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A view to 2006

In the winter, many of us switch to other sports while we wait for the weather to improve. The BCDSS uses these colder months to welcome new Board members, refocus our organization, and prepare for the busy summer season.

At our AGM in October, we were excited to fill many vacant positions on our Board with new Directors. Please join me in welcoming Megan Atkinson, Val Dion, Jacky Li, and Ted Moens. They have already made significant contributions in a few short months.

Another recent change last fall was our acceptance into Sport BC as a Full Member. Sport BC represents over 80 provincial sport and sport-related organizations across BC. Membership in Sport BC provides us with access to additional services, opportunities, and exposure. This month, we are participating in their Power of Sport Tour on Vancouver Island (see Current Issues below).

And lastly, we're well on our way to preparing for the summer season. The Board meets monthly for regular discussions, but we held two weekend planning sessions in January this year (following the example set by the VULS last year). Topics included long-term strategy, outreach, juniors programs, coaching programs, and club team support. Watch for updates on the BCDSS website and in future editions of SPIN.

On behalf of the BCDSS, I wish you a most successful year!


The BCDSS Annual General Meeting was held at the SportBC offices this year with 35 participants. We tried a few new things this year: showing Disc 3 from UltiVillage, having a panel discussion on getting your game to the next level (fitness), a presentation on 2006 WFDF World Clubs and 2008 World Ultimate & Guts Championships, plus serving pizza. All of which were well received.
We had numerous prizes donated by PlayUlty.com, Gaia, as well as various individuals. The most popular prizes were the Disc Golf discs and the DVDs.

Member Of The Year honours were also bestowed upon Bridget Gilbride and David Cowley.

Obviously the various annual reports were delivered and elections were held…so introductions are in order, your new board:

SPIN Editor
Goaltimate Coord
Membership Coord
Coaching Coord
Juniors Coord
Tournament Coord
Regional Reps (3)

Megan Atkinson
Lara Mussell
Craig Woods
Ryan Knowles
Jaspaul Bul
Val Dion
William Arlotta
Jacky Li
David Cowley
Craig Woods
Ted Moens
Mike Kaweski
Brian Gisel

If anyone is interested in the Secretary or Regional Representative roles, please contact the President: president@bcdss.bc.ca.

We're looking to build on the momentum of the last year, and continue to improve and expand the services we offer to our membership. We welcome your feedback, constructive or otherwise: discbc@bcdss.bc.ca.


A quick look at what the BCDSS has been talking about lately:

NEW!! MARCH 26: Island Ultimate Conference, Parksville, BC. BCDSS is holding a one-day conference in Parksville with organizers of Ultimate on the Island. The conference will be similar to the Canadian League Conference hosted by CUPA in November 2005 for leagues from around the country. So far 8 communitites will be attending including Campbell River, Cowichan Valley, Lasqueti, Comox Valley, Salt Spring, Parksville, Nanaimo, and Victoria. Lunch is provided. All organizers are welcome, please email David at treasurer@bcdss.bc.ca for more information.

NEW!! MARCH: Power of Sport Tour, Vancouver Island, BC. The Power of Sport Tour is a Sport BC initiative designed for selected BC communities in consultation with the region's schools, local parks & recreation departments and provincial sport organizations. Sport BC supports Provincial Sport Organizations in delivering programs which help local communities enhance sports in their region. The BCDSS is participating in this annual event for the first time. This Spring the Tour runs for the week of March 19-26 in the communities of Parksville/Qualicum and Comox/Courtney. We are offering disc sports clinics in area schools for grades four and up, and through local disc sport clubs for new and existing players. Please email Mike at mikek@bcdss.bc.ca for more information.

MARCH: UPA coaching clinic in March 2006. On March 5, the BCDSS hosted the UPA coaching clinic. The clinic is part of a larger UPA coaching certification program. The 8-hour clinic run by Joe Bisignano drew 22 participants who got insight on teaching skills and techniques to new players, utilizing parents to full potential, inspiring SOTG, developing effective fitness training programs and maintaining high professional coaching standards. If you are interested in participating in a UPA coaching clinic, please email Val at coaching@bcdss.bc.ca. If there is enough interest, the BCDSS will host another one. For more information on the clinic please see http://www2.upa.org/coaches.

FEBRUARY: Ultimate hits the 'Burbs! Delta and Surrey residents no longer have to taxi their kids into Vancouver to get their summer Frisbee fix and a whole new market will be exposed to Ultimate. The BCDSS in conjunction with Corporation of Delta and South Surrey will be providing Ultimate summer camps. Week-long, half-day camps will be held in North Delta, Ladner, Tsawassen and South Surrey through the community centers - watch for advertising in your local Leisure Guide or email Ted at tedm@bcdss.bc.ca for more info.

JANUARY: BCDSS enters the Club Team Support debate. BC club teams that compete on national and international levels bring a wealth of knowledge home to leagues around the province. This knowledge inspires new growth in our sport and increases the general level of play. The BCDSS is developing a policy to support these teams. This year, the BCDSS will make a merchandising opportunity available to all BC club teams traveling to Worlds in Perth. For more information, email Craig at president@bcdss.bc.ca.

DECEMBER: Improvements to BCDSS webhosting services. If you have been toying with the idea of creating your own website for your team or league this is your chance! The BCDSS webhost service is an excellent deal. It is well-thought out, reliable and you can't beat the price (it's free!). Please see our webpage at http://www.bcdss.bc.ca/ultimate/indexs.html for more details.

NOVEMBER: Change Flowerbowl format into separate co-ed and open/womens events. There are some attractive advantages to splitting the tournament into two events, including allowing for a broader range of participation. However, the board opted to keep the tournament the same, mainly because it would be difficult to find two separate dates that work in an already jam-packed tourney schedule in the Northwest. Flowerbowl dates June 10th - 11th, 2006.