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Summer ultimate league looking for players

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Stack. Peel. Cup. Flick. Hammer. Tap-in. Stall one. Stall two. Stall three.

The beauty of Ultimate is its simplicity – you throw the disc, you catch the disc, you try to get open, you cover your opponent. And all you really need to play is a pair of cleats, a dark T-shirt, a light T-shirt, a few basic disc handling skills and to know what the above terms mean.

Ultimate is one of the fastest growing sports in Canada with almost 800 teams in the Canadian Ultimate Players Association, plus college teams and pick-up leagues. There are teams for men and women, but most social leagues are co-ed.

That said, the co-ed Whistler Ultimate league is looking for new and experienced players to join the summer league. To accommodate everybody, this year the league will be divided into competitive and recreational categories.

"It’s all been competitive for the past four years, and we found that a lot of people don’t really want it to be all that intense, while others want it to be as fast and furious as possible," says Tasso Lazaridis, one the league’s organizers. "We want to introduce this sport to people. This way people can learn and play according to their own ability, and hopefully we can keep bringing new people into the sport."

Both leagues are co-ed, and Lazaridis expects to have three or four teams in each, depending on interest. "It’s really a matter of captains. We could easily have four teams in each division, but we need people to take charge and be captains."

The League plays every Wednesday with the first two games at 6 p.m. and the second game at 7:30 p.m.. To get on a team, come to the lower fields at Myrtle Philip community school and ask for "Tasso" or email him at Tasso50@hotmail.com .

Whistler also fields a travelling team, and in the past has won at the ‘B’ division level. "When we play A division teams from Vancouver, we always seem to lost by two or three points," says Lazaridis. "They play year-round there, so we do pretty well. It would be good to win."

On July 14 and 15, the Whistler Stellar Ultimate team is hosting their annual Alpenglow tournament in Whistler

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