August 22, 2014

Will Doran

Staff Writer

Ultimate frisbee, ultimate proportions

Published on April 19, 2012 in Sports
by Will Doran (Staff Writer)

Sara Gershman '14 / Loomis Chaffee Log

Ultimate frisbee has finally found our Island. Picture this: Satchel MacClintic ‘12 hovering a meter in the air, arms sprawled in anticipation, temporarily leaving the earth to mortals in a scene of gladiatorial glory. Or, perhaps this: Peter Falsey ‘12 in an all-out sprint, leaping up just in time to retrieve a Lusardi huck from the end-zone air.

All this, and plenty more unimaginable events, take place across the causeway, where a new culture is sprouting at Loomis – one of fulfillment and fun, rid of the ball-and-chain of established sport. We have adopted the growing sport, whose contagious spirit will surely change LC for the better. “We aren’t on this field because it’s the crappiest field,” ultimate coach Neil Chaudhary remarks,“We’re on this field because it’s the first thing visitors see when they arrive.” Wise words from a wise man. 

When he is not coaching the future of frisbee, Chaudhary educates them in the sciences, himself a second-year chemistry teacher. Along with captains Nick Lucchesi ’12 and myself, Chaudhary is crafting juggernauts such as Vijay Mansukhani ‘12 into veritable gods of sport, engaging in a long and fruitful history of Ultimate proportions.

It has been conjectured by leading anthropologists that early man used Discraft™ products to lure  prey, and that the ancient Greeks threw perfect scoobers to disarm their enemies in battle. Although much more refined, this pure, unadulterated manliness and determination lives in all of us in Ultimate, whether we are tentatively awaiting a pull or resigning ourselves to gravity for the ever-hallowed ‘Lay Out!’ The sport itself was invented in the late 60’s by Joel Silver and Jared Kass, from Columbia High School, NJ, and Northfield Mount Hermon, respectively. Their creation lives on at schools across the nation, and, now, finally here on the island.

“I hope to spark interest in a sport terribly neglected by the Loomis community for too long,” says Lucchesi, who is seeing his dream fulfilled not only on the field but in the quad as well. Since the new sport garnered interest earlier this spring, casual frisbee sessions have become quite common between periods, the darting Ultimate Flying Object a symbol not of esoteric athleticism but instead of inclusivity.

All members of LCUF leave each session feeling happy, enhanced, and sore. More than just a sport, Ultimate’s Spirit of the Game creates a level playing field, where anybody and everybody can play if they so choose. As Patrick Kennedy-Nolle ‘12 said, “I am the best ultimate frisbee player.” Indeed, Patrick’s debatable self-praise may well apply to every one of the twenty-odd initiates, each of are equal under the Spirit of the Game, and each of whom are participating in what is no doubt a long-awaited founding event.

Ultimate frisbee can be seen as a growing culture, devoted to healthy and low-pressure competition, and dedicated to fair and inclusive play. Our game revolves around a disc, which, as some of our rank have found, may not always fly straight. However, unlike the fickle frisbee, LC ultimate always manages to follow a direct trajectory.