2nd Years Reunite For A Meeting

Hey bloggers, long time no talk! I’m here today to fill you in on our Tuesday meeting with the 2nd years! When we first arrived there everyone was just chilling and watching videos as others slowly filled in for the meeting. Boy, were we hungry! We drank some milk & ate some grilled cheese sandwiches; some just had sandwiches and other condiments – mmm! As we ate, we filled each other in with what was going on with our lives, but once we were done with that we got down to business. We talked about a fundraiser we were thinking of doing – stay tuned by the way about that!


We 2nd years were also talking about what AGE UP spring sessions would be like; visiting less schools but going there multiple times to teach the children wanting to know about Ultimate Frisbee. That way we can grow a bigger bond with the kids and have an even bigger impact on them. As 2nd years, we’re excited to be able to get even younger kids than us to start loving Ultimate Frisbee!
Once we were done with the serious business; charades! It was a hoot; everyone was on the floor laughing as we were watching the acts we had about each other! For example, how certain people played Frisbee, their own “catch phrase,” and their facial expressions – if you know what I’m saying, aha.


To close off on a successful and odd meeting for us 2nd years, we had a “What We Were Looking Forward to on Wednesday” check out.

AGE-UP Retreat: Day Two

Those in my cabin who had actually been able to sleep until eight, the scheduled wake up time, awoke the second day of the retreat to a chorus of shrieking monkeys outside our cabin. I peeked curiously from the sleeping bag in which I was deeply nestled to catch a glimpse of Tiffany’s wide eyed screeching face in the foggy window and I was left to imagine the sight of the rest of cabin three, in their pajamas, encircling our cabin.

Photo by Vanessa

Once everyone had pulled themselves out of bed, rolled up their sleeping bags and made it to our dining room, we loaded our stomachs up with bagels (or in some cases leftover lasagna) for the exercise that lay in wait.But first: our coaching clinic continued by Miyo and Tiffany. The emphasis was “how to teach.”  At the clinics we will be coaching at elementary and middle schools, we will need to be able to teach kids effectively so that they are engaged, improve their ultimate technique, and leave the clinic with a sense of Spirit if the Game and a desire to continue playing. To learn how to accomplish these goals, first and second year AGE-UPers split into five teams to do skits. There were skits of explaining how to open a jar, demonstrating how to do the Macarena, and wrapping up a visit to the zoo. These were based on the important skills of giving a clear and simple explanation, teaching through a visual demonstration, and closing a drill.

Photo by Vanessa
Photo by Vanessa
Photo by Vanessa

The two other teams had a showdown…who could give the best explanation of a dog drill? While the cheers of the audience voted for group five, my group obviously was the real winner because THEY CHEATED!Our practice that day was coached by everyone. Each team from mini the day before was given a drill to teach and lead. We warmed up, threw forehands, threw backhands, focused on catching, played boot (lead by group 4!), and scrimmaged for the first time together with full teams on a full sized field! We concluded our season of workshops with a big AGE-UP!!!, now prepared to spread our energy and love of Ultimate through Seattle. Here we come!

AGE-UP Retreat: Day One

On Saturday morning, we all met up at Jefferson Community Center and tossed our baggage in the middle of the room. While waiting for our peers to arrive, we sat in cushy chairs and discussed the upcoming spring season.

Shortly after, we piled into vans and carpooled to Delridge Park to practice. Welcomed by overcast skies and bone-chilling winds, we warmed up with two laps around the turf field and extra gritty plyos. Our second-years, Miyo and Tiffany facilitated our practice and had us participate in dishy and huck drills. We spent the morning cheering each other on and secretly cursing the wind, which wreaked havoc on our throws. Look how cloudy it was!

For lunch, we made our own sandwiches and munched on chips. A few of us (me) did both at the same time (not pictured, unfortunately). Also, the weather cleared up!

After, we divided into mini teams led by a coach and a second-year and tore each other apart. Though no clear team was the winner, we divided once more to play galaxy wars.

With practice done, we headed to Camp Long, where Miyo, Kendra, and Tiffany led us through an activity where we were given prompts involving aspects of coaching and performed skits relating to them. We then played “life and death in the forest” with Shannon and Alyssa while Team Top Chef and others made lasagna for dinner.

