US Open Convention (2013)


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US Open Convention (2013)


In addition to the competition, the U.S. Open Convention will welcome ultimate enthusiasts from around the world for an unparalleled opportunity to learn from, and interact with, the industry's best and brightest on a variety of topics.  Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of this spectacular event!   

Contact the Program Coordinator with questions: USOpen_Convention@usaultimate.org

 

               July 4-6, 2013
Raleigh, NC 
   

Convention

 

     
 

Engaging, interactive and insightful, the U.S. Open convention serves as a networking and an educational opportunity for various administrators of the sport.  Who should attend?

  • Ultimate association representatives
  • national federation leaders
  • team, event, league and tournament organizers
  • team coaches
  • athletes
  • USA Ultimate coordinators

Registration

Registration is closed for 2013.

Schedule

Details about the convention will be posted here as they become available. 

Download the 2013 convention schedule (PDF).  

You can also check out the (abbreviated) 2012 convention schedule.  

   
TRACK 1
 
 
TRACK 2
 
TRACK 3
 
   

USA Ultimate / WFDF Coaching Development Workshop


Complete all sessions in this track as well as one of the sessions designated with a *

  • US participants can receive their Level 1 Coaching Certification

    OR

  • non-US participants can license the program for use in their country
     
 

Player/Athlete Focus

 

General/Organizational Focus

 
               

Thursday, July 4

               
8:00-10:15am   





KEYNOTE: Recognition by the Olympic Movement: The Future of Ultimate and Flying Disc Sports

             Robert Rauch - President, World Flying Disc Federation  &  Dr. Tom Crawford - CEO, USA Ultimate


 

 
               
10:30-11:30am  
 
 
 

Coaching Ethics and Safe Sport

  • Baker PrattManager-Competition & Athelete Programs, USA Ultimate
 
     
 
     
 

How to Use Video to Improve Throwing Mechanics

 
     
     
               

Friday, July 5

               
8:00-9:00am      
     
 

Show Me the Money: Impacts of the Emerging Ultimate Market on the Culture and Evolution of the Sport *

Panel Discussion:

  • Kenny Dobyns - USA Ultimate Hall of Fame (Class of 2011). Founder, DiscNY
     
  • Ben Van Heuvelen - Three-Time U19 National Team Coach
     
  • Tina Woodings - Ultimate Players League of Austin (a USA Ultimate Affiliate). Showdown Team Member
     
  • Gwen Ambler - Vice President, USA Ultimate Board of Directors
 
     
 
     
 

Trifecta of Success: Building a Youth Ultimate Empire *

 
     
 
               
9:15-10:15am      
     
 

Reducing ACL Injuries and Increasing On-Field Performance

  • Tim Morrill, M.A., CSCS - Owner/Founder Morrill Performance
 


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The Ultimate Nutrition Guide: Fueling for Training and Competition

  • Katy Harris, MSPH, CSCS -Lifestyle Educator, Sona Med Spa
 
     
 
     
 

Growing Ultimate in the Highly Competitive U.S. Sports Landscape:  An Inside Look at USA Ultimate’s Marketing Strategy *

  • Andy LeeDirector-Communications, USA Ultimate
     
  • Greg DowneySenior Director, Brand and Consumer Marketing at NASCAR.  USA Ultimate Board of Directors

  • Dr. Tom Crawford - CEO, USA Ultimate
 
     
 
               
10:30-11:30am          
     
 

An Approach to Failure for Coaches, Captains, and Leaders of Teams *

 
     
 
               
12:15-1:15pm  
     
 

Running an Effective Practice
(WRAL Soccer Center)

 
     
 

 

     
 
               

Saturday, July 6

               
8:00-9:00am      
     
 

Motor Skills Learning Theory: Three Common Mistakes in Practice and Coaching *

 
     
 
     
 

When Pick-Up Picks Up: The Evolution of a League Organiation *

  • Emily MeisterColumbus Ultimate Disc Association (a USA Ultimate Affiliate) 
 
     
 
               
8:30-9:00am  
Meet the USA Ultimate Board of Directors
 
 
               
9:15-10:15am  
     
 

Teaching Ultimate Sequencing and Cues

  • Dan Raabe - Memorial HS Coach and Teacher
 
     
     
     
 

Sustainable Belief: Developing Your College Program *

 
     
 
               
10:30-11:30am  
     
 

Spirit of the Game and Spirit of Coaching

 
     
 

 
     

 

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Session Abstracts

KEYNOTE: Recognition by the Olympic Movement:  The Future of Ultimate and Flying Disc Sports
   
           
The World Flying Disc Federation was just recently granted recognition by the International Olympic Committee, at the end of May 2013. Nob Rauch, President of WFDF, will describe the process and considerations involved with such recognition, including what recognition means and does not mean. He will also talk about WFDF’s relationship with USA Ultimate and other member associations and provide WFDF’s perspective as an international sports federation. Finally, he will offer his personal thoughts on what it takes in the high-powered and very political world of the business of sport for ultimate to be "successful."
 
