I’m not a writer or a journalist; however, I feel compelled to write to enlist your help with a matter of some importance and urgency.
Last year, I discovered the sport of Ultimate (Ultimate Frisbee) while attending a pick-up game at the New Buffalo Township Park with my son, who had fallen in love with the sport and seemed to be having such a great time. On this particular day, he, along with his fellow Ultimate enthusiasts, warmed up by throwing some disks and chatting about their days while I looked on. There were only a handful of them, so I thought I’d help out. I thought to myself, “I can at least play some defense—won’t worry about throwing the Frisbee.”
Well, it only took a few minutes to realize how crazy-fun Ultimate is! I ran around, arms outstretched, turning on a dime, faking out my defenders and getting faked out in return. I was hooked. Unfortunately, I was only able to play two games last season, since I discovered it so late in the season.
I started playing again this year on Mondays at 6 p.m. at the New Buffalo Township Park. We began about a month ago, starting out slowly (thankfully). We were hoping to gain some new players as the weeks wore on; however, no more than the usual players showed up. The “usual players” include Emma and Joe from David’s Deli, both of whom are really great players! Both played for Hampshire College and traveled the country to play in Ultimate Tournaments, and Emma went to a national competition when she was in high school (I learned all this during a break in play, causing me to feel suddenly humbled and really lucky to be in such company). The others include Sam, Oliver, Ylana, Miloh, me and an occasional Fatouros kid.
Now – just one little detail to tell you about. A typical game is played with seven players to a team. If you’re doing the math with me from the list of “usuals” I provided, we have seven people total who come to the park, which means that when we split up, there are three to a team, with a sub on the side. I assure you, this is not enough people! Three people to cover an entire field? (We do make the field smaller since there are so few of us, but it’s still a lot of ground to cover.)
I need your help! In my current condition, covering this territory is very challenging—I am huffing/puffing my way through the game. I do not have the wherewithal to strategize, conserve, plan plays and so on. Simply put, we need more people. Perhaps we need you.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve never played before—I hadn’t before I showed up one day. It doesn’t matter if you’re not that great at throwing a Frisbee—I hadn’t thrown one in quite some time. It doesn’t matter if you think you’re too old or too young or too whatever and it doesn’t even matter if you don’t know the rules. What does matter is that you have the curiosity and desire to do something new or to renew an old passion for the game.
Come to the New Buffalo Township Park on Mondays at 6 p.m., and join the fun. You can thank me later.