PLAYER FAQ --
What is ultimate?
Ultimate is a fast -paced game that is play with a disc (also called frisbee) on a 70 x 40 field where seven players on each team move the disc up and down the field, scoring goals by passing the disc into the opponent's end zone. It has elements of football, soccer, and basketball. Check out the official USA Ultimate webpage for more about the sport and the official rules.
How do you compete against other schools?
Though Ultimate isn't an NCAA sport, official clubs from around the country attend tournaments each year, facing off against one another. Most of our tournament are in the Midwest, but we have also traveled to Texas, Colorado, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Tennessee in past years. In late late spring, there is the USAU Collegiate Series, culminating in a National Championship Tournament for those that qualify out of the conference and regional systems. In 2011 and 2012, Saucy Nancy consecutively placed 1st at North Central Regionals and 5th at the College Championships. In 2013, Saucy placed 3rd at the College Championships in Madison, WI -- our best finish in the history of the program.
What do I need to play?
For practice: bring cleats, a light and a dark t-shirt for when we scrimmage, and plenty of water to hydrate. We also collect varying amounts of team dues to help pay for tournaments and travel expenses.
How do I start playing for Iowa?
If you are a student at the university, and interested in learning ultimate or in playing for the team, we urge you to visit our contact page under the 'about' tab. You can find more information there. Likewise, you can stop by a practice and try it out.
If you are a younger player, not yet attending Iowa, we still encourage you to email our recruiting chair officers. They can give you further information about our school, program, and recruitment process. If you come for a college visit, members of the team can give you a tour, introduce you to team members, and bring you to a practice.
Are there tryouts?
No. University of Iowa Women's Ultimate Club is one program. The majority of the fall is spent as one large group, teaching new players and helping to develop skills. These months can be considered our tryout time, where we will attend tournaments and watch new players closely at practices. Towards the end of the fall season -there will be an A/B split, where the two teams separate into Saucy Nancy and Sedusa to prepare for the spring season. Saucy Nancy is the elite, more competitive team which accepts around 20 players and Sedusa is the alternate team which accepts all tryouts.
What can I do to get better / prepare for the team?
Athletes often have a good deal of success on our teams because we can teach you the rules and various skills of the game, but it is often much harder to get people into shape. We encourage everyone to stay healthy and strong; running or lifting every week is recommended and you can contact the captains for specific advice concerning training.
Throwing is also extremely important. Practice your throws (especially forehand and backhand throws) often, and don't be shy about asking an older player to spend time working on your throws outside of practice.
Play often to gain experience. Join a summer league or attend a skills clinic to work on your game. If you are a high school student, committed to Iowa, contact the recruiting chair officers. Generally there are practices or tournaments you can attend with the team before you even start classes.
WHY SHOULD I PLAY FOR IOWA?
Ultimate is extremely fun and we offer both a competitive and learning environment for play. You can stay in shape, learn a new game, make a dozen new friends, and compete nationally if you play for us.
FAN FAQ --
How can I get to know ultimate?
Lots of great resources, including other Iowa Ultimate fans, can help you get familiar with the game. Check out USA Ultimate's About Ultimate page. For
younger fans, PBSKids has Team Sports: Ultimate Frisbee.
How can i support the program?
Fans can play a huge role in the success of a program. There are a wide variety of ways you can help:
>> Donate to our PayPal account - create a login, go to 'Send Money,' enter firstname.lastname@example.org as the 'Send to Email,' enter an amount, and select 'Friends/Family.'
>> Attend one of our fundraisers or suggest a fundraiser.
>> Ask your business to help sponsor our team.