YUCC 2014: Panel Discussion on Girls Ultimate
by | February 22, 2014, 8:00am 0
The session title borrows a phrase from ultimate parent Stefani Leto’s powerful article “What Ultimate Does for Daughters.” This panel will be an open and interactive discussion of girls ultimate featuring experienced ultimate coaches and experts in youth sports. What is the current state of girls ultimate? Are there lessons from other youth sports programs that can increase and sustain girls’ participation? What are the benefits and challenges of coed vs single gender play? Participants were encouraged to contribute their best coaching practices and ideas along with questions for the panelists.
Stefano Leto is a parent of four ultimate players. Her superpowers include snack shopping and making sure there are pictures of every game. She blogs for the youth beat of Bay Are Disc Association.
Jamie Nuwer has been playing and coaching competitive Ultimate since 1999. After coaching the mixed U-23 World Championship team this summer she returns for a second stint as a coach with the WJUC U-19 girls’ squad. Her playing career includes two consecutive mixed Club Championships in 2011 and 2012. Prior to that she played competitive women’s Ultimate in the Bay Area and has competed at several world championships. She currently coaches the Stanford women’s team and works as an MD in sports and family medicine.
Samantha Salvia has been passionately involved in Ultimate for more than 15 years as a player, coach, observer, and fan. Sam discovered Ultimate as a graduate student after playing NCAA Division I field hockey. She continued to play elite ultimate for over decade, winning multiple national and world championships with Fury. Sam travelled to Israel with Ultimate Peace in 2009. She is passionate about increasing youth participation in Ultimate, most recently through her work with the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative. She is married to Mike Payne and together they have two young boys.
Tina Syer is the Chief Impact Officer at Positive Coaching Alliance, a non-profit organization founded in the Stanford University Athletic Department in 1998, which annually impacts more than 1 million youth athletes across the US. In her role she oversees training, programs, marketing and evaluation. Tina played field hockey at Stanford, where she graduated with honors in psychology and was named an Academic All American. Her coaching experience includes seasons at the high school, college and Olympic Development levels.
Matt Tsang starting coaching in 1997. Since 2008 he has coached at Willard Middle School where he is a teacher. Since 2006 he has coached San Francisco Fury to 7 national titles, and 2 world championships. He is a USAU coach instructor, and the Director of Player Development for the SF Flamethrowers.