Update 1/08/22: After meeting in a special session on Saturday 1/8, the Valley of the Sun Ultimate Association (VOTS) Board of Directors has voted to cancel the upcoming New Year Ultimate Fest tournament.
A number of factors played into the Board's decision. The ongoing spike of Omicron infections, including break-through cases; reports of significant infections at similar events; concerns about travel disruptions for out-of-state teams; possible COVID-related personnel disruptions to all teams; and the potential for field access to be restricted to only in-state players were all discussed. While the Board takes no pleasure in canceling the event, they felt that there was not enough confidence that the New Year Ultimate Fest could be held with the high level of competition and amenities that have been the tournament’s hallmark for 40 years.
The Board regrets the disruption to teams and players planning to attend this event. Tournament entry fees will be fully refunded.
VOTS looks forward to welcoming ultimate players from across the country back to New Year Fest in 2023.
If you have any questions, email TD Evan Yamada