What's New

  • Application Deadline: August 22nd, 2014 Anticipated Start Date: September 29th, 2014 Position: OCUA Executive Director Type of position: Full-time
  • The Ottawa Carleton Ultimate Association is looking for candidates interested in serving on the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is responsible for the governance of the Association. In general terms, this means that the Board is responsible for supervising the Executive Director, providing strategic planning and vision, and developing and implementing corporate policy. There are four Directorships up for election this year. Three of these positions are for a two year term and one is for a one year term, all starting at the time of the election. The three candidates receiving the highest number of votes will serve for the two year terms. The election will take place at the September 2014 Annual General Meeting.
  • OCUA is pleased to announce the return of the O-Town Throwdown Tournament. This not-to-miss event will take place on Saturday, September 6th 2014, at UPI. What better way to say good-bye to the lush UPI fields for the year than to play a one-day tournament for regional supremacy?!?!
  • Adult Co-ed Recreational League teams have multiple options to play in the fall. With the shortened season, most teams opt to play one weeknight (Mon-Thurs) and one day of the weekend (morning or afternoon). There will be an individual registration option on Wednesday evening for a HAT team. Get a discount when you register both a weeknight and a weekend team!
  • On Behalf of the Board of Directors it is my responsibility to announce that Christiane Marceau will be stepping down from her position as Executive Director of OCUA. Christiane leaves OCUA with two years service in her position to focus on new opportunities.

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – JOB DESCRIPTION/POSTING

  • Application Deadline: August 22nd, 2014
  • Anticipated Start Date: September 29th, 2014
  • Position: OCUA Executive Director
  • Type of position: Full-time

Job Description:

The Ottawa Carleton Ultimate Association (OCUA) is a thriving organization built upon a strong sense of community amongst its members, from youth to adult recreational and competitive players. OCUA strives to ensure that, from “cradle to grave”, Ultimate players enjoy their sporting experience.

Founded in 1986, this not-for-profit organization is amongst the largest Ultimate leagues in the world. OCUA relies strongly on effective management of volunteers and strategic leadership in order to continue to be a forerunner in the Ultimate sporting community.

The Executive Director needs to be a successful results-oriented project manager able to work at the grass-roots level and implement concrete plans that further the mandate of the Association. The Executive Director will be leading a small but dedicated team of employees, as well as working with volunteers and partners, in order to deliver programs to youth, junior and adult players. Continuing to build on the mandate for strong financial sustainability, forging strategic alliances in the public sector, private sector and in the broader sports community is an essential skill for the Executive Director. Serving as the Association’s Chief Executive Officer, the Executive Director will make independent operating decisions within policy guidelines set by the elected Board of Directors.

Responsibilities:

The OCUA Executive Director has two main areas of responsibility, Administration and Operations, and Strategic Relationships.

ADMINISTRATION AND OPERATIONS:

The Executive Director is responsible for the sound management of the Association, including:

  • Managing, motivating and recruiting a small team of employees and contractors;
  • Managing, motivating and recruiting volunteers from within our membership;
  • Oversight and involvement in the creation, marketing, preparation and operations of leagues, clinics, tournaments and other ultimate programs;
  • Communication with historic, current and potential members in a timely and professional manner;
  • Oversight of the recruitment, training and support of volunteers for key operational positions, such as coordinators and coaches;
  • Preparing an annual budget for Board approval and managing the Association’s finances accordingly;
  • Providing input into the strategic direction of OCUA as well as developing and executing operational plans to deliver on the determined strategic plan and annual priorities;
  • Constantly reassessing the operations and operational structure of the Association and recommending and implementing any operational improvements necessary;
  • Creating, running and supervising innovative Ultimate programs designed for the Ottawa community;
  • Overseeing the quality maintenance of our Ultimate facilities and assets;
  • Ensuring that the Association’s website is effectively managed and, along with other electronic media, is used to its full potential;
  • Oversight of website content management;
  • Performing general office management tasks;
  • Undertaking special projects, as requested by the Board of Directors; and,
  • General oversight of all operations and the ability to perform all functions on an as needed basis.

STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIPS:

The Executive Director is the Association’s ambassador, stakeholder representative and media contact and is responsible for building relationships that deliver tangible benefits to the Association, including:

  • Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with City officials and politicians, to ensure Ultimate's representation in City planning and equitable access to public resources;
  • Personally engaging the members, regardless of level of play and commitment, to foster a strong sense of community and promote the Spirit of the Game;
  • Managing relationships with contractors, suppliers and partners, to ensure the smooth delivery of programs and services;
  • Engaging the local media, to increase press coverage and general awareness of Ultimate in Ottawa;
  • Developing and maintaining partnerships with schools and community groups to advance youth programs;
  • Working with business partners to create mutually-beneficial sponsorship opportunities; and,
  • Developing new relationships and opportunities for playing facilities as required.

QUALIFICATIONS:

The successful candidate will possess the following mandatory qualifications:

  • A university or college degree, or equivalent experience;
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of sports management experience;
  • Financial analysis capabilities, including skills for the creation and management of a budget, basic book keeping skills and/or audit experience;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • A customer service driven approach to business;
  • Demonstrated team-building and leadership skills;
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills;
  • An ability to work independently;
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills and instincts;
  • A high level of comfort with office computing and internet technologies; and,
  • Ability to adapt to a flexible work schedule including evenings and weekends.

The following assets are considered desirable:

  • Experience working with OCUA as a league or program volunteer;
  • Experience in the development and execution of a marketing vision, strategies and operating plans; and,
  • The ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, in both official languages

Apply:

To apply for this position, please email hiring@ocua.ca with your resume and cover letter to the attention of the Hiring Committee, OCUA Board of Directors. OCUA will be accepting applications between August 11th, 2014 and August 22nd, 2014.

Information:

For further information regarding this opportunity, please feel free to contact:

Andrew Smith (Hiring Committee Chair)

Ottawa Carleton Ultimate Association (OCUA)

875 Bank Street, Suite 1

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

K1S 3W4

Email: hiring@ocua.ca

Telephone: 613-860-6282

www.ocua.ca

Company Overview:

The Ottawa-Carleton Ultimate Association (OCUA) is a registered non-profit corporation dedicated to the sport of Ultimate in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Ultimate in Ottawa began in 1984 as a result of individuals coming together to play Ultimate in scrimmage games. In the summer of 1985, local Ottawa players organized the first “No Borders” tournament, with visiting teams from North Bay, Toronto, and the United States. In 1986 formal league organization meetings took place to organize a league with basic principles and guidelines.

The first ultimate league in Ottawa began play in May 1986 with 5 teams as OCULT (Ottawa City Ultimate League, Thing). As a result of this new league, players from Ottawa helped organize a Canadian entry into the 1986 World Championships in Colchester, England, joining players from Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver to form the Canadian team. The first Canadian National Championships for Ultimate were held for the open division in Ottawa in 1987.

In 1993, the league which had increased its number of teams six-fold, officially incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation and was renamed Ottawa Carleton Ultimate Association (OCUA). Since 1993 OCUA has provided recreational Ultimate leagues in Ottawa, reaching a peak of 354 teams registered for summer league play in 2004.

As of 2014 and the start of summer leagues there are over 250 teams playing in recreational adult and youth leagues. The number of teams that play with OCUA in summer league has made it one of the largest Ultimate leagues in Canada, having well over 3,500 players registered year round in various types of leagues.

OCUA has the unique distinction of being the Ultimate association with the largest privately owned field complex for Ultimate in the world. Located in Manotick, just outside Ottawa, UPI (Ultimate Parks Incorporated) was built in 1998 and funded entirely by the membership of OCUA. The 19 irrigated fields of UPI, dedicated solely to Ultimate, were in large part constructed by the efforts of OCUA members.

