Ultimate Play Academy
What is Academy?
Ultimate Play Academy is a program to help continue the growth of our higher level youth athletes during the fall and winter months following YCC. It is designed to be participated in adjacently to the UUDA fall mixed league. We are looking to provide higher level reps to anyone who is looking
We will start the season with a few upcoming evaluation/tryout events. We use the term "tryouts" tentatively as these events are mostly for our coaches to make sure that our players are meeting a baseline standard of knowledge and skill that we have set at the minimum to participate in our program.
Our 120-150 selected athletes will partake in weekly "pod" practices, mostly consisting of players in your local area, led by Area Head coaches who will be given specific practice plans and instructions from our Technical Director Bryce Merrill. These lessons handed down from Bryce will help us develop a common terminology and ultimate theory among our athletes so that when we all meet up for full Academy events approximately every other weekend, we will be able to all effectively communicate and play together. Our pods locations are not final yet as they will be somewhat needs based, depending on where our population of athletes hails from, but we roughly expect teams in Provo/Orem, SLC, Logan/Cache, Davis, Highland, and Boise/Idaho. These combined weekend events will have elements of both a camp style event with players drilling more focused skills as well as tournaments with games among teams.
Our Academy will function as a wholistic single team. The pods that you will practice with will be the team you play with sometimes, but other weekend we may do mixed 5v5 or boys and girls 7v7 or full hat style tournaments so everyone will get plenty of exposure to playing with new players. We expect that many of our athletes will go on to make up future Swarm YCC teams that will compete together against other states at the yearly US Open tournament.
In addition to a weekly practice and events on some weekends, Academy athletes will have access to our full network of coaches as resources, weekly workout videos created by Own-It-Fitness that are designed to be done at home in order to target injury prevention and some slight athletic development, and an array of swag that we are planning to give to all of our athletes like full kits and bags.
Registration is open now for anyone who is interested in attending any or all of our evaluation sessions. $10 gets you into any and all of those that you can attend and if you are selected as one of our athletes then we will count that $10 towards your first month of dues. We expect Academy dues to be about $75 per player per month from September through December.
Follow the link here to register!
Who are we?
We are currently looking to hire a second technical coordinator as well needing to hire all of our head and assistant area coaches. While personal ultimate experience is a plus, our primary desire is people who are passionate about growing the sport and comfortable working with youth athletes. The technical director and head coaches will receive a monetary stipend to pay them for their time and contribution. If any of these positions are something you'd be interested in, please fill out our Academy Coaching Application.
*we will update below as we fill positions*
Technical Directors - Bryce Merrill & TBD
Responsible for creating curriculum of Academy
Includes creating terminology, queues, and check-downs
Acts as a mentor to all area coaches
Leads monthly team camps
Reviewing film to help connect our Academy to the Shred and Wild and vice versa
Holding weekly coaches meetings
Program Director - Cole Stenseth
Back end communication and logistics
Booking fields, sending email blasts to whole Academy, answering questions, ordering swag, etc.
Locational Head Coaches - Looking to Hire 6
Manage area specific team communications
Leading a weekly pod practice
Attend weekly coaching meetings with our Technical Directors
Attend team camps and monthly tournaments
Locational Assistant Coaches - Looking to hire multiple
Assisting Head Coaches with their duties
Develop coaching and leadership skills through work with head coach and directors
Calendar (Date/Event/Time/Location) *not all locations are confirmed so we will update this as often as possible as we get confirmation*
August 18 - Pre Mixer
August 23/24/25 - Tryouts (ID, Logan, SLC, Lehi?)
Sept 5 - Team Camp Throws, Resets, 3v3 Tournament Afternoon Academy Division
Sept 17 - 7v7 Tournament Phases of Offense; Mixed
October 8 - Team Camp: Cutting, Zones, Red Zone
October 15 - 5v5 Tournament: Boys, Girls Divisions
October 29 - 7s Tournament: Location Teams (Boys and Girls)
Nov 5 - Team Camp: Phases of Defense, Cover 3
November 19 - Tournament (4 Teams Elite, 4 teams comp);
Dec 3 - Team Camp: Marking, Footwork, S
We understand this is a lot of information and seeing as this is our first year trying to run this program we are also working through problems as they arise so if you have any questions, comments, concern, etc. about anything you see or that we are doing, please feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com