2018 Youth Competition Guidelines


2018 USA Ultimate Middle School Guidelines

 

 

2018 USA Ultimate State HS Championships

 

2018 Youth Club Warm-Ups

 

  • Overview
  • Application and Team Selection
  • Team and Player Requirements
  • Event Registration
     

2018 USAU Youth Club Championships at the US Open

 

 

2018 USA Ultimate Youth Fall Cup Events

  

  • Overview
  • Application and Team Selection
  • Bid Priority
  • Team and Player Requirements
  • Event Registration

 

Competition Guidelines

 

 

Updates for 2018

 

  • USAU School State Championship tournaments must be announced 6 weeks prior to event
  • Rebranding of Fall Youth events (previously Youth Club Regionals)
  • Addition of 4 new Youth Club events in early summer
  • YCC team selection process and team requirements

 


USAU Middle School Guidelines

 

Middle School programs are expanding.  With several states holding Middle School Leagues and Championships, having guidelines specific to these younger players is becoming important.

 

In 2017 the states hosting USAU Middle School leagues and championships were: Colorado, Georgia, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Utah.

 

FAQs for Middle School play

 

What is appropriate number of players for Middle School?

 

Existing Middle School programs use team sizes from 5 – 7 players on the line, depending on the number of players and space available.

 

For 5 v 5, what is an appropriate field size?

 

When playing with smaller numbers of youth players, field size should be reduced.  Typical field sizes for 5 v 5 fall in the range of 40-50 yards x 25-30 yards with 15 yard endzones.

 

Are there different rules for Middle School players?

 

There are no different rules for Middle School programs, however programs can modify the rules to match the level of development of their players.  Some examples of rule modifications are:

·         (Michigan) We do not keep track of the final scores, but we do keep track of wins and losses.

·         (Maine) Dropped pulls aren’t a turnover.  No zone is allowed.

 

Requirements for USAU Middle School State Championships

 

The state tournament or championship must be publicly announced to local organizers and via USA Ultimate web properties at least six weeks prior to the event. 

    1. Announcement must include:
      1. Date of event
      2. Location of event
      3. Contact information for event
      4. Registration requirements

 

Team Info

All teams must submit an official 2018 State Championship roster by the deadlines outlined in the guidelines.  USAU membership dues and individual waivers must also be submitted prior to participation at the State Championships. 

 

Players that are members of a USAU Affiliate may participate in the MS State Championships with their Affiliate membership, rather than a full membership.

 

New players who are participating in a MS State Championship for the first time can purchase a Youth Intro membership rather than the full youth membership.  Note: a player may only do this one time, and this requires that the coach submit his/her roster in advance to USAU headquarters, as these early Intro Youth memberships must be processed by hand. 

 

  1. Event/Team Registration Deadline
    1. All teams competing in a State Championship or Qualifying Event must be registered in the USAU online rostering system for the appropriate event two weeks prior.

                                                             i.      Teams without this information registered in the online system by this deadline will be ineligible to compete. 

                                                             ii.     Teams that miss the deadline may contact the State Youth Coordinator.  Late admittance may be granted pending completion of registration steps (USAU cleared Chaperone and Coach Member).

    1. Each team must have a registered chaperone who has passed a USAU background check and signed a waiver. Each team must have a chaperone listed on the event roster (Please see the Help Documentation guide for details team creation and event registration) by the team registration deadline.

                                                             i.      In order to meet the event deadlines, teams must have chaperones begin the background check process no later than two weeks prior to the team registration deadline.

                                                             ii.      Note: A chaperone’s background check may expire prior to the end of the State Championship; the chaperone must renew his/her background check prior to its expiration.

    1. Each team must have a registered Coach Member who has passed a USAU background check and signed a waiver. Each team must have a Coach Member listed on the event roster (Please see the Help Documentation guide for details team creation and event registration) by the team registration deadline.

                                                             i.      In order to meet the event deadlines, teams must have a Coach Member begin the background check process no later than two weeks prior to the team registration deadline.

                                                             ii.      Note: A Coach’s background check may expire prior to the end of the State Championship; the Coach must renew his/her background check prior to its expiration.

*Note: There may be additional registration information required by your State Youth Coordinator. Contact your State Youth Coordinator in advance of the registration deadline for more details.

 

  1. Rostering Deadline: Wednesday before the State Championships
    1. Online rostering must be completed by the Wednesday prior to a team's State Championship (For example, if a team's state championship is May 13-14, rostering must be completed by 5 PM MT on Wednesday, May 10)
    2. State Youth Coordinators may set an earlier deadline for rostering in coordination with his/her Regional Youth Director

 

  1. On-site Player Additions

          State Youth Coordinators may choose not to accept on-site rosters or player additions.  This will be communicated to the teams during registration.

 

  1. Player Eligibility
    1. USA Ultimate Middle School Championship events are competitions for school-based teams. All players on teams participating in the event must meet the following guidelines for "Middle School Players".
    2. To be considered a Middle School Player, students must meet the following requirements:

                                                             i.      Students must be regular members of the school they represent in order to participate in an interscholastic athletic activity.

1.     Students are a "regular member" of a school if they are enrolled half time or more, exclusive of interscholastic athletic activities.

2.     In cases where schools can provide supporting documentation, USA Ultimate allows two or more schools meeting certain requirements to compete as a consortium (single-team from multiple schools) in the USA Ultimate Middle School division. More details can be found here.

The State Youth Coordinator, in conjunction with the Regional Youth Director, may determine that schools without a prior history of collaboration can function as a consortium at the Middle School level.

                                                             ii.      Students must be enrolled in middle school.

