Ultimate ready to Crush spring season

Fall league prepares team for competitive play


Mya Stanberry

Junior Molly Horstman Olson passes the frisbee while dodging a defender during a scrimmage September 26. Ultimate is looking to gain more players as they prepare for the upcoming season.

Tobias Khabie

Although its season doesn’t start until spring, Crush ultimate is hard at work as its fall league is in full swing. Senior captain Joe McGurgan said while the fall league is less intense than the regular season, it still serves as a way for new players to integrate themselves into the sport.

“Fall league is just a great introduction to ultimate and it’s really low key, practice is once a week and then games are once a week, so it’s really not a big commitment,” McGurgan said. “It’s just a good way to get introduced to the sport and start your ultimate journey.”

Junior Ryan DuSaire said the low pressure from fall league provides new players with a larger margin for error as they get accustomed to the ins and outs of the sport, and also introduces new members to their teammates.

“It allows them to see what it’s like to play the game and they can learn a lot about the game before it gets a lot more serious in the spring,” DuSaire said. “It can also really help them learn how to play with different people, because chemistry is really important in ultimate so getting that chemistry up is pretty important for when spring rolls around.”

Unlike the regular season, the fall league is mainly organized by McGurgan and other captains. Junior and fellow captain Molly Horstman-Olson said this fall she is looking to recruit more women to the sport.

“One goal for me this fall is to really get more girls interested in joining the team … so I’ve really been trying to work on making sure that there’s awareness like the football game (has), and other opportunities to say ‘hey, come join us, we’d love to have you here,” Horstman-Olson said.

McGurgan said he appreciates the opportunity for captains to coach the team as it allows them to become more familiar with certain strategies, which plays to their advantage come springtime.

“I really like setting up what kind of offense you want to do and what defense, seeing what the team wants to do and practicing for the spring league,” McGurgan said.

For those interested in joining Crush Ultimate, follow @oc_ultimate for information on the men’s team and @girls_crush_ultimate for the women’s team.