Bonne Année 2014 - Volunteer Form

The 2014 Bonne Année Tournament needs your help! We need awesome volunteers to make this tournament a success!

2014 Call for Nominations - Board of Directors

The Ottawa Carleton Ultimate Association is looking for candidates interested in serving on the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is responsible for the governance of the Association. In general terms, this means that the Board is responsible for supervising the Executive Director, providing strategic planning and vision, and developing and implementing corporate policy.

There are four Directorships up for election this year. Three of these positions are for a two year term and one is for a one year term, all starting at the time of the election. The three candidates receiving the highest number of votes will serve for the two year terms. The election will take place at the September 2014 Annual General Meeting.

Candidates will be acclaimed if the number of candidates running for election is less than or equal to the number of electable positions. In the event of acclamation and if required, the newly elected Board members will determine who shall receive the 1-year term through discussion; in the event that a decision cannot be reached the one year term shall be determined by lot amongst the indeterminate candidates.

Anyone interested in deciding whether they would want to run for the Board is invited to meet directly with current members of the nominations committee. If interested in meeting with members of the nominations committee, or if you have any questions about what is involved in serving as a Director, please contact the Interim Board Chair, Brian Kells, at: chair@ocua.ca.

Who Can Run for the Board?

Any OCUA member is eligible to run for the OCUA Board of Directors. Potential candidates can be nominated by the Nominations Committee or by the Membership.

The minimum requirement is the submission of the following as a condition of acceptance for the election:

  • Signatures of 25 regular members of the Association supporting the candidacy (this requirement is waived if you choose to go through the Nominations Committee; see below)
  • Declaration that there is no conflict of interest inherent in the candidacy (you are not part of competing organization, for instance)

Beyond the minimum requirements, however, OCUA encourages all candidates to submit to a formal evaluation process by the OCUA Nominations Committee. This committee’s mandate is to assess candidates against the needs of the Association, and to recommend outstanding candidates to the Membership. An endorsement by the Nominations Committee is not a guarantee of election - an open vote of all Members will still determine the Board - but it is our hope that the committee’s dedication to finding the best possible candidates will resonate with the Membership and provide the details necessary to make an informed choice for the future of our Association.

The 2014 Nominations Committee is:

  • Tanya Gallant, Director (Committee Chair)
  • Brian Kells, Interim Chair
  • Andrew Smith, Director

Nominations by Committee

To submit your candidacy to the Nominations Committee, please send an email outlining your skills and your interest in serving as a Director, and send it as soon as possible, but no later than Friday September 5th 5PM EDT, to: nominations@ocua.ca.

Please include the word "nominations" in the subject line. You will receive confirmation of receipt within 24 hours. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered for the 2014 election.

Nominations from the Membership

If you would like to stand for the Board of Directors, but choose to bypass the Nominations Committee, you must submit your name directly to the Committee Chair no later than Friday September 5th 5PM EDT, along with the signatures of 25 regular members of the Association supporting the candidacy, and your Declaration that there is no conflict of interest inherent in the candidacy. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered for the 2014 election.

To submit your candidacy directly to the Committee Chair, please email: nominations@ocua.ca.

Please include the word "candidate" in the subject line. You will receive confirmation of receipt within 24 hours.

Required Commitment

In general, the Director position will require:

  • A one-year or two-year commitment to the Board
  • 2-6 hours of work per week
  • Regular communication via email and phone with other Directors and the membership
  • Attendance at Board meetings; usually 2 hours in length, occurring monthly

Depending on participation on various projects and committees, this commitment could be increased. Time commitment may also be higher at certain times of year (spring is a usual busy time).

General Competencies

In general, OCUA seeks candidates who are passionate about the sport of ultimate, enthusiastic about the opportunity to grow the Association and possess the following competencies:

  • Integrity and mutual support (Spirit of the Game)
  • Strong leadership and management capabilities
  • Communication and diplomacy skills
  • Team-building and facilitation
  • Flexibility and innovation
  • "Big Picture" vision

Please note that, while the ideal candidate is an ultimate player who is familiar with OCUA, the game, and our community, a candidate from outside the community, but who demonstrates the necessary enthusiasm, commitment, and skills required can be considered for election as an Associate Member of the OCUA.

