Combining the aerial passing skills of football and baseball with the non-stop movement and athletic endurance of lacrosse and soccer, the game of Ultimate is composed of two seven-player teams on a field similar those used by soccer and football. The object of the game is to score by catching a pass in the opponent’s end zone, just like football. A key rule of the game is that the player must stop running while in possession of the Frisbee, but is allowed to pivot and pass to any of the player’s teammates on the field. Turnovers occur with a dropped pass, an interception, when a player holds the Frisbee for more than 10 seconds, or when a pass goes out of bound.
A unique aspect of the game of Ultimate Frisbee is that is governed by Spirit of the Game, a tradition of sportsmanship and honesty that places the responsibility of fair play on the players of the two teams, rather than on referees. The first and foremost rule of the game is “Treat others as you would like to be treated”, with following emphasis on calm reactions and having fun.
The Ultimate Frisbee Club (aka “Entropy Ultimate”) here at CSM has approximately 30 students that attend practices, with nearly all of them traveling to the first tournament in Utah. Unlike most sports, ultimate Frisbee competitions are usually held as tournaments over a weekend. During a tournament, most of the team members get plenty of playing time. In years past, the team has traveled to competitions across Colorado and even Kansas, Utah, and Nevada. The biggest event of the year for the team is their yearly trip to Las Vegas to compete in the nationally hosted, USA-sanctioned tournament “Trouble in Vegas”.
Two years ago, the club had fallen on tough times mainly due to lack of interest and recruitment for the club. Since then, the team has experienced healthy growth, improving each year in both skill and membership. The team also has a dedicated coach (an alumnus of Mines) who is working to make the team better than ever before. The team is looking for anyone who is willing to learn and is interested in some healthy competition. The team will help anyone who doesn’t have any experience learn the necessary skills.
If you are interested in joining Club Ultimate, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or by showing up to a practice on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on the North IM Fields. Please bring cleats, water, a light and dark shirt, as well as your health insurance information.
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