• Is FMS Ultimate an official school sport?
Nope. We are an independent team operating under the umbrella of Maine Ultimate, a local non-profit that is dedicated to fostering competitive youth ultimate frisbee. We have a great relationship with the middle school and elementary school gym teachers and will have, by the end of the 2017 season, taught the 4th-9th grades how to play ultimate in their gym classes, but we have no formal relationship with the disctrict.
• Does FMS Ultimate have any affiliation with the Falmouth Rec. Program?
No. Again, we’re big fans of the Falmouth Rec. Program and appreciate everything they do to help us secure field space and time, but we have no affiliation with them.
• Who can play on the FMS Ultimate team?
Any student living in Falmouth who is in the 4th through 8th grade.
• Who are the coaches?
Head coach Shea Gunther has managed FMS Ultimate for two season prior to 2016. He is a USA Ultimate Level 1 Certified Coach and is a long time ultimate player. Having played at the college, club, and social level, Shea has a deep love of the game and a drive to help build the future of the sport.
This year Shea will be helped out by assistant coach Laura Karson, a recent graduate with four years of high-level collegiate competition under her belt who will be finishing up her USA Ultimate Level 1 Coaching Certification by the start of the season.
In addition, we’ll be bringing in expert guest coaches during Travel Team practices to fine-tune players understanding of specific aspects of ultimate.
This year our Intramural program will be lead by coach Mark Seeker (also a Level 1 certified coach) with assistance from various helpful parents.
• What are the differences between the Intramural and Travel Teams?
The biggest difference between the two teams are the level of commitment expected. The Travel Team plays or practices five days per week while the Intramural Team plays just twice per week. Travel Team players will be expected to take their commitments to the team more seriously and will be held to a higher standard during official Travel Team practices. Intramural practices and games will be more mellow affairs. If a Travel Player plays a second sport (which is not encouraged), it’s expected that ultimate will take top precedence should a scheduling conflict with that second sport ever arise.
• Do I have to register for both teams if my son or daughter is playing on the Travel Team?
No. Even though the Travel Team players will play and practice with the Intramural players two days a week, you don’t need to register for both. The $250 team dues for the Travel Team covers everything.
• My daughter or son plays another sport. Can they still play ultimate?
Yup! That’s what the Intramural Team is for. We try to schedule Intramural games and practices around other sports as best we can and if your player has to miss a day of Intramural to attend a lacrosse game or track meet, no problem!
• When will practices be?
We typically find out what fields are available around the middle of March. During the 2016 season we had a 5:30pm start time, but that could flex this year depending on what we find out from the fields manager.
• When does the season start?
The Travel Team will start during the last week of Marh. The Intramural Team will start in late April/early May when the fields become available for use.
• When does the season end?
Both teams wrap up play in the first week of June.
• How far does the Travel Team actually travel?
Not terribly. We play one tournament in Amherst, Massachusetts but otherwise stick to South Portland and Cumberland in addition to games against local towns like Portland and Cape Elizabeth.
• How can I stay engaged as an Ultimate Parent?
Join the FMS Ultimate Parents Group! We announce all important and necessary information to the group and it’s an easy way to connect with other parents.
Have a question that you don’t see an answer to? Email coach Shea Gunther at email@example.com and he’ll answer and add it.