Frequently Asked Questions
I've never played ultimate before, is that a problem?
Absolutely not! We take any and all newcomers, and we're always willing to teach the game if you are willing to learn. These are the basics, but all you need is to be ready to run and have a good time. TCNJ is looking to expand its roster with new players, so if you are an open-minded athlete looking for your new favorite sport, we would love to have you.
When do you play?
Ultimate is played in both the fall and the spring seasons. The fall season is set up for getting the team together and teaching the fundamentals of the sport. The spring is the competitive season, which leads up to the UPA college series.
When do you practice?
We have practice scheduled every day from 4-6 on the Green Lane fields. School obviously comes first, so attending every practice is not mandatory, however most players try to make atleast 3 practices a week. Once winter rolls around, regular practices end and track practices begin, to get in shape for the spring season. In the spring we try to have less practices but more attendance at each practice so that we can make sure we are ready for sectionals.
What are tournaments like?
We attend roughly 3-4 tournaments in both the fall and spring seasons. Most are within a 3 hours drive, but we have gone as far as Virginia, Georgia, and Ohio to play. We generally play around 7 games in a weekend, depending on the setup. Tournaments are physically exhausting, so conditioning is one of our priorities. Yes, scheduling school and ultimate is difficult, but it is recommended that you attend as many tournaments as you can. Playing in a tournament is one of the best ways to improve your game.
Do I need any special equipment?
Ultimate is a great sport because the only equipment necessary is a disc. That being said, there are some other things that you should have. Cleats are a must for competitive ultimate. This is a good guide for buying cleats if you don't have a pair. For practice, bring a white and a dark shirt (so we can tell teams apart when we play or drill). Always bring water. If you have a disc, feel free to bring it, although we do have practice discs. We are selling discs with our team name on them as well, talk to someone on the team or email us if you're interested in buying one.
How do I join?
Send us an email or just show up at practice. We are always on the lookout for new players, so if you see us around campus, don't be shy. If you are a highschool student, let us know when you'll be visiting and we can arrange for you to meet the team, show you around campus, and come to one of our practices. We'd love to answer any of your questions about ultimate or TCNJ in general, so send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.