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Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Ultimate Diary

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Well, tomorrow at 3:30, my Summer starts.  And that means one thing for this guy: ULTIMATE!  Big Jake is gonna be tossing the disc all Summer long (in a similar manner that Kid Rock sings "Sweet Home Alabama") and getting prepared for trying out for the best college club team ever.  That's right, homies, Juice Box Jake is trying out for University of Michigan MagnUM. 

I'm gonna start training this weekend, and I am super pumped.  Over the course of May, I will be running about 2-5 miles every day, hopefully on grassy, soccer field-like surfaces to get myself acquainted with my new pair of cleats (Nike Mercurials).  In addition to this, I am going to find every game of pick-up that I can, which shouldn't be difficult, as my two primary places of residence are college towns with serious ultimate teams (MagnUM at Michigan, Burning Couch at MSU). 

East Lansing Summer League begins in late May/early June, and that is going to be a blast.  Unfortunately, it only happens once a week, but I'll be able to work in some pick-up games in addition to that.  I will also be walking the 2-3 miles to work every day, so that will go well with my training. 

My goal for the Fall is to be in good enough shape and skilled enough to be able to make MagnUM's B team.  If I can make the A Team... AWESOME.
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gibsonpenguin wrote on Apr 29th, 2010 5:22am

Hey dude, I saw one of your posts in the pit about ultimate. I haven't really seen any other people around here who play... If you want any tips/help/etc. let me know- I've been playing for like 5 years now.

Are you trying out for any club teams? Do you have any experience? Good luck this fall going out for MagnUM- I watched them play at college nationals last year, they're sick.

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guitarsftwa wrote on Apr 29th, 2010 5:35am

I've been playing for about 3 years now myself. It was nice growing up in East Lansing (MSU aka Burning Couch) because there are TONS of places to play, and I was able to get into it early compared to most (most people I play with start freshman year of college, I picked it up sophomore year of high school). I've been playing various pickup games and have been doing Summer league the past few years, and right outside my dorm is where MagnUM practices, and I've been able to play with them a bit when they needed some people for scrimmages. When it comes to club teams, I need to look into it further (besides MagnUM, obviously) but I have an intramural team lined up for the Fall which includes 2 current MagnUM guys, 1 former MagnUM dude and 1 B team guy (who is my co-captain) which may help me out when it comes to trying out.

What about you? Teams? Leagues? I may hit you up for some strategy/gear/training questions, including possible inquiries

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gibsonpenguin wrote on Apr 29th, 2010 6:15am

I started playing some pick up my senior year of high school, and now I'm a senior in college at James Madison University. I was on the B-team my freshman year, and I've been playing for the A-team the last two years, and I'm captain this year. We're headed to AC regionals next weekend. It should be pretty sweet. We've been a consistent regionals qualifier, but haven't really been a big nationals contender since my freshman year, we ended up 4th place (1 spot away).

I unfortunately haven't been able to play for any club teams, there weren't really any that fit for me between freshman/sophomore year, I got hurt the summer between sophomore/junior year, and last summer I went abroad. I'll be trying out for a couple this summer though which I'm pretty pumped about.

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