What's New

  • Following the most recent Public Health guidelines and in alignment with facility regulations, OCUA Session 1 programming is set to resume January 3, 2022 (with the exception of leagues playing at Carleton University or U of Ottawa - check inbox for update on those leagues/programs). 
  • With the emergence of the new variant and with Public Health regulations and restrictions changing frequently, OCUA is taking the time to review how leagues and programs will proceed in the New Year and will update our membership in the coming weeks.
  • Recently, OCUA sat down (physically distanced, of course) with Women's League coordinator & Wonderwoman, Jessie Robinson, to talk about the increasingly popular program, its successes and just what makes it so special.  To read the first in our series of Program Spotlights, click here.   

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League & Program Update: Return to Play Protocols Updated for Summer 2022

We've updated our health guidelines and protocols for OCUA Summer 2022 leagues and programs.
For complete information please visit OCUA's Covid Resource Hub.

OCUA Return to Play Protocols

Vaccination Requirement
OCUA believes that the health and safety of its members is paramount. OCUA encourages everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated for COVID-19, but is not a requirement for participation in Summer 2022 Leagues and Programs.

The COVID Resource Hub is a space for all relevant & applicable COVID-related information and resources our members may need, visit it at www.ocua.ca/CovidResourceHub

2022 Summer Leagues & Programs are here!

OCUA is thrilled to announce the SUMMER ULTIMATE LEAGUES & PROGRAMS lineup for the 2022 Summer season! 

Below are the 'top-level' details of each league and program being offered. We've got something for everyone.....from team-entry leagues, social leagues, to women's league and youth & junior programs. 

Registration for ALL leagues and programs will open FRIDAY APRIL 8th at 10pm EST -- registration links will be posted on our 'Register Adult" and "Register Youth" program pages next week. 

Reminder: new for the 2022 Summer season, all 7v7 mixed leagues will use WFDF Rule B as the default play format. For more information on Rule B and OCUA's Gender Equity Initiatives click here.

While we work to update the system, those intending to participate in the WN2 category are asked to select "Woman" in the roster designation field and those intending to participate in the ON2 category are asked to select "Open" in the roster designation field.

Click to see all Summer Adult Leagues
Click to see all Summer Youth & Junior Leagues and Programs

ADULT TEAM ENTRY LEAGUES

Mondays

  • Monday 7v7 Turf League
    Game Locations: UOttawa, Carleton University
    Game Start Times: 6:00pm, 7:30pm, 9:00pm, 9:30pm
    Start Date: May 16
    End Date: August 29
     
  • 2022 Summer Monday 7v7 Mixed League
    Game Locations: Moffat Farms, McCarthy Park, UPI
    Game Start Times: 6:30pm
    Start Date: May 16
    End Date: August 29

Tuesdays

  • 2022 Summer Tuesday 7v7 Mixed League
    Game Locations: Lynda Lane, Hillcrest, UPI
    Game Start Times: 6:30pm, 8:00pm
    Start Date: May 17
    End Date: August 30

Wednesdays

  • 2022 Summer Wednesday 7v7 Mixed League
    Game Locations: Ben Franklin, Linton Park, Potvin Fields, Charmine Hopper, Robinson Park, Strandherd Park, UPI
    Game Start Times: 6:30pm
    Start Date: May 18
    End Date: August 31

Thursdays

  • 2022 Summer Thursday 7v7 Mixed League
    Game Locations: Lynda Lane, Potvin Fields, Robinson Park, UPI
    Game Start Times: 6:30pm
    Start Date: May 19
    End Date: September 1

*NEW* fro the 2022 Summer season, OCUA is offering 3 payment options for Team-Entry leagues. 

TEAM-ENTRY LEAGUES PRICING

Payment option 1: Early bird gets the.....discount
Pay in full, save 15%
Available April 8-May 6
Total Cost: $1,632 + HST

Payment option 2: Captain's Plan
$420 deposit due at registration, remaining amount not due until May 23
Available April 8-May 6
Total Cost: $1,920 + HST

Payment option 3: Late Entry
Register after May 6, pay 10% more
Available May 7-June 15
Total Cost: $2,112 + HST

ADULT INDIVIDUAL ENTRY LEAGUES

Mondays

  • UOttawa Social League
    Game Location: UOttawa [Matt Anthony Field]
    Game Time: 8:00pm-9:30pm
    Start Date: May 16
    End Date: August 29
    Cost: $160 + HST

Wednesdays

  • 2022 Summer Women's League
    Game Location: Carleton University
    Game Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
    Start Date: May 18
    End Date: August 31
    Cost: $160 + HST

Thursdays

  • Carleton Social League
    Game Location: Carleton University
    Game Time: 9:00pm-11:00pm
    Start Date: May 19
    End Date: September 1
    Cost: $112 + HST

Sundays

  • MGM Summer League
    Game Location: UPI
    Game Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
    Start Date: May 15
    End Date: August 28
    Cost: $160 + HST

 

YOUTH & JUNIOR PROGRAMS

All OCUA Youth & Junior programs include a reversable OCUA tanktop jersey from apparel partner BE Ultimate, and a disc to keep. All Youth & Junior programs are 16-weeks long, beginning the week of May 16. Age groups may be combined based on registration numbers (ex: U15 may combine with U17).

