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2023 Tryouts FAQ

Updated: Sep 28

Before you register to attend tryouts for the 2023 Utah Wild professional roster, read through this information and list of frequently asked questions!

Quick Hits:

  • When:

  • Saturday November 5th, 1-6pm MT

  • Sunday November 6th, 10a-2pm MT

  • Where:

  • Saturday: McCarthey Family Track and Field (outdoors)

  • Sunday: Spence Eccles Fieldhouse (indoors)

  • Both are turf fields

  • Parking map and other information to come.

  • Who:

  • This team and tryout is open to all people who play ultimate as defenders of women, or women-matching players. This may include but is not limited to cis women, trans women, non binary people, and gender nonconforming people.

  • Players of all ages are welcome to our Saturday tryout, players must be 18 as of November 6th, 2022 in order to attend on Sunday due to field house restrictions.

  • Players must be 18 by March 1st, 2023 in order to be eligible for a roster spot.

  • Cost:

  • $35 for adults

  • $30 for students

  • $15 for youth (only Saturday attendance)

  • The cost does not include a Utah Wild pinnie, but all attendees are expected to wear a Utah Wild pinnie for the duration of tryouts.

  • If you need a Utah Wild pinnie, please add that item to your cart during the registration and check out process. For tryout attendees, the cost of a pinnie has a 75% discount applied to the standard price.

  • Purchasing a pinnie on the day of tryouts will not guarantee sizing and will cost the full market rate.

  • All people attending tryouts or pursuing a spot virtually are required to pay the fee during registration.

  • We do not want finances to be a barrier to entry for any potential tryout player, please select the "Name Your Price" ticket option during registration to choose a price that works for your budget.

  • COVID-19:

  • All people attending tryouts will be required to submit proof of a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours of arriving at tryouts (taken after 1pm MT on Thursday 11/3). The form to submit proof of a negative test will be sent out via email on November 3rd.

  • Attendees should isolate or mask in line with CDC guidelines if they have been in close contact with a positive case of COVID-19.

  • Per WUL COVID-19 guidelines, any player who accepts a roster or practice player spot with Utah Wild is required to be fully vaccinated and up to date with boosters, and must receive the omicron-specific booster (released September 2022) before signing on as a player for the Wild.

  • Players are highly encouraged to receive their vaccine and boosters in advance of tryouts, but do not need to be vaccinated in order to attend.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I have to attend both days?

  • This is a two day tryout and all players are expected to attend both days; however, it is acceptable to attend only one day if you have a religious or other legitimate exemption.

  • If you are under 18 years old as of Nov 6., you are not allowed to participate on Sunday due to field house NCAA restrictions.

  • If you cannot attend these dates, please fill out the form and indicate that you will not be attending. You will be sent a follow up email to provide additional information and reference material for the Tryout Committee in place of an in person tryout.

  • We highly encourage attending the tryouts in person when possible!

I am not local to SLC, can I stay at someone's house?

  • If you are in need of local accommodation, please reach out to info@utahwildultimate.org no later than Oct 31st, 2022 with your travel plans and we will do our best to find you a place to stay.

I live outside of Utah but don't have the financial privilege to afford a flight, is there support for this?

  • Due to a generous donation, we do have the ability to offer one, approximately $300 "scholarship" for a flight to Salt Lake City for tryouts. We will be offering this on a first come first served basis, please reach out to finances@utahwildultimate.org to express your interest in this funding. This page will be updated once the funding has run out.

  • Beyond this scholarship, we also offer a virtual tryout process for anyone who cannot make it to tryouts. Please fill out the registration form and you will be contacted in October to gather more information.

How will I know that I am being fairly assessed?

  • We have a tryout committee, led by the coaching staff, and composed of senior members of the ultimate communities that will make up the Utah Wild: Utah, Idaho, and Montana.

  • If you have a bad day, ideally at least one person on the committee will know more about you as a player and be able to speak to your strengths and weaknesses beyond the single tryout.

  • The committee will be making an effort to seek out more information on players that are unknown to them if any exist.

  • We are considering parts of your tryout interest form in your tryout assessment so please fill out the form thoroughly.

  • If you have any edits to your tryout interest form, please email us and we will add them, please do not fill out the form multiple times.

I am injured, can I still try out?

