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The Spirit of the Game

September, 2013

Our family added a new sport last night: Ultimate.

What is “Ultimate” you ask? It’s like football except the teams toss a flying disc instead of a ball.

The Spirit of the Game

This in addition to our already jam-packed closetful of soccer, basketball, football and baseball gear, plus athletic shoes, martial arts weapons, skateboards and an archery bow, which looks a lot like a skirt hanger but I assure you is far more deadly.

FYI: If you need any soccer cleats between the sizes of 1 and 8, we’ve got six pairs stored in the oven.

At least Ultimate only requires a flying disc and a water bottle.

Why we’d add another sport is a good question. In our family, as in yours, each kid is different. One likes the respect of martial arts and the glorious pageantry of swordsmanship. One likes the havoc of a pack of semi-wild, super-sweaty bodies tumbling after a ball. (Did I give birth to a Labrador retriever?)

Athletics aren’t exactly the oldest child’s passion. As a new high school student, he’s spent his free time on French film and hair tints. So when he mentioned Ultimate Frisbee, his dad and I cheered. Sure, we’re a sporty family, but also:

You can’t get injured in Ultimate!

The parent meeting confirmed our theory, at first. It was filled with kids in hipster glasses, holding musical instruments on their laps. Our son’s people!

The head coach wore John Lennon spectacles and a shirt on which the Statue of Liberty held aloft a flying disc instead of a torch. “It’s all about the spirit of the game,” he said gently. Behind him, other coaches nodded and smiled and patted his shoulder.

(Contrast this with the sixth-grade football coach, our good friend Bo, who shouted, “YOU WILL KNOCK PEOPLE DOWN!”)


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