VOTS Spring 2018, photo by Quan Nguyen

A/B Winter League 2022 ~ League Information


About Ultimate and VOTS Leagues

Ultimate frisbee (or ultimate disc) is a high energy, non-contact team sport. It combines elements of many different sports including soccer, basketball, and football. Ultimate is played on a rectangular shaped field with end zones shaped like football end zones. Each team consists of seven players. The disc is passed from teammate to teammate until somebody catches the disc in the end zone for a score.

The Valley of the Sun Ultimate Association (VOTS) organizes adult leagues (18 and up, ages 16-17 with parental waiver) with two primary goals in mind:

  1. to introduce new players to the sport of Ultimate
  2. to provide a place for all levels of players to play in a competitive, team-oriented atmosphere

We play by USAU's 11th edition rules.

How is league structured?

A/B Winter League is a continuing experiment for VOTS. With the expansion of Ultimate as a sport and VOTS as a group, the skill distribution among our players has become, perhaps, too wide for everyone who wants to play to have a place in league. We're going to try something that many other vibrant ultimate communities do on a regular basis.

The A/B Winter League will be broken into two division:

Details specific to this league:

Update from Tim, 1/5/22:

There will be a welcome night (all level welcome pick up) on Thursday 1/6 at Pecos Park. I will try to get a questionnaire out in the morning (1/5) to make sure that there will be a decent amount of players on such short notice and to see if we have enough volunteers to help run a beginner session on one side. I'll put out results Wednesday night.

"A" division will be only four teams, so rather than split nights, A division will be on Thursday only. This will start with another welcome (A pickup or possibly a pre-season game) on 1/13 and regular games starting 1/20.

"B" division will be only four teams, so rather than split nights, B division will be on Wednesday only. This will start with a beginner night/clinic on 1/12 and regular season games starting 1/19.

Do I need to know how to play?

Experience will be required in A Division.

For B Division: Absolutely not! We'll teach new players basic throws as well as the rules and strategies of ultimate throughout the season.

What do I need to play?

You will need to bring:

  1. Non-metal cleats (or tennis shoes if you don't have cleats).
  2. Water (you'll get thirsty).

Anything else?

As per General League Policies:

  1. VOTS discourages dogs at VOTS-sponsored leagues. If participants do bring dogs to VOTS-sponsored leagues, the owner must be aware of and abide by all applicable local leash laws.
  2. No glass is allowed on the fields.
  3. Under NO circumstances should anybody drive onto the fields.

A/B Winter League 2022 League Registration

Do I need to have a team to sign up?

No! All players sign up as individuals and will be drafted on to a team within their appropriate division.

Can I play on the same team as my friends?

A new player can sign up to be "baggage" with another player.

The concept of baggage is designed solely to introduce brand NEW PLAYERS to the sport by allowing them play on a team with someone they know. You will have the opportunity to list the person you are bagging with on the registration form. (One only, please.) Baggage is NOT intended to ensure that couples & carpoolers get to play together. If couples/carpoolers wish to play together, you will have the option to explain the situation on the registration form. Baggage approvals will be left to the discretion of the league director. While we try to accommodate preferences, we reserve the right to refuse baggage requests. Other options for couples/carpoolers: captain together or choose a same night as preference.

What is the player cap and the wait list?

Initial play cap: 80 men, 96 women. This will be evaluated and likely extended based on registration numbers. A wait list will be instituted *before* these caps are met to avoid over-filling the league.

How much does league cost?

The fee for each league registration is $20 before Dec. 31st. If you are interested in playing both leagues (there will be a question on the registration form), only pay for one league at sign-up. You'll be instructed to pay for a second if you're added to the other league's draft roster. A/B Winter Leagues will NOT include a shirt or discs.

If you have problems using PayPal, please email Katherine at webmaster@vots.org.

If you have already completed and submitted a registration form, but still need to complete payment, please, use the button below or on the Confirmation/Pay page. Note: Payment made without filling out the registration form will not count as a registration.

How do I register?

STEP 1: Fill Out the Form Linked Below

As of 1/3/22, 11:19: All registrations will go to the Wait List. If you are still interested in playing, please fill out the form to add your information to the Wait List, but do not pay until instructed to do so by a VOTS representative.

A/B Winter League Registration / Wait List

STEP 2: Pay Your League Fee

Payment for A/B Winter League 2022 is: $20

Woman-matching players playing both leagues (you will have been notified): $16

Confirm Your Registration / Payment Status

Subject to change.

For more information, contact LD Tim Streit.