Club 2021 FAQ

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While we are pursuing our goals off the field right now, we are committed to competing again when safe. This May our focus is on fitness, service, and safe shared experiences, to keep meeting our mission, and create the foundation for potentially returning to play together. We are not planning any in-person practices or tryouts until June at the earliest, but interested players should email NOW to get involved and stay in touch.

AMP exists to support teammates’ growth, power, and creativity, compete against the country’s best club teams and contribute to the city we represent. There is still uncertainty about what’s ahead; whatever form this season takes, we’re confident these goals will create the best experience for our community, lead AMP to contend for championships, and showcase the best ultimate athletes in Philadelphia.

We are coordinating with other Philadelphia-area club teams on shared safety standards and tryout schedules, so that interested players are able to consider all opportunities and find the team that best fits their interests and goals.

Beating the pandemic means seeing covid vaccines reach all of our neighbors – in hardest hit areas especially – to reduce transmission. We are looking for local case rates to persistently decline and test rate positivity move below 5%.

It depends when we start; we’d love to begin tryout practices in June, and will keep in touch about our expectations. AMP is not planning any “plane travel” tournaments during the summer, right now, but we’re optimistic about creating competition close to home before potentially joining the fall club championship series, if safe.

In the past, AMP has practiced on Saturday mornings in Wynnewood or Havertown, with one double Saturday/Sunday practice weekend each month and one weekend off + weekly Wednesday evening scrimmages. Field availability is challenging right now, so all 2021 practice plans are TBD right now. It is very likely we will have some weekday evening activity that may conflict with summer league play; we do try to schedule around pro ultimate practice commitments.

Our biggest goal will be balance – if it’s safe to play ultimate, it will be safe to enjoy other things we’ve missed over the last year – we want ultimate commitments to complement other summer activities, including participation in PUL and AUDL ultimate leagues.

Absolutely. We’re eager to start safe meetups again – appreciate people posting their plans (ultimate or otherwise) and sharing activities to motivate teammates! If you’re hosting a meetup, ask others about their safety expectations, share your own, and adapt to help teammates feel comfortable.

NO. We are not assessing anyone for the roster right now, attending GroupMe events is not required, and we do not want to pressure anyone to participate – stick with the activities and boundaries you are comfortable with.

Service and social opportunities, to contribute to the community we represent, and share experiences and build relationships with old and new teammates + a fresh fitness program, to ensure teammates can return to competition without fearing injury. 

If it is safe to begin tryouts, our goal will be to create a roster that fits together in complementary roles and enjoys improving. We seek teammates who contribute positively and consistently in the areas below, show dynamism moving between roles based on match-ups, and the ability to raise the level of the team earning take-aways, breaking the mark, throwing and receiving deep:

Personality – contribute to create an environment that makes the team rewarding, communicate with teammates productively so we grow together and respond to challenges as a group.

Emotional strength – respond positively to setbacks and uncertainty, play with composure under pressure.

Fitness – take responsibility for preparation habits and encourage others; play with confidence, speed, and strength.

Tactics – ability to adapt and apply different strategies, accept coaching and facilitate teammates’ strengths.

Technique – decisive cutting, consistent throwing, catching, and defense – play fair, safe, and avoid fouls.

Respect and trust – toward opponents and teammates – compete with and support their improvement, be on-time and prepared for team events and follow safety guidelines, review video and focus on specific skills and strategies as needed.

Inclusion – grow the community around the team, value teammates’ perspective and power, and contribute to the community we represent.

Bread & Roses Solidarity Fund for COVID-19 Organizing

Proceeds from AMP’s 2020 team store sales benefitted the Bread & Roses Solidarity Fund for COVID-19 Organizing and we want to encourage others to learn about and invest with the organization!

Bread & Roses believes “that the people in the best position to create real change are those who are most affected by injustice and inequality,” and their COVID fund was created with the intent that “only through organizing can we work effectively for a just and humane response from governments, corporations, and other institutions.”

Follow @breadrosesfund and visit

Photo credit: Hanbit Kwon and Bread & Roses

Black Lives Matter

Along with the rest of the nation, we grieve the unjust police killing of George Floyd, and we are determined to resist the structural racism that plagues our communities. We believe that the corruption and racism embedded in our policing, criminal justice, and economic systems are the root cause of these issues. We are especially saddened by the violence and oppression occurring in our own community, where the police have escalated conflict with peaceful demonstrators.

