Colorado Springs, Colo. (Oct. 14, 2019) – Applications are now open for athletes interested in trying out for the National Teams that will represent the U.S. at next year’s World Ultimate and Guts Championships (WUGC). The U.S. will send teams to compete in all three of the event’s ultimate divisions: men’s, mixed and women’s.
To be eligible for WUGC 2020, athletes must have actively participated in the USA Ultimate college or club series in 2019 and must participate in the college series or be rostered and actively participating on a USA Ultimate club team in 2020. Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the USA Ultimate Competition Working Group.
Selected athletes will attend one of two tryout camps in February 2020, on either the east coast or the west coast. Fifty men and 50 women will be selected to attend each tryout. Exact tryout dates and locations are still to be determined.
The national teams’ coaching staffs – head coaches Martin Aguilera (mixed), Matty Tsang (women’s) and Ben Van Heuvelen (men’s) as well as assistant coaches Alex Ghesquiere, Miranda Knowles, Angela Lin, Andy Lovseth, Nancy Sun and Rohre Titcomb – will be on hand at the tryout camps to evaluate players and select the final National Team rosters. Tryout assistants Bryan Jones, John Groess and Robin Davis will also attend both tryout camps to assist in player evaluation.
Players will be evaluated based on their skills, athleticism, leadership, performance and more. They must also have demonstrated the highest level of sportsmanship. Consideration will also be given to geographic diversity and community outreach.
The World Flying Disc Federation’s 2020 World Ultimate and Guts Championships will be held July 11-18, in Leeuwarden, Netherlands. The U.S. first began sending select National Teams to WUGC in 2016, the most recent iteration of the event. The U.S. swept gold in London, taking home world titles in the men’s, mixed and women’s divisions, as well as in the men’s masters and women’s masters divisions.