NEWPORT–Peter Alexander is looking for an alternative to the regular selection of spring sports offered at North Country Union High School.
Since the day he saw a spread about ultimate frisbee in a newspaper roughly a year ago, he has been on a mission to bring the sport up to Falcon Country.
"It was a story about the state championship in St. Johnsbury, hosted by Lyndon. So I buzzed down there after sending an email to the two coaches," he said.
Since viewing the action last May, he has been hooked.
He never played the sport, save for when his students do it as part of his physical education curriculum, but he finds that it is an easy sport to pick up, and that it lends itself to anyone who is willing to learn the rules and how to throw the disk.
"The kids love it because every kid at every ability level can play," said Alexander.
On Tuesday he had two students with him, James Miller and Taylor Wesolow and they both are enthusiastic about the sport.
"It started in Mr. Alexander's PE class, but then last year at Boy's State we played it a lot, I picked up some different throws, some new techniques, and I like it, it's just fun," said Miller.
"I had been playing frisbee since I was four," Wesolow said. "We would use those old ice cream covers until we got an actual Frisbee. I played in in Mr. A's class, actually I had class with James, and that is where I learned some actual throws. Then I saw the sign up, said 'I can do this' and I did."
The sport itself is relatively simple, and if you would like the full rules you can go to http://ultimatefrisbeerules.org/#ultimatefrisbeerules , but the basic gist of the sport is that two teams are trying to score via throwing the disc to a player in the end zone. Think scoring a passing touchdown as once you catch the frisbee you are not allowed to advance, similar to when you stop you dribble in basketball.
Alexander received a lot of initial excitement for the program, but conflicts with other spring time sports has curbed his numbers, which as a coach himself, he understands completely.
As for now, the plan is to hold bi-weekly get togethers after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-4:30 at the high school.
Only non-spring sport participants can come at this current time as the spring coaching staff has not given their approval for their athletes to compete, which is understood as the fear of injury is always present.
They will run as an intramural program due to lack of funding, and if the interest stays high, they hope to become a varsity sport within a few years.
This spring Alexander is trying to arrange a few "friendlies" with L.I. and St. J, and although there is no cost to participate, parents would have to transport their children to and from these matches.
If you are interested in playing, or just learning more about the sport, contact Peter Alexander at NCUHS for more information