"I believe we're one of the fastest growing sports if not the fastest growing sport in the state."
"It's all about the team."
"I played once and I was hooked."
These testimonials are not for soccer. They're not for lacrosse. They're for Ultimate Frisbee, but you can just call it Ultimate.
"So I played football and hockey." says Vermont Commons graduate Justin Decatur, "There was a lot of aggression a lot of testosterone. Here, there's really no anger. Whenever someone's angry out on the field it's rare. It's something that's weird."
Tucked away at Watson Park in White River Junction on a perfect summer Sunday, you can find the Vermont Youth Ultimate League practicing.
"I love working with the kids," says Cyrus Amedore, a CVU graduate and current VYUL Coach, "This is my second year coaching. First year coaching GMX. It's been a great experience."
Soon, Cyrus and Ultimate coaches all over will be able to bring the sport to high schools throughout Vermont. Theo Fetter, one of Ultimate's strongest supporters in Vermont, has helped pave the way for the sport to become officially recognized at the high school level.
"In February we received unanimous support from the board of the VPA to enter a two year probationary program to become Vermont's next varsity sport."
And as Ultimate continues to grow here in Vermont, this team will be making their way out to Minnesota to contend for a National Championship.
"It's the Youth Club Championships. Which Ultimate players call YCC's," says Fetter, "It's just north of Minneapolis at the National Sportscenter, the biggest soccer complex in the country. It's the biggest stage in the world for Youth Ultimate Frisbee."
"We've neverhad the opportunity to have an all-state team that goes to nationals before," says Alex Stetter of Montpelier.
"I think we'll do really well in Minnesota, and I'm excited to see how we grow as a team," BFA Fairfax senior Adi Toof optimistically added during the VYUL practice.
Regardless of the outcome in Minnesota, Adi, Justin, Alex and the rest of the VYUL team are building the foundation for ultimate to grow in Vermont
As Toof puts it, "It makes me feel like I'm doing something to help Ultimate grow and I'm really really passionate about the sport."
To learn more about the Vermont Youth Ultimate League, you can visit http://vyul.ultimatecentral.com/
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