UKU Member Update December 2013

In this update:

1. Membership and Ultimatum!

2. UKU Club Affiliation

3. Events Calendar 2014 reminders

4. Uni Women's Indoors gains BUCS recognition

5. Uni and Junior Indoor Results

6. WFDF Rules accreditation

7. Reminder re GB Juniors 2014

8. Updated Governing Documents of UK Ultimate

9. Old tournament-organiser gear?

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1. Membership and Ultimatum!

Ultimatum!2013 is being finished as I write and will probably be at the printer this week.  Thursday 5th Dec will be the last chance to renew membership in time to be on the list to receive this year's magazine.  Don't wait for tomorrow - please do it today to avoid any last minute problems.  You can find more details about membership and Ultimatum here.

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2. UKU Club Affiliation

Club Affiliation sounds boring.  It is boring.  But it is important. 

UK Ultimate needs create a more formal relationship with Ultimate clubs around the country.  In particular we need to be able to give guidance to new players - and especially the parents of new players - about which clubs are set up to take new players, and which of them are appropriately organised to accept members that are under-18.

You may be surprised to learn that if we are approached directly by someone that wants to find a club in their area, we often cannot help.  Team training and contact details on our website go out of date, and we generally have to assume that most clubs cannot accept youth players.  We need the affiliation process to help make sure club contact and other information stays up to date.

The affiliation also provides your club committee with liability insurance cover.  That sounds boring too.  But it is important.

UKU Club Affiliation scheme information

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3. Events Calendar 2014 reminders

Dates and locations for most events in 2014 have been set and announced (indoors and outdoors).

Please note that Club Open & Women's Indoor Nationals was previously advertised with the incorrect date.  The correct date of 22-23 Feb is now shown in the links above.  Not all events have been added to the actual event-calendar yet.

We still need bids for UKU Beach Nationals, and for club regionals in late July (except London).

We are in discussions now to set dates for 2015.

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4. Uni Women's Indoors gains BUCS recognition

In case you missed the recent announcement, University Women's Indoor Nationals will become part of the BUCS programme from the beginning of the 2014 academic year. 

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5. Uni and Junior Indoor Results

Congratulations to the winners of the first batch of Indoor Nationals titles for the 2013-14 season:

Dundee University won UKU Uni Women's Indoor Nationals 2013-14

Airbadgers won UKU Junior Women's Indoor Nationals 2013-14

Cambridge University won UKU-BUCS Uni Open Indoor Nationals 2013-14

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6. WFDF Rules accreditation

Did you know that in 2013 WFDF released a rules accreditation process?  There are two levels: standard and advanced.  At WFDF events teams have to have a certain number of players at each level, and those numbers look likely to increase.  UKU recommends trying out the tests - they are open book and really do get you thinking about and reviewing the rules.  The better we all know and understand the rules - the easier it is to just get on with playing Ultimate.

Even if you don't want to take the test - please do check out the dedicated WFDF rules pages - there are some great resources there.

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7. Reminder re GB Juniors 2014

WFDF World Junior Ultimate Championships 2014 will be in Lecco, Italy: 20-26 July 2014 (see WFDF announcement).   Given the event is to be held in Europe we expect - but cannot yet confirm - that the annual U17 European Championships will be run alongside this competition (as happened in 2010 and 2012).

The GB Juniors Coaching and Management team have been making plans for the season and you should look out for more information over the coming weeks about trials and training dates.

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8. Updated Governing Documents of UK Ultimate

At the UKU General Meeting on Sat 9th November, the resolution to update the governing documents of UK Ultimate Ltd was passed.  Thanks to those members that voted online or attended the meeting.  We have now been to re-start the process of applying to the UK Sports Councils for formal recognition as the UK governing body for Ultimate.  We hope to hear back from them about next steps in Feb 2014, but we are only at the first stage of the process, so there is some way to go yet.

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9. Old tournament-organiser gear?

Did you organise tournaments in the past and purchase items like scoreboards or cones that you no longer want or use?  UKU might buy this stuff from you as we continue to increase the number of events that we are organising.  Contact us.

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