Ann Arbor Ultimate

Winter 2024 Friday Open Division (Open)

Cap-and-Fill Format

This division follows our Cap-and-Fill format. After registration closes, based on the number of woman-matching players registered, the goal is to split this one division into two; one division will host all woman-matching players plus a number of man-matching players, while the other will host only man-matching players. The goal of this format is to accommodate as many players as possible while organizing a format that allows all players to participate to their full ability and desire.

As a fallback in the case that the division does not receive enough woman-matching player registrations to split, the division will fall back to our Co-Rec format (all gender matching preferences distributed evenly amongst teams).

How does it work?

  • All registrations are placed into one pool and the waitlist will be managed manually by the league organizers.
  • Splitting into 2 divisions will require that the number of registrations can support 8 or more teams. Otherwise, the division will fall back to our default Co-Rec format (all gender matching preferences distributed evenly amongst teams).
  • After all woman-matching players are placed, remaining spaces in the division will be filled with man-matching players. Once spaces are filled for this division, all man-matching players will be placed into the other division.

How can I ensure I get place in a specific division?

Players will have the option to specify a preference during registration for either the "mixed" or "open" division. A preference does not guarantee placement in the "mixed" division, but will help establish an order by which players are placed.

If you are a woman-matching player, you will be placed in the "mixed" division unless you indicate a preference for the "open" division.

If you are a man-matching player, you will be placed into the "mixed" division (space permitting) when one of the following criteria is met:

  • You are in a group with a woman-matching player, 1:1.
  • You indicate a preference for the "mixed" division, and there are spaces remaining after placing all woman-matching players and their groups (based on registration payment timestamp).

Please note, groups with more man-matching players or all man-matching players will not qualify for the mixed division division unless all members qualify.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact league directors at directors@annarborultimate.org.

Registration, Groups, and Waitlist Details

Please check out our FAQ page for more information about our registration process. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please send us a note at registration@annarborultimate.org.

Gender Matching

At the fields, captains should strive to find a balance that is equitable to all gender-matching preferences. If there is a large imbalance of players (of one gender matchup or overall), often the best solution is for one team to sub someone over to the other for the game (perhaps switching at half). Note that match-ups on the line can be assigned based on ability; a player does not need to match up with a player of the same gender matching preference.

Rule Modifications

This division will play using our recreational division rule modifications, based on the latest rule set offered by USA Ultimate. Please see our rules page for more information.

Other Details

As with all ultimate games, the emphasis in this league will be on high spirit, great exercise, and fun for both new and experienced players. Play hard, but play nice. And remember, violence, be it physical or verbal, is never acceptable and will get you suspended.

  • Games are played with 7 players on each side, but it is better to get a game started with 5s or 6s than to wait for 7s.
  • Games are played to 15, with a half-time at 8. Games can also end by reaching the end of our field reservation or time slot or if there is not sufficient light to continue safely. If playing to a time cap, games can end mid-point. It is up to the game captains to call last point and call the point off if it is not finished in time. When your game time is up, please take any huddles off the field so the next group can start. This is especially important if the next group is not Ann Arbor Ultimate-related.
  • Bring white and team-colored (or a dark if you cannot match your team color) jerseys/shirts, water, and cleats.
  • Please clean up after yourselves. When in doubt, leave the field looking better than you found it.
  • Cheer for opponents, even on competitive nights. This can be a quick "great game!", it can be a song with modified lyrics, it can be a haiku, an interpretive dance, or a massive game of rock paper scissors. There are a dozen very fun spirit games that require no creativity or performance pressure. I've seen all of these done quite well. Show good spirit, this is ultimate.
  • There is no alcohol allowed on or near the fields.

Most of all, have fun! Any questions, comments, or concerns can be directed to your captains, or to league organizers by emailing directors@annarborultimate.org. If you would prefer to anonymously report a situation, please use our Anonymous Grievance/Feedback Form

Captaining

Ann Arbor Ultimate would not be possible if not for our volunteer captains! Each season, Ann Arbor Ultimate relies on this group to facilitate safe, spirited ultimate and be our eyes and ears on the field. Captains are not expected to be the most experienced, skilled, or knowledgable players; instead we look for players who are enthusiastic about our community and want to give back. To learn more, check out our frequently asked questions page.

To be considered, put a 1 or 2 for the "Would you like to captain this division?" question during registration. If selected, the Captains Committee will be in touch with an invite to our seasonal captains meeting. Upon fulfilling their duties at the end of the season, captains receive compensation of $5 per game.