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Intramural Frisbee

November 26th, 2010

John Bornberg with a layout D in Semi's

Since personally coming into the Frisbee scene after my college years and with the Intramural Frisbee Championships taking place right around the corner on Tuesday 11/30/2010, I’ve often wondered what it is like to participate in Intramural Frisbee at UF.  To help answer this question I’ve brought in John Bornberg an Intramural buff who’s collectively been a part of 9 combined IM championship appearances.   However, he’s only walked away with 2 titles both in Frisbee over the Summer.

Originally a soccer buff, Bornberg turned to Ultimate after failing to make the UF Soccer club team in 2008.   Ultimate became a place where John could continue to use his great speed and conditioning while enjoying playing with friends at the Hume East dorms.   The thing to do was round up all your friends on your floor and go out and play a sloppy pick up game.   Many people don’t know this about John Bornberg but he’s been playing Frisbee for 4 years and joined High Level for a season in 2009.

One of the benefits of Intramural Frisbee is being able to make your own team from virtually whoever you want.  This allows team to completely stack Intramural teams in order to win a championship and get the coveted Intramural T-shirt for that semester.  It’s no surprise that a lot of Intramural Frisbee games are blowouts.  The games are to 10, and it’s not a rare feat for a good team to shut out an opponent in ten minutes without breaking a sweat.  Bornberg’s teams have proven multiple times that you can beat all but the top 25% of Intramural teams with just 2 good ultimate players: someone to huck the disk and someone to run deep and catch it.

What about defense?  Guarding the limited amount of players that can actually throw the disk and leaving the rest open works great.  For a good team, most regular season match ups feel like a warm up.  In non-playoff situations, it’s not really worth it to call fouls unless absolutely necessary.  The reasoning behind this is that most of the weaker opponents probably don’t know anything about the foul you just called on them, and if you get into a major dispute on the field the intramural supervisor can deduct sportsmanship points from your team.  If your sportsmanship rating is too low they tend to threaten you with playoff ineligibility and make you meet with the UF Rec Sports League Coordinator.  They take their ratings seriously, one of John’s flag football teams was almost ruled ineligible for playoffs after a player on my team punted the opposing team’s football into the woods on Maguire Field after disagreeing with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, ironically.

Duck Wild wins IM Open Summer 2010

In Intramural Frisbee, “real” match ups typically start in playoffs, unless you were fortunate enough to play one of the few decent teams during one of your five regular season games.  Virtually every decent team contains the maximum two active club players, which makes for some interesting rivalries when two of these teams meet in playoffs.  A few good games usually ensue, but for the most part teams are still unevenly matched.   In an attempt to even the playing field, UF Rec Sports has a couple of eligibility requirements for intramural sports.  First, you cannot have any current or former Olympic or professional athletes on your team, so if Ryan Lochte is on your intramural Frisbee team, you’re disqualified.  Secondly, as mentioned earlier, you are allowed a maximum of two active club team players for the sport you are playing.  One thing John learned the hard way is that former NCAA athletes also count as club players.

Intramural Ultimate Frisbee notoriously pushes these eligibility requirements to the limit, traditionally mixing two active club players with former club players, club coaches, and other known Frisbee talent to create ridiculous teams that often don’t experience a close game until the finals, if that.  These teams usually run the show semesters at a time, meaning the same people win every season.  Top athletes in the school rack up closets of championship shirts,  I know multiple people with more than 10.  I can’t begin to explain how demoralizing it is to not have a championship shirt, lose in the finals, and watch the other team get their shirts and complain about how they already have that color. Many times, playing Intramural Frisbee just feels like playing fantasy football, because it takes little effort and the goal is to crush the opponent with your superstar lineup.

Man Up! wins IM Mixed Summer 2010

One problem that can be common in Intramurals is getting players to show up for games.  In Intramurals, a showing of less than 5 people will result in a forfeit and the team captain being fined 30 dollars.  UF Rec Sports clearly hasn’t heard my “two good players can beat most intramural teams” theory.   UF Intramural Frisbee creates a great opportunity for students who play ultimate to add new T-shirts to their wardrobe.  With so many teams competing, the glory of winning an intramural frisbee championship and having your picture posted on the intramural website is hard to beat.

The Finals for both Open and Mixed Intramurels will take place on Tuesday 11/30 starting at 7:00 PM on UVS Fields.

Written by: Philip Nassoiy and John Bornberg

Sites: http://recsports.ufl.edu/intramurals/Fall_Ultimate_FrisbeeCo-RecBracket.html

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