    1. Students who are home schooled will be considered eligible to participate on a team at a USA Ultimate Championship event as follows:

                                                            i.      If the student is part of a USAU-recognized home school cooperative, they may participate as part of that cooperative’s Ultimate team, provided that team meets the state tournament participation requirements. This home school cooperative must be renewed every two years and may be reviewed by USA Ultimate at earlier intervals if needed.

                                                            ii.    If the student is not part of a USAU-recognized home school cooperative, they may participate as part of the Ultimate team at the public middle school that they would normally attend, provided that team meets the state tournament participation requirements.

                                                            iii.  If a student is a regular member of a school they may not play with any other school, regardless of any homeschool designation.

 

  1. Coach Requirements
    1. All teams are required to have a minimum of one current USA Ultimate Coach Member present and listed on the official event roster for all State Championships.

 

  1. Violations of these rules may result in disqualification of a team or individual from the State Championships and possible repercussions through the USAU conduct process. 

 

  1. Clarifications:  These rules are designed to be as fair as possible for the wide range of players participating in the State Championships.  Experience has shown that there can be cases where these rules do not absolutely determine the eligibility of a particular player.  The following procedure is available for players/teams for whom the rules are not clear:
    1.  The coach, team representative, or the player in question should consult with the State Youth Coordinator and the State Eligibility Exceptions
    2.  If the case is not clarified by the State Exceptions, the State Youth Coordinator will consult the Regional Youth Director and USAU Youth Competition Manager for how to proceed.
    3.  In the event that the coach, team representative, or the player feels that the decision is biased, or all aspects have not been considered, s/he may submit an appeal to the Youth Eligibility Committee via its eligibility form.
    4.  The inquiry form must be filled out completely, and submitted between January 1st and April 5th.  Late requests will be considered at the discretion of the Committee.
    5.  The inquiry will be reviewed by the Committee, and responses sent by e-mail. 
    6.   Email youth_elig_chair@usaultimate.org if the form is not available or for any other questions.
    7.  The Eligibility Committee will rule on a player’s case based on the published Youth Competition Guidelines; this is not the mechanism for requesting changes to the guidelines. Please contact the Youth Manager of Competition and Athletes on the process for proposing changes.

 

  1. Click here for coordinator contact info.

 

  1. Click here for detailed instructions on how to complete your roster and for links to the needed forms.

 

  1. Click here for the Medical Authorization Form (required for minors)

 

Application and compliance of the above guidelines will be subject to the discretion of the USA Ultimate Manager of Competition and Athletes.  

 

 


 

USAU High School State Championships

 

The USAU State High School Championship program is expanding.  States are chosen to host a USAU State HS Championship at the discretion of the Manager of Competition and Athlete Programs. 

The four criteria weighed in granting USAU sponsorship to a new State HS Championship are:

  1. Existence of a USAU sanctioned state tournament in previous years
  2. Reliable organizers to host the event
  3. Keeping the growth at a level where high quality training can be provided to new organizers
  4. Geographic balance

 

A "state tournament" can be an independent event, run by a local organization or organizer, but it must be sanctioned by USA Ultimate. State tournaments are most often used to prepare for running a State Championship in upcoming seasons.

A State Championship is a specific state tournament, owned by USA Ultimate and run by the USA Ultimate Competition State Youth Coordinator.

In 2017 the states hosting USAU State HS Championships were: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

To apply to host your State's HS championship, please follow the directions on our Champ Events Page.

Requirements for State Tournaments

1.       The state tournament or championship must be publicly announced to local organizers and via USA Ultimate web properties at least six weeks prior to the event. 

 

Announcement must include:

                           i.            Date of event

                         ii.            Location of event

                        iii.            Contact information for event

                       iv.            Registration requirements

 

2.       The state tournament must include every HS team in the state that meets the State Youth Competition Coordinator's deadlines

a.     In the event that there are too many in-state teams to accommodate at a state tournament, there must be USAU qualifying event(s) for the state tournament.

b.     If there is a Qualifying Event for one team within a state, then every team within the same State Championship must participate in a Qualifying Event in order to qualify. 

Example: If North Carolina were running Qualifying Events in Raleigh and Wilmington, then Charlotte teams must also compete in a Qualifying Event in order to be eligible for the state championship tournament.

c.      The State Championship can include teams from outside of the state as long as it does not prohibit in-state teams that have met the registration requirements from participating.

d.     Teams cannot be directed to participate in a secondary event (such as a developmental division) without a Qualifying Event, unless they choose to do so.  

 

Application and compliance of the above guidelines will be subject to the discretion of the USA Ultimate Manager of Competition and Athletes.

 

Team Info

All teams must submit an official 2018 State Championship roster by the deadlines outlined below.  All participants must be USAU members in good standing.  USAU membership dues and individual waivers must also be submitted prior to participation at the State Championships. Players may not pay onetime event fees, or Affiliate Membership fees, for HS State Championship events.

 

Event/Team Registration Deadline

1.       All teams competing in a State Championship or Qualifying Event must be registered in the USAU online rostering system for the appropriate event two weeks prior.

            a.       Teams without this information registered in the online system by this deadline will be ineligible to compete.  

            b.        Teams that miss the deadline may contact the Competition State Youth Coordinator to request late acceptance and are subject to a $75 late fee. Late admittance may be granted pending completion of registration steps (USAU cleared chaperone and Coach Member), but the SYC is not obligated to allow late teams to participate.

2.      Each team must have a registered chaperone who has passed a USAU background check and signed a waiver. Each team must have a chaperone listed on the event roster (Please see the Help Documentation guide for details team creation and event registration) by the team registration deadline.

            a.        In order to meet the event deadlines, teams must have chaperones begin the background check process no later than two weeks prior to the team registration deadline.

            b.         Note: A chaperone’s background check may expire prior to the end of the State Championship; the chaperone must renew his/her background check prior to its expiration.

