An Ultimate Experience
The registration deadline to participate in Boone Ultimate Alliance's Spring League 2011 is Sunday, March 13.
Experience isn't necessary to join, nor is exceptional athletic talent.
"We are beginner friendly, and a community that is very diverse," Dave King co-director of Boone Ultimate Alliance, said. "It's a good opportunity for anybody to get involved. You don't have to be a Michael Jordan type of athlete."
Ultimate, sometimes referred to as Ultimate Frisbee, is a unique sport utilizing some strategy of soccer, as well as the athletics used in basketball and football. There are two teams and two end zones within a field about the same size as a football field.
The object of the game is to throw the disc down the field to your teammates without the disc touching the ground. If the disc touches the ground, possession of the disc goes to the other team.
There are no referees in Ultimate, and the game is governed quickly by the players.
"Ultimate Frisbee falls under a national body of leader called, 'The Spirit of the Game,'" King said. "Basically, it means there is a set of rules where individuals on the field can call their own fouls. If a player agrees, it works one way. If they disagree, it works another way. But every time it works very rapidly."
The tempo of the game is fast. It is nonstop, fluid action, though running with the disc is prohibited. If you aren't in shape before the spring league starts, you probably will be by the time summer rolls around.
"It is super competitive, very high level of activity," King said. "But it is also fun and low key. People aren't super serious."
Boone Ultimate Alliance is four years old, though the local Ultimate community dates back to the '70s. As field space reservation became a recurring problem, King and a few others decided to form a league, so they could use county field property. Nowadays, they play at Brookshire Fields and the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
Each year, the teams are different because they organize the teams through a draft.
"We draft players to every team with the intention of trying to even out the competition, so everybody has a competitive shot," King said. "So, instead of letting people sponsor their local Boone Saloon or whatever team, we do a draft style. You can register as an individual, and you will get placed on a team."
Boone Ultimate Alliance started out with about 50 registered members. Now they have close to 100 members.
"I'm into it because it's a big community," King said. "I like that it is coed. It helps people mingle, and it helps people ... new to the community meet other people."
All participants must be 17 or older. It costs $30 to register for Spring League 2011. According to Boone Ultimate Alliance's website, this fee includes, "Ultimate under the lights, a new disc and a post-season social."
Games will be played on Thursdays, 7 to 11 p.m. The first match is on March 17, and the season ends with a tournament in the middle of May.
There is a one-page registration form online and a short questionnaire to figure out a player's skill level.
For more information or to sign up for Boone Ultimate Alliance's Spring League 2011 click to http://www.booneultimatealliance.org/league.html or check out its Facebook page: Boone Ultimate Frisbee Pickup Games and League.