faq - ultimate merger
In an effort to ensure we are sharing all information throughout this transition, we have provided an FAQ below consisting of common questions we have received, and what we've gone over in our recent meetings.
If you have questions that were not answered last week, during our town hall or within the below information, please email Catherine and Kristy at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT DOES A "YEAR ROUND" MODEL MEAN?
The "year round" designation means that you are selected to the team for BOTH tournament seasons (fall and summer), rather than having to be selected twice in a given year. Think of it as the same as you are used to, but you only register once. This is a way to keep our teams consistent and sound through both fall and summer seasons to work towards success. There could be some movement throughout the year based on play, but this takes away the need for having to be invited twice in a calendar year, allowing you to plan ahead and understand commitments earlier.
WHAT ABOUT SPRING SCHOOL TEAMS AND/OR RECREATIONAL PLAY?
Spring school teams and South Park Youth Association (501c3) will continue to run teams separately, but as always, we will look to create consistent development for players in Charlotte who are part of Ultimate. There will not be competing teams/leagues through Ultimate in the spring, but potential for a few weekend spring practices to prep for summer play, as we did this past year to keep camaraderie, and team development prior to our summer season.
WHAT HAPPENS TO QCS LEADERSHIP AND COACHING STAFF?
We are still here, and are so excited to be part of this next step for our players, Charlotte, and the state. Catherine LeBlanc and Kristy Boyles will become the Ultimate Lacrosse Charlotte Regional Directors, with support from Brittany Philip, Nikki Williams, Amber Zimmerlink, and the amazing 40+ coaches we have in the greater Charlotte area.
Prior to the idea of the merger with Ultimate, QCS was planning to host tryouts as a more efficient and transparent process to evaluate all eligible talent. With the growth of the sport in our area, and within our organization this process will allow us to put together the most competitive rosters, and ensure we are placing players properly for appropriate development.
WHAT IF I CANNOT MAKE THE TRYOUT DATE?
Please email Catherine and Kristy at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT IS THE FALL SCHEDULE?
The fall overview is now online. Click the button below to be directed.
WHAT IF A PLAYER PLAYS A FALL SPORT?
We will continue to support multisport athletes, as we always have. We offer weekday options for players who do not play a fall sport, or for those who are able to come between fall commitments to ensure we are in shape and ready to compete. These weekday practices are structured around scrimmaging, stickwork and agility. Then, the weekend practice is focused on team play. This is the practice that is required, and expected of all travel team players. We will continue to excuse athletes from weekday practice if there is a conflict due to their fall school sport, but again, they are expected to be there on the weekends for their team practice. Our expectation is that this is communicated up front, and the player commits to communicating with their coaches regularly as well.
WHAT TEAMS WILL BE FIELDED?
We will continue fielding our elite level teams and developmental teams from 2022-2031. Pending registration, and level of play at tryouts, we will field developmental teams in either 2 or 1 grad year increments.
See below for what the team colors will switch to moving forward.
• QCS Black Teams = ULTIMATE Blue Teams (+grad year)
• QCS Red & White Teams = ULTIMATE White Teams (+ grad year/s)
WILL WE ONLY TRAVEL NORTH?
No. We will still look to find competitive local tournaments in addition to visibility, and competitive play in the north simultaneously. For this immediate year, our HS teams in major recruiting years will travel north the most. For our older MS teams, they will travel north once and our 29-31s will continue to stay local, entering tournaments with the best play options.
HOW DOES THIS IMPACT THE PLAYER RECRUITING PROCESS?
An immediate and immensely positive impact will be noticed in terms of the size and strength of the Ultimate network. Players will continue to work directly with Kristy and Amber and will also be connecting with DJ as they enter into critical graduation recruiting timeframes.
HOW DOES THIS IMPACT OUR YOUNGER PLAYERS?
The resources our staff will now have through Ultimate is immeasurable. We pride ourselves on offering the best development processes for our players. Now with DJ, and her other regional directors to collaborate with, it is only going to make us stronger.
Catherine LeBlanc | email@example.com
Kristy Boyles | firstname.lastname@example.org