Frisbee pulls the Ultimate victory Monday 

Rena Salsberg and Story Sossen, Contributing Writers

“Ultimate Frisbee is actually one of the only self-officiated sports, meaning that there are no referees, so it’s entirely on the players to referee the game,” Varsity Ultimate Frisbee team captain Tuhin Ghosh (12) said. “This also means that everyone on the field has to agree to make sure that the game is as fun as it can be.”

The team has had an impressive performance so far this season, Larry Tao (11) said. “We have a really strong and well-balanced team, in terms of skills and athleticism.”

The Varsity Ultimate Frisbee started their week off with a 13-5 victory on Monday against Salanter Akiba Riverdale Academy (SAR). SAR arrived late to the game, so the team received an automatic 2-0 lead. 

Alex Nagin (12) said that the team effectively understood both their opponent’s and their own strengths and weaknesses during the game, which contributed to their win. “Identifying what strategies were working and continuously repeating them was how we were able to garner the score we did,” he said.

On Wednesday, the team played their second game of the week and lost against Solomon Schechter School. Despite their defeat, Nagin said he saw the team get more comfortable with the sport, which is exciting. They identified that short “give-and-go” passes were the most effective, he said.

The team is working hard to come up with new game plans for their upcoming matches, Arthur Caer (10) said. They also practice every day after school to prepare for those matches.

A typical practice begins with a lap around the field followed by some dynamic stretching, Rohan Buluswar (12) said. After warming up, the team breaks into groups of two or three for throwing practice, he said. They have a few standard drills that help improve how they throw, catch, and cut — get free from a defender and into a position that enables them to receive the disk. Afterward, the team goes over set motions before scrimmaging, Buluswar said.

Each team member has different goals and aspirations for the remainder of the season. “I’m looking forward to the rest of the games, and really seeing how we are able to use the feedback that we’ve gotten from these past three games and really turn our mistakes around,” Ghosh said.

At the end of each practice, one team member leads a unique chant, Ghosh said. “The chants really bind us together and are a nice way to end the practice.” This tradition is one of the ways in which the team fosters a tight-knit community, he said. The team is very supportive of each other and they have built an environment where everyone feels welcomed and included, Ghosh said.

Riya Daga (11) is also proud of the supportive environment the team has built this year, she said. “There is this acceptance that even if you are a new player who’s not that good, it’s a community-building sport.”

The team is also unique since it is one of the only co-ed teams at the school. However, there is little gender divide on the team, Daga said. “The upperclassmen created an environment where everyone [feels] comfortable with each other.”

Ultimate is just as much a team sport as it is an individual one, Daga said. “I think it is very much a group sport because it would be very hard to do well without the support of your team members.”