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Hello USA Ultimate Affiliates!

Spring is certainly upon us and more and more Ultimate is being played every day!  There are dozens and dozens of sanctioned events happening (check out the League Calendar and Tournament Calendar) including over 20 affiliate sanctioned events that have already been registered!  If you have any upcoming events that you have not registered with USA Ultimate, please be sure to send your Event Registration Form in right away to be added to the calendar.

US Open Championships and Convention

USA Ultimate has been busy planning the convention portion of the US Open Championships and while we US_Open_2014_Logoare really excited about all of the activities that will be happening at the event, the schedule for affiliate attendees might just take the cake!  A preliminary schedule has been posted with more updates to come shortly.  It’s going to be action packed, with lots of opportunities to learn, connect, discuss, celebrate, watch some top notch international ultimate action, and have some fun!

We are so excited that all of our affiliate organizations will be represented at the convention, as it will be a fantastic opportunity to continuing developing our relationship with all of you, as well as for you to get to know the USA Ultimate staff better and network with other affiliate representatives from across the country!  You should have already received information about financial assistance for travel expenses, contact melanie@hq.usaultimate.org with questions.

Welcome, Josh Murphy!

Josh MurphyIn addition to all of the events happening now and coming soon, we wanted to be sure to introduce one of our newest members of the USA Ultimate staff, Josh Murphy.  We are incredibly excited to have Josh on board as he brings with him an amazing amount of passion for ultimate as well as exceptional expertise from his previous position as Executive Director for the Triangle Flying Disc Association.  He will be a fantastic resource for all of our affiliates and is excited about getting to know all of you! If you haven’t yet, expect to hear from Josh soon and feel free to pick his brain about organizing ultimate!

USA Ultimate Magazine and the Future!

Magazine - 2013Be on the lookout for the newest version of USA Ultimate’s quarterly magazine, coming in April!  The upcoming issue will feature stories on some of the top teams in the college division, including North Carolina Darkside and Ohio State Fever, as well as a special feature story on Aceball, a possible alternative history of the beginning of our sport! And all affiliate members can access the online version of the magazine in their accounts!

Below is a preview from CEO Tom Crawford’s Letter to Our Members that talks about just how important Affiliates are to the future of our sport and USA Ultimate!  

With exposure and growth as major goals, the Board directed the headquarters staff to finalize some ongoing research leading to a plan to build a strong national infrastructure for growth. In the years ahead, in an expansion of our Affiliate Program, USA Ultimate will be forming close working/business relationships with organizations in each state in order to drive the growth and scalability of our sport.  The goal is to grow into a “community of communities,” so we have a delivery mechanism at the local level for all of our programs.  These local organizations will become an official part of USA Ultimate, and hopefully the teams in the nation’s states and regions will also become an integral part of these local organizations.  Imagine a national infrastructure where local organizations support the teams; the teams help their local organizations with clinics, coaching and mentoring; and USA Ultimate helps the local organizations stabilize, grow and thrive as 501(c)(3)s. This type of structure will catalyze ultimate’s growth while reinforcing and reinvigorating the community aspect of our mission. Once the model is finalized and approved by the Board, organizations will be invited to apply to become the official local USA Ultimate organization.

We are looking forward to working with you to make 2014 a great year!

Melanie Byrd, Anna Schott, and Josh Murphy


USA Ultimate Affiliate




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