Check it out! We should be getting them by our first game.
Though ultimate is a new sport to many of our players, it’s been around since the 1960s, when it was invented by a bunch of rowdy high school kids in New Jersey (including movie producer Joel Silver, seen in the photo above with sunglasses on, far left).
USA Ultimate dug up some great old game footage from as far back as 1980 (an eternity ago to our players; I was two years old that year). Though the shorts are a lot shorter, the game style isn’t too far from how it looks today.
Some perspective: We didn’t even hold our first practice last year until April 28th, eight days from now. By the time April 28th of this year clicks over, we’ll be having our eighth practice of the season! All of that extra gym time, throws, and catches are really going to show once we get a chance to run around on the grass. The gym felt a little cramped at times, but it was awesome having the inside air to build confidence with our throws.
A reminder—the next practice is this Thursday and will be held in the Falmouth High School gym. This is OUR LAST INDOOR PRACTICE!!! While we might end up inside sometime due to rain, all of our regularly scheduled practices are outside on the grass. Full field games. Long hucks. Wind! It’s going to be great.
Parents and players—it can be cold and rainy this time of year. Please make sure to dress properly once we get outside. Cold hands cannot catch the disc.
Jerseys are ordered! We’ll be rocking FIVE Ultimate shirts. That’s the brand, not the number of shirts we’ll be wearing. That would be ridiculous.
I’ll leave you with this high level game between San Francisco’s Revolver and Japan’s top club team the Buzz Bullets. Players—check out Beau Kittredge on Revolver.
Chloë Rowse, the Falmouth Alum who is running an ultimate frisbee camp this summer through the Falmouth Rec. Dept., is playing with the U23 Women’s Nationals team this year. I thought it’d be cool to share a U23 game, though Chloë is not in this one (we’ll share her games as soon as they start popping up on the net).
We watched a fun video in practice today with Brodie Smith, one of the top players in ultimate and maybe the top guy in frisbee trick shots. Here’s part two.
Something tells me that we’re going to have a lot of scuffed up discs at the next practice. 😀
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Beach ultimate is a niche flavor of competition with a number of fun tournaments taking place all around the world. Running on sand is hard.