After dinner, we filled out winter session evaluations, acted out tableaus, and circled up to share appreciations. The catch? As each person shared what they appreciated about AGE-UP, they looped a bit of yarn around their wrist and threw the yarn ball to another person.

Eventually we were all connected!

After cutting the yarn (to make sick bracelets), we stayed in our circle and went around showing off our secret talents. Rest assured, AGE-UP has SO much talent.

Approaching bed time, we dispersed to our cabins and got ready for bed.

As for my cabin, we decided to go around scaring the other cabins. Unfortunately, on our way to Cabin Two, Sam caught us sneaking in the dark… but he approved so we went ahead and threw pine cones at Cabin Two. We didn’t scare them.

We moved on to scare Cabin One by screaming in front of their windows. Successful, we giggled and ran away.

Knowing they would probably try to scare us in the morning, we eased ourselves to sleep and got ready for day two.

Outreach Group Gets The Gears Going

Hi, all. As you know, the retreat is tomorrow! In retribution for the last two weeks of inactivity on the blog, I decided to crash the outreach group’s session and disclose everything they’re doing in preparation for the retreat.

Kidding.

Regardless of what we don’t know (yet), these girls put in work. They spent countless hours planning and preparing for the clinic portions of the retreat. Doesn’t that sound tedious? Boring? Nope!


Unfortunately, I can’t tell you what happened because you’ll find out first-hand tomorrow! But… be wary of chairs and Tiffany.

 

Winter Sessions Come To a Close

First and foremost, I’m terribly sorry for the delay. I assure you that the last two AGE-UP sessions were a bundle of fun. I’d love to explain but I’ll just divert your attention with a joint post!

Anyway, during our Tuesday session, we were devastated to find out that our beloved Top Chef extraordinaire, Lisa, was missing out on our LAST session to go to Hawaii. Alright, we weren’t “devastated”, but I missed her. In lieu of her absence, the outreach group and I chipped in to make the best darn potatoes, eggs, bacon, muffins, and fruit salad ever made in Lisa’s absence. We also had Leah’s friend, Sammi Jo join us!

After our feeding frenzy, we divided into our respective job groups and went to work. Of course, everyone worked.. except for me.

Good job, Aileen! Can't say the same for me..

 Interesting story, too. The media group and Lynda had the pleasure of writing thank you cards to our benevolent donors and guest speakers. Of course, my hand had the audacity to thank a guest speaker for Legos. Sure, my mistake garnered tons of laughs, but I think I’m barred from writing thank you notes now…

With work out of the way,  we circled up and began our show and tell presentations. Due to the four walls agreement, I’ll just disclose that we shared laughs, cries, and talents- all a great way to end the second year winter session.

Hallie, sharing a recollection of her travels to Vietnam as I glare in envy. Kidding..

 On Friday, team Top Chef and others collaborated to concoct a spaghetti dinner complete with steamed broccoli and baked squash. In contrast to the very first session, we all mingled comfortably amongst each other. AGE-UP family? Check.

All eyes on Guadalupe.

After, coaches and players alike crammed into the next room to play sex-positive jeopardy. Facilitated by Frances, Jhanelle, and Vanessa, each of the five groups chose a specific animal sound to mimic in place of a buzzer. Each correct answer won a team their choice of a condom or a piece of candy. Jhanelle’s voice will forever ring in my head: “Condom… or CANDY?!” Although I can’t remember who won, we had a blast! So did Julie’s inflated condom…(not pictured.. thankfully).


After the first half of the session we were overjoyed to find out that we wouldn’t have to travel to Rainier Vista. Yay, saving time! In Jefferson’s gym, we were greeted by Callie, who led us through a multitude of blind exercises to reiterate the importance of communication. Among them was an activity in which we chose groups of four and were given an animal sound. From there, we shouted said animal sound throughout the gym with our eyes closed in order to find our group mates.

Interestingly enough, while my eyes were closed, some jerk (SUSAN) tried to lead me astray by mimicking my group’s noise. Shortly after, we concluded the session with an all-program round of boot and an ecstatic cheer. AGE-UP!