2014 Coaching Opportunities

Local schools are gearing up for their spring season and many are in need of coaches. Please consider coaching for a few hours a week; see below for listings.

 

The following schools are looking for Coaches for 2014 and beyond.

 

ACTON: Home schooling co-op currently seeking a coach for their newly formed co-ed Ultimate club of fourteen 12-16 year olds. Responsibilities include: Teaching skills and leading practices for mostly novice Ultimate players, 2:00-3:30 pm on Thursdays, 9/12 until 12/5 (excluding Thanksgiving Day). Experience working with youth and playing Ultimate Frisbee a must. During your coaching time you will be supported by an enthusiastic 15 year old with 3 years of Ultimate experience and a very organized parent with 30 year of experience working with kids of all ages. If selected, applicants will have to pass CORI background check.

Please note: If you feel like 12 weeks is too long of a commitment for you then come and run your own clinic! Volunteer for one, two or three days (Thursdays 2:00-3:15 pm) as an expert guest coach. We could also run the program ourselves and have guest coaches come in for a session or two and teach specific skills. This is a good way for you to check out our group of enthusiastic and respectful teens, with less of an impact on your busy schedule!
 
If interested, please email a letter outlining your interest and experience to   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
 
 
HADLEY: Varsity Ultimate coach needed for the Hartsbrook School's 2014 season. The team meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3:45-5:45 and participates in several weekend tournaments. The season begins in mid-late March and runs through the end of May. 

Hartsbrook has a competitive and well supported program. The players are fun and hard-working.  

Please email stating your experience with ultimate and with teaching/coaching, as well as your availability. Applicants must have a good driving record and be able to drive a 14 passenger mini-bus (no special licensing required). Applicants will complete a CORI background check prior to hire.

NEWTON: Ultimate Players and Friends, especially those with some free time in the afternoons...  The NNHS Girls Ultimate team is looking for a coach/advisor for this season.  Your time commitment would be up to you, but hopefully at least 2x per week from 3-5pm.  The season runs roughly from mid-March until the end of May, but really only gets going once the fields are open to play outside.  There's $400 in it.  Not much, but it's something!  Please email Matt Anderson at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you are interested or know someone who might be.  Thanks!

 

WESTON:  "B" team coach needed for this spring. Our Ultimate season starts up on Monday, 3/31/14 and ends on Friday, 5/30/14.  Practices run Monday through Friday from 2:45 - 4:15 pm. Game days require a greater time commitment. We offer a competitive stipend for this position.
 
Rich Bird
Athletic Director
The Cambridge School of Weston
45 Georgian Road
Weston, MA 02493

 

 

If you are interested in helping out any of the schools listed or reaching out to your local school team to see if they could use extra help (likely!), email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If you are a captain, player, or parent from a school that is in need of a coach, email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to list opportunities.

From talking with coaches, 1-2 days per week is sufficient to generate interest and have a fun recreational after-school club. Building a competitive team requires 3-5 afternoons per week.

"One day a week is a great starting point to have an after school club and that’s what I had to commit to start generating interest a few years back."

--Dave Christiansen, Sharon, whose program has grown to 45 kids after 4 years.

"I would say that ideal commitment is 3-5pm, four days a week (M-Th), plus two-three weekends per month, for the months of April and May. Coaches would be expected to plan and run practices, coach games, and perhaps develop training regiments for the players during their off season.

--Chris Farina, Andover, a Division 1 ultimate program

 

"If you can make the commitment then it is really worth it. The kids in the state are really great, the league is competitive (but not over the top) and the teams are exceptionally well spirited. No words can describe coaching a kid and then watching them throw their first forehand for a score, win their first game, or make their first D. It is also really great when you learn that many of them end up playing in college and that you have had a positive influence on their lives."

 --Steve Laken, Acton-Boxborough
 

 

Beyond the fun of teaching ultimate, here's the job description:


"In all situations you will be required to collect USAU paperwork, complete the chaperone process, collect medical forms, sanction practices and convince someone to lease/loan you fields. You may also want to get shirts or discs, and guess who gets to use their credit card. If you are not over 21, USAU will not let you be a chaperone. In addition to the paperwork and any fees that need to be collected you will also need to organize games. Though I have been able to pass off many of these things to the kids, or at least one responsible parent, you will never-the-less have to maintain some level of control and responsibility. If you think the kids can organize this, then you and the team are likely to show up at some away game with the other team not there. The reality of life is that the kids are good, but not great."

--Steve Laken, Acton-Boxborough

 

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Here's a typical job description from an established program. The description will differ for new teams...


is currently searching for a coach for their [Boys/Girls] [Varsity/JV] Ultimate team.

Responsibilities include:
- Leading practices with novice Ultimate players, 3:15 - 5:15, three
days a week (weekdays only, exact days negotiable)
- Coordinating curriculum with the Varsity and JVA coaches to ensure
consistency in skill and strategy development between teams
- Leading the team at 2 - 3 weekend tournaments, including at least
one involving travel
- Managing logistics of team travel and scheduling with opposing teams
- Assisting the Varsity and JVA coaches with tryouts
- Communicating with parents and school administrators
- Maintaining the highest level of safety for players at all practices
and tournaments.

Qualifications:
- Strong organizational skills and high level of responsibility
- Strong history of playing ultimate at a high level (several years of
college- or club-level play)
- Experience teaching youth in a sports or academic context

The position start date is March 19, but the selected candidate
will be expected to meet with the other coaches several times before
that. The season ends in early June.

  If selected, applicants will have to pass CORI/SORI background
check.

Applicants should send a resume and a brief cover letter detailing
their experiences in playing Ultimate and working with youth to _____

 

 

[Disclaimer:  BUDA provides these listings solely as an informational service to the ultimate community.  We can not vouch for individuals and therefore encourage programs looking for coaches to perform their own interview, screening, and CORI process.]

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Stonehill College is looking for a Men’s and Women’s Club Ultimate Disc Coach. The team participates in the UPA College Series and several major tournaments along the East Coast. If interested, please contact Jose Gomes, the Sports Club Coordinator at Stonehill College, by phone at (508) 565-1054 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

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