RHS Girls Ultimate

WELCOME TO RHS GIRLS ULTIMATE

This is the official website for the Roosevelt High School Girls Ultimate team in Seattle, Washington. The Girls Ultimate program at RHS is a strong, established club team that thrives thanks to our emphasis on highly skilled, team oriented, and competitive play in the spirit of the game. While the 2020 and 2021 seasons were cancelled, disrupted, and reconfigured for the pandemic, 2022 saw a return to almost-normalcy with both SPS league play and outside tournaments resuming.

Moving ahead, we aim to return the program to the same level of skill, sportsmanship, and fun that's brought us SPS league titles, Seattle Invite titles, WA State Championships, and even the High School National Invitational championship in 2019 as the best HS Girls' team in the country. The team is run by parents and students who volunteer their time to help support the team. Please be in touch if you can help out! Finally, if you are looking for the RHS Boys Ultimate team, their site can be found here.

SPRING 2022 - HS Girls Season

Please note that DNW is requiring all players, coaches, and admins to show PROOF OF COVID VACCINATION at registration. More info is on their website here. And since vaccination is required, masks are no longer mandatory for participants - free the face! But do please continue to practice the common sense measures we're all accustomed to so that all our players can continue to practice and play.

UPDATE 5/12/22: The RHS Girls Varsity Ultimate team is the 2022 SPS league champions!! Congrats on overcoming some amazing competition in the first spring girls' season since 2019. Thank you coaches and way to go players, on to State Finals and Nationals (see below)!

The future success of our program relies on a strong pipeline of players, so we welcome athletes of all ages and abilities. We offer both a Varsity team and a JV team, both coached by experienced adult coaches. Please note that tryouts, team placement, and registration for the spring-season girls' teams are independent from the winter mixed teams.

Please check the calendar frequently for dates, times, and locations of practices and games, as schedules are subject to change, sometimes last minute.


High School NATIONALS INVITE!

5/11/22: We're incredibly excited and honored to receive a return bid to the 2022 High School National Invite Tournament, hosted by Ultiworld! This year, HSNI will be held in Richmond, VA on June 10-11 and will feature the best high school girls' teams in the country. RHS Girls are psyched to return and defend our championship from 2019, the last time it was held pre-pandemic. Check back here for links to live-streamed games on HSNI Weekend. The official tournament website is here https://hsni2022.weebly.com .

To make this trip happen, RHS Girls Ultimate continues to fundraise to offset the heavy costs of cross-country travel and to keep participation affordable for all our players. If you'd consider making a donation, please do so via our PayPal account linked below. But if you would like a charitable deduction for your donation, please email us for alternate instructions. Any amount helps and is very much appreciated. The team will be hosting a fundraiser at the U. Village Chipotle on Wednesday, June 15 from 5-9p and 33% of sales are donated back to RHS Girls Ultimate! Please order ahead and use code ZAJKREE. Full details here.

Thank you!


WINTER 2022 Mixed (Co-ed) Season

Thanks for a great mixed season and Spring Reign tournament!

The 2-day Spring Reign mixed tournament, historically the largest youth Mixed Ultimate tourney in the country, returned to Burlington in late April and congrats to the RHS Varsity Mixed team on finishing third! Unfortunately, the simultaneous JV Jamboree tourney was a victim of covid as most teams had to drop out last minute, but we're counting on a return next year.

TEAMS (Spring & Fall Leagues)

We field a Varsity and a Junior Varsity team in the competitive spring season. Varsity is by assignment only while JV is traditionally no-cut (numbers permitting). Both are coached by experienced, adult coaches. In the Fall, DiscNW hosts a casual off-season league for girls' teams. RHS participated in this casual Fall league for the first time in 2021 and fielded a single team, as many players had conflicts with other sports.

RHS also has mixed (co-ed) teams that play in the DiscNW Mixed League during the winter season, with tryouts typically happening in mid-November and games running Dec. thru Feb. Mixed teams offer only half as many spots for each gender so many who play Varsity on single-gender teams may be assigned to JV on a mixed team. Tryouts and registration for the fall and spring-season girls' teams are independent from mixed teams.

RHS Girls Varsity at Seattle Invite - May, '22

COACHING AND TEAM CAPTAINS (Spring League)

We're incredibly lucky to have access to high quality, professional Ultimate player/coaches in this area and our girls' teams have benefitted from excellent coaching by a consistent group of coaches for several years running including Charlie Eide (founding coach), Lexi Garrity, Khalif el-Salaam, Bonnie Ho, Kelly Johnson, and Jason Laxague. In Spring 2022, returning coaches were Coach Khalif for Varsity and Coach Bonnie for JV, being joined this season by Coach Kelly, also for the Varsity team.

