Ultimate Frisbee clubs will hold tournament

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 2:13 a.m.
The University of Florida Ultimate Club Team and women's ultimate Frisbee club team, Florida's Ultimate Elite Ladies, will be hosting their annual Fall Out Ultimate Frisbee tournament Saturday at the Southwest field.
Registration for the tournament begins at 9 a.m. and tournament play will begin at 10 a.m. Play will end around 8:30 p.m.
Saturday's competition will be a hat tournament. Players will sign up individually, not as a team as they might normally, and will be randomly assigned a coed team they will play with for the rest of the afternoon.
Additionally, individuals will rate their skill level on a scale from one to five - one having very little ultimate experience and five being a very experienced player.
There will be 10 teams with players of evenly divided skill levels. Each team will have the same color T-shirt so they will be able to tell who is on their team. T-shirts will be available for purchase at Southwest field where the main registration tent will be.
"This is a good way to experience ultimate with people you don't usually play with," said women's club member Allison Walford.
This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the club teams, who use the money to cover the entrance fee to competitions they enter as well as travel expenses throughout the year. Members from the men's and women's teams will be participating in the event as well.
Last year the men's team won the national championship for ultimate teams and many of the championship members will be playing in the tournament.
"Gainesville actually has some of the best ultimate players in the country," said tournament co-director Lisa Holder. "A lot of them will definitely show up for this tournament."
This is FUEL's sixth year of existence as the UF women's team, and the men's team has been around for more than 25 years.
"You'd be surprised how good some of the people are who come out to play," Holder said. "The tournament will be really fun and we're expecting a great turnout."
For more information, e-mail wufuctl@grove.ufl.edu.

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