Day Camps FAQ
When we do the ultimate trainings, we’ll have players in four divisions according to skills, experience, and athleticism.
When we are doing other activities (off the field), we’ll divide players into groups - sometimes by age/grade, and sometimes by other means. In other words, the Intermediate/Advanced divisions will apply mainly for our ultimate training activities. The rest of the time, kids will be interacting with each other across divisions!
If a player is signed up for a division that does not seem like a good fit (in the eyes of the coaches), then we will move them up/down in order to improve the experience for all the players.
Which division should I choose?
We recommend that you select a division according to what grade your kid is in:
Elementary (recommended for 3rd-5th graders)
MS Intermediate (recommended for 5th-7th graders)
MS Advanced (recommended for 7th-8th graders)
HS Intermediate (recommended for 9th-11th graders)
HS Advanced (recommended for 10th-12th graders)
If your 6th/7th/8th grader is a relatively experienced player, sign them up for the MS Advanced division … and likewise, if your 9th/10th grader is brand new to ultimate, the HS Intermediate division will be the best fit for them.
The advanced divisions are an opportunity for players to take their game up a notch - the level of play in these groups will be comparable to Seven Hills and USA Ultimate YCC.
If you’re not sure which division to register for, choose Intermediate. Once we see how kids are doing on the first day, it will be a lot smoother to move a kid up a division than move them down.
We’ll start off with players in the divisions they’re registered for and then coaches will make adjustments if need be.
MS kids in the HS division?
Can I sign my 8th grader up for the HS Intermediate division? … Our intention is to have kids training with other players who are the same age/grade/size. If you think your 8th grader would be a better fit in HS Intermediate division, let us know and we’ll consider placing them there.
Can I sign my kid up if they just finished 1st grade and they’re heading into 2nd grade? …NO.
Can I sign my kid up if they just finished 2nd grade and they’re heading into 3rd grade? …YES.
Can I sign my kid up if they just finished 11th grade and they’re heading into 12th grade? …YES.
Can I sign my kid up if they just finished 12th grade? …NO.
Can I sign up with friends or teammates?
Yes! There's a space in the registration form to list friends or teammates who you'd like to sign up with.
We'll do our best to honor these requests, along with with the divisions that each kid is registered for. In the the event that these two factors contradict, we will use our best judgement and we may also ask players, "would you rather be with your friends, or in a division that's a better fit for you?"
In order to make the experience good for everyone, we reserve the right to separate players if they're being a distraction to the group.
For updates and more specific information, refer to our COVID Safety Plan & Updates page.
Yes. Under the current conditions of Phase 2 (WA State Roadmap to Recovery) all coaches and players will be required to wear masks.
How will water/snack breaks work?
Players will be required to clean their hands thoroughly before and afterwards. We’ll have hand sanitizing stations that include disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer.
While eating or drinking, players can pull down their masks if they remain socially distant from others.
Staff members will wear a face mask while organizing and distributing snacks.
Will players and coaches be screened or tested before camp?
Right before camp, every participant and coach will answer a questionnaire asking whether anyone in their family or close social circle has experienced COVID-19 symptoms within the prior two weeks.
We will react to these surveys on a case by case basis, and if a player or coach poses any risk to others we will ask them not to attend camp.
Each morning, players will have their temperatures taken and will answer a series of specific screening questions, as outlined in our Safety Plan.
What protocols are in place to address COVID-19?
We have a thorough Safety Plan, crafted in collaboration with our Seattle Tempest & Seattle Cascades team physician (Dr. Leslie Yen, Swedish) and approved by Seattle Parks & Recreation. Details on our COVID Safety Plan & Updates page.
This is an ultimate clinic, and so we’ll be catching and throwing discs. In order to minimize situations when “everyone touches the same disc” we’ll use these COVID Coaching Guidelines.
COVID Coaching Guidelines:
Coaches will use twice as many discs as a group our size would normally use. For example, if a typical drill with 15 players would utilize 5-10 discs…. we’ll use a stack of 10-20 discs instead.
We’ll form groups for drills that are smaller than we typically would, and groups will remain 20+ feet apart. For example, we’ll present a drill to players and then split into two or three smaller groups.
Coaches will swap out their stack of discs in between drills, and we’ll disinfect them before they’re used again.
We will not do drills with marking or "close person defense" while we’re in phase 2 of the WA State Roadmap to Recovery Program. If we "scrimmage" we'll use modified rules such as social distanced defense and marking.
(We may evolve these guidelines and/or come up with different ones as each clinic draws near.)