• Is FMS Ultimate an official school sport?
Nope. We are an independent team operating under the competitive umbrella of Maine Ultimate, a local non-profit that is dedicated to fostering youth ultimate. We have a great relationship with the middle school and elementary school gym teachers and will have, by the end of the 2020 season, taught the 4th-12th grades how to play ultimate in their gym classes, but we have no formal relationship with the district.
• 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 2nd through 8th grade can play on the intramural team, while the Falmouth Rogue travel team is open to players starting in the 4th grade.
• Who are the coaches?
Head coach Shea Gunther has managed FMS Ultimate for six seasons prior to 2020. 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.
Falmouth Rogue is lucky to have coaches Lindsay Wissink, Ted Wissink, Yoni Resnick, and Alan Fitzgerald, all skilled and experienced ultimate players. There are also countless parents helping out with our intramural program.
• What are the differences between the Intramural and Travel Teams?
The biggest difference between the two teams are the level of commitment expected. Falmouth Rogue players start practicing at the end of March and have three practices a week during the pre-season and then play or practice four days a week once we get outside on the grass in May. In contrast, the Intramural players start in May and play just once per week. Intramural practices and games are also much more mellow than Travel Team practices, where players will be expected to show up ready to learn and to get in shape. We take the game a little more seriously on Travel days.
• 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 once a week, you don’t need to register for both. The 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, it’s not a problem!
• When will practices be?
We will have our exact schedule set sometime in February, but generally practices for both the Intramural and Travel Teams will start at 5:30pm. Intramural sessions run an hour and a half and finish at 7pm while Travel days are two hours and and end at 7:30pm. All practices are held on the grass fields directly behind the Falmouth High School.
• When does the season start?
The Travel Team will start during the last week of March. The Intramural Teams will start in early May when the fields become available for use.
• When does the season end?
All teams wrap up play in the first week of June.
• How far does the Travel Team actually travel?
Not terribly far. 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.
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