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Ultimate Frisbee Tournament a Success

St. John’s Ultimate Frisbee team, Catch ‘N’ Keep, hosted 36 players at the first tri-island Ultimate Frisbee competition on Sunday. The four hours of round robin style tournament did not result in a clear winner, but the teams enjoyed their friendly competition.

Players from St. John’s Catch ‘N’ Keep, St. Croix Ultimate Frisbee Association (SCUFA) and St. Thomas Rock team competed on the field space at Emmaus Moravian Church in Coral Bay.

Christopher Thomas of St. Thomas said, "It was an epic day for Virgin Islands Ultimate."

SCUFA has issued an invitation for the next competition, to take place on St. Croix in March 2015.

All three teams said they welcome anyone interested in playing Ultimate Frisbee, whether a novice or an expert, to show up at their practices ready to play. The teams are coed and spectators are also welcome at practice.

The St. Thomas Rock practices Sundays at 5 p.m. on the University of the Virgin Islands soccer fields.

SCUFA practices Mondays and Thursdays at 5 p.m. at UVI on St. Croix.

St. John Catch ‘N’ Keep practices Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in Coral Bay.

Ultimate Frisbee first came to the St. John 24 years ago, and two of the founding members of the team still play in Coral Bay. SCUFA was founded in 1990 by two interns with the Nature Conservancy, and St. Thomas joined the fun in 2012.

Originally called Frisbee football, Ultimate Frisbee is competitive and, like American football, the Frisbee is thrown down the field to score in the end zone. Unlike football, Ultimate is a non-contact sport. Players are responsible for making the calls on their own fouls and out of bounds.

For more information on playing Ultimate Frisbee on any of the three islands, contact Anne Marie Hoffman at (340) 626-6773 or annemariehoffman@yahoo.com.

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