Welcome!

Welcome to the website for GRADA, the Greater Rochester Area Disc Association. We run leagues year round and work hard to make sure that anyone and everyone gets a chance to play the best sport we know: ULTIMATE!

While you're here, read up about our mission or take a look at some of the events we have planned. Don't forget to check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Google+!


The Lakeside Winter Fest is an annual celebration held at Ontario Beach Park. Every year the city runs a variety of events culminating with the Polar Plunge on Sunday. This year, we were able to get WART to be included in the celebration and we couldn't be happier.
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Join us for this outdoor, charitable tournament at Ontario Beach Park. Play ultimate, munch on some food, sample local wine and craft beer, look at the snow and ice sculptures, go sledding, ride a horse drawn carriage, listen to music and take in the fireworks at the end of the day! $12/player gets you all this with funds going to a local charity.

When: Saturday, February 7th from 1pm - 4pm
Where: Ontario Beach Park
What to bring: A hat and yourself

More information and registration is available at the WART site.


A round of applause for the newly elected GRADA Board and Activity Directors for 2015!

Sincere thanks to all, including a great many not listed that work hard to make GRADA go.  Thank you!
 
Board Members
Tanya Beiswenger – President
Adam Traub – Treasurer
Briana Newman – Secretary
Dan Bell
Kate Bernola
Val Garrison
Christine Purtell
Ryan Gardner
Jesse Readlynn
 
Directors
Fields and Equipment – Dave Lindsay
Leagues – Ryan Gardner
Marketing and Outreach – Kate Bernola
Pick-up – Joel  Shore
Webmaster – Rui Da Costa
Women’s – Bri Newman
Youth – Jesse Readlynn
 
Many hands make for light work. If you’ve got time and talents to contribute, reach out! board@rocultimate.org

Perhaps the most spirited ultimate tournament ever, with locations alternating between Rochester and Toronto each year in late September.

We need 1-2 people to be the tournament directors for Zodiac. The....Greatest...Ultimate..Job. Interested? Please email us at board@ultimate.org.


GRADA Youth Internships

GRADA will be offering a small number of youth internship positions in 2015 for the purpose of fostering youth leadership among players and helping with organizational aspects of Rochester youth ultimate. These year-long positions will be for young players to take ownership of Rochester youth ultimate and to provide assistance to the Youth Director in organizing leagues and events throughout the year. Youth Interns will receive free or reduced price for one or more leagues as well as the potential for other compensation for their time and energy. These internships can also be considered community service, if you are looking for some extra hours.

We are looking for several players who are interested in participating in organizing SPRY, SLY, and other youth ultimate events who hail from different areas around Rochester. These players should have excellent organizational and communication skills and should be available most Sundays during the SPRY season from approximately 30 minutes prior to approximately 30 minutes after the Sunday game times. Scheduling for other leagues and events TBD.

Responsibilities of the Youth Interns to include:

  • Helping Youth Director to foster a strong sense of community amongst all of Rochester’s youth ultimate players.
  • Helping to foster Spirit of the Game amongst all players (be strong teachers in this area).
  • Potential for teaching opportunities at Learn-to-play clinics, leagues, and other GRADA-sponsored events.
  • Assisting with communication between Youth Director, League Coordinator(s), parents, and players.
  • Assisting the League Coordinator with field set-up and take down (before and after the games).
  • Assisting the Youth Director with organizing and distributing discs and shirts to the players.
  • Provide a direct voice for Rochester’s youth ultimate players (potential for participation in decision making for the future of Rochester Youth Ultimate).

If you are interested in being a GRADA Youth Intern, please send an email to youth@rocultimate.org with your name, town, and age; and write a brief description explaining why you think you would be a good choice for one of the positions. Deadline for applying is January 31st.

Your Friendly Youth Director,

Jesse Readlynn


Join us at the Pavilion Lodge in Ellison Park to celebrate the end of the 2014 GRADA year!

The party will take place THIS FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 7) from 6:00 - 9:00 with Dinosaur BBQ provided at a mystery time! (jk, food will arrive between 6:15 and 6:30, so be there on time!)

As many of you know, this party also functions as a sort of meeting, where elections are held to decide the upcoming board members. There are 6 excellent candidates for 5 positions. Our candidates are:

Kate Bernola

Val Garrison

Christine Purtell

Brianna Newman

Mike Ray

Adam Traub

If you are unable to attend, but would like to vote, please send your 5 selections to our current secretary, Mike Rhoda at michaelrhoda19@yahoo.com

In addition to elections, a spirit award winner will be determined. This year's honored nominees are:

Dooley Maring
Heidi Mergenthaler
Tricia Santelli
 
Again, if you would like to vote and are unable to attend the party, send your votes to Mike.
 
We're looking forward to celebrating another great year with everyone. Please come and enjoy some food, refreshments (of the adult variety if you qualify), and great company!
 
 

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Good news! Registration for 2014 GRADA adult summer leagues has been expanded through Memorial Day (5/26). Get registered now!


Summer league is just around the corner, and we’re looking for some sweet new art to plaster onto this year’s jerseys. Ultimate players are a creative bunch, and what better way to show off your skills than to have several hundred people running around wearing your design? That dream will become a reality for the winner of this summer’s jersey design contest!

In addition to bragging rights, the winner will also receive free jerseys and free registration for the summer leagues they play in. They'll also recieve free fall draft league registration as well!

Interested? Thought so. Here are some quick guidelines. Each submission must:

  • include a front chest and back design

  • fit within a 14” wide by 14” tall space

  • use only one color

  • contain the following copy: "GRADA Summer 2014" and "rocultimate.org"

  • be submitted in vector format only - adobe illustrator, EPS, or SVG should work fine

We’ll be accepting design submissions from now until May 23rd. Send your files to Ryan Gardner at leagues@rocultimate.org

Good luck!

GRADA is ringing in the New Year!

Upcoming Fun! 

Winter Ultimate at the Rochester Lakeside Winterfest 

Saturday FEB 7th from 1-4pm 

Come play in an outdoor charitable tournament at Ontario Beach Park. Ultimate will be just one of the festivities at this year’s Rochester Winter Festival.  Play ultimate and enjoy food, local wine and craft beer, snow and ice sculptures, sledding, horse drawn carriage rides and music, culminating in fireworks at the end of the day!
REGISTER NOW at:   Winterfest (WART) Registration  <----Click here!
 

And a round of applause for the newly elected GRADA Board and Activity Directors for 2015!

Sincere thanks to all, including a great many not listed that work hard to make GRADA go.  Thank you!
 
Board Members
Tanya Beiswenger – President
Dan Bell
Kate Bernola
Val Garrison
Christine Purtell
Briana Newman- Secretary
Adam Traub - Treasurer
 
Directors
Fields and Equipment - Dave Lindsay
Leagues – Ryan Gardner
Marketing and Outreach - Kate Bernola
Pick-up – Joel  Shore
Webmaster – Rui Da Costa
Women’s - Bri Newman
Youth – Jesse Readlynn
 
Many hands make for light work. If you’ve got time and talents to contribute, reach out!
 

ZODIAC IS IN ROCHESTER THIS YEAR!

Perhaps the most spirited ultimate tournament ever, with locations alternating between Rochester and Toronto each year in late September.
We need 1-2 people to be the tournament directors for Zodiac. The....Greatest...Ultimate..Job. Interested? Please email at
 

Happy New Year All - Here's to a Great Year of Disc!