Here's the standard approach to starting an Elementary School Ultimate team:
1) Contact BUDA Youth (
) and provide the name, email address and phone number to reach the chool PE coach.
2) BUDA will reach out to the PE coach and determine if there is nearby field space for after-school practices.
3) Identify a potential faculty sponsor for an afterschool ultimate team. The PE coach can usually make some suggestions.
4) The BUDA Youth Program will offer to run ultimate in PE classes for a week in early April after spring break. Kids form into teams of 4-5 on small fields for playing games. Ideally recruit additional adult ultimate volunteers so there is 1 adult per team and 4 kids...
5) Before the end of each PE class, the kids are given the chance to sign up to express interest in playing ultimate after school, including email and ph # for follow-up.
6) BUDA posts a "Coach wanted" on the BUDA website and hopefully finds a coach.
7) The BUDA coach gets CORI checked.
8) The BUDA coach and faculty sponsor reach out to the kids on the list to see who will show up for 2 practices/games a week.
9) Get the local HS team to help out at practices...
10) Hopefully BUDA gets additional interest in the coaching opportunity and finds asst coaches to support expanding to B and C teams...
11) Have fun.
Here are some useful links from the Ultimate Player's Association (UPA).
Play! The UPA has recently approved two Youth Discs specifically designed for U-11 players. These discs are smaller and lighter in weight and are easier for smaller hands to grasp and throw. Discraft makes the J*Star Youth Disc and Wham-O makes a Youth Disc here. Youth discs can be ordered at Discovering The World.
Ultimate Teaching Curriculum
We highly recommend Tiina Booth' and Michael Baccarini's excellent book, Essential Ultimate: Teaching Coaching Playing.
Need a coach? BUDA has a list of several individuals who have expressed an interest in coaching a Massachusetts elementary school team. If you are in need of a coach, whether it’s full time or even part-time, let us know.