Posted by Executive Director on February 25, 2016 7:45 am
Many ultimate players only focus on developing their skills as players. But as our sport grows, the need for coaches is increasing.
The VUL seeks to develop qualified coaches at all levels, and promote coaching as a viable option for participating in the sport of ultimate. Good coaches helps players learn the sport in a safe and effective manner, and coaching can be a very rewarding experience for the coach, as well. If you are in your 20's and just can't get enough ultimate, or older and looking for a way to stay involved without playing as much, consider becoming a coach!
There are multiple opportunities to coach and support players in Vancouver and neighbouring cities.
Working with Adults
- Mentors: The VUL Mentor Program helps new teams and captains learn about ultimate & spirit, develop new skills & strategies, and generally have a positive experience in their first few years in the VUL. We need mentors in all seasons. If you're interested in sharing your knowledge, consider becoming a Mentor today. Applications are accepted year-round.
Working with Youth
- VUL Misfit Coaches: The VUL Misfit Program is an advanced club team program for High School students. We need dozens of coaches each year to lead, develop, and prepare teams for provincial and national ultimate championships. Tryouts are in May and practices run from May to August. If you're curious, read more about being a Misfit Coach. Applications are due in April each year.
- School Coaches: Ultimate is thriving in Vancouver schools. Many high schools and secondary schools have ultimate teams already, while others are looking to start new programs. Elementary school ultimate is now also on the rise. The VUL helps connect potential coaches with schools that need them. You don't need to be an elite player for all positions. If you are interested, read more about being a School Coach. The school leagues generally run from March to May, but you can apply at any time.
- VUL Skills League Instructors: We are looking for people that have experience teaching kids between the ages of 13-18 years old for our Skills Leagues. Instructors must be comfortable with working with kids from intermediate to advanced skill level. Applications are accepted year-round, as the skills leagues run in the Summer, Fall and Winter league times.
- VUL Camp Instructors: We are looking for people that have experience teaching kids between the ages of 8-14 years old for our Youth Camps. Instructors must be comfortable with working with kids in a small group format from a beginner to intermediate skill level. Applications are accepted at the beginning of the Summer, as the camps run on the first, third and fourth weeks of July. If you are interested, read more about being a Youth Camp Instructor.
- VUL Chaperones: We currently run 5 youth leagues and all teams in these leagues must have at least one chaperone. Many teams provide their own, but sometimes we need additional chaperones for a few teams. Chaperones aren't required to actively coach as much as other coaching roles, but you are expected to monitor and support the team as they need. Read more about being a Chaperone. Applications are accepted year-round.
Training and Support
We have a dedicated Coaching Coordinator, Mauro Ortiz, who is responsible for supporting and developing coaches in the VUL. Mauro has extensive experience playing and coaching at all levels, including winning multiple medals at Canadian and World Championships as a captain and player. If you encounter any questions in your role as a mentor, coach, or chaperone, Mauro can provide assistance. Contact Mauro at email@example.com.
More formally, Ultimate Canada offers National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) courses in partnership with the Coaching Association of Canada. A few individuals in BC are qualified to teach these courses (including Troe Weston, our League Manager). The VUL will cover some of the cost of these courses for certain roles.