Is It Time for One of the More Popular Growing Sports to Make Its Mark on CV?
“It’s time.” That was the way junior Jordan Mokricky described the scenario as to whether the Chartiers Valley Athletic Department should house an Ultimate Frisbee team or not. The debate has been growing, rumors have been tossed around, and the question is present: should Chartiers Valley host an Ultimate Frisbee team as part of the athletics program?
The sport of Ultimate is growing year by year, with 48,914 people signed up to participate with USA Ultimate, the governing body organization for the sport in the United States, in 2014. As of 2014, the sport has 13,568 registered players that are in the 13-18 age group range. That makes it very friendly towards a younger audience demographic.
The sports features multiple college programs around the country, including one of the most successful right here at the University of Pittsburgh, which has won two National titles in the last three years; as well as multiple clubs and organizations with each city having its very own community. The sport is also unique in that as of now, its the only sport to have not just one, but two professional leagues: the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) founded in 2012, and Major League Ultimate (MLU) founded in 2013. The sport is also one of the safest.
Chartiers Valley is a community built on integrity, and the sport of Ultimate represents integrity.
Andrew Gardner, the general manager of Pittsburgh’s pro team, the Thunderbirds, and the head coach at Fox Chapel Area High School, explained what has defined the sport for decades; it’s called the Integrity Rule: “The integrity rule allows a player to overturn a referee call if that call was in that players favor. It’s used when a player knows he was out but was called in, when he has fouled but he knows he wasn’t, etc.”
This definitely is a pivotal feature of the sport, and if it were featured here would teach the utmost level of sportsmanship to the students playing it.
Overall, it will be exciting to see if something like this comes to fruition soon.