Over the past year, Da Vinci’s back field has been left empty. However, with the return of the Ultimate Frisbee team, there is hope that the field will be once again filled with Da Vinci students flicking and catching frisbees.
In the 2015-2016 school year the Da Vinci Dino’s Frisbee team was one of the hottest teams around, placing 7th in the statewide Division 1 Ultimate Tournament. However, with the loss of the team coach, former math teacher Natalie Bladis, and the graduation of influential players such as Gavin Cosgrave and Joey Balderama, the team fell upon hard times and failed to produce a tournament-ready team the following year.
This year however, the Da Vinci Ultimate Frisbee team is back with new captains to revitalize the once great and award-winning team. This year’s captains are seniors Joshua Danzik and Diego Tamayo, who each have their own set of objectives for the team this year.
“The goal right now is basically to just get a solid foundation for a club team and to get new people out there to experience what it’s like to be a part of a team,” said Danzik. Tamayo added, “Some more of the team’s goals are to have fun, be inclusive, and work hard.”
“Ultimate Frisbee is a frantic, fast-paced, free-for-all that features elements of basketball, soccer and football while being played without a referee,” said Tamayo. Ultimate Frisbee promises ultimate excitement. The rules offer thrills, and the lack of supervision equals ultimate confusion.
“Ultimate Frisbee provides great exercise. It involves a lot of running but it’s a lot of fun while you’re playing so you start to forget that you’re tired. It’s a sport hugely based on community which is perfect for Da Vinci,” said Danzik.
Diego Tamayo and Joshua Danzik are working very hard to recruit players. “We need people to come to practice, and that’s why we are advertising our club with flyers throughout the school and over the daily announcements,” said Tamayo.
So feel free to visit the Ultimate Frisbee club. They have practice on Tuesdays from 3:45 to 5:30 and Wednesday 2:45 to 4:30 and anyone can participate. “If you come play frisbee with us bring a short sleeve shirt, shorts, and cleats if you have them,” said Tamayo.