Recreational

Mondays - Ben Franklin, 6:30pm

  • 10 and Under Mixed - $210
  • 13 and Under Mixed - $210
  • 15 and Under Mixed - $210
  • 17 and Under Mixed - $210 + HST

Mondays - Lynda Lane, 6:30pm

  • 10 and Under Mixed - $210
  • 13 and Under Mixed - $210
  • 15 and Under Mixed - $210
  • 17 and Under Mixed - $210 + HST

Tuesdays - Bilingual League, Potvin Fields, 6:30pm

  • 13 and Under Mixed - $210
  • 17 and Under Mixed - $210 + HST

Tuesdays - Try Ultimate, A.Y. Jackson S.S., 6:30pm - disc included, jersey not include

  • U10 - 8 week program (May 17-July 5) - $80
  • U13 - 8 week program (May 17-July 5) - $80
  • U10 - 16 week program (May 17-August 30) - $120
  • U13 - 16 week program (May 17-August 30) - $120

Wednesdays - Lynda Lane, 6:30pm
Wednesday's Youth and Junior programs have two offerings per age group: All genders (Mixed) and Girls, Non-Binary, Two-Spirited (GN2).  

  • 10 and Under GN2 - $210
  • 10 and Under Mixed - $210
  • 13 and Under GN2 - $210
  • 13 and Under Mixed - $210
  • 15 and Under GN2 - $210
  • 15 and Under Mixed - $210
  • 17 and Under GN2 - $210 + HST
  • 17 and Under Mixed - $210 + HST

Summit [OCUA's Development program], powered by Elevate

Mondays - Lynda Lane, 6:30pm

  • U13 Summit - $370
  • U17 Summit - $370 + HST

OCUA Announces New Gender Equity Initiatives for Summer 2022

OCUA is committed to advancing gender equity in our community and we are proud to share our new gender vision with membership.
OCUA Gender Equity Vision
OCUA recognizes gender as a spectrum. We are striving to achieve a membership that is reflective of our Ottawa community with an equal representation of women and men (cis and trans) as well as increased representation of trans, non-binary, and two-spirit players.

 
In support of this vision, we are announcing two new gender equity initiatives for Summer 2022 mixed gender leagues:

1. Adopting WFDF Rule B (Endzone Chooses) as the default play format for 7v7 leagues
7v7 mixed gender Ultimate has been played at OCUA with a 4O:3W on-field ratio (4 open players and 3 women players) for many years.  Inherently, this means that men and women are not afforded the same opportunity for field time. WFDF has since introduced Ratio Rules A and B as two optional mechanisms for improving gender equity on the field that allow for both 4O:3W and 3O:4W ratios to be used as follows:
  • Rule A (“prescribed ratio” rule): At the start of the game, after the first disc flip, an additional disc flip happens with the winner selecting the gender ratio for the first point. For the second and third points the ratio must be the reverse of the first point. For the fourth and fifth points the ratio must be the same as the first point. This pattern of alternating the ratio every two points repeats until the end of the game (half time has no impact on the pattern). Ref WFDF Rules A6.2

  • Rule B (“endzone decides” rule): At the start of the game, after the first disc flip, an additional disc flip happens with the winner selecting which end zone is "End zone A", with the other end zone becoming "End zone B". At the start of each point the Team that is at End zone A must choose the gender ratio. This process applies for the first half. For the second half, at the start of each point the Team that is at End zone B must choose the gender ratio. Ref WFDF Rules A6.3

​​Both of these options offer advantages and disadvantages. Rule A ensures that there will be gender-balanced play time within a game but may be difficult for some teams to fulfill without providing the flexibility and time to adjust rosters. Rule B, by contrast, provides more flexibility but does not guarantee gender equity should teams continue to opt for the traditional 4O:3W ratio.

