Ultimate Frisbee team is URI's best kept secret
KINGSTON, R.I. -- November 3, 2000 -- It has the endzones of football,
the plays of basketball, the movements of soccer, and is one of the collegiate
world's best kept secrets. Ultimate Frisbee, one of the fastest-growing
sports in the world, is now the sport of choice on many college campuses,
including the University of Rhode Island. URI's club team, called RIUT (Rhode
Island Ultimate Team), is now in its fourth year of play.
"It's a great sport to play. It is a competitive game that involves
agility and speed, but there is a lot of camaraderie on the field. In the
past I've played field hockey, track and field and I rowed for the crew
team. Now I just want to play Ultimate," said junior Amanda Dauphinee,
Rhode Islanders will have a chance to catch a piece of the action in
their own backyard, as URI hosts a regional tournament on November 11- 12,
called "Brisk Winds." Club teams from all over New England will
compete on the URI Intramural Athletic Fields. Games begin at 9:15 a.m.
and continue throughout the day.
Ultimate Frisbee is played with seven players for each team on a football-sized
field, and plays are made by throwing the disc among teammates. The goal
is to catch the Frisbee while standing in the 25-yard endzone. However,
once the Frisbee is caught, the player cannot run with it. The fast-paced
game is peppered with extravagant dives, leaps, throws, and catches that
make it a very spectator-friendly game.
There are two seasons for Ultimate, one in the fall and one in the spring.
In the fall, RIUT competes against other club teams of varying ages and
abilities from all over New England. In the spring, it is strictly college
teams, such as Bowdoin, Yale, and Brown, who compete for a chance to go
to the Nationals.
"We've gotten steadily better every year. The first year we didn't
win any games, but we had a lot of fun. The second year we played more tournaments,
but still didn't win. The third year, we finished with a winning record
in the fall and we made it to the regionals in the spring," said Evan
Pearce, a senior, of Warwick.
This fall the team has a winning record. But, the spring is where the
team really expects to shine, according to team captain, Joe Tuazon, of
"In the fall we like our new players to gain experience and we
just like to have fun. The spring is when we expect to make regionals and
possibly the nationals. We have a decent shot at making it," said Tuazon,
Part of what has made the URI team so competitive is the strong chemistry
between the players. Most of the players have worked together for four years,
and said they know when one is going to make a cut for the disc, who can
get to the long throw, and where the open person will run.
"Our team is like a family. They're not only my teammates, they
are also my close friends," said Tuazon.
This sportsmanship extends to other teams, a unique characteristic of
Ultimate Frisbee. Players referee themselves, socialize between games, and
teams make and perform a cheer for the other team at the end of the game.
"One of the best parts of Ultimate Frisbee is the people you meet.
You want to win, but at the same time, meeting new people and them having
fun is just as important," said Pearce.
"I encourage everyone to come watch a game. It can be very exciting
because it is so competitive and the spirit of the game is so engaging.
It is really something to see," said Dauphinee.
For Information: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-2116