My first taste of ultimate frisbee was the end of my senior year of high school. Two of my friends and I were invited to play pick-up with some local players. None of us had ever played organized ultimate frisbee, but my two friends had played a lot of disc golf. I had grown up playing soccer and basketball and running track and cross country. I played with that pick-up group a few times and then forgot about ultimate frisbee until I started my freshman year at BYU. One of the guys in my hall played on BYU CHI’s B-team and had an older brother who played on the A-team. He saw that I loved sports so he invited me to come to practice with him. That’s when I learned how awesome the sport of ultimate frisbee is.
The reasons I play ultimate frisbee are BYU CHI and the spirit of the game. CHI has become a family for me. We are a family on and off the field. There is a trust in every generation of CHI that is difficult to find anywhere else. Ultimate frisbee is also the purest sport, in my opinion. Coaches and captains teach players how to be the best version of themselves for the team they play on. They don’t teach players how to cheat and play just outside the rules. They teach players to play smarter and work harder. They teach players to be good.
Last year, we had a lot of very good games and a few not so great games. I believe a lot of those close games and not so great games could be overcome this year with more mental strength and fortitude. We need to be able to have a mistake happen and be okay with that and move on to the next throw or next point or next game. We can’t get hung up on throwing a turnover or missing a defensive play. We have to be able to make a mistake, learn from it, and then move on to the next play immediately. I hope to discover more about how I can do that myself and then help my teammates discover how they can do that for themselves, both in ultimate frisbee and life.