Ultimate frisbee has its sights on being more competitive in the Cayman Islands.
Local organisers of the sport will be staging two free clinics at the Camana Bay Sports Field. The first session is on Tuesday, 30 April, with the other is planned for 7 May.
Steve Weitzman is one of the original four organisers and states the clinics are the first step towards serious competition.
“We have a number of very good players in Cayman who regularly play in our Friday pick-up games at 5.30pm at Camana Bay,” Weitzman said. “The main goal of ultimate is always to have fun and enjoy, but we’d love to expand to a league here in Cayman and perhaps ultimately form a travelling club team that competes in tournaments in the United States and the Caribbean – and one day perhaps worldwide.
“We have had pick-up ultimate in Cayman for almost four years now and we feel it’s time to take the game to the next level, while also introducing it to a wider audience.
“Ultimate is the sort of game where everyone is welcome, so we view these clinics as a chance for new people to come out and learn some basics of the game, while giving more experienced players a chance to improve their skills. Most importantly, everyone can have fun while doing it.”
Tuesday’s session, along with next week’s meet, run from 7.45pm to 9.30pm. The co-ed clinics will focus on basic skills like throwing, running and catching while teaching the basics of offence and defence.
For the record, ultimate is a team sport played with a large plastic disc. The object of the game is to score points by passing the disc to a player in the opposing end zone, similar to an end zone in American football.
Weitzman, along with Badir Awe, Josh Lavelle and Scott Murray, have ensured ultimate has had a presence in Cayman since 2009, in the form of pick-up games. The Camana Bay field currently hosts matches every Friday evening from 5.30pm, attracting residents for about an hour and half of action.
Weitzman states his commitment to the sport comes from the social benefits.
“Ultimate is a fantastic cardio work-out. It involves more running than football, but it’s still a social and friendly game. It is co-ed and it is non-contact, even if you’re not the fastest person on the field or the best at throwing the frisbee, there’s still a place in the game for you.
“It’s a great opportunity to come out and meet some fun people, get a great workout and learn a cool new game.”