Spring Reign (2016)
- Event Type
- Team Tournament
- Event Start
- Event End
- Burlington, WA
Spring Reign is the largest coed youth ultimate tournament in the world, with age divisions for elementary school (grades 3-5), middle school (grades 6-8), and high school (grades 9-12) teams. The tournament hosts school-based teams hailing from Washington, Oregon, Montana, California, British Columbia, and Manitoba, showcasing some of the best youth ultimate in the world!
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You can download the program here (big .pdf file).
The 2016 Field Map has been updated.
|February 1||Registration opens.|
| March 18
||All registered teams will be notified by email of acceptance or waitlist status.|
| March 25
||Payment & bid confirmation deadline for accepted teams.|
| April 1
||Any spots not accepted via payment will be offered to teams on the waitlist.|
| April 11
Online roster, waivers, and coaching code of conduct (CCC) due. Start early! Teams not submitting paperwork by this date will not be included in the tournament schedule.
|April 18||Schedules posted.|
|April 23-24||Spring Reign tournament weekend!|
Middle & High School: April 23-24, 2015.
Elementary School: Saturday, April 23, 2015.
Skagit River Park in Burlington, WA. 2016 Field Map.
| Competition Level
Middle & High School: Multiple pools to accommodate various skill levels, ranging from novice to very experienced.
Elementary School: Intermediate to experienced teams.
| Number of Games
Middle & High School: 5-6 games.
Elementary School: 3 games.
Due to its popularity and limited field space, Spring Reign is strictly an invitational tournament. Unfortunately, we cannot accept every team that wants to attend. The goals of our registration process are transparency and fairness in determining which teams are accepted.
Please Note: You may make as many updates as you wish to your registration form up until the bid deadline on March 11th.
- Please see the Important Dates table above for deadlines, the timeline for invitations, and the application/payment schedule.
- It is up to each school to make sure that a registration is completed for its team(s).
- All teams registering by the March 11 deadline will be initially placed on the waitlist.
- The Tournament Directors will invite teams to the tournament based on the selection criteria below.
- The Tournament Directors reserve the right to make exceptions to the process and timeline in special cases.
- Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The Tournament Directors will consider all of the following criteria when assigning bids for the tournament. Teams that meet more of these criteria will be more likely to receive a bid.
- Distance Traveled. Traveling teams who do not participate regularly in DiscNW leagues will be given priority in order to promote diversity at the tournament.
- Service to the Sport. Teams with a demonstrated history of promoting the sport of ultimate will be given priority. This is especially important for local teams that do not meet the "Distance Traveled" criterion. Local teams who provide volunteers for the tournament and/or contribute positively to the Seattle ultimate community will be given priority.
- Team Experience. Schools attending Spring Reign for the first time and teams who did not participate in last year's tournament will be given priority.
- Team Spirit. We recommend reviewing the Spring Reign Spirit of the Game customs and processes. Tournament staff considers Spirit rankings from last year's Spring Reign, DiscNW staff and volunteer observations from the last year, any recent and applicable reports from opponents, and the team's registration essay. Teams who have struggled with Spirit in the last year should describe a concrete plan for improving their team culture, including examples of improvement, if available.
- Team Maturity/Organization. This includes factors such as meeting deadlines, cooperating and communicating clearly with DiscNW staff/volunteers, and having a responsible and actively involved adult coach or chaperone.
- Opportunities to Play. Preference will be given to teams who otherwise have few opportunities to compete against appropriate opponents.
- Number of School Teams. Generally, a school's first team has a greater chance of getting a bid than another school's second (third, fourth, fifth, sixth) team. However, the criteria above are considered more strongly than this criterion.
Fees & Payment
Please accept your bid and submit payment if you are confident of your ability to field a team at the tournament. We traditionally have a waitlist of teams that wish to participate. With sufficient notice, these teams can accept a bid to the tournament. However, it is extremely difficult for the Tournament Directors to find a replacement team on short notice. In order to deter teams from dropping from the tournament after submitting payment, we have instituted new refund deadlines for teams that chose to withdraw.
Payments must be made in US dollars.
|Middle and High School||$415. Payment online or by check.|
|Elementary School||$220. Payment by check only.|
- Financial aid is available, with applications due on March 11. For this event, financial aid will be awarded when teams are notified of their bid status on March 18.
- Online payment by credit card will be permitted between March 18-25 for middle and high school teams that have been accepted to the tournament.
- Elementary school teams must pay by check since our website is not capable of handling multiple fee levels within a single event.
- Teams that wish to submit payment prior to March 18 may mail a check payable to DiscNW. If the team's bid is not accepted, the check will be destroyed or returned. If the team's bid is accepted, the check will be cashed when the team confirms the bid.
- Checks should be mailed to DiscNW at PO Box 85112, Seattle, WA, 98145. Label the check with your team name, age division, and "Spring Reign."
The application is quite involved, so we recommend reviewing the selection criteria, collecting information for all coaches/chaperones (e.g., name, age, and contact info), and generally knowing the composition of your team (e.g, grades, number of each gender, and experience) before registering. Don't worry; as long as you meet the March 11 registration deadline, the timing of your application will not affect your likelihood of being accepted to the tournament. In fact, a lack of thorough information on the application would be more likely to harm your chances of acceptance.