Coaching Ethics and Safe Sport
   
             
Baker Pratt presents the wide range of fairness, ethical and professional concerns an ultimate coach must be prepared to address. From playing time to appropriate relationships, these issues can make or break an athlete’s or coach’s experience with the sport.
 
How to Use Video to Improve Throwing Mechanics
   
             
Mick Stukes, the creator of the Play Better Ultimate video series, will explain how to use video technology to identify and fix errors in the throwing mechanics of your players. He will go over commonly seen mistakes, how to find them through video capture and what steps you can take to fix those mistakes for more consistent, accurate and powerful throws.
 
Show Me the Money: Impacts of the Emerging Ultimate Market on the Culture and Evolution of the Sport
   
       
As ultimate continues to grow, organizers and entrepreneurs are facing fundamental questions about how to guide the evolution of the sport. This panel will ask what lessons can be learned from the history of ultimate, and how best to capitalize on the opportunities ahead. Discussion topics will include new leagues and competitive structures, gender equity and self-officiating.
 
Trifecta of Success: Building a Youth Ultimate Empire
   
           
Triangle Youth Ultimate League was founded in 2008. When TYUL began, it was just an eight-team summer league. Today, we've grown to support all things ultimate including a 22-team high school league, a 16-team summer league, four YCC teams, elementary/middle school play opportunities, girls' opportunities and youth camps. The trifecta of school, club and gender-based opportunities has allowed youth ultimate to explode in the Triangle in only five years. What worked (and didn't work) in building this successful empire, and where do we gain momentum for continued growth as a volunteer-based, non-profit organization?
 
Reducing ACL Injuries and Increasing On-Field Performance
   
             
ACL injuries are far too prevalent in ultimate. These injuries cannot be prevented, but with the implementation of specific training strategies, they can be drastically reduced. Based on years of in-the-trenches training and rehab, Tim will present the latest strategies to reduce ACL injuries and increase on-field performance.
 
The Ultimate Nutrition Guide: Fueling for Training and Competition
   
             
Athletes will learn basic to advanced concepts to apply to meal-planning strategies for training and competition. Topics addressed will include the importance and function of nutrient groups, nutrient timing and meal composition.
 
Growing Ultimate in the Highly Competitive U.S. Sports Landscape:  An Inside Look at USA Ultimate’s Marketing Strategy
   
         
While ultimate continues to grow, other sports such as lacrosse, rugby and triathlon are blowing past us in growth. Learn about USA Ultimate’s plans to compete for visibility and growth in this complex and highly competitive industry.
 
An Approach to Failure for Coaches, Captains, and Leaders of Teams
   
             
Every team inevitably runs into moments of failure over the course of a season. This session will discuss an approach to shortcomings that positions them as an important piece of a team's preparation. A focus will be placed on a framework for developing young athletes into resilient leaders that can adapt quickly and get back to it.
 
Running an Effective Practice
   
             
In this session, we will be discussing how to best organize your team’s practices. Some of the specific topics we will address are basic practice construction, building conditioning and competition into a practice, strategies to improve efficiency and some overall guiding principles. In this session, we will be combining discussion with active participation, so participants should come dressed to be active.
 
Motor Skills Learning Theory: Three Common Mistakes in Practice and Coaching
   
             
Learn what scientific research has to say about the most effective ways to teach and learn motor skills. Many common coaching practices are based on "common sense," but motor skills research indicates that the best ways to teach and learn motor skills are actually counter intuitive.
 
When Pick-Up Picks Up: The Evolution of a League Organization
   
             
Learn about the many nuances you should consider in running a league organization. You will hear of some of the trials, tribulations and triumphs we've had as we've built an organization with five adult leagues and two youth leagues and the ways we plan to grow our organization through our affiliation with USA Ultimate.
 
Teaching Ultimate Sequencing and Cues
   
             
In this session, we will be looking at the eight basic skills of ultimate. We will then use these skills as a way to talk about cues, demonstration and coaching focus. We will also be breaking down the simple backhand throw in order to look at the importance of coaching the final product.
 
Sustainable Belief: Developing Your College Program
   
             
This session will cover (1) the transition from playing to coaching, including the challenges Andrew incurred, how he refocused the team and where he made mistakes; (2) creating a team identify and a system that reinforces it; and (3) sustainable belief related to the fact that the success of the team did not depend on the identity, system or skill of the team, but the fact that they believed in themselves to continue pushing each other.
 
Spirit of the Game and Spirit of Coaching
   
             
Coaches have great power to promote a culture of sportsmanship. In a self-officiated sport, the role of the coach is especially important. This session will explore how the Spirit of the Game applies to coaches and how coaches can inspire players to compete with ferocity, fairness and joy.