Hungry!

This is what it looks like when you are HUNGRY to catch that disc!

hungry

Nice work Ethan!

Big thanks to Peter Guyton for taking these during out games down at the Amherst Middle School tournament.

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Directions and details for Amherst Tournament on Sunday

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.

Details for Amherst Tournament and Friday’s game under the lights in Portland

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.

Field map:
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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.

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Amherst 2015 was a success!

FMS Ultimate at the 2015 Amherst Tournament

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.

Amherst Middle School Tournament information

We will be traveling down to Amherst, Massachusetts in less than two weeks to play in the Amherst Middle School Invitational Tournament. We will leave Falmouth on Saturday, May 16th and will spend the night with a local host family. Players are welcome to stay with the host family or can stay nearby with any friends or family you might have in the area. We’ll be going into town on Saturday evening to eat dinner as a team, so anyone staying elsewhere can join in.

Here is the website for the tournament.

We’ll be organizing carpools this week as I get a better idea of attendance.

I will publish more details on this post as I get them as updates below.

Updates:

Game-day information:

Sunday, May 17:==========================

Captain’s Meeting: 9am

Game 1: 9:30 – 10:45: Field 5 vs. Four Rivers Boys

Game 2: 11:00 – 12:15: Field 4 vs Ottoson

Game 3:  2:00 – 3:15: Field 5 vs Hartsbrook

Fields are at the Amherst Regional High School  |  Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/UgRgy

Departure information:

We will gather at the parking lot behind the high school where we normally practice on Saturday, May 16th for a 2pm departure. Please have your players at the drop off no later than 1:45 to ensure our timeliness.

If you are driving down to Amherst on Saturday with us and have spots in your car for players to ride, please contact me to let me know the number of open seats. Here are the known available spots:

• Shea’s car: 1 available seat

It’s perfectly fine if players aren’t able to come down on Saturday but want to play in the games on Sunday. It would mean an early morning on Sunday (Amherst is ~3 hours away, so you’d need to leave by 5:30am), but would be just fine.

When we get down to Amherst on Saturday evening, we will go into town to have a meal as a team, so players who are traveling down but staying with friends or family should plan on joining us.

Host Family:

We are staying with a local host family who are involved in the local ultimate community. I will send on their address and contact location to all parents in an email to the Parents Google Group.

Arriving back in Falmouth:

Our last game on Sunday finishes at 3:15, so we will be leaving Amherst anywhere from 3:15 (if we finish early) to 3:30+ (if we finish right on time), so we will be back in Falmouth no later than 7pm. Please plan on picking up your players back at the Falmouth High school parking lot sometime between 6 and 7pm. We’ll update parents from the road as to our exact arrival time.

Packing List for Tournament:

– Sleeping bag & pillow (if you are staying with the host family)

– Toothbrush & other nighttime necessities

– Money for dinner on Saturday night and late lunch on Sunday

– Packed snacks for during the day on Sunday and the drive down and back.

– Backup socks for Sunday (it’s always a good idea to change socks between games on tournament day)

– Folding chair

– Water bottle (super important)

– Sunscreen

– Light jacket (the forecast is looking warm on Sunday right now, but it’s maybe not a bad idea to pack a light wind breaking in case of rain).