Over the weekend we watched my son Jake’s Ultimate Frisbee team play at Fair Oak Farms in northern Indiana for a two day tournament. Club teams from colleges around the midwest come together for two days of intense competition and camaraderie.
If you’re not familiar with Ultimate, it’s similar to soccer only with a Frisbee. One part I like is that it’s one of the few self-regulated sports… there’s a better way to say that probably but they don’t use referees. Similar to golf, the players are expected to contest bad plays and honorably settle the matter on the field. No refs. No sideline calls. Just [usually] two players respectfully trying to keep the game play fair.
Better yet… my favorite part is following games between teams from Christian schools as they ‘mix it up’ and embrace a moment of unity.
Ultimate seems to be played in some of the worst conditions! We were lucky this weekend and had a pretty decent weather weekend for November but it still amazes me to watch these athletes competing in rain and snow and wind all for the love of the sport and camaraderie.
Esprit de corp is defined as the common spirit existing in the members of a group and inspiring enthusiasm, devotion, and strong regard for the honor of the group… these young men and women truly exemplify esprit de corp and the spirit of athleticism at it’s finest.
Oh and yes. They’re still college kids and they still act like college kids :)