2020 USA Ultimate
Coach & Organizer Convention
Many of the most dedicated coaches and organizers from around the country will be coming together to learn from and engage with each other. While the convention will offer several combined sessions, designed for both coaches and organizers, whenever there are simultaneous sessions geared more specifically to either coaches or organizers, attendees who are not officially representing an Affiliate or State-Based Organization (with travel expense reimbursement from USA Ultimate) can choose to attend either coach or organizer sessions.
If you're a coach who is interested in improving your coaching or an organizer interested in advancing your organization, come join us!
WHEN: January 24-26, 2020
WHERE: USA Cycling, 210 USA Cycling Point # 110, Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Register by Sunday, December 1: Early Bird Price = $250!
December 2-January 6: Standard Registration Price = $300.
Registration closes on Monday, January 6, 2020!
* Affiliates and State-Based Organizations (SBO) may endorse up to 2 attending representatives (no more than 1 male) to receive complimentary registration, in exchange for attending all organizer sessions and representing the endorsing organization in all relevant group discussions. Total travel expense reimbursement up to $600 total (save & submit receipts) is available to each Affiliate & SBO. To register your reps, contact Leah@hq.usaultimate.org
- Convention sessions and discussions, including Friday keynote and three featured speakers on Saturday & Sunday!
- Happy hour on Saturday evening (drinks and snacks provided)
- Lunches both Saturday and Sunday
- Refreshments throughout the weekend
* NOTE: Travel expenses are not included in the registration fee. Fees are non-refundable.
- Hyatt House Colorado Springs will have a block of rooms at a group rate until Dec 25, 2019.
- Only a 5-min walk to the USA Cycling session venue.
- Breakfast is included as well as free parking and wi-fi.
Reserve your room(s) BEFORE December 25, 2019. Rooms will be released after this date.
Hyatt House Colorado Springs
5805 Delmonico Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Consider extending your stay in Colorado to enjoy the Rocky Mountains!
We've partnered with Monarch Mountain to offer you a discounted day ski/snowboard pass (available at check-in on Friday) at this great locals' mountain, just a 2.5-hour drive west from the Springs.
The agenda will continue to be updated as details are solidified.
Friday, January 24
3:00 p.m. - Welcome and check-in
4:00 p. m. - Keynote Address: Chris Snyder - Youth Development
Saturday, January 25
9:45 a.m. - Increasing Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
11:00 a.m. - Group Discussions (for coaches); State-Based Organization Panel (for organizers)
12:00 p.m. - Lunch Provided
12:30 p.m. - The Power of Girls' Ultimate: How Coaches and Organizer Can Impact the Future of our Sport
1:30 p.m. - Group Discussions (for coaches); Affiliate Highlights (for organizers)
2:45 p.m. - Youth & Outreach
4:15 p.m. - Minimizing Abuse and Liability
8:30 a.m. - Relationships as a Vehicle for Change: College Women's Ultimate and Without Limits
9:45 a.m. - Competition Structures & Programs
11:00 a.m. - Group Discussions (for coaches); Structuring Finances (for organizers)
12:00 p.m. - Lunch Provided
Chris Snyder is the director of coaching and coach education for the United States Olympic Committee. In his current role, Mr. Snyder and the coaching department support the USOPC by working in coach education, coaching development and coach recognition for all Olympic and Pan-American Sports, as well as, working as an advisor for US Paralympic sport on coaching. The coaching department has created various resources that aid the National Governing Bodies of sport from a mobile application system for sharing coaching resources, to a formal long term athlete development system called the American Development Model (ADM). The coaching department also operates all high-performance coaching programs for Team USA to grow the level of quality coaching by national team level coaches. Mr. Snyder also represents the USOPC in a leadership role with project play 2020, where the USOC is helping to impact the U.S. through youth coaching and ADM programming that can grow great coaching in America.
Previously, Mr. Snyder served as the manager of coaching education and training for U.S. Lacrosse in Baltimore, Maryland. He has also coached competitive sports for over 18 years at the collegiate, high school and competitive club levels.
Libby is an ultimate player, coach and organizer who was a long-time member of the ultimate community in Austin, Texas, prior to relocating to the Northeast. She was one of only a handful of girls playing in Texas as a high schooler in the mid-2000s before playing with the talented players of Texas Melee in college/graduate school. More recently, she has joined the masters division, coached/played club mixed and continued coaching in the YCC U-20 girls' division out of Philadelphia. She has enjoyed coaching and organizing across all levels, but is most passionate about her role as a girls’ outreach coordinator for the Girls’ Ultimate Movement. She feels that investing time and energy in creating opportunities and spaces for girls and womxn to play more ultimate is extremely valuable.
Off the field, Libby is a pediatric speech-language pathologist who works as the team lead for a deaf/hard of hearing child study team and lives with her partner/teammate, Michael, in New Jersey.
Michelle is the co-founder of Without Limits, an organization dedicated to fostering relationships within the women's ultimate community and promoting and furthering the growth and development of the women's division. Over the past decade, Michelle has organized 100+ tournaments and clinics across North America and has mentored dozens of college players.
In addition to her work with Without Limits, Michelle worked for one year as the manager of competition and athlete programs (college) for USA Ultimate and for over five years as a strategic sales and partnership manager for VC Ultimate. On the field, she has been fortunate enough to qualify for the College Championships, National Championships, and World Ultimate Club Championships multiple times and has captained nine different seasons across five different teams. Michelle currently works as a program manager for a large tech company and continues to remain deeply involved with Without Limits.
Berend Van Heuvelen (BVH)
Ben is a decorated ultimate player, national team coach and organizer on the board of Disc New York. Van Heuvelen will fulfill his seventh coaching appointment and his first as head coach of a World Ultimate and Guts Championship (WUGC) team at the upcoming 2020 event in the Netherlands. In 2016, Van Heuvelen served as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Team at WUGC, helping lead the men’s squad to a gold medal. He also coached the U-20 National Team to five consecutive world titles in the men’s division of the World Junior Ultimate Championships, first as an assistant in 2004 and 2006, and then as a head coach in 2008, 2010 and 2012. In 2018, Van Heuvelen led his New York-based club team, PoNY, to its first national title. BVH is also a two-time world champion as an athlete on both ends of the age spectrum: as a member of the U-20 National Team in 1998, and as a member of the masters men’s team at the 2017 World Championships of Beach Ultimate.
Ben is the editor-in-chief of an independent news organization called Iraq Oil Report, along with being a partial owner and board member. Prior to journalism, he was a high school teacher and co-commissioner of a 20+ team high school league in Washington, DC.