Get excited Falmouth Rogue! It’s time once again to head to Amherst!
Here is our schedule for Sunday:
Game 1— 11:50am – 1:00pm Field 5 vs Sharon
Game 2— 1:10 – 2:20pm Field 6 vs Hilltown
Game 3— 2:30 -3:40pm Field 6 vs Northhampton
Directions and more information can be found here.
The official Falmouth Rogue caravan be leaving the parking lot behind the Falmouth High School on Sunday at 7:45am. If you are driving down and can offer a spot in your car to a player-in-need, please respond back to the email on the Falmouth Rogue Parents’ Group. Alternatively, if your player needs a ride down and back, similarly respond.
We should be back in Falmouth on Sunday night around 7:30pm.
Parents of Rogue players— please RSVP for this weekend so I can build our team lists.
Our tournament this weekend will be held in South Portland at the Wainright complex of fields. Note: Plan on adding an extra ten minutes to walk from the car to the fields. Wainright can be a bit of a hike, depending on which fields we’re on.
Game 1, 1:45 – 3:00: Field 3 vs. Portland 2
Game 2, 3:15 – 4:30: Field 2 vs. Cape 1
Game 2, 4:45 – 6:00: Field 3 vs. Cumberland
Game 1, 1:45 – 3:00: Field 11 vs. Cape A
Game 2, 3:15 – 4:30: Field 12 vs. South Portland
Game 2, 4:45 – 6:00: Field 13 vs. Cape B
We will be driving down to Amherst, Massachusetts on Sunday to play in the Amherst Regional Middle School Invitational Tournament. Players need to arrive at the Amherst High School, where the tournament will be held, by no later than 9:30am.
It takes about three hours to drive from the Falmouth High School, where we will gather for carpooling pick up and drop off, so we will hit the road on Sunday at 6:30am. Carpoolers should arrive at the school no later than 6:15am.
If you are a parent of a player and have not contacted Coach Shea about your plans for Sunday, please do so. Specifically, indicate whether you are driving down, how many available seats you have if so, or if your player will need a ride.
Our last game ends at 3:40pm but we will stop for ice cream in Amherst before driving back, so we’ll arrive back in Falmouth no later than 8pm on Sunday.
Our game schedule:
10:30am – 11:40am— Game One on Field 2 vs. Tropical Heliconia
11:50am – 1:00pm— Game Two on Field 2 vs. Needham
2:30pm – 3:40pm— Game Three on Field 5 vs. Shady Hill
Here are directions to the Amherst High School.
Players should pack all the things they would bring to a regular tournament as well as any money they might want to spend on snacks on the way down and/or back. The weather is calling for scattered showers on Sunday with temperatures in the low 70s, so make sure to pack for the full range of possible weather conditions. Protip— pack three pairs of socks so your players can change between games.
We are playing under the lights in Portland on Friday night from 7-9pm. Our game is being held on the turf field behind Deering High School. Please plan on arriving at the field no later than 6:45pm.
We will be playing against Gorham on Friday at 5pm. Click here for directions to the field in Gorham; here is exactly where we are playing:
Please plan on arriving in Gorham no later than 4:30pm.
On Sunday, we will be playing in the Southern Maine Invitational tournament in South Portland at the Wainright fields. Our first game is at noon with our last starting at 3:15. Our schedule for Sunday:
Game One: 12:00 noon against MECW on field 16
Game Two: 1:45pm against Cape Elizabeth on field 15
Game Three: 3:15pm against Greely 1 on field 13
If you haven’t been to Wainright before, plan on an extra ten minutes to find your way. It’s a bit of a walk from where you park the cars and though the fields will be well-labeled, it’s still a good idea to factor in a bit of extra time to find your way to the right field.
Players should plan on being ready, cleated up, and ready to warm up by 11:30am.
There will be food trucks at the fields, though players should still plan on bringing tournament snacks to tide themselves over. It’s also not a bad idea to plan your food truck visits either well before or well after the lunch time rush. Busy lines can get long.
And finally— great news! Our shirts and shorts will be delivered a week early and will be delivered to my house by 8pm tomorrow. Hopefully the UPS truck finds its way to my house before I make the drive to Gorham for the game, but at the very least, we’ll be fully kitted up and ready to rock at the tournament on Sunday.
