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Update on Session 2

tl;dr – There is still space for women in both leagues for second session. Tuesday league will have to transition to Mondays in September. If you need to change your registration: email Tim

Note from Tim, 7/25/21:

Anyone who wants to change to play in Session 2 (Aug-Sept) or needs to WITHDRAW from Session 2, I need to know asap. Once I set teams it becomes much harder to make changes...

We have space for women in both leagues and the offer for new women is still active for anyone who did not play the first session. We have some limited space for men on both nights.

Remember that there are TWO Session 2 leagues on different nights.

The Thursday league will look very much like Session 1. There will be men's teams that play 4 games with those men being mixed up to also play 2 nights of mixed-gender. The women will play 2 nights each on 3 of those mixed-gender teams for six games (or more) for everyone.

The Tuesday league is going to have to change a little due to having less players. As it stands right now, we will have 3 teams so each team would have a bye every third week and still have six games.

More women would be especially great on Tuesday, EXCEPT that this league is going to have to transition to Monday nights in September. it will START with TUESDAYS in AUGUST and end with at least some MONDAYS in SEPTEMBER. The transition is a little unclear right now and I will have more definite info by this Tuesday. It is possible that each team will have only 2 Monday games, but it could be more.

Tuesdays – "Instant Runoff League" 2021 == 4/3 Mixed League

Bonus game(s) to finish the 1st Tuesday summer session:
We will try to do a mini-playoff with short double headers. Games to 10, cap 12, mirror at 5:

Tuesday, July 27th
Round 1: 8:15 start, hard cap 9pm
Cones Team Field # Team Cones
Set Up Belugas Ben 1w Darkside
Set Up Red Rover Ben 1e Once in a Blue Monsoon Pick Up
Tuesday, July 27th
Round 2: 9:10 start, hard cap at 9:55
Cones Team Field # Team Cones
Winner Round 1 Ben 1w Winner Round 1
Loser Round 1 Ben 1e Loser Round 1

Questions? Email Tim

Thursdays – Summer Mixed ReMixed League 2021

Mixed game is 4/3,3/4 ratio determined by GENdZone.

This Thursday at Benedict we will complete session 1 by replaying the games that were stopped by lightning last week.

Thursday, July 29th
Cones Team Field # Team Cones
Group Man Blue Ben 1w TeamB Set Up
Team9 Ben 1e Team10

Questions? Email Tim


VOTS 2021 Return to Play Agreement (Updated 6/3/21)

In order to protect our fellow members and guests, as well as to satisfy requirements for field usage, the Valley of the Sun Ultimate Association (VOTS) has adopted rules and guidelines relating to COVID-19. Following these rules and guidelines is a requirement to participate in VOTS events. Failure to adhere to them is grounds for removal from VOTS events.

  1. Attendees will self-screen for symptoms on the day of the VOTS event, prior to arrival, and will not attend if currently or previously symptomatic or tested positive for COVID-19 until meeting Home-Isolation-Guidance.
  2. Attendees will follow the Maricopa County Dept. of Public Health Quarantine Guidance for Household and Close Contacts including the provision for people not fully vaccinated who live in the same home or were in close contact (within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes or physical contact) with someone with COVID-19 being asked not to attend for 14 days after last contact with the person with COVID-19.
  3. Anyone with symptoms or a positive COVID test are subject to those quarantine guidelines.
  4. People are considered fully vaccinated only 14 days after the final dose of a vaccine series.
  5. In order to protect children and other vulnerable populations, masks are still encouraged for unvaccinated individuals.
  6. In order to protect children and other vulnerable populations, social distancing should be maintained when possible. While on the same sideline, teams should continue to try to spread out as much as practical. Close team huddles should still be avoided. High fives, hugs and similar contact should still be avoided. Social gatherings before and after the game should still maintain social distancing.

Professional Ultimate

Arizona Sidewinders

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The Arizona Sidewinders are the first professional Ultimate team in the state of Arizona. As part of the Western Ultimate League (WUL), the Sidewinders want to foster growth within the sport and provide a way for all women to compete on a stage which showcases high-level, competitive Ultimate.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the WUL's inaugural season has been postponed until March of 2022 with a pre-seaon showcase, the WUL Winter Cup, later in 2021. In the meantime, watch Open Side, a video series featuring players from various WUL teams speaking in round-table fashion about a range of ultimate related topics. You might even see some players you know!


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Pick Up Games

Pick-Up Game announcements will resume soon.

Past VOTS Events

Spring League 2021

Congratulations to Cyanara, Spring League 2021 Champions!

Black Plague had eked out a win over Cyanara in the first game of the season. The rematch swung the blue-ish team's way.

Thursday, May 27
Cones Team Score Score Team Cones
Set Up Black Plague 10 15 Cyanara
All That Glitters is Gold 14 11 Pan(dem)ic at the Disco Set Up

Questions? Email Tim

VOTS History Archive

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!

History Archive | Email Webmaster

Fall League 2020

Update: 12/3/20

Players,

City of Phoenix has closed fields due to Covid concerns. This means that the final league game is cancelled.

NO GAMES on Dec 7 or Dec 14.

It was fun playing with and against you again for a little while. I want to commend our league players for their adherence to our return to play guidelines throughout this league. I was really pleased with the way everyone behaved, the diligent masking around your fellow players, and the good attitudes toward the new rules. In this regard, our trial league seemed very successful to me, and I hope to get the chance to do it again after another pause. As always, thanks to our community members who helped run this league by captaining teams and for the first time also to those who helped with our new guidelines by acting as field monitors.

Thanks,
Tim

Questions? Email Tim Streit

VOTS-oween, virtual style!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Virtual VOTS-oween contest contest!

Trevor as Phil
Adult Category: Trevor Buhr as Phillip Samuels
The DonaHall Family as Curious George
Family Category: Erin Donahue, Mike Hall, and Lily Noelle Hall as Curious George, Lady in the Yellow Hat, and a Banana
Copper as an elf
Pet Category: Copper Blackman as an elf from Eurovision


Thanks to everyone who participated! And thank you to Joanne for organizing!

New Year Fest 39

New Year Ultimate Fest XXXIX, which was originally scheduled for January 30-31, 2021, has been indefinitely postponed due to our concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic. We are currently unsure when or if this event will be rescheduled.

New Year Fest 38


NYF logo

New Year Fest XXXVIII
January 25th & 26th, 2020
Phoenix Reach 11 Sports Complex
Phoenix, Arizona

Divisions: Sanctioned College Men's, Sanctioned College Women's, Open I & II, Women's


Congratulations to NYF 38 Champions:


NYF: More Information | NYF 2020 Program & Schedule | Email TD Evan Yamada