The University’s coed club ultimate frisbee team is anticipating the start of an exciting fall semester season.
After losing a sizable amount of its players to graduation, the team is anxious to get back on the field to examine its strengths and weaknesses.
With several spots open to be filled by first-year students or rookie players, the veterans on the team are eager to see the potential the team will have this semester.
Junior Steven Browning noted that while losing so many seniors will be detrimental in some aspects, the team is always open to players taking on new roles.
“Playing a new position always has a bit of a learning curve, but our team has a positive outlook and is excited to start competing,” Browning said.
Junior Nicholas Piscopo also recognized the opportunities the new open positions leave the team with.
“Everyone on our team is a great athlete but not everyone has quite figured out the game just yet,” Piscopo said. “The potential is there, and I am very excited to see everyone grow over the course of the year.”
The returning players agree that while practice will help fine-tune all of the team’s skills, it’s real game experience that will ultimately get the team to compete to the best of its ability.
A fall semester season typically consists of three or four tournaments that last one to two days.
Each day of play consists of at least three games, which guarantees the team will play at least nine games in the fall semester.
Browning feels that with each game played, the team’s overall performance will only increase.
“This is where repetition comes in, so the more tournaments we play, the better we’ll get as a team,” Browning said.
As for important upcoming tournaments, the team places its main focus on a tournament it holds in the spring semester.
“Our team hosted a home tournament for the first time in over 10 years this last spring semester. It was very successful and we are hoping to use this solid base to grow this tournament to incorporate teams for all over the east coast,” Browning said.
“This spring we are hoping to have as many as 10 teams come down, and would love any and all support that we can get from the student body.”
As for now, the team looks forward to uniting returning players with first-year players and getting a jump start on the season.
“I’m stoked to get back out on the field and have fun with my friends again,” Browning said.