  • You are still encouraged to register and will be considered for a spot based on your projected recovery. We prioritize a safe return to play and do not want anyone to sacrifice recovery timelines for tryout attendance.

Are spectators allowed?

  • Spectators will be allowed both days under the following conditions:

  • It is encouraged that if they are able, each spectator contributes a $5 donation per day to observe and learn from the athletes and coaches at tryouts.

  • Spectators are not allowed to socialize with players who are trying out throughout the duration of tryouts (1-6p Sat, 10a-2p Sun)

  • Exceptions: Parents of players under 18, or co-parents and children of players at tryouts are not expected to donate and may interact with their family member as needed.

What are you looking for in a Utah Wild player?

  • Someone that values promoting ultimate for people of all genders and the progressive mission of the Wild and WUL.

  • People who are committed. Given the limited nature of the season (3-4 practice weekends, limited games), we need people that will prioritize attendance at these events.

  • Flexible and experienced players - there won't be a lot of time to build chemistry. Players who can work within many systems and are easily coachable are desirable.

Do you offer feedback from tryouts?

  • Our tryout committee will have many people to watch and evaluate over the weekend. They have been encouraged to take notes in order to provide feedback but we cannot guarantee that every person will have detailed feedback provided to them. If you are interested in feedback after the tryout feel free to reach out to info@utahwildultimate.org and we will do our best to gather feedback from the committee.

2023 Season Expectations

What does it look like to be offered a spot on the 2023 Utah Wild?

Given that tryouts are earlier than past years, we have limited information on the 2023 WUL game schedule and format. Below are the expectations as we currently know them, this page will be updated as we learn more.

  • We currently anticipate rostering fewer players than in 2022, but increasing the size and scope of our practice player squad. Exact numbers will be based on the skill exhibited at tryouts and the final tryout pool.

  • This will mean roster players can expect to play in most/every game, and practice players can expect to attend team practice weekends to get full field reps and more dedicated coaching.

  • Our season will run from November to the end of May, and will consist of the following events (subject to change). All players, both in-state and out-of-state, will be held to the same expectations.

  • Virtual team kick-off meeting in November

  • Virtual team information sessions in December: will cover more in depth player expectations, early teaching and strategy sessions, and more.

  • 3-4 team practice weekends in January and February

  • Planning on every 2-3 weekends, hopefully one in Boise, more details to come as field space is confirmed.

  • Regional pod practices every week

  • 3 home games in SLC, UT and 3 away games from March - May

  • Subject to change with WUL scheduling

  • Home game weekends will also have practices, clinics, or other events that will be required - expect to be in SLC for the majority of those weekend(s)

  • (If we qualify) WUL Championship Weekend in May

  • Off-field:

  • Fitness and lifting workouts outside of practice.

  • Learning team playbook and WUL rules

  • Participation in community outreach events such as fundraisers, clinics, volunteering, etc.

  • Participation in WUL Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training modules

  • Practice Player Expectations:

  • Expected to attend all (or close to all) regional pod practices and team practice weekends

  • Practice players will not have the opportunity to be pulled up to a roster spot unless there are season ending injuries or other circumstances that open up roster spots.

  • Limited financial compensation for travel to practice weekends

  • Pending the confirmation of a WUL jersey sponsorship deal, we aim to provide practice players a full kit at no cost. While that is not guaranteed at this time, at the least they will be able to purchase a Wild jersey with name and number at the wholesale rate instead of the retail cost.

  • Will be featured on Wild social media

  • They are allowed to be on the sideline of any Wild game with the team, although no travel reimbursement will be provided should they choose to travel and they must comply with all WUL COVID-19 restrictions at the time of each game

  • Cost of the Season

  • The goal of the Wild is cover as many costs as possible for players. Each rostered player will receive the following financial accommodations:

  • A $25 baseline salary for the season + compensation for each game played + a portion of home game ticket sales

  • All hotels and housing accommodations covered

  • All rental car and gas reimbursement covered for out of state travel

  • Minimum 50% of flight costs reimbursed/covered, ideally 100%

  • All jerseys (light, dark, shorts) covered

  • There will be no team dues

  • We do not want finances to be a barrier to entry! Please let us know if you feel limited by the financial burden of playing or trying out and we can make accommodations!


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