Club Sports @ Bentley Part II - Ultimate Society
Part II of our Club Sports feature! HYPE talked to Peter Jacobs, president of Men’s Ultimate Society. Let’s start talking about one of the most popular teams on campus.
Can you give a brief description of what the club entails?
Bentley Ultimate Society (BUS) is the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team on campus. Our active members regularly attend practice, workouts and tournaments to stay in shape, help the team succeed and above all else, have fun.
How often are your practices?
We practice year round on the football field on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6:30-9 PM with workouts on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9-11 AM in the spring semester.
Fun Fact: The team won the 2014 USA Ultimate Division-III National Championship in Westerville, Ohio.
How often do you compete?
We compete against other collegiate club teams in 4-5 weekend tournaments each semester, with our main season starting after spring break and stretching into May if we qualify to compete at Division-III Nationals. During each weekend tournament, we typically play for 2 days with 3 or 4 games a day.
Has your team had any notable accomplishments?
Our team’s most notable accomplishment has been winning the 2014 USA Ultimate Division-III National Championship in Westerville, Ohio. We hope to accomplish many more pursuits in the near future.
What is the team chemistry like? (i.e. very serious, laid back, etc.)
Playing ultimate with BUS gives people the opportunity to play at the competition level that suits them best with our A team and B team. On the A team, we take our games and practices seriously with the yearly goal of qualifying for Nationals and making a run at the championship. The B team focuses more on improvement rather than the final score and is a little more laid back. Having fun is extremely important to both A and B teams and we all have a great time hanging out together off the field too.
How can people get involved?
It’s never too late to start playing Ultimate. We encourage students of any and all experience levels to talk to people on the team, come to practice and have some fun playing with us. Some of our best players have come to practice with no experience whatsoever and have exponentially grown as a player. As long as your show up with a positive attitude and eager to learn we will teach you everything you need to improve. Feel free to email GA_BUS@bentley.edu with any questions.
How do team members balance sports and work?
Players generally have very few issues balancing ultimate and work. We practice consistently twice a week for 2 and a half hours at a time, so our players are able to set that time aside and plan to do their schoolwork in their time outside of practice.
Are you involved in anything else on campus?
Other than Ultimate, I stay involved on campus as an RA and playing intramurals with my friends. Every player has their own specific involvement throughout campus however we are all united under our love for Ultimate.