Coaching for YUC (Youth Ultimate Cincinnati)
Our league directors are Roswitha Wise and Ian Stevens. They can be reached at email@example.com
Starting a Team
If you are interested in starting a team at your school, this guide can help. It was written by Joel Houmes, who coaches our local select teams. Keep in mind that it can sometimes take a year or two to really get a team launched, and it almost always has to start with interest from the students. You should be in contact with the AD, but know that they aren't always helpful. Sometimes new teams with fewer players can combine with another team that needs players. All new teams will receive a set of cones and discs from the league to help them get started. Contact the league directors if you need more information.
Helping with a Team
If you are interested in helping coach a team in YUC, please contact the league directors. Assistant coaches are always needed, and they can put you in touch with a team near where you live or work. It doesn't take a lot of experience to coach youth: if you can teach someone how to throw a forehand, or explain home and away force, you can coach.
Registering a Team
To register a team in the league, you must fill out this form and return it to the league directors by Jan. 31, 2020: Team Registration Form All teams must also roster with USAU (see below).
All teams must have a coach who is 21 or older. ALL coaches, heads, and assistants, must send their emails to firstname.lastname@example.org to be on the league mailing list. ALL coaches, heads, and assistants, must complete the coaching requirements of a background check, concussion training, and familiarity with the rules and league policies. The complete list with links can be found here: coaching requirements. These should be completed by all coaches by Feb. 18, 2020. If a coach on your staff is missing any requirements, your team will forfeit any games scheduled until they are complete. Coaches must also comply with any requirements their school sets (which may include the VIRTUS training for Catholic Schools).
All players who attend a high school must play for that school's team. If a player's school doesn't have a team, they can play for any team in the league. Players must be 13 by June 1, 2020, and no older than 18 on June 1, 2020. If you have questions about a player's eligibility, please contact the league directors.
All players must have a parent complete the online waiver and medical release form through the CUPA website. Medical information will be accessible from the site for all team coaches and league directors. Any player over the age of 18 may complete their own form. CUPA will not accept paper waivers from coaches. However, it is still the coach's responsibility to have a copy of the emergency medical form (either a paper form, or access to the electronic version) with them at every practice, game, and tournament.
To begin practicing or playing, all players (parent accounts if under 18) need to register for this (free) league which enables electronic waiver/medical release form.
Creating a Team and Event Rostering on USAU
All teams must be rostered with USAU. Find USAU membership help documents here. Team organizers can pay for multiple players' memberships at one time, or players themselves can pay for the membership. Further, each team will need a cleared USAU chaperone on the team roster before the event roster can be filled.
Planning to Participate at the State Championship; Players wishing to play YCC for Pig, Piglet, Belle
Teams participating at OH State Championship (qualifier and/or State Tournament proper) will need a Coach with USAU coach membership.
Reminder - eligibility for 2020 Youth Club Championship U20 teams requires the player to participate in the state championships (qualifier counts). Talk to Joel Houmes or Dave Fry with questions.
ALL PLAYERS MUST HAVE A USAU ACCOUNT and BE WAIVERED ON THE USAU WEBSITE. Players have two USAU membership options: Full 1-Year Youth membership ($40), or One-Time-Event ($14). Players who do not plan to participate in the State Qualifier or State tournaments can choose to pay the One-Time-Event fee. We would suggest that only C Division players consider the One-Time-Event fee. In either case, they need to register online at usaultimate.org. Note there is a $5 discount on the Full 1-Year Youth membership if the player completes their registration by December 31st.
To order jerseys for your team, please contact the league directors by Feb. 15.
The fee for playing in YUC includes a league jersey and disc for each player. If your team provides their own jerseys, the fee is $10 less. Checks should be made out to CUPA.
League fee: $40 with YUC-supplied jersey; $30 without
All our games are played on Sunday afternoons at fields around the city. You can access the specific schedules here: A Division B Division C Division
February 15 Lock-in Tournament
March 8, 15, 22, 29 League Games
April 5, 19, 26 League Games (we do not play on Easter Sunday, April 12)
TBD State (Boys) Qualifier Tournament
May 3 League Game
May 9, 10 OH State Championship
May 10 End of Season Tournament for teams that do not qualify for OH State Championship
May 17 League game for teams that qualified for OH State Championship
CUPA will reimburse you for any USAU certifications/background checks. We will also reimburse you for a first aid kit, up to $15. Please send your receipts, along with your name, address, and school name, to the CUPA Treasurer.
Concussion Information for Players
State law requires that we provide information on concussions to all players. You can download that here: concussion information Please distribute this to your team.
Here is a concussion fact sheet for players. Please distribute this to your team also.
Here is a great training manual. This takes you through a whole season of ultimate, from teaching the basics of throwing to advanced strategy drills. It's a tremendous resource!
Here is a handy glossary and you can share with your team or parents.
Help your players throw better with this throwing diagnostics guide.
Here is a helpful quiz on the rules you can use with your players (these quizzes are based on the old, 11th Edition Rules, but are still useful): rules quiz, answers. We know that not every player is going to know all the rules, but helping them learn is a big part of coaching. The complete 2020/2021 Rule Set is here.
Here is a guide to building a network of parental involvement and support for your team.