Parents, alumni, friends
We encourage you to keep up to speed with Dartmouth Ultimate by viewing the Media page for recent photos and videos, the Roster page to see current players, the Schedule page to see our upcoming tournaments and past results, and the Newsletter page to read about what we have been up to and all the hard work we're putting in.
We travel a lot! And we pay for most of it ourselves. If you're able to make a donation to the club we would be eternally grateful and the money would help us with our travel expenses as we look to find the best competition in the country, especially in the winter when it is way too cold to have a tournament in New England.
What's ultimate? Isn't it only for dirty hippies?
While some of us at Dartmouth Ultimate certainly are dirty hippies, most of us are just plain dirty. Ultimate is a highly competitive sport which combines the fluidity of soccer, the high speed athleticism of basketball, and the physics of rotational motion, all while maintaining a unique outlook on the spirit of competitive sports. Ultimate is what sport should be: competitive, fun, fast-paced and exciting. Most of us had never played ultimate before we came to college and have fallen in love with it quickly.
What's the deal with the Pain Train?
Ah, the Pain Train, the Dartmouth Men's Ultimate A team. We're a collection of athletes (generally around 20-24 of us) who strive for excellence in ultimate. We practice, lift, and train four or five days a week during the school year. We play ten to twelve tournaments a year, traveling around New England and the country to do so -- for example in NH, ME, MA, CT, RI, NY, CA, NC, SC, DC, and GA. We spend a lot of time together and become extremely close. For almost all of us, the Pain Train is the single most important thing to us outside of academics at Dartmouth.
Generally, we are among the best teams in New England. We have won Sectionals for the last decade. For nine of the last ten years we have played on Sunday at the New England Regional Championships. 2013 was our best year ever: we won on double game point to take second at Regionals, earning us a bid to Nationals, where we tied for 5th. In 2014, we made it back to Nationals, marking the first time that the Pain Train has ever attended Nationals in back-to-back years. Now, our goal is no longer just to attend Nationals, but to win it.
I've never played ultimate before, all I can do is a "backyard backhand," and I don't even know what that means. Can I still play with you guys?
Of course! Most of us never have played this sport before Dartmouth either. Members of Dartmouth Ultimate come from all sorts of sports -- soccer, basketball, football, lacrosse, swimming, cross country, and tennis, among others. Some hadn't even played a sport before Dartmouth. If you're looking to make Pain Train, the best thing you can do is get in the gym or out on the track and start working (and please feel free to contact us if you need workout advice). While having a solid ultimate skill base is great, we'd rather have athletes who are willing to work hard for their team than kids who can throw no-look lefty scoobers.
Hm. I like Frisbees and community, but I'm not certain that I want to play for the Train and/or I'm a little nervous that I may not make the Train. I guess I can't be a part of Dartmouth Ultimate. **Sigh**
No, no, no! Don't worry, there's a place for you. The Train isn't all there is to Dartmouth Ultimate. We've got a great B-team, the Discomfort Trolley (affectionately known as Disco Troll), that can be either a developmental opportunity or a more relaxed alternative to the commitment required to the Train. If you want to continue developing and playing without the Train's commitment level, check out the Trolley.
I'm a prospie who's thinking of coming to Dartmouth and would love to come to a practice and hang out with the team. Can I do that?
Of course! We'd love to meet you, have you come play at a practice, hang out, and show you around Hanover. We probably can even have a bed for you to crash on when you come. Blitz (email) one (or all) of our captains and we can figure something out.
I'm a Dartmouth student and this sport/team/flair/layouts looks sweet. I want in. How do I get involved?
Come join us at a practice! In the fall and spring, practices are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3-6 pm. We practice at Sachem fields a mile down Main St. Some players choose to run out there, but if you want a ride, meet in front of Dartmouth Hall at 2:50. We'll bring the cars. In the winter it gets a bit more snowy and a bit more complicated. The Train generally practices and does workouts four or five days a week, and the Trolley a bit less. The times are variable, so it's best to email los capitanes and ask them when we're practicing.