The first youth clinic of 2011, hosted by DC's Truck Stop and Scandal on August 20, 2011, was a huge success! With almost 50 kids attending, the clinic was well represented by youth ultimate players around the DC-metro area, coming from schools such as HB Woodlawn, Yorktown, Herndon, Woodson, Deal, and Thomas Jefferson and ranging in age from 12 to 17 years old. With such a range in age and experience, the players were split into beginner and advanced groups for the clinic.
This year’s Emerald City Classic was a great experience. Because we were flying in from the east coast, the three-day tournament was definitely worth it as it gave us some time to actually enjoy Seattle. I believe there may be a facebook album floating around out there with some pics…
In the week or two leading up to last week’s game against NexGen Ultimate, there was definitely a lot of talk via team email and at practice about how we were going to destroy the “kids” on the field. They might be young and athletic, but Truck’s experience, skill and overall craftiness would (we hoped) win the day in a decisive fashion.
More than three months after Sarasota and just as long until the start of the next season, a few Truckers picked up with a mixed team for a tournament in North Carolina. It was fun I guess. Fools Fest was a month later. A guy on the other team wore a Spiderman costume. Next up was a wet, windy Henlopen. We won with nine guys. Big boy pickup, tryouts, a couple weekends of practices. It was beginning to feel more like the ultimate I’d been waiting since November to play.
Truck Stop finished 5th place at Boston this year. That’s the highest I’ve ever finished at any serious club tournament not called Sectionals. Yet I come away with mixed feelings on the weekend. Sure, there is some satisfaction in how we closed out games on Sunday to secure 5th. But there’s a lot more hunger for what’s left on the table after we didn’t close out the second half against Southpaw and how we didn’t come out on fire against GOAT.
Copy/Pasted from the Truck Stop Ultimate site: Written by friend, Jonathan Neeley
Tryouts were pretty straightforward on my end: show up, play hard, and support the players around me. I tend to get caught up in the big picture, so I tried to remember that best thing I could do for myself was focus on executing whatever objective was at hand and let the whole “making the team” thing take care of itself.