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Ultimate Frisbee: Not Just for the Physically Fit

By Michael Fischer
On May 4, 2012


Sundays at 3 p.m. and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. in East Burke the ultimate frisbee players meet to have pickup games.

To play in the pickup games you need a dark and/or white shirt to play on a team. Also water would be a great idea so you can stay hydrated.

"I may not be athletically built but I am athletically minded. Meaning I love going outside and getting a workout even though I don't have enough stamina. Then when I go and play I get taught by two of my teachers, Bozeman and Jay who is a faculty advisor," says Jeremy Hall a freshman at Lyndon State College.

Hall started playing in the games this semester when the weather allowed it. Matt Leblanc, Lyndon State College junior, got Hall to start playing after convincing him when the fall semester ended.

Leblanc says "the games are very fun but only because the people that live around Burke come out play too. If they didn't then we wouldn't have enough to play games unless you wanted a three-on-three."

At the end of the year students at Lyndon State College don't tend to go as often.

 "It depends on the weather too though. That's why I didn't go last week," says Leblanc.

It's not just the weather because some of the students at LSC are just not motivated.

"I'm just too lazy to even bother playing ultimate Frisbee. I would rather sit around watch some TV or listen to music while on Facebook," says Austin Roman.

There are students that want to get their homework done instead of physical activity.

"It's because of the weather and if I want to get my homework done if I have any left," says Ariel Wright, a freshman at LSC.

At the pickup games there are experienced players such as a teacher here at LSC, Dr. Bozeman, a mathematics professor. Since there are experienced players they can teach anyone who wants to play Ultimate Frisbee that doesn't know how to play.

The games at East Burke are very friendly but sometimes there are arguments. When there are arguments usually the older players break it up and make an easy solution for both teams.

Normally there are no fights and everything runs smoothly, unlike the wind.

 "The wind makes everything more interesting, because the wind makes the Frisbee go the wrong way of the player," says Hall

"It does make [it] more challenging and fun at the same time," agrees Leblanc.  

The wind determines the turnout of players. When it's hotter outside about 14 players show up ready to play and have fun.

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