Youth Club Hat League (2012)
1. What are the paperwork requirements for the league?
Please see the REGISTRATION & IMPORTANT DATES section on the main event page.
2. If this is a DiscNW league, why do I have to fill out the USA Ultimate paperwork?
We have sanctioned this league with USA Ultimate (USAU). Any time we sanction an event with USAU, we need to collect the USAU player paperwork. We sanctioned this league with USAU because that is required for it to be a YCC-qualifying league.
3. Why does there have to be a “qualifying league” for the YCC teams? Why can’t any Seattle area player try out for YCC?
YCC team applications that are based on a youth league get preference when bids to the tournament are assigned. On the other hand, "at-large" bid applications (those not based on a USAU-sanctioned youth league) get a spot in the tournament only if there is space left after league-based bids are assigned. Thus, DiscNW applies for U19 YCC bids based on our youth leagues, because we want to ensure that Seattle gets a spot in the tournament. According to USAU rules, when a city applies for a U19 bid based on a youth league, only players who played in that league are eligible for the tournament.
4. Why don't you just make the high school spring team league the qualifying league for U19 YCC?
Preference for spots in the U19 YCC tournament are given to team applications that are based on a USAU-sanctioned club league. A club league is one that is not affiliated with high school teams. In fact, the tournament will expand as needed to guarantee a spot for all teams based on club leagues. School-based leagues get a spot in the tournament only if there is space left after all club leagues are assigned a spot. Furthermore, many schools no longer participate in DiscNW leagues in the spring, as the single-gender league is now organized by the schools. So, if we made our high school league the qualifying league for YCC, many schools' players would be ineligible for Seattle YCC teams.
5. Is this the only YCC-qualifying league?
Yes and no. Players wishing to try out for the 2012 YCC teams must have participated either in this league or in the 2011 version of this league (2011 Boys Club Draft Hat League or 2011 U22 Women's Draft Hat League). However, none of our other leagues will qualify a player for YCC.
6. Why is the format changing this year?
Low attendance in past versions of this league has resulted in multiple forfeited games. Because many players are busy with family vacations, camps, and other activities during the summer, we decided to implement this format so that a game will be guaranteed every Friday night, regardless of the number of attendees. We think that the prizes for top individual scores, spirit awards, and the drawing for the attendance prize will incentivize regular attendance.
7. What is the attendance policy?
The league has no official attendance policy. However, USAU rules state that players who are interested in qualifying for YCC teams are required to attend at least two league games. Players who attend all games are more likely to earn the prize for the highest individual score for the season. And players who attend every session receive an entry to our end-of-season drawing for a league attendance prize.
8. Will there be practices?
No. However, our coaches will run a warm-up and some learning drills before each game, and they will teach some new concepts during the game.
9. Who are the coaches?
Coaches are listed here. All coaches are background checked to ensure lack of a criminal background.
11. I am not playing on a YCC team. Can I still play in this league?
Yes, we hope you will join us!