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Alpenglow tournament returns to Whistler

After a two-year hiatus, the Whistler Ultimate Disc Society’s Alpenglow co-ed tournament will return to the Myrtle Philip Community Centre fields this weekend, July 17-18.

So far seven teams have signed up to participate, including the Whistler Frostbite and teams from the Lower Mainland. Another team from Squamish is expected to make it eight.

The games will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and spectators are welcome to come out and watch some of the top players in the province try for the title.

Each co-ed team has to have four men and three women on the field at all times.

If you’ve never seen a game, the object is for teams to move a specially weighted flying disc (like a Frisbee) around the field until it can be caught safely in the end zone. The other team is allowed to block throwers, shadow receivers, and to knock down or intercept discs at any time. Every time a disc is dropped or knocked down it results in a turnover.

The better the teams in the game the more spectacular the throws and catches have to be in order to score. Teams also organize set plays to throw the competition off.

Games typically go to 15 points and the winner has to finish two points ahead.

Ultimate seeking players with broken bikes

The Whistler Ultimate Disc Society misjudged the popularity of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and Wednesday night’s Extended Play hours this year, according to Tasso Lazaridis.

"We’re looking for people who have broken their bikes," says Lazaradis. "We’re looking for everybody – beginner, intermediate and advanced. We have a very experienced crop of players this year, so it’s a good time to come out and learn."

Because of low registration this year the league has contracted from six teams to four, and has had to drop Monday as drop-in night. They looked into changing league night from Wednesday to Mondays, avoiding Extended Play, but the fields were already booked by other user groups.

The league runs until the end of August, and costs just $25 to join. After that your league fee will let you play drop-in ultimate at least one night a week through the fall.

For more information on playing ultimate in Whistler, contact Tasso Lazaridis at 604-902-DISC (3472).