Prince George Disc Sports has witnessed steady participation in its spring Ultimate league.
Like last year’s spring Ultimate circuit, the 2009 league has six teams registered. However, more individuals have joined, noted Prince George Disc Sports executive committee member Greg Jonuk. He said 100 players registered this year.
Despite the increase, the league decided to stick with the same number of teams. Part of the reason relates to the inability of all of the players to commit every week. A major factor for not trying to put together a seventh team is due to the fact there’s only space at the PGSS fields to hold three games at once.
“We’re definitely growing,” Jonuk said. “This is the third year that we’ve had this league format in the spring.”
When the spring league was initially formed in 2007, five teams registered. A winter league at the Northern Sport Centre, the UNBC indoor sports facility which opened in September 2007, has helped generate more interest in the sport.
With the ability to have three games at once, seven wouldn’t be a favourable number of teams for the league to work with. If they have enough interest for eight teams, they will have to consider having two sets of games each week.
“If we continue to grow than that’ll probably be the model where we have two shifts, a little bit tricky to organize perhaps but that might be inevitable,” Jonuk said.
At the moment, the spring league runs once a week through May and June. Players meet on Thursdays at 6 p.m., playing for a couple of hours a week. The league began on May 7 and is scheduled to finish on June 25.
As an introduction to this year’s league, Prince George Disc Sports held a special kickoff barbecue and skills clinic on April 30 at Fort George Park. Spring Ultimate members also took registration at the barbecue.
Prince George Disc Sports began holding competitive Ultimate nights on Tuesday evenings, 6 p.m. on the fields at Spruceland Elementary. A tournament for the spring Ultimate teams has been scheduled for June 21 at the PGSS fields.
The league has also formed travelling teams for out-of-town tournaments.
For more information on Prince George Disc Sports, visit www.pgultimate.bc.ca.