Sunbreak - a New Chapter

DiscNW welcomed nearly 1,700 players from 79 teams to the inaugural year of Sunbreak! Teams traveled from across the US and Canada, and from as far as Australia and the Philippines. Three days of sun, showers, and weather in the 70s made for plenty of sunbreaks all weekend long! Fun competition with friends was a great way to kickoff our re-branded event.

Congrats to our winners: Cleansweep 7 won the A bracket, The Huckstreet Boys were second.

And to our spirit winners. This year, we awarded these five teams the new Mike Keran Spirit Award. This award went to each player on these teams to commemorate Mike, his contributions to the sport, and to our summer tournament. We were honored to remember him on the field and keep alive his love of the game and spirited play. Best Overall Spirit – Whose Disc is it Anyway? (Bellingham, WA) Spirit Runners Up – Beach Owls (Seattle, WA), Jazz Picnic (Seattle, WA), Stella! (Seattle, WA), and Rainbow Brite (North America)

Additional spirit awards went to: Best Costume – Twincest Toros (Washington DC and Washington State) Best Spirit Gift – The Upside Down (Portland, OR)

This event can only happen because of the work of a lot of dedicated volunteers: We heartily thank our Tournament directors Kong Cheung, Kat Overton, Kate Speck, and Summer Jackson; key volunteers Daniel Yuen and Scott Causey; and all the local teams who pitch in for volunteer duties. Thanks for building our Ultimate Community!

Thank you to all our sponsors and vendors: Georgetown Brewery, FiveUltimate, Discraft, and Ultima Replenisher.

We also appreciate all our partners who made the tournament and event happen: The Catering Company, Seattle Cider Company, Port-a-Field, The SnapBar, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and Jennie Mae Massage.

Fall Adult League Registration Opens Soon

Fall Registration will open in early August in our new web back-end. You will notice a new look and feel (thanks to everybody who participated in the branding survey!) - but all the same info will be there. There are new features, some that work differently, but captains and coordinators will still have all the tools they need.

One of the big changes you will notice is that the ‘register now’ button will be at the bottom of each event page -- not at the top.

Buddy registration for hat leagues also works a bit differently: when you select a buddy, the system will notify your buddy to register and accept the pairing. They will have to do so, or your buddy status will not be accepted by the system.

New options will be available in the player profile for gender identity including: Male and female, which match up correspondingly.

Other, non-binary, genderfluid, agender, bigender, and gender-queer. Each of these options allows you to specify a male or female matchup.

Once the new system is live, you may update your gender identity in your player profile at any time.

If you have any questions about these options please review the Gender Inclusion Policy. We will be importing all of our current DiscNW player profiles and accounts. If you have an existing Ultimate Central account with the same email, they will be merged.

If you have an existing Ultimate Central account with a different email -- don’t panic! We can merge those too.

If you have a DiscNW account, your login info will remain the same. Contact info@discnw.org or support@ultimatecentral.com -- either help desk can update accounts for you at any time.

We will continue to post tips in our newsletter, on event pages, and throughout the website. If you have questions at any time, email us at info@discnw.org, and we will help guide you through our new processes. We will let everybody know when the new site is live!

Branding Survey!

What does DiscNW mean to you? How do we present ourselves to the community? DiscNW is assessing it's branding and wants your feedback. Share your thoughts through our Branding Survey!

Thanks to everybody who participated in our branding survey! The survey is now closed.

High School National Champs

The Nathan Hale High School girls are national champions after winning the High School National Invite on June 10th in Rockford, Illinois in a thrilling comeback over High Country from North Carolina. Read the full game recap and watch the replay of the live stream!

The Nathan Hale boys also made it to the championship game, falling just short to Grady from Georgia. You can read that recap and see the game footage here!

Also in attendance were the boys' teams from Garfield and Ingraham high schools. Let's celebrate our amazing youth talent from the Northwest!

Website Registration Changes Coming

Exciting changes are coming to the DiscNW online registration systems, in partnership with Ultimate Central!

We’ve all benefited from Jeff Dairiki and the DiscNW web team’s amazing work for 13+ years: their countless hours made sure each of us could seamlessly sign up for events, manage electronic waivers, organize teams, RSVP for games, and so much more. As a community, we thank them for their hard work and many, many contributions.

This is the tech industry – the pace of keeping up only speeds up. The systems needed to support smooth mobile integration and custom registration options are beyond what a part-time, volunteer staff can accomplish quickly--no matter how amazing they are. The decision to outsource our registration was not an easy one, but we did it to offer each of you, the players, the most modern interface possible with the best use of resources.

Ultimate Central’s (UC) feature-rich platform may look and feel different, but you’ll be able to do everything you can do now and more. Sunbreak players are already testing the UC new registration system and helping work out some kinks.

Summer leagues will continue on our current website, and we anticipate fall programs to transition to the new platform.

We will provide info and resources for captains, coaches, and coordinators before the transition.

Our partnership with UC allows DiscNW to leverage aspects of their platform, such as team communication tools, and work with UC to develop website features together, such as a new Gender Inclusion-friendly registration process.

If you have questions about these changes, or are familiar with UC’s platform and have suggestions, please reach out to our E.D. DiscNW will send a survey to inform our design decisions within a few weeks.