Mailbag: Overhauling USAU’s Approach to Events

Don't micromanage the club season.

A rowdy crowd at the 2018 D-I College Championships. I’m looking forward to this being possible again! Photo: Paul Rutherford —

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Q: Hot take — there are too many playing opportunities. USA Ultimate should hold fewer events (e.g. cut beach — it’s mostly the same players attending the other events) and focus on making the remaining events better. They should bring more event planning in-house and rely less on local orgs to bid on events. Blaming lack of bids for poor events is really unacceptable. They should especially focus on improving the quality of Regionals (and eventually Sectionals) since that impacts the broadest player base.

Hiring the staff needed will cost money. Dues should go up and be tiered more drastically. Generally dues should be much higher with much easier access to subsidized dues for players/families with fewer resources, which would bring their dues around current levels.


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  1. Charlie Eisenhood
    Charlie Eisenhood

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