PerfectlyPlanned News: An Ultimate Thanksgiving Tradition

Update February 15, 2009 New Links: What is UltimateInternational competition /

Update December 16, 2008. CHS’ Ultimate Alumni impact on European Culture/Sports.  Blue Riders Blog: European Indoor Ultimate Frisbee

Update December 2, 2008.  Josh CinCotta, on of the two coaches of Sparkle Motion, our CHS girls Ultimate team, provided this URL for those interested in a list of all the Alumni Thanksgiving games  – starting 1970, and who each winner was: WFDF: History of Ultimate

Fellow Maplewoodians, I was freezing this past Thanksgiving due to a not so wise selection in clothing and footwear while I watched the 34? Ultimate Alum Thanksgiving game.  Someone who shall remain nameless called me out hard on where my gloves where…I didn’t have an answer. (Thank goodness he let the subject rest.  Thank goodness also a very kind South Orange resident (CHS Alum & RU parent) lent me his very warm gloves). Warmly enveloped into the group, I stood happy that [t]he coach emailed me about the 8:30pm game.  When I stepped out of the car I thought my contacts were frozen or something.  I didn’t expect to see so many people out at that time watching the game.  I had great fun standing among the current CHS students, alumni & parents that night.  Sadly we couldn’t yell; we were under strict protocol. But we didn’t need to.  It was pretty awesome watching the guys play.  I think it was only fair the alumni let the students win.  Ahhhhhhm.  I’m reppin ’00 hard!

If you haven’t gone to an Ultimate Thanksgiving Alum game yet…You don’t know what you’re missing until you find out what you’re missing.  This is a cult classic…  I wont give away the location.  In case you are intrigued, as any game individual might be, there are some under-cover, hard-core, & very in shape competitive student athletes walking around the streets of Maplewood.  (It was a 3 hour game of non stop running).  They play ultimate in the freezing cold and sleet…and they could clue you in.  I would ask one of them.photo_112708_009

© 2010 W. S. Hughes

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Anthony R. Bentrovato says:

    Hello there,

    I love reading about Ultimate. My son plays for Synergy, a team based at but not recognized by Whippany Park HS.

    Synergy played Colombia Seniors at a Rutgers tourny last year. CHS is awesome. Synergy scored one point. I asked David how it felt to get mauled like that. Surprisingly he said it was great playing such a good team. That’s why I like Ultimate. It engenders that sort of value. The game is the thing. It is self regulating. No refs. Disputes are handled on the field and settled immediately. Sportsmanship and honor rule the playing field.

    Synergy played CHS JV this year. During the game one of our captains was injured and a CHS player carried him off the field. Very touching. Synergy was winning and this CHS lad showed genuine concern.

    Ultimate is a great sport but not for the faint of heart. Lots of incidental contact and laying out (diving without regard for injury or your personal safety) is highly prized.



  2. Anthony R. Bentrovato says:

    Hello again,

    I forgot to ask why couldn’t you yell. Colombia is well known for it’s loud cheering section. I actually find it quite annoying. Maybe that’s the point.


  3. Hi Tony,

    To answer your question, there is a local law against noise past a certain time. That’s why the spectators held their silence. – w

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