Juneau Empire and UAS Help Bring Ultimate Frisbee to the Next Level in Juneau

Now that winter is over and the weather is rapidly warming, one can observe a variety of transitions around Juneau. Trees are budding out, birds are singing, snow is melting and Ultimate Frisbee players are emerging from the safety of the Wells Fargo Dimond Park Field House to return to the place where the sport is meant to be played, outside.

Every Wednesday night since October a group has gathered in the sanctity of the Field House to enjoy the workout, competition, fun and spirit that make Ultimate Frisbee the terrific game it is. Now that it’s pleasant enough outside to run around and toss a frisbee, the group will be playing pick-up from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sundays on the turf field at Thunder Mountain High School.

If you are not familiar with Ultimate Frisbee, envision two teams with seven players each on a field about the same length as a soccer field and slightly thinner than a football field. The object of the game is to work the frisbee up the field by passing to your teammates. You score when the frisbee is caught in the end-zone. If your team drops the frisbee or it is intercepted by the other team, then your team is now on defense and the other team tries to work it up the field the other way and score. Ultimate Frisbee is similar to football, except you can’t tackle nor can you run once you have caught the frisbee.

The number of players varies each week from about 15 to 30, but there is generally a sizeable contingent of students from UAS along with a core group of community folks who could be considered regulars. However, anyone who shows up and is willing to run around for a couple hours is more than welcome to play. All skill levels are welcome and the group offers a terrific learning environment.

The Juneau Ultimate Group would like to thank two local sponsors who made playing indoors through the winter a reality. Last September, the Juneau Empire sponsored a one-day Ultimate Frisbee tournament. The small tournament was a huge success and generated a lot of interest in continued indoor play through the winter.

After the tournament, the Juneau Empire partnered with UAS to co-sponsor the weekly turf rental time at the Field House. UAS even provided transportation to and from campus so their students could more easily attend. Without the generosity and support shown by the Juneau Empire and UAS, the group of Ultimate Frisbee players may not have been able to continue playing so regularly through the long, dark winter. We want to thank these two fantastic organizations for their assistance in continuing the growth Ultimate Frisbee in Juneau.

If you are interested in playing a sport that is fun, offers a great workout, and is open to all, come check us out on Sundays from 6:00-8:00 pm at the TMHS turf fields. For more information visit our website, http://juneauultimate.org/ or find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/groups/juneauultimate. Here’s to the Juneau Empire, UAS and warmer weather!

Adam Carr

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