
Contributor Zachary Farr. 2018 was Zach’s 2nd year with DUA. In addition to running the occasional league, Zach has improved our approach to creating balanced teams through an algorithm that takes captain feedback into account, and has worked hard to improve field conditions for DUA players.



LOGO DiscNY

 

 

DiscNY

Event Organizer Khunsa Amin - setting up the summer camp, social media prowess, equity committee chair, Pro Champs chaperone (enabling youth volunteers) & volunteer, key womxns outreach event organizer, "Food, Frisbee, Feminism" organizer, and so SO much more. The reach of Khunsa's support for all events she is involved in - and certainly all DiscNY events in general through her SM & equity positions - is invaluable.
     
Contributor Travis McGrath - for everything he's done for DNY these past 4+ years; to name a few things from 2018:  - leading the drive to hire a full-time employee  - revising how our books track UC finances (to help solve their accounting issues)  - establishing & helping to grow NY Warm-Up as a 30+ team staple club season kickoff/tryout (but still highly competitive) tournament   - key point of communication between DiscNY and other local organizers across the country -> valuable insights relevant to all programming



IYU 2 Color

 

 

Illinois Youth Ultimate

Event Organizer Joseph Schoen - Director of Leagues - is the master of putting together spring leagues and with funky weather, his communication was great! And a successful season was had.
     
Contributor Rob Berg - not only did he serve as president, web coordinator, President of IYU, but he also started a new girls team at his school!



IUF

 

Indiana Ultimate Foundation

Event Organizer Zakk Mabrey for his assistance with pre-event tournament planning.
     
Contributor Blake & Lauren Vanderbush for their help with advancing our financial systems.



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Jacksonville Ultimate League

Event Organizer Stephen Grondin continually steps up to commission essentially all of our events, sometimes without compensation, and does it happily while supporting our players.
     
Contributor Daniel Heser helped with a variety of tasks the organization needed and transitioned into an outreach and social role that significantly improved player communication and feedback collection.



KUYU logo

 

 

Kalamazoo United Youth Ultimate

Event Organizer Lindsay Winsborrow has stepped up as a force on our board of directors. She was able to keep the organization focused and consistent. 
     
Contributor Bruce Johnson has contributed by being the face of our organization in our community over the past two years. He has been able to get local news coverage to several of our events and gotten us needed publicity.



LOGO Maine Ultimate

 

 

Maine Ultimate

Event Organizer  
     
Contributor  



LOGO MUF

 

Missoula Ultimate

Event Organizer Kevin Ryder, for creating the Big Sky Gunshow and making it one of the pre-eminent tournaments of the Northern Rockies region.
     
Contributor Tyler Albrethsen, for his work as our youth coordinator and tireless dedication to growing high school programs, a mission he assumed without being asked. He saw a need and decided to fill it. His is the type of spirit that allows Missoula Ultimate to continue to thrive.



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Montpelier Ultimate

Event Organizer Anne Watson is the creator of Montpelier Ultimate and the driving force behind all of our programming since the beginning. We would not be what we are today without her.
     
Contributor Again, up until very recently Anne was doing the vast majority of the work for the organization.



Neuqua Valley

 

 

Neuqua Valley Ultimate

Event Organizer Shelly Cinnamon does most of the behind the scenes work to make Neuqua Knockout happen. You won't believe how much work goes into planning an event for 86 teams.
     
Contributor Beth Figge stepped and took over club financial role when no one else would. She doesn't have any background in this area but has done a great job. Our books and balance are both looking much better than a year ago.



Nickel City Logo

 

 

Nickel City Ultimate

Event Organizer  Mike Kanaby, our Director of Player Engagement. He's done an outstanding job at coordinating all of our meetings and keeping projects on schedule.
     
Contributor  Tyler Davis, our Youth Director. He's been at every learn-to-play clinic put on by NCU, and he's been dedicating additional time to applying for grants for the organization. 



SLUA logo

 

 

St Louis Ultimate Association

Event Organizer Darrin Speegle
     
Contributor Tim Duggan for implementing policies and procedures and organizational charts. 



triangle ultimate logo

 

Triangle Ultimate

Event Organizer Somer Shively has been a long time volunteer in TU and nonTU sponsored Ultimate events as well as captaining league teams. Somer also joined the board of directors couple of years ago heading our adult programs committee and other committees and now serves as our vice Chair.
     
Contributor(s) Stéphane Daniels has been a member of the TU community and has been a member of the board and executive committee in the last few years. His contributions have been significant in the update and maintenance of our bylaws as well as acting as our secretary, governance committee member, executive committee member and now our finance committee chair.



Tucson Ultimate

 

 

Tucson Ultimate

Event Organizer Nicole Garners was our 2018 league director as well as serving on our board (still is). She did a huge amount of work and has continues to build up our league programs. Our league directors by far do the most work in our organization and hold together our biggest and ongoing events, and Nicole did an awesome job! Her passion for the game is evident and invaluable to our organization.
     
Contributor(s) Tim Wood served on our board, and was our fields director (still is both). In 2018 he did a great job of organizing our field reservations process. Additionally, Tim was a part of the league leadership committee, captained Instant Karma, and helped host sectionals. His role in our organization was and continues to be invaluable.



LOGO UPLA

 

Ultimate Players League of Austin

Event Organizer Jonathan Lemieux ran multiple tournaments successfully including Club Centex, Celebration, and Sectionals.
     
Contributor(s):   Lydia Rudy helped us secure 501(c)(3) status. As our recent president, she's established sustainable leadership positions and built best practices for UPLA's continued development. 



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Utah Ultimate Disc Association

Event Organizer Jenni Ladutko helped secure and organize the TCT tourney we hosted last summer.
     
Contributor Sean Graff - HS coach (West High Krakens) who continues to keep us on our toes and challenges us to be more organized than we are!



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Valley Ultimate

Event Organizer Joe Costello carried so many programs on his back, from youth coaching, to league management, to board activities.
     
Contributor Jim Pistrang stepped up and helped out with youth outreach.



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Zig Zag Ultimate

Event Organizer Matt Silverhart
     
Contributor Sydney Aldrich

 

Prior Year Recognition: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

 
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