Ultimate at the CAHPERD Conference 2016

The sport of Ultimate was presented at the California Association for
Health, Physical Education Recreation and Dance
’s Annual Conference (2016Logo) in Santa Clara: http://cahperdconference.weebly.com/iani-valerio.html

Ultimate Frisbee and Social Emotional Learning
One of Ultimate’s unique features is that it is self-officiated, placing on kids the responsibility for their conduct and decision-making without delegating this to referees. The resulting emphasis on personal accountability, empathy and communication makes Ultimate a powerful learning tool by which youth develop important social emotional skills that are critical for all aspects of their lives.

Main points
Educators will learn a new sport that will be attractive and enjoyable for their students. Additionally, they will be introduced to Ultimate’s special characteristics that make it a great educational tool, such as self-officiation and conflict resolution, equal participation of girls and boys, and accessibility to all age groups and levels of athleticism. This sport places great value on effort and the joy of play over winning. Educators will also receive links to additional resources for including Ultimate in their curricula.

Objectives and Goals
After a brief introduction to the sport we will explore how by playing Ultimate students are practicing the main components of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)in real life situations:
– Self-awareness
– Emotions Regulation
– Socially awareness
– Good relationship
– Responsible decision-making

Learning outcomes
After this session, educators/participants will have a grasp of the game and will be able to run Ultimate games and activities to empower SEL for their students.


WFDF Receives Full Recognition From International Olympic Committee

In August 2015 the World Flying Disc Federation was granted full recognition by the International Olympic Committee .

“The sport of Flying Disc has been granted full recognition by the International Olympic Committee today and WFDF is extremely honored and humbled by the decision and support shown by the IOC Session for our sport today. We are very thankful to the IOC membership, the Executive Board and its administration, in particular to the IOC Sport Department and staff, for their guidance and support during the period since WFDF was provisionally recognized by the IOC Executive Board in May 2013,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch.

“This is an incredible milestone in the 30 year history of WFDF and a further important step for our International Federation in the development of our sport worldwide.  There could be no bigger anniversary present to WFDF, which was launched in August 1985, and we are looking forward to continuing to work with the IOC as our partner in promoting Flying Disc sports around the globe.  Since 2013, we have successfully implemented most of the recommendations made by the IOC promulgating best practices for a sport IF,” continued Rauch.  “Since 2013, we have established Continental Associations on all continents, increased number of WFDF national member associations to 62 and the number of associations recognized by the National Olympic Committees to 11, focused on the development of organized activity in Africa, modified the WFDF governance structures to increase the influence of athletes in the decision-making process, and further supported the global growth of Flying Disc sport. Today’s decision will give a further boost to our efforts to increasing the presence of Flying Disc sports in all countries and on all continents”

WFDF today represents 65 member associations in 62 countries and holds major World Championships in Ultimate Frisbee, Beach Ultimate, Guts, Disc Golf, Freestyle and Field events regularly in Open, Women`s and Mixed divisions of all age categories.

Ultimate and Social Emotional Learning

You may have caught a game of Ultimate Frisbee on ESPN, or heard that the sport boasts over 5 million participants in the United States alone (2013 SFIA report). But Ultimate is not just a fun team sport that is growing fast – there’s a lot more to it. As one recent Bay Area high school grad put it, “Ultimate…beyond being [an] amazing experience that defined my high school years, really helped to cultivate confidence in me and encourage me to challenge myself.” And when a dad writes: “We are so glad he found this sport; I love watching him grow and flourish. Please know our gratitude is deep” – you realize that this sport is providing kids a fundamental piece of their personal growth. Every day, I see how Ultimate is transforming young people in a vital way…

Read the full article: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ultimate-social-emotional-learning-valerio-iani

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