BANGOR, Maine — After a successful inaugural season, Queen City Ultimate is back for another summer of ultimate Frisbee in Bangor.
There have been a few changes to the Bangor Summer League in the past year, according to co-founders Josh Kearns and Dan Bullard. New facilities and an official recognition by USA Ultimate are the main differences, but the general principle remains in place: An eight week summer league for anybody who wants to join a co-ed ultimate league.
“We are going off of USA Ultimate, 11th edition rules. This is different from last year when we were just doing our own thing. This year this is a sanctioned event and we have the insurance from them. We are now using the Union Street Athletics Complex fields this year,” Kearns said.
The summer season was scheduled to begin Wednesday evening.
“Josh is in charge, he got us new fields and got us USA Ultimate certified, so we have insurance. We also have more people signed up. With all of that, plus the usual shirts, discs, and a great time we are going to have eight good weeks of ultimate,” Bullard added.
Enrollment in the program has gone up from 30 to 40, with a few late signups expected, according to Bullard.
One veteran ultimate player who is new to Bangor Summer League is Travis Hall, who has more than 10 years of experience.
“I’ve been playing Frisbee every summer for the past few summers with some friends. I just moved to Bangor from Ellsworth, and when I got here I was looking for some games to play, and some friends led me in this direction after showing me a flier, and I was really excited to sign up,” Hall said.
Even with prior experience, the pickup games Hall has participated in helped him learn more about the sport than he already knew from 10 years of playing.
“I’ve gone to two pickup games, which have been fun,” he said. “I’m pumped to up see how the teams are and to try out our first match.”
With a successful first season last year and changes made to improve the league, it was an easy decision for Kearns and Bullard to bring it back another year.
“Right after we finished the season last year is when we decided to bring it back this year,” Kearns said.
This year, there will be four teams instead of three, making it an even rotation each week. Each team is guaranteed nine games, and games are played once a week, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. In this co-ed seven-on-seven league, there must be at least a 6-to-1 or 5-to-2 male-to-female ratio for each team, with the offense deciding what the ratio should be. The defense must match the minimum number of female players.
“We will have two games going on and it’s going to rotate each week as to who is playing who. First team to 15 points wins, with a halftime at 8. There is no time cap this year, either,” Kearns said.
After a regular season, the final week of play will be playoffs the week of July 31.