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last updated 02/14/10 by K.Nabity

Spring 2010 M/W League

About Ultimate and VOTS leagues

Ultimate Frisbee is a high energy, non-contact team sport. It combines elements of many different sports including soccer, basketball, and football. Ultimate is played on a rectangular shaped field with end zones shaped like football end zones. Each team consists of seven players. The disc is passed from teammate to teammate until somebody catches the disc in the end zone for a score.

The Valley of the Sun Ultimate Association (VOTS) organizes adult leagues (18 and up, ages 16-17 with parental waiver) in the spring and fall with two primary goals:

  1. to introduce new players to the sport of Ultimate
  2. to provide a place for all levels of players to play in a competitive, team-oriented atmosphere
How is league structured?

  • Teams play a 5/2 ratio of men to women on the field each point.
  • Teams are determined by draft, ensuring that every team will have a mix of experienced and new players.
  • 16 teams will play one game a week on either primarily Monday or primarily Wednesday nights, starting at either 6pm or 8pm.
  • Regular season games will be played at Tempe Diablo.
  • There will be 2-3 crossover games during the season.
  • Finals will be played on a Saturday afternoon/evening at Benedict Fields. All teams will play 2+ games on Saturday.

When does the season start and how long does it last?

The season will be 11 weeks long. The first game will be on February 8th, the last game will be April 21st with finals on April 24th.

Do I need to have a team to sign up?

Nope! All players sign up as individuals and are placed on teams which even out the number of beginner, intermediate, and advanced players per team.

Baggage: The purpose of baggage is to allow players that are new to ultimate to play on a team with someone they know. Baggage requests between a veteran and a player new to the game will be guaranteed. Any other special requests to play on the same team as another player will be reviewed and then accepted or denied.

How much does league cost and how do I register?

Registration is now closed.

If you missed out, check the calendar at VOTS.org for open play opportunities and join the VOTS yahoo group to be kept updated on when spring league begins.

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Do I need to know how to play?

Absolutely not! In fact, you don't even need to know how to throw a disc. We teach all new players the rules and strategies of Ultimate as well as the basic throws. As a new player, you (along with other new players) will be placed on a team with other moderate to experienced players who will show you the ropes and teach you the game, no matter which league you choose.

Is there anyplace to play before league starts?

On Wednesday, February 3rd, VOTS will host a clinic for new players. Several veteran players will be on hand to explain the basics of the game as well as basic throwing and catching mechanics. This free clinic will start at 6pm at Diablo Fields and last a couple hours. There will also be a beginner friendly pick-up.
At 8pm, on an adjacent field, the Spring League 2010 captains will play an exhibition game so the mechanics, terminology and theory of what was presented int the clinic can be seen at full speed in a real game.

Also, check out the VOTS calendar on the VOTS frontpage or call the VOTS hotline at 602-230-4139. You will hear a recorded message of all the practices/scrimmages scheduled. Listen for any labeled as 'Open'. These practices are open to all players of all levels. Also, you can also get practice/scrimmage announcements by joining the VOTS Players email list by email or by filling in the field at the top of the VOTS webpage. You can also follow VOTS on Facebook and Twitter.

What do I need to play?

You will need to bring:

  1. Non-metal cleats (or tennis shoes if you don't have cleats).
  2. Water (you'll get thirsty).
  3. You team shirt.
Anything else?

As per General League Policies

  1. VOTS discourages dogs at VOTS-sponsored leagues. If participants do bring dogs to VOTS-sponsored leagues, the owner must be aware of and abide by all applicable local leash laws.
  2. Alcohol IS permitted on the field in cups and cans. No glass is allowed.
  3. Any underage participant in violation of the Arizona alcohol consumption laws or any adult participant who furnishes alcohol to or purchases alcohol for an underage participant is subject to immediate suspension for a time at the determination/discretion of the board.
  4. Under NO circumstances should anybody drive onto the fields.

Subject to change.

For more information, contact the league director.