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Ultimate Frisbee league open for registration

By Jesse Campbell (jesse.campbell@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Feb. 27 | Modified: Mar. 21

The Winter Olympics are over — and so is your excuse to stay on the couch.

As warmer temperatures prepare to return to the region, Ultimate Frisbee lovers are gearing up for another exciting season.

The Boone Ultimate Alliance league opens its 2014 season at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex in Boone on March 20, and registration is currently open.

“It’s kind of unique for our area to have something like this,” player and organizer Maria Stegall said. “Most leagues are in big cities, but having the university has helped us.”

Approximately 80 percent of league players are college students. Stegall is hoping to get the local population more involved, too. “We’ve also dropped the age requirement to 14, so high school students could be included, as well,” she said.

Since forming in 2008, the league has steadily grown, Stegall said, adding that age, gender or skill level shouldn’t deter people from joining.

“Usually, there is someone on the other team like you that you are covering,” she said.
Unlike other organized sports, there are no referees in Ultimate Frisbee, which instead is self-governed by the players.

“Say, for example, if there is a foul,” Stegall said. “The rule will state if it is contested or uncontested, so you don’t stand there arguing.”

This brings about a certain karmic factor to the game.

“That’s why a lot of people like it,” Stegall said. “The disc never lies. If there is a turnover somewhere down the field, one team might say, ‘See, I told you there wasn’t a foul.’”

More than anything, however, players come out to have a good time.

“This is mostly about fun and community,” Stegall said. “We have spirit awards and a (new) tournament now. I really want to see the local population (participate), too.”

For most players, the inexpensive nature of the game and accessibility make it an easy sell. “All you need is some plastic and a pair of cleats,” Stegall said.

And new players are always welcome.

Registration is open through St. Patrick’s Day and available online at http://www.booneultimatealliance.org. The cost to register is $35, which includes a T-shirt with other goodies.

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