MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM

On behalf of the USA Ultimate Girls’ Ultimate Movement (GUM), thank you for bringing ultimate to girls in your community. We believe that this high-energy, self-officiated team sport is a unique tool for building confidence, fostering leadership skills, and promoting self-advocacy. Over the course of 8 sessions, groups of girls come together to learn the fundamentals of the sport, create a team, and grow as young leaders. The curriculum culminates in a community project, providing an opportunity for participants to work together to serve their wider community and demonstrate what they have learned about ultimate and leadership.

The first portion of each module includes a leadership component followed by a skill-building lesson. Each session takes roughly an hour and a half, but can be altered based on schedule and needs of the team. No prior athletic or team-sport experience is required, the only requirement is that participants are excited to try something new! Ideally, your team will attract at least 10 participants, with a maximum recommended number of 20 participants. We recommend that there be 1 coach or assistant coach for every 10 participants in the program to ensure quality curriculum delivery.

Session 1: Building Our Team


Session Objectives

Leadership:

  • Meet one another and learn what makes each team member unique.
  • Establish basic expectations for our team.
  • Identify and celebrate how our similarities and differences make our team better.

Ultimate Skill-building:

  • Learn the rule of the day: no running with the disc.
  • Introduction to throwing the disc.

Session 2: Cooperation Means Communication


Session Objectives

Leadership:

  • Discuss what cooperation and communication are.
  • Understand why cooperation is important in ultimate and in daily life.
  • Begin applying cooperative skills to different situations on and off the field, including planning our community project.

Ultimate Skill-building:

  • Learn the rule of the day: no pushing.
  • Focus on communicating on the field with teammates.

Session 3: Diversity & Inclusion


Session Objectives

Leadership:

  • Recognize differences within the team and our community.
  • Realize that those differences make our team and community stronger.
  • Encourage team members to include others equally and with respect.

Ultimate Skill-building:

  • Discuss Spirit of the Game.
  • Work to include everyone on the field.

Resources

Full Curriculum

Associated Videos:

Associated PDFs:

SMART Worksheets

Session 4: Conflict Resolution


Session Objectives

Leadership:

  • Discuss what conflict is and where we see it in our own lives.
  • Talk about the negative and positive aspects to conflict.
  • Explore how we use conflict resolution in our lives.
  • Continue planning the Ultimate Community Project.

Ultimate Skill-building:

  • Learn how to self-officiate.
  • Practice staying calm on the field.

Session 5: Being a Great Teammate


Session Objectives

Leadership:

  • Discuss what our roles are as teammates on and off the field.
  • Apply our teammate skills to different situations.

Ultimate Skill-building:

  • Practice supporting teammates trying new things.
  • Learn the rules of the day, play a first game!

Resources

Full Curriculum

Descriptive Resources:

Associated PDFs:

SMART Worksheets

Session 6: Personal Discipline


Session Objectives

Leadership:

  • Explain different types of personal discipline and how it is helpful on and on the field.
  • Continue planning our Ultimate Community Project.

Ultimate Skill-building:

  • Playing hard and honestly at the same time.
  • Putting skills together and applying them in a game!

Resources

Full Curriculum

Associated Videos:

Associated PDFs:

SMART Worksheets

Session 7: Self-Advocacy


Session Objectives

Leadership:

  • Explain the importance of self-advocacy on and off the field.
  • Use appropriate methods of self-advocacy..

Ultimate Skill-building:

  • Connect self-officiating with self-advocacy.

Resources

Full Curriculum

Descriptive Resources:

  • Descriptive Resource 7-1

Associated PDFs:

SMART WorksheetsGUM Test

Session 8: Community Ultimate Project


Session Objectives

Leadership:

  • Complete Ultimate Community Project as a team.

Ultimate Skill-building:

  • Teach someone else how to play