Friday, September 28, 2007

Get PUMPED!

First tournament THIS WEEKEND! Get really excited! Check out our schedule for who we play and when. Our first game isn't until 10:30, but we'll plan on getting to the fields around 9:15.

Be prepared for the tournament! You've gotten emails on what to bring, but know your own body and bring anything extra you might need like a shade umbrella, braces or wraps, athletic tape, icy-hot, etc. etc. you know the drill. The weather should be beautiful, sunny and 75° both days (sunscreen!) so we shouldn't have to worry too much about rain gear.

Anyway, the games this weekend are meant to introduce you to a tournament atmosphere and get us used to playing with each other against other teams. I know we've played together quite a bit in scrimmages, but be prepared for things to get a little more difficult against people who are playing different offenses. Please ask questions constantly until you feel you understand completely. Those of you who have been playing ultimate for a while, make a big effort to not confuse things on the field, and be talking constantly.

More importantly than anything, though, is getting to know each other. Any team that wants to play well together does so much better when they're friends. So have fun! Ask people stupid questions, like, "if you had to be immersed in a vat of any kind of food, what would it be?" (and my answer would definitely be
cottage cheese, thanks for asking). The point is: have fun, have fun, have fun, get addicted to ultimate, gain 27+ new friends, and come back satisfyingly exhausted with a Hucktoberfest winner's mug.

I can't wait girls! See you on the field (unless you're in my mom-mobile, in which case, you're all doomed to an hour of camp songs and word games).

Love, Georgia

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Driver's Authorization Update

Okay, so you no longer have to complete a learn@UW course to get authorized. Simply fill out the form (link in the last post) and give it to me!

ALSO, waivers (link in previous post) are due to me by Friday if you're going this weekend! You cannot go if you don't hand it in.

Thanks!
-Courtney

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

It's Business Time

Official business:

1. Fall dues (for fall tournaments, cars, hotels, etc.)
-$35
- please pay by October 15th
-checks payable to UW Madison Women's Ultimate

2. Driver's authorization forms
-if you got a weird email about it, don't trash it
-you will be signed up for a learn@UW course which you need to complete
-once you have completed the quiz, print out the results and attach them to a driver's authorization form and give these things to me

3. Hucktoberfest
-it's next weekend
-if you're not on the email list by Monday, you need to let me know if you're coming
-if you're on the email list, vote on the poll that will come out soon (you'll get an email)

Let me know if you have questions!
-Courtney

Monday, September 17, 2007

Email List and Fall Tournaments

If you'd like to join the email list to recieve practice updates and other really sweet team emails, go to groups.yahoo.com, sign up, and request to join the "uwmadisonwomensultimate" group. If you already asked me to add you, but are not yet a member, please request again (my bad).

The tournaments that we'll be attending this fall are:

Hucktoberfest
Sept 29/30
Whitewater, WI

Glory Days
Oct 13/14
Naperville, IL

Clear your schedules!

We may attend one more tournament in late November or early December. We'll keep you posted.

See you Wednesday!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

First Practice

Our first official practice was a HUGE success!! Thank you so much to everyone who came out today, it was so awesome to see you there. I seriously haven't been this excited since I discovered Greenbush Bakery back in my childhood (freshmen: go to Greenbush, experience a new world).

For those of you who couldn't make it out today, we went over basic concepts of the game such as throwing (backhand and forehand), defensive marks, a basic stack, and some simple rules of the game. We then split into teams and scrimmaged for a while, where it was apparent that you girls are REALLY fast learners and all have a ton of potential!

Our first tournament is the last weekend in september, the 29th and 30th in Whitewater, WI, called Hucktoberfest. This will be an introductory tournament where EVERYONE is welcome. It's not too competitive and a lot of fun without being too far away (about 45 minutes from Madison). Last year Bella Donna won, so let's do it again!

So, invite your friends, bring your roommates, tell them how much fun Ultimate is. We love to have new people out all the time, no matter the skill level.

And finally: let's have fun this weekend. Saturday night come out to 1532 Adams St. and party with us, even if you couldn't make it to practice. Can't wait to see you all there!

Thanks again girls, and if not Saturday, see you Monday at 4:30 at UBay fields!

-Georgia

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Fall Practices

Practices for Bella Donna, the UW-Madison women's ultimate team, will begin Wednesday September 12th (because of the field cancellation on 9/10).

Practice will run from 4:30pm-6:30pm every Monday and Wednesday at UBay fields.

What you need to bring:
-Cleats (if you have them)
-Water
-Dark and white shirts
-A signed activities waiver

If you have any questions, email Courtney (kiesow@wisc.edu) or Georgia (gbosscher@wisc.edu)

Can't wait to see you there!