OCUA is committed to achieving gender equity and plans to improve the recruitment and retention of women to the point that Rule A can be broadly adopted. OCUA members have expressed a desire for gender equity but also requested time to adjust their rosters. This is why OCUA has chosen to adopt Rule B for Summer 2022 as the first step of a transition plan towards Rule A in the coming years.  From Summer 2023 onwards, the percentage of league offerings using Rule A will be increased in line with what is sustainable by membership demographics.  

2. ​Introducing new gender roster categories
​Sports typically operate within a gender binary framework: women’s divisions, men’s divisions, and co-ed divisions. At OCUA, we recognize that gender is actually a spectrum. We want players with diverse genders to feel welcome and included while also ensuring a fair playing experience for all. To that end, we are pleased to announce our new gender roster categories for mixed gender leagues, which will come into effect for the Summer 2022 season: 

  • Women, Non-Binary, and Two-Spirit (WN2): may include women (cis and trans), non-binary players, and two-spirit players
  • Open, Non-Binary, and Two-Spirit (ON2): may include men (cis and trans), women (cis and trans), non-binary players, and two-spirit players

We do not distinguish between cis- and trans- for purposes of roster categories. Non-binary and two-spirit players may participate as their authentic selves, without having to conform to the man/woman binary in order to play Ultimate. Instead, women, non-binary, and two-spirit members will have the choice of joining WN2 or ON2 based on their preferred and most appropriate match-up on the field.*  

OCUA respects the gender identity of each of its members and will never require proof of gender. We trust our members and expect gender identification and preferred match-up selection to be made honestly, with Spirit of the Game in mind, and never with the intention of gaining an unfair advantage. 

* Please note: Our online registration system is currently unable to accommodate these changes, but we do not want this technological barrier to restrict positive change. We are working hard to implement these changes on time for Summer registration but ask members to please bear with us as we make these adjustments. In the meantime, we encourage teams to start adopting these terms in practice (for example, while assembling team rosters and arranging for subs).

With the introduction of these two new initiatives, OCUA will incorporate our new gender roster categories into Rule B such that WN2 replaces Women and ON2 replaces Open.

We appreciate your support in helping us make OCUA an inclusive place for people of diverse genders. We would like to especially thank captains in advance for embracing gender equity as much as possible on their teams.
 
If you have any questions about these exciting new gender equity initiatives and how they will impact you, please check out our FAQ section.  
 
Conversations about equity, diversity, and inclusion are constantly evolving. We are collectively learning and striving for better within our organization. If you have questions or concerns beyond what is captured in the FAQ document, please reach out to inclusion@ocua.ca. We would also love to hear from you if you are happy with the direction we are taking.

League Update: Positive Covid-19 Cases

OCUA prioritizes the health and safety of its members. Winter Session 1 has operated within Public Health Guidelines and with vaccination as a requirement for participation. Despite these best efforts, we are now aware of COVID19 transmission within our league in the past week.  

Seven participants in the Parity League at the East Superdome on Monday February 14th have since tested positive for COVID19 on either Friday February 18th or Saturday February 19th. One additional participant is symptomatic despite a negative test result.  These individuals participated on both Field 1 and Field 3 during both the 9:00pm and 10:15pm timeslots. Public Health Guidelines are currently defining a high-risk contact as someone who was exposed during the 48 hours prior to positive test result or symptom onset. This means that participants of the Parity League will not be identified as high-risk contacts. However, out of an abundance of caution for our membership, we will ask all Parity members who participated on Monday to not return to play in any OCUA league until Thursday February 24th. We also ask all participants to self-monitor for 10 days and inform OCUA immediate of any symptoms or a positive test result to permit further contact tracing across our other leagues. Finally, all Parity games scheduled for Monday February 21st have been cancelled.
 
Thorough contact tracing has been performed. Four of the positive cases also participated in other OCUA leagues this week. OCUA members who played on the same field and at the same time as these individuals on Wednesday and Thursday are being identified as high-risk contacts, have been notified individually, and must follow the appropriate public health guidelines. While these guidelines do not require high-risk contacts to self-isolate if vaccinated, we ask that these members not participate in any OCUA league for 5 days post exposure, and to self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days.  
 
With many members affected and unable to play in the coming week, we want to remind teams that game default fines are NOT in effect. We encourage captains to work together to enable games to continue by communicating challenges in advance and adjusting the game format if necessary.  
 
This is an evolving situation. We will continue to keep membership informed if we learn of any additional cases within our leagues. We appreciate that members reported these cases to us promptly. We also want to remind everyone to fill in the weekly health screening form and to please inform OCUA immediately of any new positive cases to facilitate our ongoing contact tracing efforts and management of this situation.  
 
We thank all our members for their continued cooperation and patience.  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to covid@ocua.ca.