Discs fly at Kings
Ultimate Frisbee, a game played with a circular plastic disc, is an up-and-coming sport. This year, Kings High School is introducing this sport to its students.
KHS senior, Austin Seiter, developed his love for frisbee his junior year. Seiter and friend Simon Melton, started playing frisbee for a time filler and some fun as they became better friends. Seiter says that it was something that brought them closer.
“I wanted to spend more time with Simon and frisbee was our most common interest,” Seiter said.
Seiter and Melton became fond of the sport and began to make trick shot videos with a frisbee. They filmed these and started posting them on Instagram on tuesdays, calling them TST or Trick shot Tuesdays.
Seiter soon decided that he wanted to incorporate the sport into KHS. With the help of two friends Melton and Jack Delehanty, he created the Ultimate Frisbee club. UFC was held on Wednesdays after school and was an hour of multiple ultimate games.
During the summer, Seiter began working on a plan to start a team. Another friend, Elliott Waissbluth and him, created a powerpoint that they had to present and get cleared by athletic director Phil Poggi. After getting a yes on that, Seiter had to talk to a leader of Cincinnati Ultimate Program and find a coach.
“It was a three month search,” Seiter said.
Seiter finally found one: John Onnen.
Onnen played ultimate in college and coached multiple teams in California before he lived in Ohio. He heard about the needed coaching position from one of his daughter’s friends. Onnen says that his goal this year is to “Have fun.”
Now, KHS Ultimate Frisbee has five coaches. It is predicted to start in the spring. Currently they have enough males to make two teams. Ultimate is looking for a lot more girls because it is a 5:2 male to female ratio. It is undecided if there will be a JV/Varsity.
UFT will play schools around the area such as Lebanon, Mason, Milford, Sycamore, etc.
Ultimate Frisbee is a game similar to razzle dazzle and football. There is an end zone on each side of the field and the objective is to have someone in the end zone to receive the frisbee. They play to 19 points or until time runs out. There are two positions: handlers and receivers.
Ultimate Frisbee is unique in a very special way. It focuses around the rule “Spirit of the Game” which is all about good sportsmanship.
“SPIRIT OF THE GAME™
Excerpts from the Official Rules of Ultimate: 11th Edition:
From the Preface: “The integrity of Ultimate depends on each player’s responsibility to uphold the Spirit of the Game, and this responsibility should remain paramount.”
From Section 1: “Spirit of the Game” … Ultimate relies upon a spirit of sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the player. Highly competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of mutual respect among competitors, adherence to the agreed upon rules, or the basic joy of play. Protection of these vital elements serves to eliminate unsportsmanlike conduct from the Ultimate field. Such actions as taunting opposing players, dangerous aggression, belligerent intimidation, intentional infractions, or other ‘win-at-all-costs’ behavior are contrary to the Spirit of the Game and must be avoided by all players.
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Waissbluth and Seiter both have hopes that the ultimate legacy will continue on after they leave high school.
“I hope the team carries on to the future generations at Kings and becomes an Ohio ultimate frisbee power league in a couple of years,” said Waissbluth