I remember first throwing a frisbee with my brother when I was about eight years old. We would try and see how many times we could throw the disc to each other without dropping it. When I was a little older I watched a video of people throwing the frisbee forehand. I spent hours with my brother just trying to keep the disc flat when it left my hand. Frisbee became a favorite past time. When I started getting in to Ultimate, I couldn't stop playing. I love the way the game is set up, the way the frisbee flies through the air, the way so much happens on the field while the frisbee is in the air.
When I came to BYU, I lived for my Ultimate intramurals games. I couldn't get any homework done three hours leading up to my games because I was so excited. I started to interact with people who seemed to be on a different skill level. They looked so smooth on the field and commanded the disc. As much as I practiced my forehand throw, they owned it. I wanted what they had.
Some of the guys I played with started inviting me to come out to play with BYU CHI Ultimate. I hesitated. I was sure I wasn't good enough for that. Besides, I didn't want Ultimate to become too serious for me, and I was worried that would happen if I played high-level Ultimate. Despite these concerns, I decided to give it a try when I played with Dan Doxey, another member of CHI Ultimate, on his Orem city league team. He told me what it was like, and it started to sound very appealing.
When I came out in the fall, I felt a little overwhelmed. Everyone was so good. I decided to give it my best though. I ran hard, played tough defense, and tried to make good decisions on the field. I started to feel like a part of the team. There was still a problem though. I'm an Electrical Engineering major at BYU in my final semester taking 16.5 credits with a part time job. How much time could I really devote to this hobby? I figured it wasn't going to be possible for me to fit the A-team commitment into my schedule. Despite the requests for me to consider playing with the A-team, I decided to stick with the B-team. It seemed like a good compromise.
I started to have a change of feeling when I attended team camp at the beginning of January. I saw the culture of the team and the camaraderie. I embraced the ideals of CHI Ultimate which weren't about a frisbee hobby, but a brotherhood. I wanted to be a part of that more and more. After the camp, Dan Doxey asked me to consider playing with the A-team again. I took it seriously this time. It now became worth it to me to make sacrifices in other aspects of my life to be a part of this brotherhood. That's what I did. I made a goal to be A-team worthy not just in skill but in commitment. I still have a lot to learn about Ultimate, but the guys on the team don't ever make me feel like a lowly rookie. I'm an equal member. I'm a contributor. It hasn't taken the fun out of Ultimate. It's enhanced it!
I don’t have much by way of experience, but if I had some advice to give to future players, it would be the following. Don’t waste time on the sideline thinking you’re not good enough. Just dive into it. What you lack in Frisbee skill you make up in intensity and effort. The skill will come. Give it your all and you won’t be disappointed, win or lose. That’s what CHI Ultimate is all about. That is why I love being a part of this team!