Frequently Asked Questions

 

I'm psyched for league play to begin. When does signup start and how do I sign up?

Details about league schedules and registration are posted on the website about 2 months before the start of the league. Typically spring runs from mid-March through early June, summer is June through August, fall is early September through, and winter is January to early March. For more leauges info click here.

 

What is the DiscNW mailing list and how do I subscribe (or unsubscribe) to it?

Click here for info about subscribing/unsubscribing from the DiscNW general interest mailing list. We also have a mailing list for youth ultimate.

 

I'm new to ultimate. How do I get started?

The best way to start playing ultimate is by playing lots and lots of pickup! That's how almost all ultimate players start. That's how you develop the skills, stamina, contacts and friends that will help you in the game. Pickup games, locations and times are listed on the DiscNW pickup page.

Pickup is also a good way to learn the rules of the game - there will always be someone there who is happy to explain a rule or strategy to you. You'll find ultimate players to be the friendliest people around. You can also read the rules of ultimate on the web by visiting the USA Ultimate page. Although ultimate rules are followed at pickup, the game has a more relaxed atmosphere. Make sure someone explains to you the "last back" rule! Also, make sure to always bring cleats, water, a white shirt, and a dark shirt (grey is generally not a good choice).

Also, every season in Seattle has a league. And there are plenty of northwest-area tournaments, especially in the summer. Requirements for joining these leagues and tournaments vary. Some require that you be part of a team, others are "hat" (everyone can participate) and others are a draft. Sometimes, they're a hybrid. Usually, event hosts will have a web page of their own that DiscNW will link to.

 

How do I get on a team?

Network, network, network! Or, if you're feeling well connected, you can start your own team. Play lots of pickup & hat events.  Make friends on the field. Ask around for new teams forming. Ask if you can show up at a team's practice, even if you're not on the team.

Don't assume you'll be asked to be on a team. Seattle has lots of ultimate players, especially men, and more than can play in a single league.

Many Seattle ultimate players check the DiscNW bulletin boards.  You might have luck advertising yourself there. 

If you enjoy online social networking you might be able to find a team by making connections on the DiscNW Facebook page.

For more tips check out this helpful thread about getting on a team.

 

That's an awesome logo! What is the history of the artwork?

Thanks. We like it a lot, too. The design was created for DiscNW by Susan A. Point. For more on the design visit the logo page.

 

How do I get an ultimate disc?

DiscNW discs can be purchased in quantities of 10 or more directly from the Operations Manager.  For more information email ops@discnw.org.  All proceeds go directly to DiscNW to provide more ulti opportunities.  For smaller quantity disc sales, you can check out our storefront on Five Ultimate.

 

Where can my team practice?

Fields are a tough issue right now in Seattle. Essentially, there aren't enough of them. During the winter, we need to stay off the big Seattle fields like Dahl, Magnuson and Sand Point, so that these fields are back in shape by springtime. 

The City of Seattle closes their grass fields during the winter.   Please stay off of fields with "Field Closed" signs.  Some parks remain open in the rainy season.  Marymoor park in Redmond is a vast green park in nice condition - even in the winter.

We have an ongoing dialogue with Seattle Parks and Recreation, so they will tell us if we should be keeping off some area. Don't play on muddy fields! DiscNW rents sand (and some turf) fields in the winter for pickup. Teams can do this as well. See the practice field rental policy for more information.

Outside of the rainy season, most parks are fair game.  Also, it's very important to be friendly to other groups using the fields. They are our allies in the ongoing advocacy efforts for more and better playing fields. Besides, bickering with rugby players (or soccer moms) over field space could prove to be hazardous to your health.

 

Where can I get maps and/or directions to the fields?

Visit the Maps page on our web site.

 

How can I find out if my game has been rained out?

DiscNW has a hotline that you can call whenever you want current information on Seattle-area ultimate. Just dial (206) 781-5840 and listen. League Coordinators will make updates on game days when the weather is questionable. For more info visit the Rainout Info page.

 

I lost or found an item at a Seattle area ultimate event. How can I recover it?

Visit the Lost & Found page on the coummunity bulletin boards. You can post your own lost/found items there. Also, feel free to contact the person in charge of the event. That person may have collected items at the event itself.

 

Can I post a message for a room for rent? I'm interested in living with other ultimate players.

Check out the DiscNW coummunity bulletin boards - It's also a great place to find a team, because many teams recruit players using the Bulletin Board.

 

I'm new to ultimate and keep hearing about spirit of the game. 

From the Rules of Ultimate:
Spirit of the Game: Ultimate has traditionally relied upon a spirit of sportsmanship which places the responsibility for fair play on the player. Highly competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of the bond of mutual respect between players, adherence to the agreed upon rules of the game, or the basic joy of play. Protection of these vital elements serves to eliminate adverse conduct from the Ultimate field. Such actions as taunting of opposing players, dangerous aggression, intentional fouling, or other "win-at-all-costs" behavior are contrary to the spirit of the game and must be avoided by all players.

For more about SotG check out our Spirit of the Game page.

 

How can I contact DiscNW?

For general inquiries please send an email to ; Our mailing address is PO Box 85112, Seattle, WA 98145.