The New School completed its inaugural ultimate frisbee season with a bang this year! The team got off to a great start with 13 committed players, including a couple of players from Maynard Jackson. Our main goals this year were to develop as players and as a team, and to compete in the state championship. We were led by captains Austin Thomas and Ted Anderson. Ted used his knowledge from previous ultimate experience and Austin motivated the team through his high intensity play and inspiring speeches. Overall we met and exceeded our season goals. Every player improved dramatically over the course of the season and started to find their roles on the team.
At the end of the season, we were given the Spirit Award for the JV Boys Division. Spirit of the game is extremely important in ultimate as all play is self officiated. It is up to each individual player to learn the rules, make their own calls, and discuss them in a sportsman’s like manner on the field. It was a great honor for us to receive this award, especially in our first season as a team, and great validation that the values and community engagement that our students work on every day at The New School are helping them grow into positive role models and citizens.
This season, we developed strong fundamentals and now have a great foundation to work with, especially since most players will be returning.We are unfortunately saying good bye to Ethan Davey as he will be attending Georgia Tech next year (congratulations Ethan!). He will be sorely missed as he was an amazing teammate and major contributor on the field. I am excited to see how TNS Ultimate will continue to improve next year!
Kat Smith – TNS Ultimate Coach