3.     Each team must have a registered Coach Member who has passed a USAU background check and signed a waiver. Each team must have a Coach Member listed on the event roster (Please see the Help Documentation guide for details team creation and event registration) by the team registration deadline.

            a.        In order to meet the event deadlines, teams must have a Coach Member begin the background check process no later than two weeks prior to the team registration deadline.

       b.    Note: A Coach Member’s background check may expire prior to the end of the State Championship; the Coach Member must renew his/her background check prior to its expiration.

4.       No player, coach, or chaperone may be listed on two or more rosters at the same event (including across multiple gender or age  divisions). A Coach Member who meets chaperone requirements (over 21 years of age) can fulfill both roles on one team roster.

5.       It is recommended that all player membership dues and waivers should be submitted prior to the team registration deadline.

 

 *Note: There may be additional registration information required by your State Youth Coordinator. Contact your State Youth Coordinator in advance of the registration deadline for more details.

 

Rostering Deadline: Wednesday before the State Championships

1.      Online rostering must be completed by the Wednesday prior to a team's State Championship (For example, if a team's state championship is May 13-14, rostering must be completed by 5 PM MT on Wednesday, May 10)

2.      State Youth Coordinators may set an earlier deadline for rostering in coordination with his/her Regional Youth Director

 

On-site Player Additions

  1.  On-site player additions are subject to a $75 late fee.

    2.  State Youth Coordinators may choose not to accept on-site rosters or player additions.

        This will be communicated to the teams during the registration period.

 

Player Eligibility

1.      USA Ultimate High School Championship events are competitions for school-based teams. All players on teams participating in the event must meet the following guidelines for "High School Players".

2.      To be considered a High School Player, students must meet the following requirements:

               a.      Students must be regular members of the school they represent, during the entire term during which the event is held, in order to participate in an interscholastic athletic activity.

1.      Students are a "regular member" of a school if they are enrolled half time or more, exclusive of interscholastic athletic activities.

2.      In cases where schools can provide supporting documentation, USA Ultimate allows two or more schools meeting certain requirements to compete as a consortium (single-team from multiple schools) in the USA Ultimate High School division. More details can be found here.

               b.      Students must be enrolled in ninth, tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade.

               c.       Students ineligible under the above requirements and any of their state’s eligibility exceptions may apply for an eligibility exception. Please contact your State Youth Coordinator for an application.  

               d.      Students in seventh or eighth grade in states where there is no middle school playing opportunity available may play with their associated high school based on approval from the tournament State Youth Coordinator, high school coach, the player’s parents, and the high school administration. 

3.       Students must not turn 20 prior to June 1st of the current school year.

4.       Students who are home schooled will be considered eligible to participate on a team at a USA Ultimate Championship event as follows:

               a.        If the student is part of a USAU-recognized home school cooperative, they may participate as part of that cooperative’s Ultimate team, provided that team meets the state tournament participation requirements. This home school cooperative must be renewed every two years and may be reviewed by USA Ultimate at earlier intervals if needed.

               b.        If the student is not part of a USAU-recognized home school cooperative, they may participate as part of the Ultimate team at the public high school that they would normally attend, provided that team meets the state tournament participation requirements.

               c.         If a student is a regular member of a school they may not play with any other school, regardless of any homeschool designation.

5.          Players under the age of 18 must have a completed Medical Authorization form onsite at the event with their coach or chaperone. 

 

State Eligibility Exceptions

State Youth Coordinators can request modifications to eligibility rules for their entire state by April 1st to the Regional Youth Director for approval by USA Ultimate. If approved, these modifications will apply consistently and to all teams within that state.  These exceptions can be found here.

Coach Requirements

1.   All teams are required to have a minimum of one current USA Ultimate Coach Member present and listed on the official event roster for all State Championships and Qualifying Events.

 

Violations of these rules may result in disqualification of a team or individual from the State Championships and/or Qualifying Event and possible repercussions through the USAU conduct process

 

A. Clarifications: these rules are designed to be as fair as possible for the wide range of players participating in the State Championships.  Experience has shown that there can be cases where these rules do not absolutely determine the eligibility of a particular player.  The following procedure is available for players/teams for whom the rules are not clear:

1.   The coach, team representative, or the player in question should consult with the State Youth Coordinator and the State Eligibility Exceptions

2.   If the case is not clarified by the State Exceptions, the State Youth Coordinator will consult the Regional Youth Director and USAU Youth Competition Manager for how to proceed.

3.   In the event that the coach, team representative, or the player feels that the decision is biased, or all aspects have not been considered, s/he may submit an appeal to the Youth Eligibility Committee via its eligibility form.

4.   The inquiry form must be filled out completely, and submitted between January 1st and April 5th.  Late requests will be considered at the discretion of the Committee.

5.   The inquiry will be reviewed by the Committee, and responses sent by e-mail. 

6.   Email youth_elig_chair@usaultimate.org if the form is not available or for any other questions.

7.   The Eligibility Committee will rule on a player’s case based on the published Youth Competition Guidelines; this is not the mechanism for requesting changes to the guidelines. Please contact the Manager of Competition and Athletes on the process for proposing changes.

 

Click here for State Youth Coordinator contact info.

 

Click here for detailed instructions on how to complete your roster and for links to the needed forms.

 

Click for the Medical Authorization Form (required for minors).

 

Application and compliance of the above guidelines will be subject to the discretion of the USA Ultimate Manager of Competition and Athletes.

