The passion of a few Tech students is evolving into a full-fledged movement as the Ultimate Frisbee club seeks to become the Tech Ultimate Frisbee Team.
Brenden Mertz, a sophomore civil engineering major and club president, said the club got its start from a group of like-minded students.
“We used to meet around 10 p.m. Thursday nights,” Mertz said. “We ended up getting about 40 people together and we just said, ‘We can make this a legitimate thing.’”
Mertz said the team would get to play quite a few large schools.
“We would be able to play teams like LSU-S and Lafayette (University of Louisiana),” he said. “Once the season starts in January, we’d play bigger names like Florida and Tulane.”
Mertz said he was confident his members could form a strong team.
“We have a lot of athletic ability out here,” he said. “Without a doubt, we can hang with the other teams.”
Chase Rogers, club resource manager, said his love for the game drives his desire to see this project realized.
“I’ve been a member of the club since last year when we were just playing pick-up games,” said Rogers, a sophomore cyber engineering major. “I love the game, and I feel the others do, too.”
Mertz said because there are both mens’ and womens’ tournaments, the club has plans for multiple teams.
“Right now, we have around 54 people total, and since you can only play seven at a time, we can form multiple guys’ teams,” he said. “Also, we have eight girls and we would like to get a female team together.”
Since fundraising falls squarely on the club’s members, they decided to get creative and embrace the season.
Club vice president, Michael Reed said the club will host a Halloween costume contest.
“On Tuesday, Oct. 29, we are doing a team costume contest,” said Reed, senior political science major. “It will be held out here on the practice field. The teams can range from five to 10 people. It will cost $30 per team and our only rule is that the costumes be Halloween-themed.”
For more information on the costume fundraiser, contact the Lambright Intramural Center.
Reed said that Frisbee has no referees, and it is up to the players to be sportsmanlike.
“Players call their own fouls and it creates a positive atmosphere of good sportsmanship,” he said. “In the end, it’s good fun playing with others who love the game just as much as you do.”
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