CUC 2017 Elections

Connecticut Ultimate Club 2017 Elections


The elections period will run from August 26 to September 5. If you participated in any Ultimate league run by the Connecticut Ultimate Club in the past year, you should recieve a personal email invitation to with a link that will allow you to vote for the candidates of your choice.

Per the bylaws of Connecticut Ultimate Club, Inc., club members vote on the board of directors.  The current composition of the board is 9 members, each serving a two year term.  Elections alternate each year between 5 and 4 open positions.  In 2017, there are 4 open positions and 6 candidates are running for these positions.  Votes may be made online here or in person at the CUC Annual Meeting on September 5th.

The candidates and their personal statements are below:

James Sweney

Below are their personal statements:

Jenny Gobin

I am running for the board because I want to continue to use this platform to advance ultimate within the state. I have helped run the East Windsor Indoor league, summer league, and coached the YCC Mixed team that Connecticut sent for the first time to the YCC Championships. I am passionate about the sport, as a player (UConn, Baywatch, and now Brute Squad - in addition to countless CUC leagues) and would love to focus on increasing women's and girl's participation in our leagues in years to come. I think a board position has allowed me to do that, and I hope to continue to do so.
I would appreciate your vote so that I can continue to give back to the CT ultimate community that has given me so much.

Tim Helmecki

Hey all. Over the past two years, I've had the opportunity to be on the board, working to grow the sport of Ultimate in Connecticut. I hope to be reelected to keep up the work begun and to also explore new opportunities to communicate more widely the accomplishments of the board and the CT Ultimate community. 



Bryce Nakaoka

Hello, my name is Bryce Nakaoka and I am running for a CUC Board of Directors position. For those of you that don’t know who I am based on my strange last name, I’m that short guy that is always seen on the field with a red UNLV hat and runs around like a chicken that’s been Louis and Marie’d. I first started playing Ultimate in 2013 and have since been allowed to participate in as many CUC leagues as I can drive to. I have since become the organizer/coordinator/Facebook group admin/email list emailer of Groton Pickup (there’s pickup in Groton?!??!?! also, where’s Groton?) and have helped organize CUC’s North Branford Winter League in addition to the short lived Montville league, RIP.

As for why I’m asking for your vote, I would like to be able to contribute in a meaningful way to an organization that I love being a part of. While my talents and abilities are limited to feeding my face, writing horrible jokes in emails, and blowing through a 20ft long pipe for a living (refer to picture) I know my enthusiasm and work ethic can help CUC.

So when you go to the polling stations in November, remember: A vote for Bryce is a vote for . . . . rice I guess.


Holland Florian

My name is Holland Florian and I've been involved with the CUC for the past 6 years. I have captained Summer League teams 4 of those years and have built relationships with a large number of individuals in the ultimate community. I would like to be considered for a board member position to help continue to build the youth programs in Connecticut and strengthen player development as the sport continues to grow in our state.

Teddy Straub

Hi Friends!
My name is Teddy Straub. I have been a member of CUC for almost 4 years, and have played at the club level for 3 years. I have captained  Nautilus, a mixed club team based in CT for the last 2 years. I also started the Eastern Connecticut State University Ultimate Club my freshman year of college in the Fall of '09.
My passion for ultimate is mostly for the people that play, the exercise is just a plus! I firmly believe that playing sports can help bring people together and this is why I am running for the board of directors for CUC, I want to help the people. This can range anywhere from helping them learn the sport I've grown to love or by helping incorporate new faces, and expand the sport. In short I hope to make CUC great again! 
I also like longs walks on the beach... If only there was a board of directors for that...

James Sweney

I started my ultimate career back in 2010 when I just a freshman back in high school. My school consisted of 80 kids and didn’t have that many clubs to begin with. One day I happened to receive a Whamo disc with the 10 basic rules of Ultimate on the back. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but from that day forward, I never looked back. About a week later me and my best friend decide to create the UFC club (Ultimate Frisbee Club) at my school based off of these rules on the back of the package from where the disc came from. Flash forward to the summer of 2013 where I had nothing to do but hang around my house all day. I went on my computer and without thinking I looked up ultimate leagues that I could get into. And that is where I found SCUFL or better known as South Eastern Connecticut Ultimate League. I wanted to learn more and understand more deeply about this new sport that I discovered because I knew in the back of my mind that there was a great deal more too ultimate that I didn’t know. This was the first year I started playing competitively. I signed up for North Branford in 2014 and then in the same year during the summer I joined CUC summer like and I was a first year captain, probably wasn’t the smartest idea but I gained so much knowledge in doing so. During the summer I went to Amherst College to participate in Tina Booth’s NUTC where I won a scholarship from Breakmark Ultimate. I was blessed with the opportunity to be trained and coached by some of the best Ultimate players in North America. At the end of the summer I headed off to Maine where I went to college. I didn’t play much up there but went to a few pickup games and played with the club team called Red Tide a couple times.
During my time in Maine, I successfully completed and obtained my Tournament Directors certification for Ultimate and Coaching Certification as well. During this time, I also became a lifetime member for USA Ultimate. Since my college had no team, I decide to start one up as a club where people can learn how to throw and learn the basic knowledge and fundamentals. At first it was mostly males that signed up but as time went on, I reached out to a couple of my friends that were females because I wanted more females to be on the club team to have it a co-ed based team. This is where I firmly believe I want to take the direction towards if I am chosen to be on the board of directors. I’d like to see opportunities where females have a place and a sport to go too where they feel comfortable and welcomed. In the long run, I would also like to establish a scholarship for high school players where we can help out in some way on the process and transition from a high school athlete to a college athlete. I’d also like to work with clinics and workshops and bring them into CT where females of all ages across CT can come together to learn and experience what Ultimate is all about. I would work with GUM and all of its workers to make Connecticut the best state for females to go and learn about the amazing sport called Ultimate!!