Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ultimate frisbee prepares for tournament

OPEN for business — Athletic Director Jeff Barber (left), Executive Vice President of Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce Christine Kennedy and Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. cut the ribbon during the public opening of the new Williams Stadium Press Tower on Oct.12.

Many people at Liberty play Ultimate Frisbee on the intramural fields and various other places, but few are aware that Liberty has its own club Ultimate Frisbee team that debuted in Myrtle Beach Oct. 23rd and 24th.

Under Coach Jason Jarrett, the Flames Ultimate Frisbee prepared for their first tournament and was ready for the competition during their first games.

While at the tournament, coach Jarrett expressed the importance of gaining experience and exposure during the weekend.

“[We want] to gain experience and learn something throughout the tournament. We would like to win some games in the process as well,” Coach Jarrett said.

The men and women’s teams had not previously competed prior to the weekend’s tournament.

“Neither team has ever had an official game. We only had about four to five practices, so I had to go over a few concepts that they will have to put together in one weekend,” coach Jarrett.

Even though there was a lack of legitimate in-game experience, these groups of players possess an abundance of raw athleticism and enthusiasm for playing Ultimate Frisbee.

“We have a lot of athletes, but in some aspects they are raw in understanding the game of Ultimate, and they also come from different types sports, which can play in our advantage,” Coach Jarrett said.

Another important key is that these groups played a total of about eight to ten games during the weekend as their first official introduction to the game.

“What makes this team unique is that we scrimmaged a few times but we seem to be up to the challenge of playing teams that have had experience playing at this level.”

Coach Jarrett expected both the teams to do great in their first games and to learn and gain experience.

“I expect them to try to win, to have a good attitude, a good testimony, and to have fun especially since they are going to be near the beach, and to learn more about Ultimate.”

BATTLE is a sports reporter.

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