From Football, Soccer and Tennis, to Ultimate; Jake Schmidt
January 9, 2015
What is your athletic background?
I had never played Ultimate Frisbee until I came to BYU, heck I didn’t even know how to throw a disc. But I excelled in other sports, and I’ve always had a passion for competition. I’m probably one of the most competitive people you will ever meet, and that can sometimes be a bad thing. In high school, I played football even though I was the smallest guy on our team and got smashed at practice every day. I just wanted to hit somebody, even if they were twice my size, and by some miracle I never got seriously injured. There I was at 135 pounds taking on guys that were 250. I guess I’ve always had an aggressive mentality, and that got me into a lot of situations that probably weren’t the best. Being light had its perks though. I was the fastest guy on our team and got to return kickoffs and punts. I also played soccer and tennis in high school, and I excelled much more in those sports than I did in football. I’ve always been an active participant in athletics and can pick up something new pretty quickly.
What parts of different sports have helped with your Ultimate development?
Playing football, soccer, and tennis in high school really helped me pick up the fundamentals of ultimate very quickly. I was able to pick up the defensive schemes because of my experience as a defensive back in football. Soccer taught me how to find the right place in the field to be, and tennis helped with my cutting an agility.
How would you describe your experience with BYU Ultimate so far?
My whole life was all about football and soccer until I came here to college. I played a few pick up games of Ultimate with some guys from my dorm and I thought, “Man! This game is fun!” I had heard of BYU CHI and I wished that there was some way I could get involved. It turned out that my older sister knew Patrick Connole, an A Team player last year, and I was able to get in touch with him. He got me in touch with Bryant Boyer, the captain, who is probably one of the coolest and nicest guys I’ve ever met. I started going to workouts and practices with the team and have learned so much more about this sport. At first I had no idea what I was getting into, and I was probably the worst player out there in terms of skill, but I quickly began to learn the basics. Not only is it extremely fun to play, it is very competitive, which I crave. I absolutely love playing lock down defense and it feels great to swat the disk down in front of your opponent. So far, my experience has been great with help from the guys on the team. They're all so great and helpful to newer players like me.
What are you looking forward to most about your future with CHI?
I think CHI has a great future ahead, and hopefully I’ll play a role in it. With lots of practice and development, I could see myself becoming really good at this sport. I think that our team has the potential to become a national powerhouse within the next five or six years, and I would love to be playing for BYU CHI as an A-teamer during that time. After I serve an LDS mission, I’ll definitely be returning to CHI to try and make an impact on this team.