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First ever youth ultimate league starting in Kamloops

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March 23, 2017 - 3:03 PM

The Kamloops Ultimate League Society is excited to announce the launch of our first ever league session for youth players.

For the first time in Kamloops, teens between the ages of 13 and 18, finally have a place to play Ultimate (Frisbee) in organized league play. Up until now, other than limited opportunities through school, Kamloops youth have not had an organized league of their own to continue to play this fast-growing, fun, inclusive sport.

Mark Moran, President of the Kamloops Ultimate League Society, a not-for-profit society, says, “We have always welcomed youth players into our league, but up until now, they have had to share the field with adult-aged players.” Mark continues, “With our introduction of this new league, youth players can compete and play with each other for the first time in Kamloops history.”

Tanner Robinson, a Kamloops 18-year-old who has led a local youth team for a number of years, is very excited about this expansion to the local league.

“This will mean that we can play with those our own age and make connections with new people,” Tanner explains. “All of us that already play are focused on growth, teamwork, learning, and encouraging each other. We’ve become more like a family than anything. This league is our way to expand this family.

The Society has recently expanded its pool of NCCP-trained coaches to build up leadership capacity for this league, and now has more than 12 coaches and mentors lined up to help teach the new players about this unique sport. Mark explains, “each night will be a combination of games against other teams in the league, and game-skills clinics. The game is very beginner- friendly, and new players are encouraged to come and try this sport out.”

The league runs on Sunday evenings between 5 and 7 pm, for seven weeks from April 23 to June 4. Registration is open now and closes on Friday, April 7. Registered players will receive a reversible jersey and an official Ultimate disc. Players save $10 if they register with a friend. For more information and to register, go to www.kuls.ca/e/youth-spring-league.

About Kamloops Ultimate League Society:
Kamloops Ultimate League Society is a not-for-profit society registered in British Columbia, whose mission is “Promoting, Supporting, and Providing Great Opportunities to Learn and Play the Exciting Sport of Ultimate (Frisbee) in the Kamloops Area”. As a member of British Columbia Ultimate and Ultimate Canada, Kamloops Ultimate provides year-round league play for teenagers and adults of most ages. Kamloops Ultimate also hosts a tournament each year, The Big Thirst, when teams from across the province converge on the fields at MacArthur Island each August. This year marks the 15th continuous year for The Big Thirst, and last year’s record of 28 teams is expected to be broken once again.

About Ultimate (Frisbee):
Since its creation in the late 60s, Ultimate has gained worldwide recognition as a fast-paced, low-cost sport that emphasizes sportsmanship through Spirit of the Game. It’s easy to learn, requires little equipment and can easily be played in any open space. The basic skills of the game – throwing, catching, running and jumping – make for an easy transition for athletes from other sports, both team and individual. New participants often indicate that the strong sense of community at all levels of play make for a rewarding experience on and off the field. Ultimate received official recognition by the International Olympic Committee in 2015, and has been included in the spring session of the Kamloops Legacy Performance Games since 2016.


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