We’re playing in our first tournament of the year this Saturday at the Cumberland Fairgrounds. The Cumberland Invite is thrown every year by our friends at Cumberland MS Ultimate and is a fun day filled with three games played back-to-back. We’re playing games against two teams from Maine Coast Waldorf as well as against Cape Elizabeth. Beyond that, there will also be teams from South Portland, Portland, Greely, and Scarborough there playing on Saturday.
Our first game is at 9am but please plan on arriving at the Fairgrounds at 8:30 to get ready and warm up. Our last game ends at 1:15am.
Here is the field layout for the fields at the Cumberland Fairgounds (map to fields):
Our schedule for Saturday is:
Game 1: 9-10:15 against Maine Coast Waldorf (1) on Field 1
Game 2: 10:30-11:45 against Cape Elizabeth (1) on Field 2
Game 3: 12:00-1:15 against Maine Coast Waldorf (2) on Field 4
Players should plan on bringing cleats, two water bottles, a disc, sunscreen, snacks for the day, and warm clothes for between games and on the sidelines. The weather looks to be nice on Saturday with cloudy, but dry skies, and temperatures in the mid 50s. Fold-up chairs or blankets are nice to sit on when cleating up.
Please be careful while crossing the racetrack onto the fields in Cumberland. If the horses are running, they have right of way 100% of the time. Always look up both ways before crossing in Cumberland.
Three games are a lot of ultimate to play in one stretch, so players should get a good night sleep on Friday night and eat a healthy breakfast on game day.
Just a reminder—we’re playing in the Southern Maine Invitational Tournament on Saturday at the Wainright fields in South Portland. Here’s a map of Wainright.
Our first game starts at 8:45am and we’ll be done by 1pm. Here is the schedule for the two teams:
4/5/6 Team: All games played on the middle strip of fields
Game 1, 8:45-10:00 vs. Cumberland 1 on field 3
Game 2, 10:15 – 11:30 vs South Portland 1 on field 4
Game 3, 11:45 – 1:00 vs Portland 1 on field 4
7/8 Team: All games played on the last strip of fields
Game 1, 8:45-10:00 vs. South Portland 2 on field 9
Game 2, 10:15 – 11:30 vs Cape Elizabeth 3 on field 8
Game 3, 11:45 – 1:00 vs TBD on field 8
Please have your players at Wainright by 8am on Saturday so that we can get organized and warmed up before our first game. Remember that it’s about a five minute walk from the car to the field.
The organizers of the tournament are bringing in a number of Food Trucks for lunch that will be rolling in just after the first game. It’s probably not a bad idea to think strategically about getting in line for the food trucks; last year there were quite a long wait for food at peak lunchtime.
From left to right: Teddy, Ash, Coach Shea, Jameson, Jake, Ayla, Julia with baby Anders on her lap, and Caitlyn, Anders’ big sister. Missing from the photo are Liam and Michael.
An intrepid band of nine FMS Ultimate players journeyed deep into the heart of Massachusetts yesterday to battle against some of the best middle school ultimate teams in New England. The sun was beating down upon their heads like so many fiery raindrops but the players pushed through it like it was a cool spring day.
In our first game we were pitted against the Four Rivers Boys team, a program with a rich 20+ year history that has reliably turned out top notch squads ever since. It was a great view of the future of our own program, though a view that was seen on the losing end of a 13-1 score. Still though, we did score one point and kept up high spirits throughout.
Our second game came against the evenly matched co-ed Ottoson team. We jumped out to an early lead that held all the way through to a 9-7 victory (our game was capped, due to time, at nine points). And our final game of the day was against another co-ed team, PVPA, a small team that had just one sub. We won our last game 13-4. Two wins, one loss on the day.
FMS Ultimate played like champs this weekend. They scored with long hucks and with short smart passes. They got wily D blocks. They ran their offensive formation and started to feel how smoothly the disc can flow around the field when everything comes together. It was great to watch.
And we can’t wait to get back next year!
Thank you to our host family the Zobels for their generosity and hospitality. Thank you to the parents who made the three hour trek down to Amherst to cheer us on. Thanks to the players for giving everything in the 88 degree heat. Thanks to Cumberland Ultimate coach Gregg Novick for giving us lots of helpful tournament beta. And thanks to Jim Pistrang, the Amherst tournament director and middle school coaching ultimate legend.