The smell of fresh cut grass sweeps along campus as the women’s ultimate frisbee club team gets ready for practice.
The women’s ultimate frisbee club has been competing for over a decade. The team has competed in many tournaments throughout the fall and spring semesters each year. They play in tournaments with aspirations of qualifying for the sectional and regional tournaments. While competing the team will often play clubs from Chico, Humboldt, Stanford, Los Angeles, Berkeley, San Diego, Reno, and Davis.
Ultimate frisbee is a fast-paced game that requires unique skills and techniques. Strength and great hand-eye coordination are just two of the basic skills a player should strive for in order to compete. The rules of the game are fairly simple. Each team is allowed seven girls on the field at a time meaning that there are fourteen players on the field. A team’s goal is to get the frisbee down the field into the end-zone.
The frisbee is passed throughout the field but it is never ran with. Once a player is holding the frisbee they must stop and throw to another player. The athlete must pivet to get a window to pass the frisbee.
The passer is looking for other teammates that can make cuts and run routes very similar to football. When a team successfully gets the frisbee into the end-zone the scoring squad is rewarded with one point.
When asking Karissa Dedmon, the teams president and captain, about some basic skills needed for the game she said, “You have to know how to throw...and also know how to get open for the disk” Dedmon said.
Last season the club did not meet their expectations. The team qualified for sectionals but their performance did not grant them an invitation to the regional tournament.
Looking back at last season, Dedmon describes the whole experience as “pretty rough, we did not learn to the best of our ability..it was a pretty relaxed season.”
The team is planning on bouncing back this season with a fresh start. They practice Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-6:30 p.m as well as a Friday practice from 9:30-12:30 during the day. They use this time to condition, scrimmage and bond together as a group.
With the spring season right around the corner, the club has their sights set on having a successful year.
“One of our goals is to really learn all of the positions….and trying to go to regionals and win a lot more games this year” Dedmon explains. The team plans to achieve these goals through hard work and commitment.
To kick off the fall season, the girls will be competing in Chico and Humbolt. These games will be huge for their growth. These two weekends will be spent competing against teams they could possibly face in the spring at regionals. After these two away competitions, the team will be hosting a tournament on November 3 and 4 to kick off their first home preseason games.
For fans interested in coming out to watch the action the tournament will take place on the grass fields close to the baseball diamond and track on campus.