The purpose of this campaign is to take harmful, disheartening comments made by male youth players about women’s ultimate and use them to empower the girls in our community. We want to reclaim the phrase “skyed by a girl” to not be a source of shame for men’s players, but to celebrate women’s players. We have juxtaposed comments made by members of our own community with some of the most athletic plays by female youth players in Minnesota, because it’s far easier to show that the statements are unfounded than to say it. Ultimately, we realized that we don’t need to say anything to condemn hurtful language by male players, because if we highlight our women’s players their hard work, talent, and grit speaks for itself.
On Thursday June 29th GUPI hosted its first middle and high school women’s pickup game on the Lake Nokomis softball fields. St. Louis Park, Edina, Great River, Minneapolis South, Open World Learning Community, Como Park, and Ramsay Middle School were all represented, with over 25 players coming out. Play continued for nearly two hours with lots of great play, undeterred by the softball games going on around the field. Want to see how things went? Check out this highlight video from the first game: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxftiYNeETZjdUhrMUR4eUVMTGM/view
Pickup will continue this week on Thursday, July 20th, so come out for some fun casual ultimate with other middle and high school girls of all skill levels! Bring your friends and teammates and a white and dark shirt. Lake Nokomis softball fields (see map), 6:30-7:30pm.
Every year at the Minnesota High School State Championships, Minnesota Ultimate takes a moment to announce and celebrate the new high school all State team. We asked this year’s team to comment on how women have impacted their ultimate careers throughout high school. Take a moment to read all about the Minnesota girls who were recognized for the exemplary contributions to Minnesota Ultimate and the women who helped them succeed!
All State winners are chosen by the community as a whole; 7 players and 1 coach each for 1st and 2nd team All State.
“All Conference and All State voting is done by players and coaches, based off of interactions with the nominees during league, conference, and tournament play. Everyone is encouraged to be on the lookout for great players that exemplify the ultimate ideal of spirit, competition and camaraderie throughout the season.” -Minnesota Ultimate
Introducing this year’s Minnesota All State Women’s team!
First Team: Tova Breen, Emma Piorier, Anna Barron, Ana Caballero, Lexi Kocken, Jacalyn Gisvold, Betty Stringfield
Second Team: Makayla Jones-Klausing, Anna Erickson, Claudia Patrin, Leona DeRango, Ester Gendler, Melissa Bernstein, Lisa Hansen