  


 

 2018 Youth Club Warm-ups

Overview

These 4 NEW tournaments will be run by local organizers for youth club players in June and July.  The goal of these events is to provide accessible competition for youth ultimate players during the summer, prior to YCC.   These tournaments will serve three major functions:

1.    To provide warm-up opportunities for teams preparing to go to YCC in August

2.    To inform YCC seeding of teams that attend (placement at a warm-up tournament will be used in conjunction with previous YCC placement and overall program history)

3.    To provide an additional playing opportunity for those teams that are unable to attend YCC.

 

Application and Team Selection

Application deadlines will be set by the tournament organizer.  Teams must be eligible by the USAU YCC guidelines to participate in these events:

·         Teams should be given bid priority based on YCC guidelines

·         Events must offer equal playing opportunities for boys and girls

·         Players must be full USAU members in good standing

·         Players must have competed in a High School State Championship or a USAU sanctioned league to be eligible

 

Team and Player Requirements

1.      On-time receipt of application

2.      Adequate adult support structure (at least 2 chaperones over 25)

3.      Players in the U20 division must not turn 20 during the year of the tournament in order to be eligible.

4.      Players in the U17 division must not turn 17 during the year of the tournament in order to be eligible.

5.      Each player on the roster must be a USA Ultimate member in good standing at all times during the event.  Players may not pay onetime event fees, or Affiliate Membership fees, for Warm-up events.

6.      Teams must be made up of players residing in the same (USAU adult club) region, with residency defined as:

a.     the location where the person is living for the majority of August, AND

b.     the location where the person is living for the majority of the 3 months prior to August

c.      If the above definition means that a player does not have a region as their "residence", then the player is considered to be an out-of-region player.

d.     Teams are allowed a maximum of 4 out-of-region players.

7.     Multiple team affiliations are not allowed. No player, coach, or chaperone may be listed on two rosters at the same event (including across multiple gender or age divisions).

 

Event Registration: Information on paperwork requirements and deadlines will be sent to selected teams along with the invitation to the event.

 

Application and compliance of the above guidelines will be subject to the discretion of the USA Ultimate Manager of Competition and Athletes.

 


 

 2018 USAU Youth Club Championships at the US Open

(Aug. 4-6th, 2018)

 

 Overview

The goal of this event is to provide national level competition for youth Ultimate players and encourage local playing opportunities for youth within the USAU structure. In 2018, USA Ultimate will be accepting bids for two separate age divisions – U20 (Boys, Girls and Mixed) and U17 (Boys and Girls).  The guidelines that follow are USAU’s requirements for qualification and criteria for acceptance for the USAU Youth Club Championships.  As this is a growing division, these guidelines and the bid allocation process are subject to change.

 

 

Application Process and Dates:

March 2, 2018:         Phase 1 - first application deadline.  We will begin assigning bids based on complete applications according to the priorities described below, although we will continue to accept applications, which will be added to a waitlist (Phase 2).

March 16, 2018:       Bids awarded according to bid priorities from completed applications.

April 18, 2018:          Deadline for Phase 1 applicants to accept bid and pay deposit fee.  If deposit fee is not paid by this date, the bid will be assigned to another team.

                                     Phase 2 – application deadline.

April 20, 2018:          Phase 2 - Bids awarded to applicants from the waitlist to fill out divisions.

May 4, 2018:             Deadline for Phase 2 applicants to accept bid and pay deposit fee.  If deposit fee is not paid by this date, the bid will be assigned to another team

        July 20, 2018:           Final team payments due

 

Second teams from a specific organization/league within a single division, and international teams, may apply at any time, but their applications will not be considered until Phase 2.

 

The purpose of multiple bid deadlines is to recognize that not all teams are ready to bid early, and to encourage new teams/programs to apply for YCC.  Phase 2 was created to fill any vacant bids after Phase 1 and give a second opportunity for new leagues/teams to apply.

 

Development proposals - As a part of the application process, applicants that do not meet a given criterion will be required to have a current youth club development proposal that outlines how the applicant will contribute to the development of youth ultimate in his/her area, and work with USAU to promote youth ultimate, over the next two years. 

Applicants who successfully receive a bid based on their youth club development proposal may apply for such a conditional bid for two consecutive years.

-If your state does not have a High School state championship, you must submit a development proposal for school-based youth ultimate.

-If your organization does not have a Youth Club league, you must submit a Youth Club development proposal.

 

Teams with a proposal on file from the previous year will be required to submit an update on their progress along with their application.

 

After the two years from the time the proposal is accepted, if no viable USAU sanctioned State Championship, youth club program, or high school league has been developed, it will be at the discretion of the Manager of Youth Competition and Athlete Programs to determine whether the team can continue to apply for bids to the Youth Club Championships. 

  

Team Selection Process: This process is designed to encourage communities to develop both youth club playing opportunities outside of the school structure and school-based opportunities that support the USAU School State Championship series.  

 

Bid Priority

 

For each of the priority levels, you must meet the given criteria in a division that provides playing opportunities for players on the team requesting the bid.

 

§  Priority bid in the boys’ division is dependent upon meeting these criteria in the boys’ or mixed divisions in 2017.

§  Priority bid in the girls’ division is dependent upon meeting these criteria in the girls’ or mixed division in 2017.

§  Priority bid in the mixed division is dependent upon meeting these criteria in the girls’ or mixed division in 2017.

 

For a written description of these priorities, please click here.

 

For states without a sanctioned state tournament or high school state championship, the application must be accompanied by a state development proposal. 

 

International Teams

International teams will be placed according to the discretion of the USA Ultimate staff during the Phase 2 bid allocations.

