Two weekends ago at Houston Antifreeze, Without Limits and Texas Showdown co-hosted a skills clinic for approximately 60 college players. Showdown co-captain Tina Woodings pitched the idea of the skills clinic to Without Limits at the end of last year, and we worked with a core of the team as well as former Showdown player / Miss Red captain Austine Lin to plan the event. While Showdown is very involved with the top teams in the conference, serving as coaches and mentors, this clinic was an opportunity to reach some of the smaller teams in the South. Woodings said, “It has always been a goal for Showdown to nurture and assist in growing and making women’s ultimate more competitive. There are many college teams that struggle to improve because they are located in cities that do not have a large ultimate community. As more local college women’s tournaments pop up, we are able to run clinics and provide guest coaches helping sectional and regional talent on a broad scale.”
Lin reported seeing many players practicing techniques they learned at the skills clinic the following day in warm-ups. She recapped the event by saying, “I really appreciate what Without Limits and the Showdown girls are doing for Texas women’s Ultimate by branching out to the smaller programs. At the Houston Antifreeze Clinic, they managed to get people really excited about not only playing Ultimate but working on personal improvement.” Showdown will be doing some more outreach to these smaller teams over the course of this month, and at the end of March, will take a leadership role with the Women’s Leadership Forum and Guest Coaching Program at Women’s College Centex.