Kirby’s Ultimate Experience
By Nate, 8th Grade
Ultimate Frisbee is a fast growing sport that is unknown to most people, but the few who know about the game tend to be pretty die hard fans. There are multiple professional leagues and teams spurring up from all sorts of places around the world and it’s great to see so many people beginning to take part. Here at Kirby we’re lucky enough to have two very knowledgeable and talented frisbee players: Abby Christopher and Erik Perkins.
When they’re not teaching or working hard in their Kirby offices, they’re out on the field throwing the disc with whoever they can find. They are also great coaches for our “Kirby Santa Cruz” (middle school and high school) ultimate teams. With the help of our coaches we have many opportunities to attend pretty large scale ultimate frisbee tournaments. On the weekend of April 25th and 26th, we went to a tournament named “Spaghetti Westerns.” Teams from all over the west coast come and gather in one complex to battle it out on the field.
One thing I love about the game is the sportsmanship. There are no referees so the players call their own fouls and have to discuss between themselves and work it out. It’s really great to see a sport where everyone seems to get along. This is also the very first year we’ve had a middle school only team. Given it was our first year, I’d say we did pretty well. We ended up winning 7 games and losing only 2 in our season. Since it’s still a small and lesser-known sport, there’s not enough people to make separate girls and boys youth leagues, so all the tournaments are co-ed. I’ve only been playing for two years and the number of girls playing this year compared to last year has gone up drastically, which is great to see.
Up in San Jose there is a professional ultimate team named the San Jose Spiders who play in a league called the AUDL (American Ultimate Disc League). It is a young league that is still growing and new teams are added every year. There is a lot of potential for it to become really big. A few of the Kirby frisbee players went to the Spiders game against the San Francisco Flamethrowers on April 18th. Even though there were just enough people to fill one set of bleachers up at Foothill College Stadium, the fans are so dedicated and excited that the atmosphere was amazing. There is even a Kirby Alum named Cassidy Rasmussen currently playing with the Spiders.
Kirby’s next tournament is the State Championships, which are held at UCSC (woo home advantage!) on the weekend of May 16th and 17th, so wish us luck! Go blue!