Lawrence Area Ultimate Frisbee Team Looking for Players
Although it has only existed for 43 years, Ultimate frisbee has become one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S., as stated by the organization USA Ultimate.
Since the formation of the Ultimate Players Association in 1979, college, women’s, mixed, masters and youth divisions have been introduced around the country — accumulating more than 30,000 members as of last year. Ultimate has become popular among high school students, central Indiana included.
Although the season doesn’t officially begin until spring, the high energy sport still keeps students in good physical shape throughout the year by offering participation in fall, winter and summer leagues. “Many sports teams like soccer, cross country, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse and others use ultimate as a cross-training tool,” said Coach John Rempel.
“It’s not an official intramural sport, but it’s more of a club sport,” said administrative captain David Miller, a Lawrence North freshman. “We would love to have enough interest to begin intramural play, but right now we’re working on building the club team.”
The Lawrence area team calls themselves “Larry’s Revolution.” Coach John Rempel is a certified coach and chaperone through USA Ultimate. He has 30 years of playing and coaching experience at all levels including National and World Championships. “It’s a great pleasure to teach the sport of Ultimate to the next generation. Watching them grow athletically, personally and as teammates and competitors is extremely rewarding,” said Coach Rempel.
In June, the team participated in the USA Ultimate Indiana State High School Championship in Fishers, finishing in sixth place.
“We had a great time competing against teams from all around Indiana,” says Mt. Vernon junior co-captain Andrew Noble. “We also had the honor of having Lawrence North senior co-captain Erin Rempel selected to the Indiana 1st Team All State High School Team. For being a first-year team, that’s very exciting. We would love to build on our momentum and compete for the championship next season.”
Until the spring season begins, Larry’s Revolution will focus on practicing and recruiting strong teammates. Coach Rempel is eager to find walk-ons that are easily coachable and willing to learn.
“The more the merrier,” said Lawrence Central junior Jawaan Woolfe, also a dedicated player and co-captain. “If you can’t play, we’ll teach you — no experience necessary.”
Noble and Woolfe feel a lack of experience keeps people from coming out to play.
“A lot of people are really intimidated because they think if they can’t throw the disc, then they can’t play,” Noble said. “The hardest part is learning to throw the disc. If you throw every day for two weeks, you’ll be fine,” said Woolfe.
Ultimate requires a great deal of athleticism and endurance. A lot of the Larry’s Revolution players have some kind of athletic background. Some compete in tennis, lacrosse, basketball and football for area high schools and clubs.
For those unfamiliar with the game, Ultimate is played with two seven-player squads and a specialized 175-gram disc on a field similar to a football field. According to Coach Rempel, “Ultimate is a non-contact sport that emphasizes “Spirit of The Game,” which is essentially mutual respect for your teammates and most importantly, your opponents.”
The objective of the game is to score and accumulate points by catching a pass in the opponent’s end zone.
“Teamwork and supporting one another is a major priority of Larry’s Revolution,” said co-captain Erin Rempel.
Larry’s Revolution Ultimate Frisbee club currently practices Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. at Craig Middle School. They welcome anyone who is interested (male or female) to contact them or simply come out to play.
To learn more about Ultimate, visit www.USAUltimate.org. “We have a lot of fun together and look forward to having more people join us,” said co-captains Woolfe and Rempel.