The Illinois State men’s ultimate disc team has played in five tournaments this fall in preparation for its more competitive upcoming spring season.
Throughout the season, the team has been split into two groups and competed against several college teams in the area.
“We’ve had really high placement in tournaments this year,” team president Chase Andree said. “We’ve been playing strictly A-teams from other schools with only 14 people on our team, lots of them rookies and we still beat them.”
Although the team does take them seriously, the fall season tournaments are mainly for training the rookies and introducing them to the game.
“In the fall, we hope to get as much playing time for the rookies as we can because in the spring, it is much more competitive,” team captain James Tunney said.
So far this fall, the ISU ultimate team has competed in several big tournaments including its first of the season, the Stanley Cup and its most recent, the Glory Days.
Glory Days was a weekend-long tournament last weekend where 44 teams competed. Illinois State went four-and-four. With only one tournament left in the fall season, the ISU ultimate team is looking forward to beginning its spring season.
“I am looking forward to seeing the rookies play,” Andree said. “They have made significant improvements over the past month or two, taking initiative and stepping up, especially during Glory Days.”
“I’m excited about getting our A-Team together, figuring out who is going to be on each team and their positions,” Tunney said. “I’m looking forward to figuring out how we all mesh together.”
After losing nearly 10 seniors to graduation last year, regaining leadership posed a problem for the new team captains. Fortunately for them, Tunney got some hands-on experience with Beachfront Property, a Chicago-based ultimate disc club.
“It helped me gain a lot of experience and understand the game more,” Tunney said. “Coming into this semester, it helped me transition into being captain.”
The team’s last tournament of the fall, Missouri Loves Company, takes place in two weeks in Missouri.
“It’s an invite-only tournament and Illinois State and University of Illinois are the only two teams from Illinois that were invited,” Andree said.
Both Andree and Tunney have positive outlooks about the spring’s competitive season.
“When you have a group of people who know what they’re doing, the sky is the limit,” Andree said.
“It’s going to be a very good semester in the spring and I am really excited for it,” Tunney added.