I was introduced to ultimate in 8th grade when all of my friends started throwing a disc around outside during lunch at school. They could all throw a variety of different throws as they had recently joined the Lone Peak Ultimate team, and their throws amazed me. Every lunch I would throw with them, slowly getting a little better each day. Eventually they brought me out to practice, and whenever I did something poorly, which happened pretty often, I was always encouraged by my friends, my new teammates, and my coach to keep trying. A little while later I played my first game, and became hooked instantly, and it’s all been uphill from there.
Throughout my first few years of playing ultimate, I had various opportunities to play against some current as well as previous CHI players. Whether it was a scrimmage, a city league game, or just some pickup, I noticed that whenever I played with or against them, they would always play hard, but still very respectful at the same time. They all had a lot of passion for the game, but also were also able to have fun, and that caught my attention. From the day I learned that BYU had a team, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. And in these first few months of playing with CHI, I’ve already gained a better understanding of what it means to play with competition, humility, and integrity. That’s why I play for CHI.
Playing with CHI is very different from intramurals or pickup for many different reasons, but the reason that stands out to me the most is the intensity. I love the fact that I can go to CHI practice and know that everybody else there will be going their hardest and giving 100% in every throw, every drill, and every point. It’s cool that every player at practice wants to go up against players that are better than them because they want to improve. Yeah, sometimes intramurals can be intense, or even some scrimmages can get pretty serious, but when I see my teammates going hard during practice, that builds teamwork and it also builds my trust in them. And that trust and hard work pays off on the field, and that leads to our success.
If you have a chance to play for CHI, or any other ultimate program out there, do it. This sport has already given me so many opportunities in my short playing time. From traveling the country to meeting new people (a lot of them are now my closest friends), ultimate has impacted my life in a way I could of never imagined. CHI has also shown me what it means to be a part of a team. The hard work and dedication that we all put in together strengthens our team and builds our friendships as well. So if you get the chance to play with CHI, or another college, or maybe a high school team, do it, cause I promise you’re not gonna regret it.