Team Manitoba is MODS' most elite program for developing youth in the sport of ultimate.
Gender specific teams are made each May through the process of tryouts. Once assigned to a team, athletes will train several times per week on the field. Throughout the season they'll learn the game, and improve on skills, team work, and spirit of the game while working towards a National Junior Title at the Canadian Ultimate Championships to finish the season.
Play is broken into LTAD stages and our overall philosophy towards development. Parents and athletes should have clear expectations around the program goals.
Each summer MODS hires top athletes, leaders, and trainers to coach our Team Manitoba program. All MODS Team Manitoba coaches work through the National Coaching Certification Program and attend developmental events throughout the year. They also give back by coaching the middle school, high school, or MODS youth programs. All coaches provide a criminal record check and child safety check through Winnipeg Police.
*times and location are subject to change
June 2, 6 p.m. at Sport Manitoba
Saturday, June 22
Location: IJL Ultimate Park, Winnipeg
Travel Plans: NONE
Event Information: This is a 5-on-5 single-day tournament. All teams should play 5 or 6 games in the morning and afternoon
Hotel: TBA in May
Travel Plans: All athletes are included in the bus plans to Saskatchewan as part of their summer fees. This includes their bus rides to the hotel from Winnipeg and home as well as all shuttle services at the event. Parents are welcome to shuttle with the teams at the event if there is space. Seats will be offered to chaperones on the bus and any extra seats will be offered for sale.
Departure: Friday morning Walmart parking lot on Taylor Avenue (Location and Time Subject to Change)
Return: Sunday evening at Walmart parkking lot on Taylor Avenue (Location and Time Subject to Change)
Event Information: This will be a simple tournament for most teams and a series of exhibition games and clinics for Spitfire. MOFO's, Red River Rebellion and Manitou will play against other junior teams if available and also against adult touring teams.
Event Website Link: None for this event is planned at this time.
Sunday, Aug. 11 – Wednesday, Aug. 14
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Hotel: TBA in June (Ultimate Canada Decision)
Travel Plans: All athletes are included in the bus plans to Edmonton as part of their summer fees. This includes their bus rides to the hotel from Winnipeg and home as well as all shuttle services at the event. Parents are welcome to shuttle with the teams at the event if there is space. Seats will be offered to chaperones on the bus and any extra seats will be offered for sale.
Departure: Saturday August 10th 2pm from Walmart parking lot on Taylor Avenue (Location and Time Subject to Change)
Return: Thursday August 15th 3pm at Walmart parkking lot on Taylor Avenue (Location and Time Subject to Change)
Event Information: Teams take part in opening ceremonies on Sunday evening and then play matches Monday and Tuesday morning and afternoon. Wednesday is purely a playoff day and schedules are based on the previous days outcomes. Finals for both genders are Wednesday evening and live streamed for those back in home cities wishing to follow along. Teams will return and begin the busride home following the finals and meals on Wednesday.
Event Website Link: TBA in June (Ultimate Canada Decision)
MODS currently offers two girls teams and three boys teams each summer, and we welcome opportunities to build more.
Masters Of Flying Objects (MOFO) Boys and Girls Teams - These are the eldest and top teams in our program, showcasing athletes with the most experience and athleticism. These teams are about teaching our elite youth to experience competition and the pursuit of success and winning. Following the Long Term Athlete Periodization model (LTAD) these teams train under the "Learn to Win" development model and push very hard to increase their gameplay while pushing for podium finishes each summer at Nationals.
Both teams are annual contenders for the National Championships and coaches will empower and play their roster based on their perception of how to best position the team to win. Training is highly tactical compared to the Spitfire program and playing time is not guaranteed for any athlete. All athletes are guaranteed the chance to develop equally through practice, however gameplay time will vary.
Manitou Boys and Red River Rebellion Girls Teams - These are our teams which represent a little less experience, ability or athleticism. When watching this team you can usually see several younger players on the team, bringing their average age down from the MOFO program. MODS has geared their training to reflect their physical literacy and development, following the LTAD model these teams train under the "Train to Compete" development model and push very hard to increase their skill set before mastering team and gameplay. The goal of these two teams is to learn, have fun and push for a playoff appearance or semifinal birth at the CUC championships each year. While we see an increase in focus on tactical play and results, all athletes will compete in all events and at nationals. Playing time may be weighted based on ability, however everyone is still included in all games and growth is still a goal along with learning about the competitve aspect of the game.
Spitfire Boys Team - Is the youngest team in the program and the entry point for those young boys looking to get sport specific training in Ultimate. This team will average 14 years old (compared to the 17 or 18-year-old average of MOFO), and sometimes will have players as young as 12 or 13 on the team. The goal of this program is to follow the "Train to Play" model of LTAD which works to ensure that the athlete's first experience is positive in terms of fun and mental engagement while also teaching a high amount of fundamentals and introductions to standard and elite team play.
The team has an equal 50/50 playing time philosophy for the year. This team plays in all the same tournaments as the older teams to learn about the scheduling and training elements that are required through their committment over the 3 month training window. At nationals the team competes in the second division to ensure a better experience playing against teams closer to their skill and experience level. Parents should not expect this team to be playing to win games at Nationals or throughout the season. The goals of this team are to develop skill, learn the competition model and create a base framework of skill and athletic ability that can be expanded on over the next 4-5 years through the program.
Complete the following forms and submit to MODS Business and Sport Development Director.