Ultimate in High School, College, Club: The Journey of Quinn Everett
December 5, 2014
Attention Ladies and Gents, prepare yourself for a once in a lifetime opportunity: a personal interview with Quinn Everett, one of the 2014-2015 BYU CHI B team Captains. In this post Quinn shares his epic story, from spectator to semi-pro, his opinion on collegiate level Ultimate and his expectations for the B team this year. Along with his thoughts and feelings on the upcoming season. Stay tuned for more.
Thank you for being here today. First off, please tell us more about your Ultimate Frisbee background, and how you got interested in it.
It is an honor to be here today, talking about my favorite sport. I wish I could say that I was born with a Frisbee in my hand, but similar to many other people, Ultimate is fairly new to me. When you think of Frisbee, Frisbee golf, and fetch usually come to mind; not a fast paced game that comingles football and soccer (plus a disc) combines athleticism with strategy.
I began playing official, as in organized, Ultimate my senior year of High school when I started my school’s first team (with special thanks to many others who made that possible). It was the best decision of my young life. We had the youngest team, with only 2 seniors, 1 Junior, and the rest of our ranks were filled by players from 8-10th grade. We played more games than any other team in Utah that year. As Team Captain, I cannot say we won every game – far from it. But the team showed their mettle as they won 5 upset games in a row during Region play to claim the last State seat going on to take 8th in State. This year fueled my desire to become better, and lit my passion for Ultimate.
I then proceeded to join a first year Club team over the summer. Club is considered the highest level of Ultimate. I played for Serengeti, the club team for the Salt Lake Lions where I had the opportunity to play in many tournaments, and to play in Sectionals this year. I loved learning, playing, and just the game of Ultimate.
I heard that BYU CHI had a great team and wanted to be a part of it. I practiced with BYU this year and had the opportunity to tear up the fall season with some amazing players.
Before my senior year, I just threw around with friends. We would always play Ultimate in Scouts, and it was pretty much the second sport of Cross Country. But it wasn’t the same competitive level of High school or college.
Please expound on the difference between high-school and college Ultimate?
Attendance. In high school we were lucky to have a handful show up to practice, let alone to tournaments or games. At CHI practices everyone shows up early to throw, and we start right on time. We also have enough people for multiple teams, which is awesome. Dedication, knowledge, and strategy of the game are taken to a whole new level. Practices include gym time, track work-outs, and commitment. Every practice I learn something new, Bryce (coach) is a wise man. Strategy, not just BYU’s, but every other team is amazing to watch, and even more fun to play in. Even coming from a year of organized play, I feel like I am playing a totally different sport – in a good way. I have improved in my knowledge of the game, and performance in the last few months more than the last year combined, just to give you a gauge of the pace difference.
You mentioned being Captain of your High school team earlier, what are your feelings on being Captain of a collegiate level team this year?
When Clark first asked me to be his other Captain – I thought he was joking. But then I felt honored. Then I shouted for joy like a kid on his first day of school. Seriously, I watched many of BYU’s players over the summer play for Club teams, or the Lions (Utah’s Pro-Ultimate Team) and wanted to be just like them. I always wanted to play for BYU. After the fall season of playing with BYU CHI I was very impressed by their program, their discipline, and their love of the game. I knew I wanted to be a part of it – and now I am. I feel inexperienced, but I am ready to learn, and help build the future A-Team.
Speaking of this next year, could you share your expectations for CHI’s B-team next season?
I would love to. Listen up Team. My goal is to not just to become better, I want to be the best. I want the A team to have to work for their spots. I want teams to be afraid when they see the BYU CHI crest- no matter the Alphabet letter before it. I have seen amazing talent from my team, and I am excited to play together, and see what we can accomplish when all that talent and dynamism is organized into a well-oiled machine. We will out play, and out hustle every team and we will do it while representing CHI – Courage, Humility, and Integrity.
Some of the players wanted me to ask: “what we have for days?”