We are playing one of the local club teams this weekend in a friendly. It will be the first chance to trot out our A roster for some much needed play before Cruz, our final fall tourney.
This season, SCAB is lead by senior captain Shane “O’Doyle” Earley and two junior captains Anthony “Danja” Davis and Stan “Santa” Whitcomb. All three captains have shown what they are made off and are ready to lead the team into our first official bid to regionals in team history. Michael “Maeby” George and myself will act as Co-Presidents for the club.
This season, Anthony Davis has challenged the team to “compete at a high level in one of the most competitive conferences in the country and to qualify for regionals and compete.” He wants everyone to remember how upsetting it was last year for us to barely miss regionals and use it as a motivation.
As usual, we are looking to take advantage of Fall tournaments (listed in our Calendar section) to get the team together and create some chemistry. Stan Whitcomb is looking to lead the team in the Fall, especially new players, so that they will have some confidence to look up field instead of immediately dumping it back to a senior player. When asked about having Stick as our coach, Michael George added, “Imagine what we can do this year with a full year of coaching from Stick. Our freshmen will look like season veterans by the end of fall quarter.”
Playing in a tough section, one of our main focuses this year is to stop being afraid when going against good teams. When asked about competition in our section, Whitcomb added, “I want us to stop being afraid of teams like Chico, Stanford, Cruz, and Davis and stop playing like we are scared to make mistakes against them. We can learn from our mistakes but if we expect them to beat us, we will play like garbage.”
As for the team itself, Shane Earley commented, “The team this year has some really strong incoming players and an experienced core of returners, as well as a new coach who has great experience to share with us. Of course, we always have fun off the field as well. Hanging out with these guys, tossing the flatball around, it’s always a good time.”
One of my main goals this year is to get the team closer on and off the field. I think if we are closer off the field, it will translate into our game and the chemistry will show. I’ve met some of my best friends through SCAB and it made Ultimate a lot more fun for me.
To sum it up perfectly, Stan Whitcomb concluded, “The reason why I love Frisbee is because I love the guys on the team.” I think its safe to say that he speaks for all of us in this regard.
Budi “Indo-Ichiro” Sosrodjojo
Welcome to the new Santa Clara Altered Beast website, we are Santa Clara University’s Ultimate Frisbee official club team.
As the new season approaches, SCAB is looking forward to take our section by storm.
Last season, SCAB made another huge stride forward with the help of our new coach. David Williams, aka Stick, joined SCAB in the middle of winter quarter, and we immediately saw tremendous improvements in our game. Stick has had over 20 years of ultimate experience playing for Chain Lightning (Atlanta, GA) and Ring of Fire (Raleigh, NC). Stick’s coaching method gave the team that extra boost we needed all season long. With the help of ex SCAB captain Aubrey Davis and other local alumnae, the team’s coaching staff looked better than ever.
With a solid group of returners and a couple fresh faces on the team, SCAB managed to show our section what we are made off. Our season record is as follows:
Santa Barbara Qualifier 2013: 3-4 (9th out of 18)
Presidents Day Qualifier: 4-2 (6th out of 16)
Stanford Open: 2-5
Trouble in Vegas: 3-3 (7th out of 31)
From the beginning of the season, qualifying for regionals was our number one priority. It was evident during sectionals that we were a much better team after Stick’s arrival. Our cuts were on point, we had less drops, and our decision-making improved significantly. I’ve never seen our team played with as much heart and determination as we did in last year’s sectionals. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough for a regionals bid when we lost the “game-to-go” in a closely fought game against a very good Chico State team.
SCAB graduated 10 seniors who played big roles in our success last season. Their contributions and leadership on the field and their presence and friendship off the field will be thoroughly missed.
With a full year of coaching from Stick, a strong group of returners, and a talented batch of freshmen, SCAB’s future is looking very brighter than ever. If you have any questions about SCAB, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In Daly Science 207. Meeting will cover what we want to do with the rest of the year, what we need from the new recruits, what it means to play Ultimate at Santa Clara, and our goals for this year.
Any questions you may have about the team will be answered at the meeting.
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