By Ultimate Frisbee
“Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”
To anyone watching Ultimate players tossing a mere piece of plastic on the field, it may be easy to underestimate the sheer determination, drive and hard work that goes on behind the scenes. Anyone who passes by the amphitheatre can catch a glimpse of us scrimming or throwing, a testament to the commitment our team has to the sport even outside of training. Onfield, what spectators observe as a disc gliding through the air is the product of countless hours of training to execute a precise throw; an explosive sprint—a product of tough physical training to outrun the opponent; and a courageous layout (dive)—a product of mental preparation and the desire to keep the disc alive to make the perfect save.
While this may seem daunting, do not fear. In Raffles Ultimate, you will find a team that has your back through thick and thin. Training sessions push us beyond our limits, and while gruelling both mentally and physically, we find comfort in the knowledge that we will always have one another to push through with and cheer each other on.
This camaraderie and passion for the sport transcends batches, spurring many alumni to return and coach fresh batches of players. Determined to nurture the next generation of Raffles Ultimate, these NSmen and undergraduates take time out of their busy schedules to come down to our training grounds, a testimony to how deep our roots grow. This strong alumni culture is and will always continue to be one of the main trademarks of Raffles Ultimate.
The uniqueness of Ultimate lies in that we are a self-refereed sport. Arguably the epitome of sportsmanship, our sport is built upon the principles of fair-mindedness, mutual respect and integrity. The Spirit of the Game ensures the responsibility of each and every player on-field to follow and enforce the rules in order to make the game a safe and enjoyable one for all. Games are governed on the basis of honouring the rules and your opponents. At the end of every game, it is customary for a round of hi-fives amongst all players, before huddling up in a joined circle with the opponents to highlight positives and discuss issues that may have arisen during the game, promoting such spirit in all Ultimate players.
Every year, we compete in the Inter-JC Ultimate Championships—an unforgettable two-day long tournament, and the culmination of any JC Ultimate player’s hard work throughout the year. Competing at Inter-JCs is an indescribable experience—nothing beats the thrill and adrenaline rush of playing alongside your teammates, soaking in the atmosphere and buzz of excitement from supporters on the sidelines. With our seniors’ efforts, the past two years saw Raffles Ultimate claiming the championship title, and we aim to continue their legacy of excellence and extend our winning streak.
Ultimate Frisbee is a developmental sport—no prior experience is required. That being said, do not expect this two-year-long journey to be easy. The sport’s arduous and steep learning curve demands dedication and passion from every member, and the countless hardships one will endure are not for the faint of heart. Yet, at the end of one’s journey, these fulfilling memories and meaningful experiences are what we will cherish for years to come. If you have an open mind, willingness to learn and drive to improve yourself as a player and person, we welcome you with open arms.
After all, batches of Raffles Ultimate players have all passed on a legacy and stood firmly by our motto—Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.