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Posted on February 20, 2018

We are looking for a Spring League Commissioner! This is a paid role where you'll have the opportunity to run a league that provides opportunities for players of all levels. Commissioners work with the support of the board to run the league, including coordinating the Spring League draft, creating schedules and helping to organize the tournament. If you are interested, please email spring@ultimatechicago.org expressing your interest!

Posted on February 14, 2018

Over the next month, we will be moving our entire website onto Ultimate Central, a software as a service provider for sports league websites. Many of you may already be familiar with the website, though possibly only through their less robust tournament functionality. While there are many considerations that went into this decision, a few reasons stand out:

  • We’ve heard you loud and clear: you want a better website. Our current website has a lot of good things going for it, and in 2009 when it was built it was cutting edge in a time that adequate alternatives did not exist. But now, almost a decade later, the overwhelming feedback, both formal and informal, has been that our website needs to be better. (If you’re interested to read more about the board’s process, you can always access our minutes here.)

  • Ultimate Central will include all the functionality that our current website does. All the features that you like from our current website will still be offered and improved (like seeing your schedule, seeing your league history, your old profile, etc.). They will look remarkably similar to our current site. 

  • Ultimate Central will also include functional improvements that will help us do new things and provide better services. Ultimate Central will allow us to do things we haven’t been able to do in the past, like approve new users more quickly, offer mobile functionality, offer early-bird pricing and other discounts, and easily host non-playing events like parties and fundraisers. Perhaps most exciting, though, is how much this switch will help our youth efforts: families will now be able to create accounts for minors, and the site allows for full integration with USAU (we use USAU insurance for youth leagues and events).

We hope that you are as excited about the change as we are! We do know, however, that any change always comes with growing pains, so we thank you in advance for bearing with us. We also realize that you might have questions, so we've created a form for you to submit your questions. All questions will be answered by some combination of Ultimate Chicago and Ultimate Central staff. Additionally, if you’d like to speak to a board member privately, you can always find our contact info here.

Thank you for being part of the Ultimate Chicago community!

Posted on February 10, 2018

We are excited to announce that we will be partnering with the WINGS partnership program between Jordan Brand and Triple Threat Mentoring for a second year! This program is connected with 6 CPS schools on the south and west sides of Chicago, and gives the chance for Chicago youth to encounter some new sports that they might not be introduced to otherwise.

We have the opportunity to run basic ultimate clinics at 3 schools on the West side of Chicago on Saturday, February 24th, and are looking for volunteers to help us make this happen! If you are interested in volunteering with us on the 24th, please take a minute to fill out the following survey. Please reach out to Emily Molloy if you have any questions.

Posted on February 9, 2018

Looking for some indoor action? Join SPUN Indoor Pickup at Westmont Yard (233 West 63rd St.) Friday nights through March from 9-11pm. Players must sign a one-time liability release waiver at the front desk. Rubber-soled cleats are allowed. Be sure to bring a white and a dark shirt. Cost is $10/player each night and cash payment is preferred.

Posted on February 7, 2018

Do you want to learn more about how to promote gender equity in mixed ultimate? We are sponsoring four scholarships for the "Building Gender Equity Leadership in Mixed Ultimate" course provided by Upwind Academy! This is an opportunity to improve your leadership skills, learn about gender equity tools and resources, and give back to the Chicago Ultimate community. Players and coaches of all levels and gender identities can apply. 

 

In addition to taking the course, scholarship recipients will also work directly with Ultimate Chicago and apply what they learn to the Chicago context. By March 31, participants must submit an action plan to Ultimate Chicago/the UC women’s committee that includes the following:

  • 3 targeted goals for Ultimate Chicago
  • Metrics/benchmarks and a timeline for reaching those goals
  • Possible tactics for reaching goals
  • Space for reporting progress

They will also work closely with a board liaison to report on and evaluate progress quarterly throughout 2018. Virtual attendance dates are: February 11, 20 or 25 andMarch 4 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. CST. More information on the course can be found here.Applications are due by Thursday, February 8th at midnight. Apply here. Any questions about responsibilities or the application process can be directed to womens@ultimatechicago.org

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