AMP recognizes the privilege inherent with our majority white team, and we seek to better understand how we can best support our community, as well as how we can change and grow to be better allies in the future.

The work of Black Lives Matter Philadelphia is especially vital – organizing protests and providing a communication hub for the community. Alongside Philly Womxn Club, AMP matched community members’ donations to Black Lives Matter Philadelphia; team and community contributions totaled $10,530. Continue to donate along with us at

United States National Team

Philadelphia was well represented at tryouts for the 2020 WJUC and WUGC national teams. Current and former AMP teammates Anna Thompson, Carolyn Normile, Linda Morse, Michael Ing, Nicky Spiva, and Raha Mozaffari were honored with selections to the 2020 Team USA rosters.

AMP 2019’s Michael Ing, Danielle Walsh, Sean Mott, Raha Mozaffari, Linda Morse, and Natalie Bova joined Casey Gorman, Billy Sickles, Carolyn Normile, and Nicky Spiva, representing Philadelphia at the 2020 WUGC east coast tryouts.
Anna Thompson and Patrick Sherlock at the 2020 WUGC west coast tryouts.

2019 Team Awards

Congrats to AMP’s 2019 flamingo winners – Malti McKinnon, Sean Mott, Paul Owens, Luke Ryan, Jake Butrica, Natalie Bova and Bethany Eldridge.

AMP’s 2019 Breakout Player of the Year was Malti McKinnon. After a strong rookie season in 2018, Malti worked to raise her game throughout the off-season and then dominated across the summer with athletic skies and clutch blocks – most notably on universe point in semi-finals. Teammates complimented Malti’s “drive to improve, competitiveness, defensive technique, positioning and finishes” as well as the challenge she posed to every matchup when attacking on offense.
AMP relies on our newest teammates to raise the group’s level with their talent and personality each season. Paul Owens, 2019 Rookie of the Year, gained notice for his clutch plays, but was most impactful constantly supporting, encouraging, competing with and celebrating his teammates each practice and scrimmage. Teammates complimented his reliable, creative, dynamic and explosive play on the field, as well as his “team attitude, ambition, humility and composure” helping AMP thrive in big moments.
Sean Mott received AMP’s 2019 Leadership Award. Mott’s explosive catches, creative throws and clutch playmaking under pressure are matched by his equally essential strength making plays that organize the field and make success possible for the rest of the line. His constant accountability, thoughtful contributions to strategy, and advice and encouragement for teammates allowed the team to compete, and grow, each point, game and tournament of the season.
Our female Teammate of the Year, Bethany Eldridge, owned an influential reserve role as a cutter and defender and impacted our season immeasurably with her leadership. Always thoughtful, intentional and pro-active, Bethany’s perspective focused teammates on communicating with, caring for and celebrating each other as productively as possible, and her work ethic, dedication to growth, blocks, layouts and throws epitomized the ambition, skill and style that’s made AMP successful.
AMP’s male Teammate of the Year stood out from the first tryout of the season. Jake’s effort, preparation and skill set the standard for our play on the field while his joy, enthusiasm and affection for team and teammates raised every player off the field. Jake grew his game throughout the year and played with confidence, delivering exactly what AMP needed in every situation – hucks, breaks, fakes, takeaways, cowboy calls and distinct dance moves.
Our Team Award honoree for 2019 was Luke Ryan. An essential play-maker on the field and hype man off the field, Luke makes a difference as a cutter, defender and leader sharing his passion, energy, insight and advice to advance everyone else’s game. Teammates noted his rehab from injury, earnestness competing, aggressiveness attacking on O and reckless disregard for his body while seeking Ds as keys to the season.
Natalie Bova was AMP 2019’s MVP – her relentless play, personality and leadership influenced every game and each teammate across the season. Teammates noted her ability to compete fearlessly and show her talent while taking on nearly every role on the field, as well as her energy and effort on the sideline. Natalie’s attitude and athleticism made an impact through practices, workouts, hangouts, conversations, celebrations and big plays – fittingly she caught the winning goal, twice, that finished AMP’s 2019 championship season.