When McCord Larsen was growing up in Logan they called it Ultimate Frisbee, a game he started playing when he was eight years old.
Now, 22 years later, he is the new Head Coach of the <a href=”http://saltlakelions.com/” target=”_blank”>Salt Lake Lions</a>, an expansion team in the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL).
“When I was younger I always told people that I would be one of the first professional ‘Ultimate‘ players. Unfortunately I was born a decade too early for that. But I am grateful to have this opportunity to be the one to help usher in this new era of ultimate into this state.”
Larsen said the sport is set up on a football field with out of bounds the same distance apart as a football field. The field is 80 yards from end zone to end zone with 20-yard deep end zones.
“There are seven people on each team, it plays a lot like soccer, mixed with a little bit of basketball and a little bit of football.
“To score you have to catch the disc over the goal line in the end zone. The trick is, you can’t run when you have the disc in your hand. You have to pivot like you do in basketball. It’s a non-contact sport.
“Players are running around, trying to guard each other and trying to guard the cutters that are attempting to get open. The player with the disc has to stay flat footed. He has seven seconds to get rid of the disc.”
The AUDL’s third season begins in April and this year includes a new Western Conference with Salt Lake, San Jose, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver. Salt Lake’s regular season of 14 games will be played exclusively against Western Conference teams.
Larsen said the interest in the sport has grown in Utah. There are 20 competing high school teams in that state, including one considered the best in the U.S., Lone Peak High.
He said tryouts, held two weeks ago, drew candidates from all over the country. The team’s schedule will be announced soon.