Congratulations to Northfield Mount Hermon, the 2012 NEPSUL Champions!
The NEPSUL trophy returns to NMH, after a day of solid play. Hartsborook gave NMH the closest game (11-8), but otherwise NMH played their strongest ultimate of the season and add their name once again to the cup. Scores are available here.
Phillips Andover finishes second, earning a spot in the title game with a universe point victory against Hotchkiss, who finished third for the day, in a close game with Hartsbrook.
10 NEPSUL schools finish the season in the top 100 of the USAU Youth rankings: St. Johnsbury (37). Phillips Andover (49), NMH (53), Xavier (55), Chase (59), Hotchkiss (63), Choate (75), The Master’s School (81), Hartsbrook (87), and the St. J JV (92).
Spring 2013 is right around the corner!
The NEPSUL is made up of over fifty independent day, boarding, and parochial schools that support ultimate frisbee; use this site to learn more about who they are and the sport of Ultimate in general.
On the NEPSUL website you will find a number of resources to help you build a team, or help an existing team become more competitive. Resources like Dan Cogan-Drew’s instructional videos (to the right) and the links to various skills and drills websites (see below) are particularly helpful.
A complete list of schools with Ultimate is available from the “Teams
” section of the website. Find schools close to you and contact the coaches with questions, or to schedule games.
If your school is beginning to offer ultimate or is looking to take an intramural program and begin interscholastic play, the information below should be helpful.
What do you need to start a team?
- Players: Male or female, or both – Ultimate is co-ed. Fourteen is the ideal minimum number, but you can do a lot with ten players as well. Many teams carry a roster of 18 to 21; with more players you might think of having an A and a B team.
- A field: Most teams play on a soccer or football sized field. An image of an ultimate field can be found here. The field is forty yards wide, the playing area is 70 yards long, and there are two 25 yard long endzones.
- Discs: The 175 gram Discraft Ultrastar is the official disc of Ultimate Frisbee. As a youth team, you can order misprinted discs for $3 each here. 10 or 20 should be enough to get you through a season. Discraft also makes custom discs, so you can print one for your team, and sell them as a fund and awareness raiser.
- Cones: 8 cones to mark the corners of the endzones can be helpful, even if you have a lined field. More saucer cones are useful for drills.
- USA Ultimate Membership, for the coach, at least. If the team plans to go to any USAU-sanctioned tournaments, your players will be members as well, or at least pay a one-time event fee. Note that there is a background check for all coaches, and that it takes some time to get approved – get started early!
- Register your team with USA Ultimate in the Team Listing and Score Reporter Tool (linked from the NEPSUL home page). In order to report scores, your team has to have a record. In order to report scores, you have to have at least one person who is a USAU member.
Online Guides to Ultimate
Printed Guides to the game of Ultimate:
Essential Ultimate by Tiina Booth and Michael Baccarrini.
This book is designed to teach the game to anyone, but has a good focus on younger players.
Tiina Booth is the coach of one of the most successful high school ultimate teams in the nation, the Amherst Hurricanes, the founder of the National Ultimate Training Camp, and a former US Junior National Team coach. Michael Baccarini is the coach of Paideia Ultimate, another one of the long-standing top ultimate programs in the nation, and has also been involved with ultimate at all levels.
Ultimate Techniques and Tactics by James Parinella and Eric Zaslow
Jim and Eric played with Boston’s Death or Glory (Dog), which won more national titles than any other club team in history. This was the first book to really break down how ultimate works and teach the essential individual and team skills.
Ultimate for Beginners:
Developed in conjunction with the excellent Ultimate Handbook site (see below) and available FREE from the playulty website
Talk With Other Coaches
Reach out to the coaches in your area with questions – the Ultimate community is very friendly and supportive – all of us at NEPSUL were mentored by someone else!
On Sunday, February 19, Tiina Booth, the coach of the Amherst High School Varsity Ultimate Team, Founder of the National Ultimate Training Camp, and former US Junior National Team Coach, ran a clinic at Hotchkiss that was attended by 30 players from four schools.
Leading the drills and instruction with Tiina were Darden Pitts, counselor from the NUTC and Amherst coach, as well as six current ARHS players from the boys and girls teams.
Attending the clinic were players from Choate, Hotchkiss, Miss Porters, and John Jay HS. The clinic focussed on throwing, cutting, marking, running a spread offense, as well as a session on the mental aspect of the game.
Tiina has begun doing a number of “NUTC on the Road” clinics this year – contact her to arrange one in your area!