Captains are chosen by players and coaches based on experience, leadership, and spirit of the game. The 2021-22 Season Varsity Team captains are Seniors Ellie B., Keira L., Anna P. and Lucy T.

EXAMPLE SEASON (Spring League)

  • December-January - February tryout dates announced.

  • mid-February- Tryout locations announced. Always check the calendar for up to date info. Team placements to varsity and jv happen immediately following tryouts.

  • Early March - Practices continue immediately following tryouts.

  • March - Game schedules announced; games usually began mid-March.

  • late April - Seattle Girls' HS Invite and JV Jamboree tournaments at the Skagit Playfields in Burlington, Washington (Varsity and JV). The 2022 dates were April 30 and May 1.

  • Late May - SPS League Playoffs.

  • May or June - possible travel tournament for Varsity team; possible additional tournament for JV team.

PRACTICES AND GAMES (Spring League)

Practices for Varsity and JV are usually 1-1/2 to 2 hours, in the after-school or early evening hours, 2-4 times per week. Practices are mostly at local sports fields in NE Seattle, not generally at RHS. Times and locations are only as consistent as Seattle Parks & Rec. field scheduling allows, but most fall in the 4-7p range except on early-release Wednesdays we try for right after school. Be sure to double check the calendar here on the website to verify fields, dates, and times as they change week-to-week. The teams usually work out carpools with older players driving, but parent assistance is also welcome as transportation is not provided.

Games usually start in mid-March and take place after school during the week. Game days and locations vary, and may be at the home fields of opposing teams. Again, team carpools usually get players to games, but parent assistance is welcome.

ACCOLADES

  • Varsity Girls are Champions of the Spring, 2022 SPS League!

  • RHS Girls finish 3rd at Seattle Invite, '22.

  • The RHS Girls are the Champions of the DNW Fall, '21 Club League! Congratulations on a great first season back post-pandemic.

  • RHS Mixed Varsity team wins the 2020 DiscNW HS Mixed State Championship - video highlights here

  • RHS Girls are the 2019 National Champs at the Ultiworld HS National Invite and subsequently ranked the #1 HS Girls team in the country!

  • RHS Girls Ultimate win the 2019 SPS League title, the Seattle Invite Tournament, and the WA State Championship.

REGISTRATION and WAIVERS

DiscNW (www.discnw.org) has begun registering players individually and charging league fees on a sliding scale. Before tryouts, you will need to fill out our Google Docs form (https://forms.gle/2022Registration), register your player with DNW, pay the league registration fee, sign the waivers, and provide proof of COVID vaccination. If you do not have a DNW account you will need to create one, otherwise please use your existing DNW account.

FEES, PAYMENTS, and SCHOLARSHIPS

In addition to the registration fee paid directly to DiscNW, RHS Ultimate charges Team Fees to cover coaches, fields, and equipment costs that generally range from $200-350/player/season and confidential financial aid is always available. These fees, or other financial arrangements, are due within five days after team placement announcements following tryouts in order to accept your player's spot. No fee will be due if your student is not placed on a team following tryouts, or chooses not to play, and DNW will also refund your league fee. Players will also need to order and pay for a uniform at the start of the season. Scholarships are available! Please contact rhsgirlsultimate@gmail.com with questions about financial aid. All inquiries will be confidential. We don't want money standing in the way of a student playing Ultimate.

Team fees may be paid directly to RHS Girls Ultimate via PayPal at RHSgirlult@outlook.com. When using PayPal, please pay to friends and family so the team isn't charged a fee. If you'd prefer to send a check, or to inquire confidentially about financial aid, please email rhsgirlsultimate@gmail.com .

Ultimate Frisbee does not require the same sports physical form signed by the player's doctor as required by SPS-sponsored sports. However, Ultimate is physically demanding and we strongly encourage every player to have an appropriate check-up by your doctor before trying out.

Players are also responsible for paying for any travel tournament expenses. In prior years, the team has sold coffee, held bake sales, and organized fundraisers at local restaurants to raise money to defray the cost of the tournament fees, hotel, van rental, and food at the tournament. Families have paid separately for the airline tickets. We'll continue to organize team fundraising opportunities in order to keep away-tournaments affordable for all players.

INFORMATION

Get on our email list. To receive email updates, please register using this link: https://forms.gle/M2eLbj7EmRVMTwAW9

We will also share team information and tryout dates through the RHS newsletter and on our members-only Facebook site, RHS Girls Ultimate. You can also follow us on Twitter @RR_GirlsUlti and Instagram @rr_girlsulti for photos, info, and game threads!

For more information, please email questions to the team administrators at rhsgirlsultimate@gmail.com.

2018-19 RHS Girls Ultimate Team and HSNI Champs with longtime coaches Charlie Eide (L) and Lexi Garrity (R), pictured at WA State Championships

Photo credits for pictures: Andrew Buchanan, Robin Rifkin, Phil Pettis