2019 Disc-giveaway!

We believe that every kid should know how to play ultimate and that each needs their own discs, so every year in Falmouth, we spend a couple of months teaching all the 5th graders in town how to play ultimate in their gym classes and give each of them their own disc. This year we decided to have some fun with our design and had team artist John Rioux form up the Falmouth Rogue squad!

close up discs

We printed up 200 discs in all to give out, as there are around 180 or so 5th graders in town, leaving us enough leftovers to re-stock the gym teachers’ supplies. Here’s the boxes on stage during a class:

discs up on stage

Lots of discs!

boxed up discs

Big big thanks to everyone at Discraft for their fantastic service and fair pricing.

And HUGE thanks to the Welch and Wissink families for helping to pay for some of the discs!

Roll Falmouth!

2019 Falmouth Rogue College Scholarship goes to Caitlyn Hanley!

2019 Rogue Scholarship presentation cropped

Caitlyn Hanely has been awarded the first Falmouth Rogue College Scholarship!

I took over the Falmouth middle school ultimate program in its second year of existence back in 2014, inheriting a small team of players that included a very excited and serious 7th grader named Caitlyn. In her two years as a middle school player, Caitlyn became a team leader and a fantastic player, something she continued excelling at when she joined the high school team. This year was Caitlyn’s final year of high school and she’ll be going off to college up at Bates, where she’ll also play on their ultimate team.

Caitlyn is the perfect first winner of the Falmouth Rogue College Scholarship, which I was very happy to award her this week during the high school team banquet. The $200 scholarship is admittedly on the smaller side, but should help at least pay for some books.

Congratulations Caityln! We can’t wait to share highlight videos of you playing for Bates.

Intramural starts this week!

Intramural starts tomorrow!

This week we head outside to play on the grass, as our travel team, Falmouth Rogue, also starts up its regular season.

Intramural will run Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7:30pm.
Travel team will play or practice Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, in addition to Intramural days. Travel team practices are longer and run 6-8pm.

Both teams practice and play on the grass fields behind the Falmouth High School. Registration for Rogue, the travel team, is closed, but kids can still sign up for Intramural.

Our new jersey design! 2019’s uniform kit sticks to the jungle

rogue jersey 2019 full sized

It’s a new year, and in Rogue country, that means it’s time for a new uniform design! We use our uniforms every year to not only differentiate ourselves on the field from our opponents, but to also tell the story of our team. Being the new sport in a town where the school mascot is the Yachtsmen, we adopted the name Falmouth Rogue back in 2016, the first year we ventured out and printed full sublimation jerseys, a type of printing that allows us to use every part of the shirt for our design.

In that first year’s shirt, we see a vicious sea monster fighting against the valiant Rogue ship and its hook-handed pirate captain. The next year, 2017, having seen the Rogue light, that sea monster has joined with the captain and the Rogue ship to take on a new foe- the giant crab. In 2018, the crab joined up Rogue similarly and the whole crew was fighting on the jungle beaches against a beautiful tropical bird.

This year, you guessed it- the bird has joined Rogue! Now our expanded cast of Rogue characters- the pirate, the Rogue ship, the tropical bird, the giant crab, and the octopus sea monster are facing off against a powerful jungle cat on the banks of a piranha-infested river. Yikes!

This year is the second year our uniforms have featured a female character, reflecting our co-ed team, making the overall gender balance of the Rogue pantheon at two girls- the tropical bird and jungle cat, and three boys- the captain, the crab, and the octopus, leaving next year’s anticipated female character to balance things out. Oh, and the non-gendered Rogue ship!

Next year will be the last year we add a new character. After that, we’ll have the Rogue ship, the captain, and a line of five players- the octopus, the crab, the tropical bird, the jungle cat, and next year’s female character. At that point, having established all of our Rogue characters, we’ll make some kind of interesting visual style change- that will be in the 2021 season.

HUGE thanks to illustrator John Rioux, who is a former Falmouth student now going to school in Boston who stepped in to draw this year’s shirt. We’ve been lucky to have fellow former Falmouth student Joey Han (and a member of the very first FMS ultimate team back in 2013) draw our shirts, but Joey was particularly swamped at college this year and handed over the illustration reigns to his friend John. Thanks for the fantastic recommendation Joey!

We’ll have uniforms back from the printer later in May! Roll Falmouth Rogue!

evolution of fms ultimate gear 2019

Pre-season events- open gym, parents/players meeting

The 2019 season is set to begin! We’re just a few weeks out from the start of our pre-season sessions. There are a few upcoming dates that I want you to know about.

• Thursday, March 14, 3:30-4:30, Falmouth Rogue Info Session, FMS Small Gym
I’ll be there to throw the disc around and to answer any questions from players interested in playing on the travel team.

• Thursday, March 21st, 3:30-4:30, Falmouth Rogue Info Session for Girls, FMS Small Gym
Some of the high school girls ultimate players will be coming out to throw the disc around and talk about ultimate. Coaches will be there as well to answer any questions about the program.

• Thursday, March 21st, 6-7pm, Parents/Players Kickoff Meeting, Mason Motz Activity Center, Middle Road
We’ll be holding our annual parents and players meeting at the Mason Motz Activity Center, instead of the library as we always have, due to library renovations. Come out to meet the coaches and to hear all the details you need to know about the upcoming season. I will also have uniform samples of all sizes for anyone wanting to verify sizes. If you need to change sizes and have already registered- no worries- just let me know about the size change after the meeting.

• Tuesday, April 2nd, 3:30-5pm, First Pre-Season practice, FMS Gyms
We kick off the season on April 2nd! Our preseason schedule will have us practicing on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:30-5pm in the FMS gyms. We’ll be scheduling a few random extra practices, to-be-announced soon, but until we get outside on the grass, Tuesdays and Fridays are our regular days. I’m going to be encouraging players to get out and jog on at least one other day throughout pre-season.

Once we get outside in May, we’ll be moving to our five-day-a-week schedule, with the travel kids playing two days a week with intramural and then three days as a travel team.