Frisbee Fanatics

Monday, April 15, 2002

It's not your average campus club, but it's joining a growing trend across the nation.

All it requires is some time in the sun, an open field and a Frisbee.

The BVU Frisbee Club, spearheaded by students Cale Roe and John Roberts, is the newest campus organization. The group is busy planning Ultimate Frisbee tournaments for the coming weeks, while a long-range goal is the establishment of a local disc golf course.

The idea for the club started in January - not in cold Iowa, but sunny New Mexico while Roe was there on a BVU interim trip.

"I was playing with some friends and thought it would be a good idea to set up a club here," he said.

The Frisbee fanatics both started playing in their early teens. Growing up in Des Moines there were plenty of opportunities for a pick-up game of Ultimate or some disc golf.

Those are the games they hope to concentrate on in Storm Lake. Both add a little more structure to the summer pastime of tossing the Frisbee.

Disc golf is played like traditional golf, but without the ball and clubs and with a flying disc or Frisbee instead. Set up on a nine or 18-hole course, the object is to complete each hole with the fewest number of throws. Like golf, there's a tee area and holes consist of elevated baskets.

Ultimate Frisbee is similar to soccer or football, with play on a rectangular field. There are two teams; their goal is to move the frisbee down the field to the endzones on either side. A point is scored every time the offense completes a pass in the defense's endzone.

Both Roe and Roberts have their own particular interests, with Roe appreciating Ultimate Frisbee and Roberts interested in the fine points of disc golf.

"I like Ultimate Frisbee because anybody can play it and it's fun to be outside running around on the grass with your shoes off," he said.

Roberts likes the challenge of disc golf. "It's similar to golf in that not anyone can throw the Frisbee through the hole - it takes a lot of technique to do it," he said.

But the learning curve isn't too difficult, they say.

Something the two would like to see is a permanent disc golf course on the BV campus, and Roberts feels it would be an ideal spot.

"There's lots of open spaces and good obstacles," he said. "It's good for course design."

Something like that can be expensive, costing upwards of $3,000. An official and sanctioned BV student organization could help assist in their effort. In order to get the BVU Frisbee Club officially recognized, Roe had to write a club constitution.

"It's a lot more structured than I envisioned," he laughed. Roe is the current president. About 20 people attended the club's first meeting.

For the disc golf course, the club will also look for hole sponsors to be placed on the tee markers.

One of the club's first events will be an Ultimate Frisbee tournament for the annual community service event Buenafication Day, April 24. They also hope to set-up a temporary disc golf course.

Both hope to invite community members to future events.

"Anyone is welcome to come and play and we encourage people to come play," he said. "But if it's your first time it can be frustrating."

And when playing disc golf, "get ready for it to hook," Roberts said. "But have a good time."

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