Recipients 2011



A Prospective Study of Ultimate Frisbee Injuries During the 2011 College Season

Jamie Nuwer, San Francisco, CA
Award Amount: $1500

This project will study the injury rates of the 2011 college season with the long term goal of  improving safety in Ultimate Frisbee.  Since Ultimate is becoming more widespread and competitive, it is more important for athletes to have the information needed to compete safely and minimize injuries.  This will be the first study to perform research in injury rates in Ultimate.  This study will collect baseline injury rates as has been completed in other major sports.  The rates collected from this study will be used to assess the risk of injury, which can be the basis on which further research can be done to improve safety in the sport of Ulitmate.

All Girl Everything Ultimate Program (AGE-UP)


Wynne Scherf, Seattle, WA
Award Amount: $1500

The All Girl Everything Ultimate Program (AGE-UP) is a partnership between the Women's Sports Foundation's GoGirlGo! program, Seattle Parks and Recreation, DiscNW, and three women's club and college teams.  AGE-UP begins with a series of ten workshops for teen girls, combining the GoGirlGo! curriculum (which addresses teen issues) with Ultimate clinics by Seattle Riot, Seattle Underground, and U. of Washington Element.  Those girls will then apply their new leadership skills by coaching clinics for younger peers. 

The AGE-UP goals are to boost girls’ involvement in Ultimate; to provide opportunities for girls in underserved neighborhoods; and to improve the lives of the girls via the development of fitness habits, teamwork, conflict-resolution strategies, leadership skills, and mentor and peer relationships.


Girls High School Ultimate Promotional Video

Kyle Weisbrod, Atlanta, GA
Award Amount: $1000

The Paideia Girls Ultimate team will create a promotional video for HS Girls Ultimate.  The video will focus on how the teams create goals and works to achieve those goals. The video will include interviews with players from the team and opposing teams, coaches, parents, and school administrators regarding the value of girls Ultimate and girls should choose to play the sport.  This video will provide interested parties help when starting a team at their school or to raise their game to the next level.  It will provide a tool to help in the development of girls and womens Ultimate.

Standardization and Dissemination of Machine-Readable Data Format for Ultimate

Chadwick Boulay, Albany, NY
Award Amount: $120

This project will create an add-on to the extant SportsML sports-data specification that will accomadate statistical data specific to Ultimate.  Once this is completed, it will be made open to the public, as well as accompanied by documentation necessary for users to format and interpret the data.  A server will also be provided so users can submit and access the formatted data.

The goal is for USA Ultimate to eventually adopt this standard and provide data (scores, schedule, etc.) to the public in this format.