Some things that may be considered include:

1.       The number of bids available in the division

2.       Prior attendance at YCC

3.     Association with their home country’s governing body for Ultimate

 

Bid Allocation Limits:

Organizations can only receive one bid in any division during the Phase 1 allocations.  No organization may receive more than two bids in any division.

League Requirements:

For the purposes of Team Selection for the YCC, leagues will be defined as follows:

1.       USAU Youth Club or High School League – must be run within the preceding 12 months from the application deadline

a.       USAU sanctioned

b.      Provides playing opportunities for youth in a youth-focused environment

c.       For Club leagues - competition and team makeup is not based on school affiliation

d.      Minimum of 4 league meetings (scheduled game days per team) over a minimum of 4 weeks

2.       USA Ultimate reserves the right to determine whether leagues applying for bids to the YCC meet the above criteria.

U20 Team Requirements: 

1.      On-time receipt of application

2.      Adequate adult support

a.       At least 2 USAU Chaperones 25 years of age or older

b.      At least one rostered Coach (with USAU Coach Membership and has completed either the Ethics or Level I certification.)  All other coaches must be rostered, which means that they have coach level membership.

c.       No Coach or Chaperone may be listed on two or more rosters at the same event (including across multiple gender or age divisions).

3.      Must be made up of players residing in the same (USAU adult club) region, with residency defined as:

a.      The location where the person is living for the majority of August, AND

b.     The location where the person is living for the majority of the 3 months prior to August

c.      If the above definition means that a player does not have a region as their "residence", then the player is considered to be an out-of-region player.

d.     Teams are allowed a maximum of 4 out-of-region players.

4.      Each team must provide a volunteer scorekeeper for each of their games at YCC.

 

U20 Player Requirements:

 

1.     Each player on the roster must be a USA Ultimate member in good standing at all times during the event.  Players may not pay onetime event fees, or Affiliate Membership fees, for Warm-up events.

2.      All players must not turn 20 or be older during the year of the USAU Youth Club Championships.

3.      Players must have either:

a.       participated in the USAU High School State Championships or State Qualifying Event during the academic year immediately preceding the USAU Youth Club Championships, OR

b.      participated in a USAU-sanctioned youth club league with a start date during the 12 months prior to the current Youth Club Championships and been enrolled in high school or middle school during the academic year immediately preceding the USAU Youth Club Championships.

4.       Player Eligibility Exception Process: Players that do not meet above requirements but wish to participate may be granted an exception and are encouraged to apply for one. These situations require completion of a Player Exception Application (FORM LINKED HERE).

a.       Examples include, but are not limited to:

                      i.        Players who do not meet Rule 3a or 3b above, but are enrolled at a school whose top (Varsity/A) team participated in the most recent USAU High School State Championship or Qualifying Event will be allowed to participate (must complete form linked above in Player Eligibility Exception Process).

                      ii.       All players who have not yet attended High School and do not meet Rule 3a or 3b above will be allowed to participate (must complete form linked above in Player Eligibility Exception Process).

      b.      All other players will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

c.       USAU reserves the right to determine whether players on applying teams meet the above criteria.

5.    No player may be listed on two or more rosters at the same event (including across multiple gender or age divisions).

6.   Note: Players under the age of 18 must have a completed Medical Authorization Form onsite in order to be able to participate; these will be checked at Registration.  This is true even if their parents are onsite.

 

U17 Team Requirements:  

1.      On-time receipt of application

2.      Adequate adult support

a.       At least 2 USAU Chaperones 25 years of age or older

b.      At least one rostered Coach (with USAU Coach Membership and has completed either the Ethics or Level I certification.)  All other coaches must be rostered, which means that they have coach level membership.

c.       No Coach or Chaperone may be listed on two or more rosters at the same event (including across multiple gender or age divisions).

3.      Must be made up of players residing in the same (USAU adult club) region, with residency defined as:

a.    The location where the person is living for the majority of August, AND

b.    The location where the person is living for the majority of the 3 months prior to August

c.    If the above definition means that a player does not have a region as their "residence", then the player is considered to be an out-of-region player.

d.   Teams are allowed a maximum of 4 out-of-region players.

4.      Each team must provide a volunteer scorekeeper for each of their games at YCC.

 

U17 Player Requirements: 

1.     Each player on the roster must be a USA Ultimate member in good standing at all times during the event.  Players may not pay onetime event fees, or Affiliate Membership fees, for Warm-up events.

2.      All players must not turn 17 or older during the year of the USAU Youth Club Championships.

3.      Players must have either:
a. participated in the USAU High School State Championships or State Qualifying Event
during the academic year immediately preceding the USAU Youth Club Championships, OR
b. participated in a USAU-sanctioned youth club league initiated during the 12 months prior to the current Youth Club Championships and been enrolled in high school or middle school during the academic year immediately preceding the USAU Youth Club Championships.

4.      Player Eligibility Exception Process: Teams and Players that do not meet above requirements but wish to participate may be granted an exception and are encouraged to apply for one. These situations require completion of a Player Exception Application (FORM LINKED HERE).

a.       Examples include, but are not limited to:

                         i.        Players who do not meet Rule 3a or 3b above, but are enrolled at a school whose top (Varsity/A) team participated in the most recent USAU High School State Championship or Qualifying Event will be allowed to participate (must complete form).

                         ii.       All players who have not yet attended High School and do not meet Rule 3a or 3b above will be allowed to participate (must complete form).

b.      All other players will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

c.       USAU reserves the right to determine whether players on applying teams meet the above criteria.

5.      No player may be listed on two or more rosters at the same event (including across multiple gender or age divisions).

6.   Note: Players under the age of 18 must have a completed Medical Authorization Form onsite in order to be able to participate; these will be checked at Registration.  This is true even if their parents are onsite. 

