UC High’s Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee Club Values Friendship

Tara Djordjevic, Staff Writer

   The UC High Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee Club meets once a month on campus in room  B13 to set practice dates at either parks or beaches to teach students the basics of ultimate frisbee while encouraging meaningful friendships and having fun.

   According to the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF), “The aim of [ultimate frisbee is] two teams of seven players compete on a playing field about the same length as a football field, but narrower. At each end of the playing field there is an end zone. Each team defends one end zone. They score a goal if one of their players catches the disc in the opposite end zone.” The site added that ultimate frisbee is a non-contact, self-refereed team sport played with a flying disc frisbee (wfdf.sport).

   According to WFDF basic rules, “Ultimate [frisbee] relies upon a Spirit of the Game that places the responsibility for fair play on every player. There are no referees; the players are solely responsible for following and enforcing the rules, even at World Championship. Competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of respect between players, adherence to the rules, and the basic joy of play” (cdn.auckland.ac.nz).

   When it comes to leading roles within the club, Junior Jenna Amos and Junior Jenna Settelmayer are the Co-Founders, Junior Ava Tomayko is the Secretary, Junior Nathalia Arista is the Treasurer, and English Teacher Della June is the advisor, according to Tomayko.

   Tomayko said, “The main purpose of our club is to make new friendships and to just get outside and do something active.”

   According to Tomayko, around 25 participants came to the first practice at Scripps Beach and the club expects an even bigger turnout at its upcoming events.

   “Our club teaches Centurions how to play ultimate frisbee and to have fun whether they are winning or losing,” said Amos.

   This is the first time the club has been co-ed. Amos said, “Jenna Settelmayer and I were in the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club as freshmen, which was run by my sister. The club stopped because of COVID-19, so we decided to start it up again but include everyone.”

   The atmosphere is easy-going and inclusive. “The club is very chill. People come to the practices when they can. If a member has other commitments it is not a problem. We do try to schedule practices when everyone is available though,” said Amos.

   “Ultimate frisbee is not a super demanding club. It’s laid-back and easy to participate in,” added Tomayko.

   Tomayko plans to continue the club throughout the summer and into her senior year. Tomayko said, “I would like everyone to continue to have fun in the club.”

   Amos added that she does not have big plans for the club other than simply continuing it. Amos shared, “[The club board] really just wanted to start up this club as a fun space to see friends from school and play Ultimate Frisbee.”

   Tomayko said, “Students should join Ultimate Frisbee Club because they can connect with new people and make friendships while getting exercise and participating in a relaxed and fun sport.”