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Welcoming All Interested Players (no experience necessary) for the 2020 Spring Season!

Welcome to the official website for the Boys Ultimate Frisbee Team at Bend Senior High School!

Ultimate Frisbee is one of the fastest growing sports in the world . . . and for good reason. It’s fun to play and exciting to watch, requires a high degree of athletic performance, and encourages camaraderie and sportsmanship.

The Bend Senior HS team is a club sport (like LaCrosse or Water Polo) that you can earn a varsity letter in. We’re a spring sport, practicing regularly between February and May, and competing in a number of regional tournaments, including the State Championships. Participation is open to anyone who wants to commit themselves to learning the sport with a group of other dedicated athletes.

Please explore the site below to learn more about Ultimate and the Bend Senior HS team.

What Is Ultimate?

Check out these Ultimate highlights!

Ultimate Frisbee got its name for a reason. Considered by many to be “the ultimate sport,” it brings together elements of soccer, football, and basketball to create a dynamic, action-packed, high-intensity game that requires a high degree of speed, endurance, skill, and most importantly, teamwork.

Ultimate is now played all around the world, at levels from elementary school to college to newly formed professional leagues and world championships. Highlights from elite leagues are regularly featured on ESPN’s Top 10, and in 2015, it made a short list of sports being considered for addition to the Olympics.

In short, it’s an awesome game!

 

 

The Team

The Bend Senior High School Boys Ultimate program began in the spring of 2017. Now in our fourth season, we have two teams, Varsity and Junior Varsity. No experience is necessary to join our program. We’re open to all interested players!

Our team goals are to:

  • Have a lot of fun!
  • Teach sportsmanship, competitive integrity, and the spirit of the game
  • Support continuous development of Ultimate skills, strategies, and tactics
  • Prepare players to play in college and beyond
  • Build a supportive, team-first culture of mutual respect, excellence, and camaraderie

Below you’ll find some more details and practical information about what playing for the team entails:

Why Join?
Have Fun!:
Ultimate blends together elements of soccer, football, and basketball, with the grace of a flying disc to create a sport that is a lot of fun to play. It’s fast-paced, collaborative, and since the disc floats through the air, there are a lot opportunities for “highlight plays” and “lay-outs” that makes this game extremely addictive (in the best way). Even beginners who are just learning to throw can enjoy the game as much of the rules and strategies are intuitive and easy to pick-up.

Learn A New Sport:
Ultimate is one of the newest and fastest growing sports in the world. It’s also a “lifetime sport” and you can play for decades at recreational and competitive levels. By joining the team, you’ll have a chance to learn the intricacies of the game and develop your skillset.

Be Part of A Team:
One of the most rewarding aspects of Ultimate is that it’s a team game. No single player, no matter how good they may be, can be successful without the support of their teammates. By joining the Ultimate team, you’ll have a chance to train, compete, and develop together with a group of great guys and make lifelong friendships.

Get (or Stay) in Shape:
Ultimate is one of the most physically demanding sports there is, requiring a high degree of speed and endurance. By playing and training with the team, you’ll get into peak condition which can support you in other sports or just make you feel like a champ :).

Prepare for the Future:
By developing your game in High School, you’ll give yourself the opportunity to play high-level Ultimate in college and beyond. There are many opportunities to travel around the country and the world playing club and even professional Ultimate. Starting now will give you a chance to go as far as you want!

Expectations
Code of Conduct:
All players are expected to treat each other with mutual respect both on and off the field. We promote a team-first attitude, and believe that positive reinforcement is the most effective way to encourage development. Sportsmanship is an important part of Ultimate. There are no referees, and players must enforce the rules themselves and learn to workout any disagreements on the field. Players are expected to approach this with humility, openness, and a willingness to practice self-control even in the most heated competitive moments.

 

Schedule

The Season:
The season runs from late February to late May.

Practice:
We will practice after school 3 times per week, with weekly scrimmage games in evenings and on occasionally on weekends.

Oregon High School Ultimate League:

We are a member of the official Oregon State High School Ultimate League. As part of the league, each team will participate in at least 3 of 4 pre-scheduled tournaments (1 at home and 2-3 in other locations). Our performance versus the other teams in the league will determine our seeding for the state championships, which will take place on May 30-31st in Portland. We will participate in the following tournaments in 2020:
  • March 14: Ashland/Medford
  • April 4: Corvallis
  • April 25: Bend
  • May 4-5: Spaghetti Westerns, Stockton, CA
  • May 9: Portland (TBD)
  • May 16: Eugene
  • May 30-31: OR HS States in Eugene
Costs

Equipment & Uniforms:
Ultimate is a very low-cost sport in that it only requires a frisbee and a pair of standard soccer cleats. Practice discs will be provided by the team. We will have team uniforms that include shorts and both light and dark jerseys. We are looking into potential donors for uniforms, but students may be responsible for purchasing their own.

Participation Fees:
All students who participate in a club sport, must pay a one time fee to cover all our costs for the year. This fee will cover everything including our field rentals, uniforms, equipment, insurance, and our tournament costs (fees, travel, lodging). We are still working out the fee amount for 2020. 

Financial Aid:
We don’t want finances to be an obstacle for any player interested in joining the team. We have full and partial financial aid available for qualifying players. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Joel Pitney (coach).

Fundraising:
We raise funds in a variety of ways, including selling Bend HS Frisbees, car washes, selling Bend High frisbees and potentially reaching out to Boosters and other sponsors to cover some of our costs.

The Coaches

Joel Pitney has been the head coach of the Bend High School Boys team since 2017. Joel has played Ultimate for over 20 years, starting in high school and playing through college, club leagues, and Masters teams. He has coached elite club teams in NYC, and in 2016 coached The New York Empire in the AUDL professional league. His focus is on building a team culture that is both supportive of individual and collective development, while also encouraging sportsmanship, character-building, and a “team-first” attitude.

Interested? Contact Us

For more information about the team, fill out the form below or reach out to:

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Coach:
Joel Pitney
joelpitney@gmail.com
510.684.2645

Faculty Advisor:
Robert Tadjiki
teamtadjiki@gmail.com
541.610.6967