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« on: March 05, 2008, 11:03:29 AM »

Hey,

I'm a highschool student who is very involved in the ultimate community in my town. But there is zero highschool ultimate in terms of anything organized.

I want to host a tournament for the various youth clubs and groups of kids who get together and play pick up and so on.

The only problem is that there would have to be the normal ultimate rules.

Any suggestions on how to A: get kids interested in wanting to play, and B: get them to want to play with the set rules instead of just "playing around"

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2009, 01:48:35 PM »

Hey man I'm really sorry no one has responded to you. I am very surprised as this is the whole reason for a forum like this. I dont have the best answers but I will try to atleast give you some encouragment.
1st- I appreciate your commitment and I can tell you are where you need to be 2nd-That is a challenge but can be done
The first thing I think you need to ask yourself is do you want to build up their Ultimate skills, or build up the Ultimate culture in your area? If you want to build skills then I am going to say it will be harder to get commited teams to show up and want to abide by the rules. If you want to simply build the culture and drive more to play then i would say, start of easy, light hearted, less strict on the rules and just commit to making it fun and relaxing for everyone involved. If your set on the rules, then make sure that is said before inviting all the teams. Make sure its at least dicussed somewhere as some teams will not know them. Also, if theres anyway to let those teams know what the rules are before the tourney than that would help also. Maybe just the 10 Simple Rules at least.
As far as publicity, sad to say but I think Facebook is still the best place to go with that. Since everyone and their dog uses it, its probably the best way to get exposure. Email is good but its hard to get everyone contacts. I would say try to make it a one day tourney, with games, food, and Ultimate games. Have a fun party in the evening, it doesnt have to be wild or alcoholic, just make it fun, (dumb Ultimate games, races, competitions, and things that everyone can excel in, sort of a all-star game could be fun)

Anyway those are just a few of the suggestions. If you want further info let me know, I can also do some design for you if you want to get a cool poster or flyer out there. See ya
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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2009, 06:38:36 PM »

I myself was in the same position as you when deciding to get people interested. We bought a frisbee, threw it around and decided to have an ultimate tournament on the last day of school. Using facebook and word of mouth, we were able to get a lot of interest. It's interesting to hear all the people who are actually interested in such an underground sport. A lot of people don't play it because it isn't the first thing you think of when talking about sports. It also takes more people to get the game going, and I guess you could say that a lot of people just didn't grow up with it except in gym class. Another interesting tactic to use is smack talk. All in good fun, tell other teams to try and take you down. The first tournament was a "town representative" tournament so kids from towns would be on a team to defend their town's honor (our school is a sending district where multiple towns go to one school). Facebook definetely helped, and just because only a few people join doesn't mean they'll be the only ones. It just takes one other stead-fast kid to put together a team. The end of the year idea was also a success because kids would finish exams, and then come back to the school field to celebrate the beginning of summer with a fun game. As long as you advertise by word of mouth and encourage others to make teams or gain interest, I'm sure you can have a successful tournament. (another tip is to start out slow by not making it so intense seeing as Ultimate doesn't have the respect of other sports at least here in America....but as the games progress throughout your career, make them more intense.) A kid at my new school laughed at the idea of an Ultimate frisbee team and tournament. I played against him in gym and he was good too. I invited him onto my team and he decided to join. He even put in money for a team t shirt. You need to show people what it's all about. A mock up film might even work of just a short game to generate interest. Well, that's a mouth full but that's all I have to say and good luck although this is a year late!
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