June 20, 2016 by Steve Sullivan in Livewire, News with 3 comments
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.