US Open To Move Off July Fourth Weekend In Future

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In a press release today headlined by the 2016 US Open schedule, USA Ultimate also announced some expected changes to the 2017 Triple Crown Tour. Most significantly, the changes include moving the US Open from its traditional placement on the Fourth of July weekend. While it is not yet clear exactly when or where the event will be held in the future, the release suggested that it could fall any time between the weekend following July 4th and mid-August, with an announcement on dates and location for the 2017 event expected soon.

Other changes that are under consideration include the timing of the additional Triple Crown Tour regular season events, flight participation requirements, the event bidding process, and site-selection criteria. These changes are being reviewed internally by a group that includes, “USA Ultimate staff, with the board of directors, national volunteers, elected athlete representatives, WFDF, event organizers, broadcast partners and others.” Decisions have also been informed by feedback collected from two surveys that were distributed to players over this past winter and spring.

According to USA Ultimate:

The goal of these adjustments is to achieve the best possible outcome while taking into account the preferences of USA Ultimate’s membership, organizational goals relative to the latest strategic plan and its mission and vision, as well as overall growth goals for the sport of ultimate and the desires of teams and athletes to have a meaningful, fair and accessible competitive structure.

  1. Steve Sullivan
    Steve Sullivan

    Steve Sullivan is the Executive Editor of Ultiworld. He began playing in 2001 at Boston University, helped found and then played 14 seasons with Slow White, and most recently competed with San Francisco Blackbird. He has volunteered as a college Sectional Coordinator, a club Regional Coordinator, served three terms as a player-elected representative for the Mixed division on USAU's Club Working Group, and is currently an At-Large rep on the USAU Board of Directors. He has previously written for the USAU magazine and The Huddle, and was editor of the book "Ultimate: The First Five Decades, Vol II." You can reach him by email (steve@ultiworld.com) or on Twitter (@sjsully21).

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