USAU Announces Major 2017 Club Calendar Restructure

The US Open will also be combined with the Youth Club Championships.

USA Ultimate announced a new calendar for the 2017 Triple Crown Tour and club season. Let’s first take a look at the current calendar and new calendar side-by-side:

DatesCurrent2017
Early JulyUS Open-
Mid-JulyElite-Select ChallengePro-Elite Challenge
Late JulyPro-Elite ChallengeSelect Flight Invite
Early AugustYCCUS Open / YCC
Mid-AugustSelect Flight Invite / Pro Flight FinaleElite-Select Challenge
Late AugustSectionalsPro Flight Finale
Early September-Sectionals
Mid-SeptemberRegionals-
Late SeptemberNationalsRegionals
October-Nationals

Here is a summary of the biggest changes:

  • The US Open and Youth Club Championships will be held simultaneously at the same location in early August. The tournament will host “more than 100 teams and 2,300 athletes with the possibility of growing in the future.”
  • The US Open will now be a three-day tournament instead of a four-day one.
  • Nationals will move back into mid-October after being held in late September and early October over the past two seasons.
  • The postseason Series will look closer in timing to what it did before the start of the Triple Crown Tour, with Sectionals and Regionals being held in September.

USA Ultimate said that the US Open and YCC will be held in 2017 at the National Sports Center in Blaine, MN, although no specific date has been set at this time.

This, in many ways, is a radical restructuring of the club season and moves away from the trend that USAU had started over the past three years of moving the competitive club season earlier in the calendar.

The governing body’s decisions came after a “considerable amount of working group discussion and additional survey feedback.” Notably, this restructure follows a survey from earlier this year asking about moving the National Championships into August. The proposal drew widespread criticism from players.

  1. Charlie Eisenhood
    Charlie Eisenhood

    Charlie Eisenhood is the editor-in-chief of Ultiworld. You can reach him by email (charlie@ultiworld.com) or on Twitter (@ceisenhood).

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