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« on: February 02, 2007, 07:34:02 AM »

I am looking for a teacher who has successfully introduced Ultimate to their school and has already arranged inter-school tournaments or is working towards that.  I work for an independent school in Dubbo, NSW and am presently promoting the sport at our school.
Two public schools in Dubbo already have awesome teams and we receive great support from the Dubbo Meerkats in the form of free after school coaching, school visits and information.  Last year the Meerkats also organised an inter-school tournament which was wonderful. I would like to build on this but am hampered by the reluctance of public schools to allow their teams to play against teams from independent schools during school hours.  There is another independent school in Dubbo and I am presently trying to get them interested in getting a team together. 
I would like to compare notes and learn from someone who has already travelled this path. 
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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2007, 10:27:18 AM »

Good on ya Karen for helping the kiddies out and furthering the sport of Ultimate.   Smiley

I've emailed a few of my teacher friends in NSW with hopes they can help you out.  In the mean time, have you visited the AFDA webpage?  Imparticular, the Youth Contacts page.  A list of people to help you out:

http://www.afda.com/showcontent.php?page=juniors_contacts

Good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2007, 09:30:28 PM »



Thank you Seppo! I'll get on to the AFDA website as suggested.  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2007, 07:15:32 PM »

Hi Karen,

My name is Nikki Shires and I am just might be able to give you some insight on to your problem.  I went through basically the same thing years ago when I started teaching at a private school.  There are a lot of answers but I am not sure which questions you are asking.  If you want to give me a call on 0406 995 789 we can talk more easily, otherwise, write you questions and send them to my email [email protected]

I was eventually successful in getting a program up and running in the Northern Beaches private schools as well as running an event that included both private and public schools.  It just takes time and finding the right people in schools.

Speak soon,
nikki shires
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2007, 07:25:19 AM »

Karen,

The best way to establish a team is to delegate the task to the students. All you have to do is find one student that is interested, and have them find you a team. For some reason, when the players go out and recruit, it seems to work better.

Also, try to get another sport at your school to feed into your program, so they make ultimate their "offseason" sport.

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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2007, 12:57:10 PM »

No, I am in high school and am responsible for finding a team and I HATE that.  Don't put all the responsibility on one kid that loves the sport, it will turn out badly. 
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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2007, 04:40:15 PM »

Maxe,

As a fellow HS student and player, I am not saying that the burden has to all fall on one individual. At my school, a core of 3-4 kids created the team, and now we have a very successful program. It takes work, but it is the fastest and best way to create a team.

I would have to say that 95% of the HS teams that come out of Pittsburgh are formed by the students, and it is really building a strong foundation.

What you have done is not "finding a team". It is recruiting players. Finding a team in completely different (and alot more difficult). If you love the sport, sharing it with your friends is not something hateful, its exciting and wonderful.

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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2007, 05:30:22 PM »

I fully agree with everything Julian said.
By the way I happen to be part of that core of 3-4 kids.

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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2007, 08:33:27 PM »

I don't see Ultimate becoming a sport in my county at the HS, and Middle school level for years but I have thought about this to spark that happening. I posted on another thread as well to see what people think.


I live in a fairly large town in south Florida. It seems to me that we should be able to have a summer/winter/fall league for children of varying ages. The town I am from has access to over 7 fields I would say and all are equipped with lights. Nearly every childrens sport is already played. I have contacted the athrletics director and it seems that I am run in circles every time I have a chance to speak to him about it. He is giving me the run around because of lack of field space and the number one thing is that no one really knows about it. I have thought about it long and hard to find a solution. I have come up with this... please feel free to add constructive criticism. My town puts out a town newsletter which I know is read by plenty of parents throughout the town. I know this because this is how I was informed on the sports I played as a child. I can see if there is a way that Ultimate can be added into this newsletter. Possibly have someone that is well spoken throw some words on paper that could spark an interest in the sport to the parents of my town. Also, I was thinking that I could make a website with videos showcasing Ultimate at it's finest. Make the webaddress very simple for instance DavieUltimate.com  Find places where I can put road signs and ect. displaying a message that keeps people interested in this ULTIMATE. Make the slogans possibly subliminal in a way such that people that really don't know ultimate would find themselves inclined to go to the web address to see what it is about.  for instance: Got Ultimate? www.DavieUltimate.com (for some reason I think people would associate this with pornography), Hey parents, is your child ULTIMATE? (seems a little derrogatory to the parents that are answering No to the question), maybe a picture of a sick layout catch or something showcasing a rediculous attribute of Ultimate followed by the webaddress. Once people get to this site it should be very simple to get the point across what Ultimate is. Examples would include a list of plays that are just nasty, pics, and plenty of information of how to get involved, reasons thier children would like this sport and how it can be a productive learning experience to promote healthy living. Once I the site starts to get hits I could set up a local clinic and have this posted for a set date and I am sure I can get plenty of people in the surrounding area to come out and check it out and have some of my buddies and volunteers help organize some age groups of children and teach them the sport. Possibly hold a few games towards the end. After this clinic we can get a good idea if it is worth it to continue on with this plan. If the interest is there then a league could be set up. This would spark the middle school and high schools to make teams. If most states can get teams together Ultimate could easily become a popular sport in America. Think about why we are all here and trying to make it happen. This game owns. Thanks for listening if you actually read this long post. -TheBluntman aka Froman.
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« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2007, 06:28:47 AM »

Karen,

I just found out about a guy in England who has managed to introduce ultimate to netball and basketball students; might be a help to you.. I will PM you his email address.
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