Experience

The Board of Directors is always interested in candidates with specific skill sets or experience. Experience in any of the following fields is not required, but would be a strong asset:

  • Marketing, communications and media relations
  • Legal
  • Fundraising & sponsorship
  • Facilities management
  • Sports management
  • Human resources
  • Information technology
  • Finance
  • Tournaments and member relations •
  • Risk and safety

We always like to hear from our members. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any comments, suggestions or feedback at board@ocua.ca.

Regards,

Brian Kells

Interim Chair of the Board

chair@ocua.ca

O-Town Throwdown Tournament

OCUA is pleased to announce the return of the O-Town Throwdown Tournament. This not-to-miss event will take place on Saturday, September 6th 2014, at UPI. What better way to say good-bye to the lush UPI fields for the year than to play a one-day tournament for regional supremacy?!?!

ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

There will be seven hat teams representing the different areas of the national capital region, and one hat team dedicated to out-of-town players. Register now to ensure that you get a spot on your regional team! Will the Kanata Millionaires program their way past the Centretown Gunners? Can the Orleans Councillors overcome the long commute to dominate the mysterious Out-of-Towners? Est-ce que les Allumettes de Gatineau sont capable de battre les Vanier Wildcats?

Individual registration is $35, and will include a BBQ lunch, a team t-shirt with an original O-Town logo, and a minimum of three games! You can sign up as a pair with someone from your region. Proceeds from the event will be split 75/25 between our recreational youth and junior ultimate programs, and the Ottawa Junior Competitive Ultimate Program (OJCUP).

You are playing league on Saturday am and would like to do both? No problem! We will try to schedule league games at UPI at 9am, so you can play in the tournament! Simply let us know in the registration form that you are playing on Saturday am!

DETAILS:

  • Where: UPI
  • When: September 6th, starting at 10:00am
  • Format: coed tournament, ideally 4M-3W
  • Cost: $35 by player (includes lunch, t-shirt)
  • How: register individually, and OCUA will place you in the team of your region

Questions on the tournament? Contact dev@ocua.ca for all your answers!


2013 Edition

The first edition of the O-Town Throwdown tournament was a big success! Despite the very bad weather (rain, rain and more rain), players had a great time, and spirit was the most important aspect of the day! Don't miss the 2014 edition of the tournament! It might happen in June, we will look into the best time for it.

Some pictures of the day are available HERE and HERE.

Official standing:

  1. Blue team: Gloucester/Vanier/Gatineau went undeafeated all day!
  2. Red team: Downtown Cougars went 3-1
  3. Green team: West End Wildcats went 2-2
  4. Black team: Under-represented Ninjas went 1-3
  5. White team: Ottawa South Otters went 0-4

 

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2014 Fall League

Adult Co-ed Recreational

League teams have multiple options to play in the fall. With the shortened season, most teams opt to play one weeknight (Mon-Thurs) and one day of the weekend (morning or afternoon). There will be an individual registration option on Wednesday evening for a HAT team. Get a discount when you register both a weeknight and a weekend team!

Speciality Leagues

Monday Under 29 League - New for 2014, we are expanding the U29 league to the fall! The league will continue to play on Monday nights at a central field.

Thursday Women's League - The Women's League runs on Thursday evenings (location TBD). Games start at either 6:30 or 8:30pm.

Friday 5x5 sub-on-the-fly League - Back for 2014, the 5x5 sub-on-the-fly coed league on Friday evening plays at Hillcrest High School.

Sunday 4x4 Gatineau League - New for 2014, OCUA & FUO are partnering to offer an indoor 4x4 league starting in the fall!

 

*** Registration is OPEN ****