Heist hits up the US Open

After winning the Beachfront Instant Classic Invitational, Heist heads to West Chester, OH (basically, Cincinnati) to take on the U.S. Open.

Heist at the Beachfront Instant Classic Invitational (BICI) 2015

Heist at the Beachfront Instant Classic Invitational (BICI) 2015

We will have a smaller roster than normal (16 players on Thursday, 20 for the rest of the tourney), but are as excited as normal. With some really exciting youngsters, Brittney Koknios and Margaret Walker (practice player), attending their first really high-level tournament, it promises to be a weekend with a lot of growth.

Heist enters as the overall 10th seed out of 12 women’s teams. Visit USA Ultimate for updates on scores, schedules and other fun things. For Heist updates, we’ll be tweeting all weekend!
US Open Pool Play Schedule

Thursday 7/2 9:00 am: vs. Brute Squad (Boston, MA)
Thursday 7/2 1:30 pm: vs. Scandal (Washington, D.C.)
Thursday 7/2 3:45 pm: vs. Traffic (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
Friday 7/3 11:15 am: vs. Showdown (Austin, TX)
Friday 7/3 1:30 pm: vs. Fusion (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
Saturday 7/4 TBD

Thelma and Louise head to BICI!

Heist will bTweete heading to the Beachfront Instant Classic Invitational (BICI) in Joliet, Illinois split into two squads. It’s a great opportunity for us to play with our rostered players, practice players, and several extended tryouts. Follow the action online at our team Twitter page! Our recent stream is on the right side of our blog!

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 PDF of each team’s schedules:

Heist Tryouts 2015, What We’re Looking for Part 2: Defensive Skills

Part 1 was all about offense, but we all know that Defense Wins Championships. In Part 2 of “What We’re Looking For,” we break down what defense means to us for the upcoming season:

1) Communication
Nationals_DQT_20141017_11-22_0197-(ZF-9907-47779-1-035)[1]We want to see teammates who don’t simply work well in isolation, but can work with others to foster team defensive success. A huge component that is easier for us to measure is how well you communicate with others on D. Communicate with the mark when you’re on the sidelines: should your teammate take away the around or the inside? Can you help her make adjustments that increase pressure? Communicate with your teammates when the disc is in the air; a simple “up” call is often enough to help someone make a quick adjustment downfield. On occasion, we all need to ask for help from our teammates when a superior opponent beats us deep or up the line…communicating that allows teammates to help you get back in position or make a switch that keeps our overall defensive pressure high.

2) Positioning and Footwork
Nationals_DQT_20141017_11-24_0205-(ZF-9907-47779-1-029)[1]Okay, this is a fairly broad statement to catch all of the fundamentals. We really do place an emphasis on athletic movement and fundamental defensive footwork to dictate where your opponent can go and to create pressure. We want to see chopping steps and minimizing the time and number of steps you take to change directions…show us efficient movement. Be assertive and physical.

3) IntensityNationals_DQT_20141017_12-42-(ZF-9907-47779-1-013)[1]
We want teammates who will be intense and focused during practices, workouts, and games to fuel our team’s success. We want you to be focused and intense even when people aren’t watching. Intense D in practice translates to intense D and better offense in games!

Heist Tryouts 2015, What We’re Looking For Part 1: Offensive Skills

We have been lucky in building our team for three season in finding fantastic players and teammates. Lots of teams are posting tips about tryouts, we thought we’d weigh in on specific things that Heist looks for in the women who come to tryouts. In Part 1 of “Heist Tryouts 2015: What We’re Looking For” we explore offensive skills:

Offensive Skills:

Lo takes advantage of huge spaces on O vs the Capitals at the 2014 Club Championships. Photo by Ultiphotos.

Photo by Ultiphotos from the 2015 Club Championships.

1) Consistent ability to create space for yourself and others
We are looking for fearless teammates who are selfless on offense. We want to see you move and look to create opportunities for yourself and for others. You need to clear effectively and work with everyone on the field; give everyone a chance to contribute!

Photo by Ultiphotos from the 2015 Club Championships.

