Two players toss a disc from one end of the field to another. It’s windy, but that doesn’t bother them even as they’re forced to run up and down the turf. Both of them are also barefoot, because cleats are expensive. This, in so many words, is EC Ultimate.
Eckerd’s Ultimate Frisbee club, or EC Ultimate, has grown to boast more than 30 regular members, many of them underclassmen.
“Just when we started getting 30-plus people, an influx from 12 to 15, it was like ‘what do we do?’” EC Ultimate Co-President Tyler Cutrone said. “But now we have a grasp on it.”
Ultimate Frisbee, or simply Ultimate, is a non-contact team sport played with a disc. There are seven members per team, and any player who catches the disc must stay in place until they throw it to a teammate. The goal is to get the disc from one end of the field to the other 14 times.
“I guess it’s not a generic sport,” Cutrone said. “To me it feels like it happened out of the idea that kids were just bored and started throwing around a piece of plastic.”
Cutrone first played ultimate in high school, and now leads EC Ultimate along with his two co-presidents, sophomore Carter Dammann and sophomore Max McManus. The three split their duties into coaching, club logistics and on-field hype.
“Which is Max, because he always has great attitude,” Cutrone said. “ He’s the hype man to bring it up even if you’re losing like five-nothing.”
Some of the players look forward to bi-annual tournaments, where they face off against schools like UCF and FSU. Others simply go out to have fun with their friends.
“It’s the most structured, laid- back sporting event on campus,” junior Eli Gartner said.
Much of the club’s growth came from word-of-mouth, as well as some well-meant peer pressure. “It’s a lot of friends dragging each other out,” sophomore Jackson Borges said. “We kept coming because it’s so much fun.”
According to Cutrone, the club wants to host competitions with other schools this year. Not only would it be easier on the budget, but it’s an exciting prospect for the players.
“There is a certain attitude within the club where you do want to have fun with your friends and throw the disc around, but there’s also that ‘you want to win’ mentality,” Cutrone said.
The club meets at the soccer field on Sundays at 4:00 p.m., Mondays at 8:00 p.m. and Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.
“The goal is to have fun,” Cutrone said. “If you’re not in it for the competition, there’s no worries, we can still field teams to play.”