November 25, 2008 For more information on this sport visit the WFDF:: History of Ultimate site. “The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF), the international governing body of all disc sports, was founded in 1984.”
Ultimate Frisbee celebrates it’s 40th Anniversary this year! Did you know the sport originated at Columbia?
Sunday, November 2, 2008 CHS’ Ultimate Frisbee team hosted a tournament in Maplewood Memorial park. I enjoyed watching the teams compete, as did parents and friends on the sideline. Our team had a good turn out, and retention rate; it was cold but the crowd stayed throughout. During the tournament CHS players and coaches showed spirit. The movements of some players were fluid, so fluid in fact, that I couldn’t help but catch my breath at times as students threw their bodies into the game.
I think the student participants from all three teams rocked. Two additional teams were invited, Whippany & Tenafly, for the tournament. Find pictures of the three teams below.
CHS – (Sparkle Motion-Girls, below)
Boys: A-Team captains: Sr. Tim Morrissy, Sr. Jordan Taylor, and Sr. Jeremy Golden (The A-Team didn’t participate in our tourney)
Boys: B-Team captains: Jr. Chris Mark, Jr. Alex Rosenfelder, and So. Marques Brownlee
Girls’ Team captains: Sr. Claire Morrissy and Jr. Claire Kearns-McCoy
Whippany Team Captains: Jon Lin (#00) & David Bentravato(#4)
Tenafly HS (below)
Tenafly Team Captains: Scott Graber & Gal Sharon
About the Competing Teams
Both Jon & David, high school seniors & the team captains of Whippany’s Ulimate team, discovered the game when they attended John’s Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. They brought the sport back to their community, and formed a team. Team members like the sport because it’s self regulated & non-confrontational. Specifically, they like the idea of no officials or referees, but rather, having conflicts handled by the players under ‘Spirit of the game,” (also known as the honor system). Their love of the game is intense. To become better competitors, team members have voluntarily gone to national ultimate training camp and studied at seminars. To raise money to buy uniforms, the team sells candy and frisbees. The team organizes games through emails and Facebook. It is a great disappointment to the team members and their parents that they are not recognized as either a club or a sport by their school district. In order to have a field to practice on they had to negotiate with the school for practice time on school grounds, and, as it stands, it is a “Don’t ask don’t tell” relationship. Whippany HS wont stop the team from competing…but it wont officially recognize them either. What a bummer! There’s nothing worse than when students are passionate about learning & competing in school related activities, and that passion is met with apathy from educators.
Tenafly Ultimate 2008
Tenafly High School is located in Bergen County. Ultimate is an official school club, and not a sport. Students from Tenafly who are passionate about the Ultimate compete in games, but the team competing in Columbia’s tournament today has no affiliation with Tenafly HS. This team of students plays both in the fall and spring, and a large number of their team also runs track. The Tenafly Ultimate Frisbee Club has a teacher adviser, however, this adviser does not advise over the tournaments this team competes in.
This group of Ultimate players assembled 2 years ago, and started seeing improvements in their game almost immediately. They currently have 15 hard core players, 12 of which are in Maplewood for today’s tournament
Their Ultimate team is ultra dedicated; they pay for competitions out of pocket and selling frisbees, and they carpool to games. They have no other resources and thus no outside money to utilize in order to compete with other schools. To mitigate this they are considering selling t-shirts in addition to frisbees. One student athlete, named Yoon, said that she wished Tenafly HS considered her team a sport. She said, however, that she realizes her school is small and that there is a lot of competition regarding the issue of being recognized as a sport.
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