I want to pass this on to everyone !!!!! Three years ago, a group of great guys & gals decided to organize a quick game of Ultimate before the family festivities started. We had a great turnout so I want to keep that tradition going !!!! Last year's event was held at Bussee woods but ran into a small snag with a biathlon scheduled at the same time. We're going back to where it all started. Everyone is welcome to join us to play ultimate at the South side field of Maine West highschool in Des Plaines, IL
Location: Maine West Highschool 1755 S. Wolf Rd, Des Plaines, IL
Time: TBD -- Most likely the weekend before Thanks giving. TBD -- till everyone is tired and hungry.
Links to location will follow shortly
I'll be sure to email everyone to keep you all updated.
Hope everyone's doing well.
30 people between our two games this past weekend....It's bound to happen again this weekend. The cold is only bitter when you're sitting around. Once you get running, you warm up mighty fast.
First thing, don't speed in the forest preserve. We've had a few individuals get pulled over / ticketed for going like 25 (the limit is 15).
More people show up than the number that RSVP! We usually have at least two games of 5-on-5 going, and almost, almost always have at least 7-on-7. (Winter games are the exception. We still play, but numbers are often weaker.)
We are a pick-up game. Not any sort of championship game. Don't worry about "letting your team down" or anything like that. This is a great way to get outside, get in a good amount of running, and to meet new friends. On Sundays we typically play a little more structured, but it's still the same sort of friendly atmosphere.
All ages and ability levels are welcome ~ we really mean this. Our youngest player was 10 (now 11 or 12), our oldest 69. We have a group of people that play multiple times a week in leagues, and then we have new players come who we teach to play on the field. Some of us are in really good physical shape - others get winded after a few runs up the field. It is a great time and you will fit right in!
The most important thing - this is a pickup game. Our skill levels vary quite a bit. Again, we have league/club/college players and we have completely new folks. If you want to be competitive, match up against someone else playing competitively. If you're a beginner, match up against the other beginners (And ask questions!). We enjoy learning strategy, playing a good game, and getting in a workout - but we are mainly out here to play and have fun.
We distinguish teams by "light" colors (usually white) and "dark" colors (usually everything else). Try to bring a WHITE and a dark (NOT GREY) to each game, so we can make teams even. At the very least, please don't wear grey. It's neither light nor dark and is really good at confusing people in the heat of the game.
The games basically run themselves. So when you come, just jump in. Everyone is really friendly. We were all new to the group once before.