My first time ever hearing about BYU’s Ultimate team was back in 8th grade when my geometry teacher told us about her husband who went to Vegas for an Ultimate tournament. I thought that it was so cool that my teacher’s husband played for BYU, even if it was for a sport I was unfamiliar with. I didn’t have any contact with Ultimate after that until my Junior year when my friend formed the Lone Peak High School Ultimate team. I really wanted to join the team, but couldn’t attend practices because of my committment to our high school. When I wasn’t playing I would look over and see my friends practicing ultimate and I decided that was where I wanted to be.
I started throwing with my friend who was the captain of the team and went to all of the practices. I even joined an Orem city league team with Sam Pugh as my captain. I still remember the accomplishment I felt when I first threw a forehand in a game in front of the Lone Peak Coach, Dave Kroupa. That city league team is where I learned a lot of basic principles and where I really started to discover what I loved about ultimate; going deep!
When the springtime came, our high school season was in full swing and our team was pretty good. We went undefeated that year and won the state championship, but what I remember most is our decision as a team to not play on Sundays which excluded us from Wester Regionals being held in Utah that year. It was a frustrating decision, but not a tough one. We got to play two teams from out of state and we beat both of them pretty good which was when I realized that our team had something special. After that our season was over and I had plans to serve a mission for the LDS Church. Upon returning home I wasn’t sure if I still wanted to play for CHI because of the the time I would need to have available, but after a little pushing from my sister Sabrina—whom I got into ultimate—I decided to go out for the team. After playing for just a couple of hours I remembered why I loved this sport so much and wondered how I thought of leaving it.
I’m super excited for this upcoming season! We have a great team this year. Our offense is going to be killer and our defense is impressive. There are so many athletes and weapons on our team; it’s going to be so fun. The team, and the guys who I love all push me to be better each practice.
Before serving a mission I had the opportunity to coach some high school kids who have gone on to become great ultimate players. It’s exciting to see the growth they have made in the past few years. For you newer players out there, my advice to you would be to find what you excel at and focus your energy on that. If you’re fast, use it. If you’re a hard worker, use it. If you’re patient, use that to become a handler. Master what makes you special while also work on being well-rounded. If you do that you’ll always be a threat out on the field and you’ll gain a love for this wonderful spot as I have.