Photo by Ultiphotos from the 2015 Club Championships.

2) Using lateral space to create offensive opportunities
Our offense relies on lateral spacing to open up vertical, downfield opportunities. Big gains come after swings! Be confident and look to break the mark and swing the disc. We like to swing the disc early and often!

Photo by Ultiphotos from the 2015 Club Championships.

Photo by Ultiphotos from the 2015 Club Championships.

3) Poised and confident with the disc
Understand your throwing abilities and how to use them successfully. Look comfortable with the disc in your hands; be ready to contribute and move the disc quickly.

Look for more posts about what you can do to shine at tryouts!

We hope to see you soon!

3v3 Mini League Starts THIS Week!

66 female ultimate players have signed up for our 3v3 mini league!  That’s enough people for 8 advanced teams and 6 youth/beginner teams!  We are so excited about the amazing turn out!  Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word about the league, we can’t wait to play!

The mini league will be held at Wingra Park. It starts tomorrow (Friday, April 24) at 5:15. Games are at 5:30, 5:50 and 6:10. Come check out some great women’s ultimate! Here’s our schedule and teams!

*There are still two spots in the advanced (college/club) league and two spots left in the youth/beginner league!  If you want to snag one of the spots or have questions about the league, please email Anna (alouisew[AT]gmail.com)!*


Youth Coaching Opportunities in Madison!

We wanted to share some really exciting opportunities to help promote youth ultimate in Madison. As the best players in Madison, we have an obligation to pass on our knowledge and passion for our sport to tomorrow’s players. We constantly wonder why Seattle, Atlanta, Boston, the Bay Area, and the Triangle have such strong college and club scenes? It starts with us and our drive to give back to our ultimate community and pay-it-forward to train the people who will play long after we retire. It is one of the most important things we can do to grow our sport. They’re excited about ultimate but don’t have many opportunities to take their game to the next level. Let’s all work together to give back!

Please feel free to forward this on to others who may be interested. If you’re a captain of a team, please share this with players on your roster this season or last season!

Youth Clinic on May 2 @ Breese Stevens
The Madison Ultimate Frisbee Association (MUFA) and the Madison Radicals are co-sponsoring a youth clinic on May 2nd from 12-4 at Breese Stevens Park in Downtown Madison. Last year, we had about 50 kids ranging from elementary school to high school-aged players who want to learn how to play ultimate from the very best players in Madison. We are hoping for an even bigger turnout and even more coaches in 2015!

We are looking for help from club and college players in the Madison area to teach kids 18 and under ultimate. There are a variety of levels so don’t be intimidated by level, there is always something you can teach!

All questions regarding the clinic may be directed toward Lindsey Gapstur, our new State Outreach Coordinator. Please send her an email if you are interested in participating or have questions. You can contact her at: lgapstur@gmail.com.

MUFA TRAIN’s Youth League + Skills Camp (alternating Fridays during summer)
Last year we launched MUFA TRAIN, a weekly skills clinic on Wednesdays before COMP league. Our coaches took turns teaching skills, drills, thought patterns, workouts, etc. that have helped to get us to the level we are at. My sign in sheet said that we had about 35 different players attend around their league games throughout the summer (not all at any particular night, obviously).

The idea is to move our Youth League and Skills Camp to alternating Friday nights (5:306:30) to allow our YCC-aged players to participate  to participate on their relative high school teams on T/R and M/W leagues, and utilize our energy on a night many of us meet to train/work out. We need lead coaches and supporting coaches. Lead coaches will plan the session and create a handout that can be posted online so that the players may take the drills/etc. with them to their respective teams. Supporting coaches serve as demonstrators, assist youth players in learning the skills, and help reinforce concepts and SOTG.

If you are interested in this opportunity, we will be having a planning session in Mid-May and would love some help planning out this opportunity! All questions regarding MUFA TRAIN may be directed toward Robyn Wiseman, MUFA women’s chair and YCC Coach. Please send her an email if you are interested in participating or have any questions. You may contact her at: robyn.fennig@gmail.com.