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Dear VOTS players,
We haven’t talked for a while now. I’m sure you all understand why. We miss you all and we miss ultimate just as much as you do. We’re looking forward to seeing all our friends again, but it simply has not been possible to hold any events.
Although we have been watching and continuing to submit field requests in the hope that things would change, to this point, we have not been able to reserve or use any fields.
It looks like there are going to be some changes to various city policies which we are looking into. To help us plan for possible return to VOTS events, we have some questions about your preferences.
It’s a quick survey, mainly trying to find out when people will be ready to play ultimate again. While we are asking questions, we also included a few about what nights work for you for league games. There is no guarantee we can even get our first choice of nights, but we would like to know when our players could play.
So please fill out the form at the link above.
Note from Katherine:
Not a lot of play going on at the moment, but that doesn't mean we can't yearn for the olden days...
Earlier in the year Kevin Hatch and Kody Lippincot gathered up some VOTS materials from various storage bins and started scanning and taking photos. I decided to take the opportunity to reorganize the league and New Year Fest archive pages. I'm also continuing to add other information (including more about Valley club teams) as I come across it. If you have any info or feedback on the pages, please, let me know.
The first bunch of 80s and 90s VOTS newsletters from Kevin are available on the new History Pages!
June 17, 2020
Dear Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff Club ultimate communities,
We hope this message finds you healthy, safe and well. As you may know, USA Ultimate released its Return to Play Guidelines on Thursday, June 11. While this 33-page document is quite comprehensive, Ultiworld followed up with a Quick Summary to help folks understand key takeaways. After further review and discussion, we write to share our plans for the 2020 season:
From the outset, our mission has been to bring our communities together for a unified mixed system—one built on Spirit of the Game, a commitment to both development and competitiveness, and a focus on fair tryouts and team selection. In our current situation with Covid-19, we cannot safely or fairly execute the goals and plans that we promised to the mixed club community in 2020.
The recently released USA Ultimate Return to Play Guidelines are clarifying: where before perhaps there was some debate about how risky playing ultimate frisbee outdoors would be, the guidelines indicate that ultimate is, indeed, a high-risk activity. They rate the risk of scrimmage, any kind of full team practice, and especially competition against other teams as greatly contributing to chances of transmitting or contracting Covid-19. And, given these ratings, USA Ultimate has stated that all players must take full liability for any ultimate-related activities in which they choose to participate.
There are other teams around the country who have hung up their cleats for the 2020 season. But those teams have taken this moment to look forward to the next season. In that spirit, we remain excited to pursue the vision that we all started with. We want to make sure Arizona can stay connected and engaged as we look forward to the 2021 club season (We’ll talk more about that in Part 2 of this update).
And while this restructuring committee will not form teams for the 2020 season, it will not interfere with any efforts to form teams to participate in any kind of Club Series that may be announced by USA Ultimate for 2020.
We will reconvene in late 2020 to continue the pursuit of a unified club system in the 2021 season. And, regardless of how you choose to engage with ultimate in 2020, none of these results will factor into your candidacy for the 2021 season. No matter what, though, please be safe out there.
Our mission of creating a united ultimate frisbee community continues even as the 2020 Club season is abbreviated, limited, and uncertain. To continue working towards getting us all to where we want to be, this group will be organizing events and inviting more volunteers to organize events that will help keep people engaged in ultimate frisbee as much as possible. The 2021 season is something we can start working towards today.
The overall goal of this Facebook Group is to provide a collective, comprehensive, virtual community that can be used to stay informed and connected to mixed club ultimate here in the valley:
We invite and want you to contribute to this group: please post and share any virtual and/or in-person workouts and activities that you are comfortable opening up to the larger community, reach out to the community for help and support -- with our current situation, we want to reignite the energy and enthusiasm for ultimate and for this system through this platform that we eventually will bring back to the fields.
We appreciate your patience as we do our best to balance the community’s well-being with their desires to gather for ultimate-related activities. If you have any comments, concerns or questions on any of these items, please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
Arizona Mixed Club Ultimate Restructuring Committee
The Arizona Sidewinders are the first professional Ultimate team in the state of Arizona. As part of the Western Ultimate League, the Sidewinders want to foster growth within the sport and provide a way for all womxn to compete on a stage which showcases high-level, competitive Ultimate.
Alas, the inaugural WUL season has been sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic.
If organizing or engaging in any pick-up game, please take into account USAU's Return to Play Guidelines.
New Year Fest XXXVIII
January 25th & 26th, 2020
Phoenix Reach 11 Sports Complex
Divisions: Sanctioned College Men's, Sanctioned College Women's, Open I & II, Women's