Who We Are
We are a student-led Ultimate Frisbee club at the University of Washington. The foundation of the sport is reflected in our team's values of respect, personal accountability, and hard work. Every time we step onto the field we strive to encompass these values as a team. We practice 3 days a week, in rain, wind, and heat, to play our best and represent UW at tournaments.
Element competes nationally and has made 10 College National Championship appearances, winning gold in 2012 and finishing third in 2014. Big Bang competes locally against a variety of opponents within the region and practices, develops, and grows alongside Element.
Element players cover the cost for plane tickets on their own, which amounts to:
(Stanford Invite ~$300 + Presidents Day Invite ~$400 + Nationals ~$500) x 22 (teammates + coaches) = $26,400
UW Women's Ultimate Frisbee Objectives
Grow Community Oriented Players:
- We partner with All Girl Everything Ultimate Program in the fall and host tours of UW as well as a combined practice. We hope to encourage these middle and high school aged young women to create connections and inspire them to continue playing in their future.
- In early spring we invite high school students around the area interested in experiencing what it's like to go to college for a day. Our guests shadow our players during the day for classes and then join us for a practice.
- In late spring, we reach out to the younger community and host UpDawg, a co-ed tournament for middle school students, where spirited play and friendly competition is exhibited amongst the young players.
Compete With Teams Around the Nation:
- We love playing teams from around the nation and having Spirit Circles after the games with our opponents!
- Here's a what a traditional Spirit Circle at the end of a game looks like (UW Element and Dartmouth in North Carolina, photo courtesy of UltiPhotos)
Outreach into the UW Community:
- Our team is full of diversity with students from CHID, STEM majors, design majors, as well as grad students in Public Health and Med School.
- We want to make sure everyone who wants to play, or is curious about the game, knows about UW Women's Ultimate
- Element qualified for Nationals by competing in one of the most competitive regions, playing for 1 of the 5 Northwest Region bids.
- Raised awareness and opened a discussion about HB2 "Bathroom Bill" within our team and among other teams at Nationals in North Carolina.
- We surpassed our fundraising goal thanks to friends, family, teammates, classmates, professors, employers, coworkers and many others, THANK YOU AGAIN!
- 2016 highlight reel edited by one of our teammates Eddie Chan: