Youth opportunities in the Madison area

Youth Ultimate in the Madison Area

The following communication was sent out on April 2, 2021. Further updates will also be available here.

Hello Madison-area youth ultimate players and families,

 

This communication includes our path toward Madison-area Youth Ultimate Return to Play in 2021, including information and sign up forms for each of the following:

  • USAU Individual Skills Challenge Events

  • Spring Play opportunities for elementary, middle, and high school students

  • YCC Interest Form and current planning timeline for YCC.

We do not guarantee that any of these will take place if there are changes to infection rates and other publicly-available metrics. We will stick to our communication plan, as outlined below!


Masks will be required at all times for Spring events, following the recommendations of Public Health Madison Dane County for masking during sporting activities. 


This update, as well as future updates, are also posted on http://mufa.org/pages/youth.

 

USAU Individual Skills Challenge

As we discussed in our youth return to play meeting, one of the first opportunities for return to play will be at the individual level, beginning with a USAU Individual Skills Challenge. This opportunity is available to middle and high school players, with many signup options available. This is a great way to test your skills or introduce a new player to Ultimate.


More information and sign up details for the Individual Skills Challenge are available on Wisconsin Ultimate's website: https://sites.google.com/view/wisconsin-ultimate/youth/wisconsin-state-skills-challenge

 

Spring Playing Opportunities

Middle and High School

MUFA plans to host events for middle (grades 5-8) and high school (grades 9-12) students on Wednesday nights at 6PM from May 5th through June 9th.

 

These events will follow our return-to-play plan, beginning with individual skills and socially distanced non-ultimate games and activities.  If trends in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are declining and vaccination rates are continuing to increase, later weeks of these activities may include mini 4v4 games with the same teams, and could progress into full ultimate games by the end of the six-week season.

 

MUFA will communicate the activities plan to parents no later than the evening before each week's session, to ensure that families understand what activities are planned and can make the best choice for their families.

 

Middle school and high school will be at separate locations, and participants are asked to select preferences for field locations (east side or west side) in the sign-up form. Final locations will depend on player sign-ups, and if any participant cannot attend due to final field location selected MUFA will offer a refund before the activities begin.

 

Details and sign-up for middle and high school Spring activities is open here: https://forms.gle/EhB24uzxVPVRNgKH8

 

Elementary School

MUFA is currently in the planning stages of a spring playing opportunity for elementary school students. More details will be released at a later date, but please e-mail [email protected] if you are interested in elementary playing opportunities.

 

Youth Club Championships

The Youth Club Championships (YCC) are a competitive national tournament where teams from across the country compete in a three-day tournament based on division.  YCC is tentatively scheduled to occur from August 7th-9th in Blaine, Minnesota.  MUFA has applied for bids to field teams in the U20 Mixed, U20 Boys, U17 Girls, and U17 Boys division and Wisconsin Ultimate has applied for a bit to field a team in the U20 Girls division.

 

Neither Wisconsin Ultimate nor MUFA has made a final decision on YCC attendance.  We understand that it can be challenging to decide what might be a safe activity in August. We are currently at the stage of collecting interest in YCC teams via this form: https://forms.gle/tqtFFLwHZHPWTFLJ9

 

We will utilize the responses from the YCC form to make a determination on whether we will have enough potential players to accept all bids. Should we have more players than roster spots available a tryout plan will be communicated at a later date.

 

YCC is a wonderful opportunity for players, and we definitely want to offer this opportunity. We appreciate your patience as we make a determination on participation, await further USAU guidance, and assess the viability of teams this year.

 

Youth Players in Summer League

MUFA has typically allowed, with parent/guardian permission and waiver, for youth players 14 and up to participate as a part of adult Summer League teams.  At this time we have not made a final decision about youth (under 18) participation in summer league, and will communicate out a final decision about adult summer league restrictions as a part of our adult return-to-play timeline. More information about adult return to play is available here: http://www.mufa.org/pages/COVID

RECAP OF TIMELINE:

April 2nd, 2021 - Date of this communication, sign ups open for Individual Skills Challenge, Spring middle and high school activities and YCC interest.

May 5th, 2021 - First middle and high school Wednesday night events begin.

May 30th, 2021 - Final date for MUFA decision on acceptance of YCC bids. 

June 9th, 2021 - Last night of middle and high school Spring programming.

June 12th, 2021 - Final date for USAU decision on if YCC will happen.

 

MUFA will continue to communicate about youth activities via our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/madisonultimateyouthycc and via e-mail as appropriate, though not every communication will be e-mailed, such as reminders for league signup.  Following the MUFA Youth and YCC facebook page is the best way to stay in the loop.

 

Typical Spring Youth Ultimate Schedule

Madison Area High School League

MSCR Middle School League

MUFA Middle School Skills and Scrimmage

MUFA Elementary School Skills Class

Typical Summer Youth Ultimate Schedule

MUFAbots and Madison Marahute

Youth Participation in Adult Summer League (details forthcoming).

Madison Radicals Rad Academy

Summer Camps (Sun Prairie, Edgewood, etc.)

Typical Fall Youth Ultimate Schedule

MUFA and Wisconsin Ultimate High School Hat League

MUFA Middle School League

Youth Club Teams

Little Rads – The Little Rads are a Madison-based Ultimate Frisbee club for for middle-school-aged players.  They are a traveling tournament team with a focus on providing tournament play opportunities and growing Ultimate skills. They emphasize becoming better teammates, playing across school and grade boundaries, and playing with respect while also being competitive. E-mail Ryan Natzke for more information.

Madison MUFAbots YCC (Youth Club Championship) teams – The Madison MUFAbots is a set of four coached teams (Under 20 Mixed, Under 20 Boys, Under 17 Girls, and Under 17 Boys) that will practice as teams over the summer and participate against other national and international teams in the Youth Club Championship tournament in Blaine, Minnesota from August 3rd-5th. YCC is an amazing opportunity for Madison youth ultimate players to learn from top-level players who play nationally at the collegiate level, at the club level, and professional level. 
YOUTH WAIVERS FOR MUFA ADULT LEAGUES

You must be at least 14 years old on the first day of a given league to participate, or by the date specifically listed on the page for that league.

Youth waivers (click here) required for participation in all MUFA leagues and events. Be sure to fill out both forms and send them to [email protected]. If you cannot scan your waiver and need to mail a physical copy, send a message to that e-mail.

 


Contact our Youth Chair for all information related to youth Ultimate in Madison: Sara Lazenby at [email protected]

In Spring 2020 the following high schools will have school-based teams participating in the WI Ultimate Madison-Area League:

Girls: Edgewood, Madison East, Madison Memorial, Madison West, McFarland, Middleton, Oregon, Stoughton, Sun Prairie

Boys: Edgewood, Madison East, Madison LaFollette, Madison Memorial, Madison West, McFarland, Middleton, Oregon, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, Verona


MUFA Youth Complaint Policy

All adults serving as youth volunteers/chaperones/coaches receive background checks and complete SafeSport and Heads Up! concussion awareness training.  All volunteers are expected to report to the MUFA board (via the Youth Chair) any violations of policy prohibiting sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, bullying, threats or harassment, or hazing.  Any allegations of child physical abuse or sexual abuse are also reported to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.

To make a report (as a coach, player, or parent) regarding any of these violations please e-mail [email protected].  All reports will be reviewed by the MUFA board.