Oakland Ultimate, founded in Fall 2017 by Valerio Iani, international coach and former Youth and Education Director at Bay Area Disc Association, debuted with two U15 teams at the snowy USAU Western Championships where they finished 3rd but won the Spirit Award. Since then, over 150 players have participated in OAK’s programs. OAK Sparks held tryouts in the winter, developing a core of middle school talents. With round two in May we added several high school players. OAK Sparks’ 22 players hail from 16 local schools. Our coaching staff features former YCC and college stars Jeremy Dolezal-Ng, Michael Peng and Cameron Beck. In this building year we expect tough competition and we’ve worked like pros: twice weekly practices with a full practice team pushing us hard, speed classes, video game analysis, a training program and tournaments in three states (Wash., Calif. and Utah). Our team (average age 14.7) aims to learn to perform under pressure and earn respect for the quality of our California style play.