Our game on Monday, May 11th, is at the Wainright fields in South Portland (Google Map link). The walk is a bit long at Wainright as we are playing on the field all the way down from where parking is. Click on the map below for details on where to walk after parking. Please plan on arriving with your players by 3:40pm for our 4pm game start time.
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.
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
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.
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)
– 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).
The American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) is one of the two mens’ professional ultimate leagues up and running right now (the other is Major League Ultimate). There are some differences in the rules used in AUDL and the MLU—double team coverage is allowed and the fields are bigger.
No one is getting rich playing ultimate yet (most pro players have their travel expenses covered and receive a small per-game stipend), but it’s a start!
The NexGen Tour featured a team of all-stars pulled from various top club teams playing all over the country. This game pits NexGen against Revolver, one of the best men’s club teams in the country. Beau Kittredge played on Revolver and is in this game, as are tons of other ultimate stars like Jimmy Mickle, Josh Wiseman, and Dylan Freechild.
I like this game because it’s cold, raining, and windy. Sometimes the weather is like that and it’s good to see how these top college players handle it.
A close game with a thrilling finish!