How to start a Middle School ultimate team

The standard approach to starting a middle school team:

Goal: Create another mainstream sport at the school on par with the other school teams. The more the team can be seen as mainstream,  the more successful it will be in recruiting players, getting parents to help, and getting school fields.

How to get started:

  1. Contact BUDA Youth ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and provide the name, email address and phone number to reach the middle school PE coach.
  2. BUDA will reach out to the PE coach and determine if there is nearby field space for after-school practices.
  3. Identify a potential faculty sponsor for an afterschool ultimate team. The PE coach can usually make some suggestions.
  4. The BUDA Youth Program will offer to run ultimate in PE classes for a week in early April after spring break. Kids form into teams of 4-5 on small fields for playing games. Ideally recruit additional adult ultimate volunteers so there is 1 adult per team and 4 kids...
  5. Before the end of each PE class, the kids are given the chance to sign up to express interest in playing ultimate after school, including email and ph # for follow-up.
  6. BUDA posts a "Coach wanted" on the BUDA website and hopefully finds a coach.
  7. The BUDA coach gets CORI checked.
  8. The BUDA coach and faculty sponsor reach out to the kids on the list to see who will show up for 2 practices/games a week.
  9. Get the local HS team to help out at practices...
  10. Hopefully BUDA gets additional interest in the coaching opportunity and finds asst coaches to support expanding to B and C teams...
  11. Have fun.

 

Here are some helpful links...

The Ultimate Player's Association (UPA)'s Ten Simple Steps to Starting an Ultimate Team


The Ultimate Player's Association (UPA)'s How to Start an Ultimate Club

Middle School Ultimate Lesson Plan

We highly recommend Tiina Booth' and Michael Baccarini's excellent book, Essential Ultimate: Teaching Coaching Playing and the UPA's Ultimate Teaching Curriculum

Want to bring Ultimate Instructors to your school? BUDA’s Youth Program has educators who will come in to your school and run clinics for teachers and/or for students to introduce them to Ultimate – free!  And we leave them with free discs to run classes!  So talk to your favorite P.E. teacher and have him or her get in touch with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Need a coach? BUDA has a list of several individuals who have expressed an interest in coaching a middle school teams.  If you are in need of a coach, whether it’s full time or even part-time, let us know.


For answers to any questions on the above, please contact Erik Sebesta at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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