How often do athletes get to call their own fouls and play without coaches or referees? For members of The Warmothers, Swarthmore's women's Ultimate Frisbee team, such freedom is the norm.
The laid back and fun vibe attracts all types. "I'd never played a team sport before Frisbee, but I love it - the feel of the disc in your hands, the sound of it being thrown and caught, the smell of the grass, and your heart beating in your chest as you sprint to catch the Frisbee," says Amandine Lee '13 from Seattle, WA.
"We have our own inside jokes and lingo which may sound a little impolite, but are really about playing Ultimate."
Amandine Lee '13
The Warmothers (an anagram of Swarthmore) hone their skills and team chemistry at practice three times a week, in addition to frequenting Ultimate tournaments on the weekends. In the process, athletes get a chance to bond on and off the field. "It's a fast-paced and dynamic game, even from the sideline," Lee says.
Not only is the women's Ultimate team very tight-knit, but the men's and women's teams often attend the same tournaments and socialize together, which fosters a sense of community and camaraderie among Frisbee players at Swat. Students praise the nature of Ultimate Frisbee, since it combines fun and competition. "Everyone's always hugging, especially the girls," Lee says. "But the boys do it, too."