 

Event Registration

Information on paperwork requirements and deadlines will be sent to selected teams along with the invitation to the event.

 

 Application and compliance of the above guidelines will be subject to the discretion of the USA Ultimate Manager of Youth Competition and Athletes.

 


 2018 USA Ultimate Youth Fall Cup Tournaments


Overview

The goal of these events is to provide an additional, accessible opportunity for youth ultimate players, opposite the traditional spring school season and the summer club events, with an emphasis on new players and/or teams in the U17 and U15 age divisions.  In 2018, USA Ultimate will be accepting bids for three separate age divisions – U20, U17, U15.  The guidelines that follow are USAU’s requirements for qualification and criteria for acceptance for the USAU Youth Fall Cup events.  As this is a growing division, these guidelines and the bid allocation process are subject to change.

 

Application and Team Selection

Applications for the 2018 USAU Youth Fall Cups will be available on the USAU website by July 6, 2018.  Applications will be due by August 10, 2018 (5PM Mountain Time) and invited teams will be notified by August 17, 2018.

 

Bid Priority

Teams that meet requirements will be eligible to receive an invitation.  Teams will be selected based on geographic representation and gender equity. A team/organization’s history and/or contributions to the development of youth ultimate may also be considered.

 

Team and Player Requirements

1.     On-time receipt of application

2.     Adequate adult support structure (1 coach and at least 2 chaperones; chaperones must be at least 25.  A coach can act as a chaperone for the same team s/he is coaching if s/he meets the age requirement.)

3.     Players in the U20 division must not turn 20 during the year of the tournament in order to be eligible.

4.     Players in the U17 division must not turn 17 during the year of the tournament in order to be eligible.

5.     Players in the U15 division must not turn 15 during the year of the tournament in order to be eligible.

6.     Each player on the roster must be a USA Ultimate member in good standing at all times during the event. 

7.     Teams must be made up of players residing in the same (USAU adult club) region, with residency defined as:

a.     The location where the person is living for the majority of August, AND

b.     The location where the person is living for the majority of the 3 months prior to August

c.      If the above definition means that a player does not have a region as their "residence", then the player is considered to be an out-of-region player.

d.     Teams are allowed a maximum of 4 out-of-region players.

8.   USAU reserves the right to determine whether players on applying teams meet the above criteria.

9.   No player, coach, or chaperone may be listed on two or more rosters at the same event (including across multiple gender or age divisions).

 

Event Registration: Information on paperwork requirements and deadlines will be sent to selected teams along with the invitation to the event.

 

Application and compliance of the above guidelines will be subject to the discretion of the USA Ultimate Manager of Competition and Athletes.

 


 

Competition Guidelines

Minor (Under 18) Player Info

Minors participating in the State Championships or Qualifying Events, Youth Club Warm-ups, YCC or Youth Fall Cup events must have a Medical Authorization Form completed prior to participation. A team with minors on it must have an approved, background-checked chaperone listed on the team’s official roster.  The medical release form is the responsibility of the chaperone; it must be brought to each USAU event and kept on hand by the chaperone.This form will allow medical personnel to treat an injured minor without a parent/guardian having to be present. (Without this form a doctor might not be able to treat an injured minor.)

 


Spirit of the Game

Ultimate has traditionally relied upon a spirit of sportsmanship which places the responsibility for fair play on the players themselves. Highly competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of the bond of mutual respect between players, adherence to the agreed-upon rules of the game, or the basic joy of play. Protection of these vital elements serves to eliminate adverse conduct from the Ultimate field. Such actions as taunting of opposing players, dangerous aggression, intentional fouling, or other 'win at all costs' behavior are contrary to the Spirit of the Game and must be avoided by all players.

Spirit of the Game sets Ultimate apart from other competitive team sports. For over 30 years, Ultimate has flourished, reaching a highly competitive level, without the use of referees. In Ultimate, the honor system works. Sure, human nature rears its ugly head from time to time - just as in any sport, just as in life. Yet, one of the many beauties of Ultimate is how, even amid the most difficult of situations, utmost graciousness is allowed to meet that challenge head on. Through this balance, Ultimate players are free to demonstrate the most honorable and the most joyous sides of human nature in sport.

Most Ultimate players care deeply about Spirit of the Game. The organizational challenge for USAU is to foster an environment where the challenge does not become, "to see what I can get away with". Rather than dictate what Spirit of the Game is or should be, it is up to each player to do so for him or herself within the context of the teams he or she plays with and against.


Gender Division Eligibility

  1. Males are eligible to compete in the Boys and Mixed divisions.
  2. Females are eligible to compete in the Boys, Mixed, and Girls divisions.
  3. On-field gender ratio rules for the Mixed Division are described in the Mixed Division Gender Ratio section of the Competition Guidelines.
  4. The eligibility of transgender athletes will be governed by the USA Ultimate Policy on Transgender Athletes. Contact USA Ultimate HQ for more information as needed.

 


Coaching Certification Requirements

The following describes coach requirements for field level access for State championships.

·         All coaches must be rostered, which means that they have coach level membership.

The following describes coach requirements for field level access for YCC at the USOCC.

  • Each team must have one coach who has completed either the Ethics or Level I certification.
  • All other coaches must be rostered, which means that they have coach level membership.
  • Also, coaches who are not certified must read, sign and agree to abide by the USA Ultimate Coaching Code of Ethics and Spirit of Coaching Statement

 

Coaches who aren’t currently Level I certified should make plans to attend the Coaching Ethics Workshop between October and March of each year in order to ensure access to the sideline for all games at the Championship events.

