WHAT IS ULTIMATE?
Ultimate is a team sport played with a disc, more commonly known as a frisbee, between two teams of seven players on a field similar in dimensions to a football field. The objective of the game is to score by catching a pass in the opponent's end zone. You may not run with the disc, it is advanced by completing passes to teammates. Ultimate is a transition game in which players move quickly from offense to defense on turnovers. Turnovers occur with a dropped pass, an interception, a pass out of bounds, or when a player holds the disc for more than ten seconds. For the basics, check out, Ultimate in 10 Simple Rules.
WHAT IF I'VE NEVER PLAYED BEFORE?
No need to worry! Whether you've been playing the sport for years or just discovered Ultimate at Whitman, our fall season is for you. Our fall season is less intense and full of fun. We practice five days a week with a co-ed scrimmage every Friday on Ankeny. During the fall, the Sweets travel to two fun tournaments, splitting into X and Y teams, to compete in OFUDGE in Corvallis, OR and Sundodger in Seattle, WA. During the spring season, the Sweets get more serious. We split into two groups based mainly on skill level but also commitment level. In the upcoming 2017 season, we will be dividing into two teams, a division I and division III, so even brand new players will be able to in tournaments while the division I team focuses on making nationals and placing well at bigger tournaments like Stanford Invite and The Northwest Challenge Cup.
WHEN AND WHERE ARE PRACTICES?
Before we split into two teams, who compete in different divisions, practices are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, with co-ed pick up on Fridays, and lifting on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Practices and co-ed pick up are usually held on Ankeny Field; switching over to the softball/soccer fields once it gets too dark. Once the division I team is selected, practices are four days a week with two lifting days. All practices and conditioning are mandatory for division I players.
WHO COACHES THE SWEETS?
The Sweets do not have a permanent coach. At tournaments in the 2016 spring season, the Sweets welcomed back Ben McGinn, Whitman College Class of 2012 graduate and Sweets Alumni, and Jeremy Norden, a fellow member of the Whitman College Class of 2012 and Sweets Alumni, as our coaches. However, the captains run all of our practices and decide who makes the division I team. Their responsibilities include getting the Sweets to tournaments, ordering uniforms, and other general logistics.
HOW DO I GET ON THE SWEETS LISTSERV?
Come to the Student Activities Fair August 29th from 10 am to 1 pm on Cordiner Side Lawn. If you don't make it to the Student Activities Fair just email one of the captains and they can add you to it!
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