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 empahsis on highly skilled, team oriented, and competitive play in the spirit of the game. In the 2019 season, the Varsity team won the quadruple crown of high school ultimate: the SPS league, the Seattle Invite, the Washington State Championship, and the High School National Invitational. The team is run by parents and students who volunteer their time to help support the team.

If you are looking for the RHS Boys Ultimate team, their site can be found here.

COVID UPDATES

We compete as a club sport in the DiscNW High School Girls' League during the spring season - normally late February to early June - as well as two tournaments. Although our 2020 season was cancelled, DiscNW states that programs will again be active as soon as King Co. reaches Phase 3 of the state's Safe Start Plan. We're hopeful to be able to play our delayed 2021 season which is currently scheduled from May 10 - June 20, 2021 with playoffs through June 27 (after the 6/18 end of school). Whenever we do return, we will of course follow all relevant safety guidance from Seattle Schools, Seattle-King County Public Health, Washington Dept. of Health, and DiscNW.

THANK YOU!

We're grateful for sponsorship by local coffee company, Caffe Ladro, who has operated neighborhood cafes, bakeries, and roasteries in the Seattle area since 1994. Their cafe on the corner of Northeast 65th St. and Brooklyn Ave. NE, one block in front of RHS, is a welcoming place to take a break. Please help us thank them by supporting all of their locations!

TRYOUTS & PLACEMENTS

Normally, tryouts are held over three days in mid-February with assignments to Varsity and JV teams made immediately thereafter. The future success of our program relies on a strong pipeline of players, so athletes of all ages and abilities are encouraged to try out as we offer both a Varsity team and a no-cut JV team (numbers permitting), both coached by experienced adult coaches. In this season of delays, tryouts will be scheduled as soon as we're confident the season will proceed but would likely happen in late March. Please check back here often for updates, or get on our email list to receive email updates using this link--> https://RHSGirlsUltiRegForm

Prior to tryouts, players will need to complete a Google Docs registration form whose link will be posted here when the time comes. Once team placements are announced, players have a week to submit their paperwork and payment (see below), or make other financial arrangements. Practices begin immediately following tryouts, with dates, times, and locations posted on the calendar.

TEAMS

We field a Varsity and a Junior Varsity team. Varsity is by assignment only while JV is traditionally no-cut (numbers permitting).

Note that RHS also has a co-ed club team that plays in the DiscNW Mixed League during the winter season. Tryouts and registration for the spring-season girls' teams are independent from mixed teams.

COACHING AND TEAM CAPTAINS

We're incredibly lucky to have access to high quality, professional Ultimate players in this area and our girls' teams have benefitted from excellent coaching by a consistent group of coaches for several years running. Coaches for 2021 will be announced once the season is confirmed.

Captains are chosen by players and coaches based on experience, leadership, and spirit of the game. The 2021 Season Varsity Team captains are Juniors Ellie B. and Lucy T., and Senior Shanti C.

2020 EXAMPLE SEASON (view full CALENDAR here)

February, 2020 - Tryout dates and location announced. Players who intend to tryout should complete this Google Document form prior to tryouts: https://RHSGirlsUltiRegForm

March 9+ - Practices / team placements continue immediately following tryouts.

March - Game schedules announced; games begin March 13.

April 4-5 - Seattle Girls' HS Invite and JV Jamboree at the Skagit Playfields in Burlington, Washington (Varsity and JV).

Late May - SPS League Playoffs.

May or June - Travel Tournament for Varsity team TBD; additional tournament for JV team TBD.

PRACTICES AND GAMES

Practices for Varsity and JV are usually 1-1/2 to 2 hours, in the after-school or early evening hours, 3-4 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 field scheduling allows, but most fall in the 4-7p range except on early-release Wednesdays when they're 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. The 2021 season is planned to begin later than usual. 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.





REGISTRATION, WAIVERS, FEES, and SCHOLARSHIPS

After tryouts are completed and team assignments are announced, players will need to register with both DiscNW (www.discnw.org) and USA Ultimate (https://www.usaultimate.org/memberships/) and sign waivers. If you already have accounts, please just check that your information is up to date. No need to set up a new account. You will still need to sign waivers.

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. Post tryouts, players will be asked to fill out an emergency contact form that coaches will keep on file for the season.

Players will be assessed a Participation Fee, which in 2020 would have been $350 for Varsity and $150 for Junior Varsity. Participation fees cover the DiscNW league fee, field rentals, equipment, coaches, and local tournament costs. Payments must be received within a week after team announcements for your student to participate. No fee will be due if your student is not placed on a team following tryouts. Players will also need to order and pay for a uniform at the start of the season.

Players are also responsible for paying for travel tournament expenses. In prior years, the team has sold coffee to raise money to defray the cost of the tournament fees, hotel, van rental costs, 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.

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.

PAYMENTS

Participation fees may be paid via PayPal at RHSgirlult@outlook.com. If you use PayPal, please pay to friends and family so the team isn't charged a fee. If you'd prefer to send a check, please email rhsgirlsultimate@gmail.com for instructions.

INFORMATION

Get on our email list. To receive email updates, please register using this link--> https://RHSGirlsUltiRegForm

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 Faith and Phil Pettis, rhsgirlsultimate@gmail.com.

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