Many people outside of California may not know much about UCSB. For one, Santa Barbara is a relatively small city in Southern California, much smaller than LA and San Diego. Despite not being the most well-known university, our ultimate team has a rich history and our current team is trending in an exciting direction! The Burning Skirts are one of the oldest and most successful college ultimate teams in the U.S. The team was founded in 1985 and in those 34 seasons has had 13 nationals appearances, made it to 8 national championship games, and has won 4 college national championships in 1988, 1990, 1991, and 2011. More recently in the 2020 season, the team was on track to receive its third consecutive berth to college nationals after attending both 2018 and 2019 championships.
Even more important than our recent on-field success, is how we got here. In 2016, our team came together and recommitted to a few important goals:
Creating an inclusive, positive culture - we wanted to make sure that we were creating a welcoming environment for younger players to learn and develop their skills. Our team has grown consistently each year since then and we are currently in the process of establishing a developmental team due to the size of our program. We’re also a tight-knit group and make friendship a priority.
Focusing on the process rather than the outcomes - we also realized that our best chance to remain competitive was to take a process-based approach to individual development that emphasizes positive feedback and continual learning opportunities. We strongly believe that college ultimate is an opportunity for individual players to improve their skills and, when we all do this together, we can play at an even higher level on the field.
There’s a lot more to know about our team and about UCSB, so feel free to reach out to us through any of the listed platforms. We would love to connect with you and answer any questions that you may have. Our community is always growing and the support surrounding our team is immeasurable. We’d love to give more insight into the Skirts Family and we hope to see you soon!