Tryout dates for the 2017-2018 season are Monday (Sept. 18th), Thursday (Sept 21st), Monday (Sept 25th), and Thursday (Sept 28th) at Elbel Field. Be sure to bring cleats, water, a dark shirt and a light shirt, your Mcard, and a $20 tryout fee which will get you a disc and four guaranteed tryouts. No experience is necessary to tryout.
Fill out the form below if you are interested in tryouts for MagnUM and Reserve. We will communicate with you via the UMich email (uniqname) that you supply.
Q. What can I do to get ready for tryouts?
A. The most important things to do if you want to be on MagnUM are to get fit and throw. In tryouts, we mainly look for good athletes who are willing to learn, and show progress during tryouts. Throwing is important, but it will not get you on the team by itself.
Get playing experience. Play pick-up ultimate, find a summer league in your area, or contact a nearby high school team if it is not offered at your school and practice with them. If there are no options for ultimate in your area, focus on getting in shape with sprinting and lifting. Long distance running tends to translate less to ultimate than short distance speed. If you’re feeling really motivated, you can attend the National Ultimate Training Camp. It’s a week-long summer camp in Amherst, Massachusetts that’s intended to teach high schoolers to play ultimate. It’s a ton of fun, and you will learn a lot.
Q. What equipment is needed?
A. A (really awesome) disc is included with your dues in the Fall. You should come to tryouts dressed to run around, and wearing cleats. Soccer, football, and lacrosse cleats work. Metal cleats are not allowed. Also, be sure to bring your MCard, otherwise you will not be allowed to tryout.
Q. What if I can’t make it to tryouts?
A. We take commitment to the team very seriously. However, we do understand that you have other things going on. The most important thing is that you communicate with the captains and coaches.
Q. What if I’m trying out for another sport?
A. If Ultimate is your second choice, we understand. Let us know that you plan on trying out for our team only if you do not make the other team you are trying out for. Again, communication is key.
Q. Do you have a B team?
A. We have a “developmental team” comprised of mostly freshmen and sophomores, augmented with some experienced players who are willing to provide leadership. The Dev. Team – known as Reserve – is intended to teach new players the fundamentals necessary for future competition with MagnUM.
The coaches of Reserve expect the same amount of commitment to the program and team as the coaches of MagnUM. The only differences are that you will not play the same competition or travel as far.
Q. How many players are taken for each team?
A. Final rosters are made in October. Historically, MagnUM has had 30 players and Reserve has had 30-35 players after final cuts are made.