 


Sideline and Field Access Requirements

All chaperones and additional coaches that have not completed the USAU Coaching Ethics Workshop, will read, sign and agree to abide by the USAU Coaching Ethics Code and USAU Spirit of Coaching statement. This is completed during the NCSI background screening process.

 

Limits on number of coaches and other non-player support staff will be determined by specific event guidelines.

 

During games at USAU Championship events (State and YCC) sideline access will only be granted to players, coaches that are designated by the team and have completed the Coaching Certification Requirements, USAU event staff, and media.

 

 


Name/Logo/Uniform Guidelines

USAU reserves the right to alter, or require a team to alter, a team name, player nickname, team logo, jersey graphic, or uniform and/or suggest alternatives at or in conjunction with a USAU program or event should USAU personnel determine that the existing name, logo, graphic, or uniform might hinder the mission of the organization or the goals of a specific USAU program or event. Alterations must meet with the approval of USAU personnel.

 


Uniform Requirements

Player Uniform Requirements

  • All players participating in the USAU High School Regional Championships and the USAU Youth Club Championship tournaments for a given team must wear jerseys of identical color and design.

  • Teams must have two jerseys of distinctly different color.

  • Jerseys must have numbers on the back.  The numbers must be at least 6 inches high and be one or two digit Arabic numerals.  No two players on a given team may use the same number or numbers with the same value (e.g. 00 and 0, 01 and 1, etc.).

  • Uniform bottoms (shorts, pants, skirts) worn by players on the field must be the same color.

  • It is recommended that uniform accessories including tights, undershirts, hats, and socks be of identical or coordinated style and color.

  • USAU reserves the right to disqualify and/or fine players who fail to meet the uniform requirements.

  • The uniform requirements for USAU State HS Championships are to be determined by the State Youth Coordinator.

 

Coach Uniform Requirements

  • All coaches participating in the USA Ultimate HS Regional Championships or Youth Club Championships must wear either a uniform of identical color and design as the team, or professional coaching attire as defined below.

  • Professional coaching attire is defined as any combination of the following:

    • The team jersey, or a sleeved shirt/polo matching the team uniform colors (and/or high school, if the team uses the school colors for their uniforms).   

    • Team shorts/skirt or hemmed slacks/shorts/skirt of an appropriate solid color    

    • Business casual attire    

    • Closed toe shoes such as cleats, flats or athletic shoes. Flip flops, open toed sandals and bare feet are not considered professional coaching attire.    

  • Coach jerseys and shorts are not subject to the number requirements for players.

  • Names, logos, and graphics on jerseys must comply with the Name/Logo/Uniform Guidelines above.

  • It is recommended that uniform accessories including weather related gear, tights, undershirts, hats, and socks be of identical or coordinated style and color.

  • USA Ultimate reserves the right to remove from the sideline/field and/or fine coaches who fail to meet the uniform requirements.

  • These requirements do not apply to State Championships

 

 


Formats

State Championship tournament formats will be determined by coordinators using USAU guidelines for the Championship Series. Contact your State Youth Coordinator for information.  Formats for HS Regionals and the YCC will depend on the number of teams and fields, with the goals of determining a champion, showcasing the division at its best, and providing a great playing experience for all the teams.

Note that formats in the current USA Ultimate Formats Manual are being updated to meet the following guidelines.  State Youth Coordinators must contact their Regional Youth Director to have a format approved.

Event Competition Schedule Standards

  1. Only eligible players can compete in sanctioned youth events.
  2. Maximum amount of time that players are at the fields is 9 hours per day.
  3. Maximum amount of actual game time is 6 hours per day.
  4. For standard 2 hour rounds (games to 15),there is a max of 3 games a day (6 per weekend)
  5. Minimum of 30 minutes from hard cap to beginning of the next round.
  6. If teams have more than 2 games per day, an 1-hour break between games is recommended.

 


Seeding

  • Seeding for the State HS Championships will be done by the SYC using the following information: input solicited from all the captains of participating teams; results of head to head match-ups prior to the Championships; results of last year's Championships; and other applicable information such as team composition during or prior to the Championships. (The coordinator has the authority to adjust rankings according to the best information available.)

  • Seeding for the USAU Youth Club Championships and USAU Regional Championships will be done by the USAU Championship series staff using the following information: input solicited from all the coaches of participating teams; results of head to head match-ups prior to the Championships; results of last year's Championships; and other applicable information such as team composition during or prior to the Championships and geographic location. 

 


Forfeit Rule

  1. A team must play all of its games at a tournament.
    1. Any team that declines to finish a scheduled game or games or attempts to decide a match by any manner other than playing Ultimate on the field will forfeit those games.  Should both teams in a match choose not to play, then it will be considered a double forfeit.
    2. At the discretion of the event's USAU coordinator, consideration may be given to situations that might warrant an exception being made, provided it does not affect the fairness or integrity of the competition.
    3. Consideration should be given if a team misses the first game of the first day because of travel problems.
  2. If one team is not ready to play at game-time, points may be assessed in accordance with the current edition of the USAU Official Rules of Ultimate (Section VIII.A.4). Under these conditions, if the score of the game reaches 8-0, the team that has failed to signal readiness will technically forfeit the game (see rule above).
  3. A team will be considered to have forfeited any game where the number of players that can safely participate falls below the minimum requirement set by the Event Organizer for that specific event. (See "Player Minimums" below).

 


Rules

2018 USAU Youth and High School Championship events will be played using the current edition of the USAU Official Rules of Ultimate.  Any changes to these rules must be pre-approved by the USAU Championship Series headquarters staff.

 


Observers

Only USAU Certified Observers or Instructional Observers are permitted to officiate at USAU Championship or Championship Series Events.

