NEW HEADING 1
October 16, 2012By Maja Bursac of Thomas Nelson HS
The blood rushing- it’s adrenaline. Your heart pumping more rapidly than customary- you’re extraordinarily anxious. The loud cheers of everyone in the audience- makes you strive to keep going. The colors of everywhere you turn whirling into a sudden blur- only one thing is on your mind. Running as if this is your last chance to be something you want- desire. Wanting your teammate to pass the circular ‘device’ that they’re holding- because there’s only one thing you want to do… ‘Advance the disc toward the opponent’s end zone.’ Yes, it’s what you want. YES, it’s what you’ll get…
The concept promises ultimate excitement. The rules offer ultimate thrills, and the lack of supervision equals ultimate confusion. The sport/club? ULTIMATE FRISBEE. It is called 'ultimate' because it is the ultimate sport according to many who have played it.
The sport requires power, agility, balance, flexibility, local muscle endurance, cardiovascular endurance, strength endurance, strength, coordination, determination, speed, and many hours of training, but only to get better! Here at Thomas Nelson High School, it is said to be a great way to make friends, try something new and get in shape! They meet every Wednesday, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM, unless said otherwise. They won’t actually play against another team until spring, because they want to train, and strive to do better than they did before. It cost $15 admission, and you are to give the money to Mr. Hoyes, the Ultimate Frisbee sponsor.
Some of you may be asking, ‘what is the point of this game,’ well, the object of the game is to score points by passing the disc to a player in the opposing end zone, similar to an end zone in football or the in-goal area in rugby. Players are not to run with the disc, and may only move one foot while holding the disc.
Basic rules of this sport; on the field of play, each team consists of of 7 players, substitutions are permitted between points and teams may contain up to 20 players. To begin the game, players line up at the edge of their respective end zones and the defensive team throws the disc towards the offensive team. During play, the disc may be thrown in any direction. Like netball, you cannot run with the disc, and on receiving it you must release it within ten seconds. You lose possession if the disc touches the ground, goes out of play or if your opponent catches it. A point is scored when a team-mate catches the disc in the opponent’s end zone. A game is won when 15 points are amassed, with two clear points on the opponent’s score, or after 80 minutes of play.
It’s more than just a game. It’s something every student at Thomas Nelson High School should get involved in, because you have nothing to lose, and so much to gain. It’s important to get involved, even as a student coming to cheer on the stands, because it shows leadership, and that we support and care for one another! It shows the players that they can do it, and that they’re showing the world what TNHS Generals can do. It shows the world that we’re all in this together! We can do this Generals, yyeeeesssss!