If officials are used during USAU Youth or High School Championship events, their duties must be in line with those described in the USAU Observer Manual.  Any changes to these duties must be pre-approved by the Championship Series Manager.

If captains want observers to be present at a tournament, they must notify the event coordinator at least 4 weeks prior to the tournament. This will facilitate recruitment prior to the event. The use of observers is subject to the availability of observer staff.

 


Gender Ratio for Mixed Division

  1. Youth Club Championships
    1. The gender ratio for the Mixed Division of the Youth Club Championships will be 4/3 (4 men and 3 women, or 4 women and 3 men).
    2. The receiving team will determine if the current point will be played with 4 men and 3 women or 4 women and 3 men. The pulling team must match the gender ratio of the receiving team.
    3. If the pulling team cannot match the gender of all 7 players, then it must play with fewer than 7 players, matching the gender of as many players as possible.
    4. Injury timeouts
      1. In the event of an injury time-out where a player leaves the field, the replacing player must be the same gender as the injured player.
      2. If a team replaces players, the opposing team has the option of substituting a like number of, or fewer players.
      3. The replacing player(s) must be the same gender as the player(s) they replace.
      4. If a team calls an injury time-out but does not have a replacement player of the same gender as the injured player, it may not replace that player and must play with fewer than 7 players.
  2. State HS Championships
    1. At USAU State HS Championships that include a mixed division, the gender ratio for that division will be determined by the USAU State Youth Coordinator after consulting with the affected teams' captains and coaches.
    2. Please note that for teams to be eligible to apply for participation at HS Regional Championships, the mixed division of a sanctioned state championship or a sponsored USAU State HS Championship must have the gender ratio of 4/3 (4 men and 3 women, or 4 women and 3 men).

 


Player Minimums

  1. USAU Youth and High School Championship events set specific player minimum requirements for both registration and competition.
  2. Registration Minimums: Set to determine whether a team can officially register for an event.
    1. For Sanctioned/Championship Tournament play: 10 total players minimum, and for mixed divisions, at least 4 players per gender.
    2. For League Match play: 10 total players minimum, and for mixed divisions, at least 4 players per gender.
    3. For Youth Warm-Up Events/Youth Club Championships/Youth Fall Cups: 12 total players minimum registered and attending the event, and for mixed divisions, at least 4 players per gender.
  3. Competition Minimums: Set to determine whether a team can continue to compete safely at an event.
    1. For Sanctioned/Championship Tournament play: 7 players to start, 5 to continue playing.  Fewer than 5 is a forfeit.  For mixed: 4 players per gender to start.  5 to continue playing.
    2. For League Match play: 7 players to start, 5 to continue playing.  Fewer than 5 is a forfeit.  For mixed: 4 players per gender to start.  5 to continue playing.
    3. For Regional Events/Youth Club Championships: 7 players to start, 5 to continue playing.  Fewer than 5 is a forfeit.  For mixed: 4 players per gender to start.  5 to continue playing.
  4. Contact the event organizer or USAU headquarters to determine any requirements beyond these minimums.

 


Violations and Sanctions

Failure to abide by any of the Competition Guidelines may result in sanctions through the USA Ultimate conduct process. Such sanctions may be imposed on a team or individuals associated with a team deemed to be in violation of the guidelines, and may include, but are not limited to, suspension or disqualification from USA Ultimate competition.

In order to help teams follow the Competition Guidelines and avoid violations, USA Ultimate will continue to work to improve registration procedures and communication of information pertaining to youth competition. As these improvements are made by the organization, teams will continue to be held more fully responsible for following procedures and understanding information. Because consistency in holding all participants to the same administrative and competitive standards is vital to the integrity of the competition, because many violations lead to unfair advantages in competition, and because it is often difficult to determine intent, guideline violations will result in serious repercussions. Such repercussions will provide an incentive for players and teams to understand the guidelines fully, follow the guidelines carefully, and avoid intended or unintended violations in the future.

Application and compliance of the above guidelines will be subject to the discretion of the USA Ultimate Manager of Competition and Athletes.

 


 

 Updates for 2018:

 

1.       USAU High School, and Middle School, State Championships must be announced six weeks prior to the event.  This give teams more time to determine if they will be able to attend the event, and the Tournament Coordinator more time to work with new teams to ensure that they meet the requirements.

 

2.       The Fall Club Regional Events have been redesigned for newer teams and players and renamed as Youth Fall Cups.  We will solicit bids four 4 events, that will be geographically distributed across the country and held in September – November, 2018. These events are open to club teams and school based teams to accommodate both Spring and Fall school seasons.  We hope that these tournaments will attract young clubs/teams and newer players that may be participating in their first tournament experience.  These events will include U20, U17, and U15 age divisions.

 

3.       We will be working with our State Based Organizations and Affiliates to promote 4 early summer Youth Club tournaments prior to YCC.  These events will be regionally distributed, and should allow teams that cannot attend YCC another opportunity for non-local competition.  Additionally, for teams that attend these Warm-Up events and YCC, the results of the events (as well as other sanctioned youth tournaments, will be used to inform YCC seeding.

 

4.      YCC updates:

a.     We have tried to simplify the bid priority descriptions for how teams are selected for YCC. This includes specific information on second (or "B") teams from a single league/organization within a division and international teams.  "Second teams within a single division from a specific organization, and international teams, may apply at any time, but their applications will not be considered until after Phase 1."

       b.     All YCC teams must have one rostered coach who has completed either the Ethics or Level I certification. 

              All other coaches must have a coach level membership.

       c.      Each team much provide one volunteer scorekeeper for each of their games (this can be a parent or chaperone). 

              Scorekeepers will not be required to score for other teams.