Ah, 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, the East Coast and the entire country. We spend a lot of time together and become extremely close. For almost all of us, 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. 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. In 2017, Pain Train tied for 7th at D3 nationals. Now, our goal is no longer just to attend Nationals, but to win it.
You can find the official USAU Pain Train Roster here.
The Discomfort Trolley, affectionately known as Disco Troll, is the Dartmouth Men's Ultimate B team. Not everyone wants the large commitment, and ultimate intensity, that comes with playing on Pain Train. But everyone wants to toss, play boot, and be a part of the ultimate community. Disco Troll gives you this option.
Disco Troll can also be a great developmental opportunity for players who did not make Pain Train, or are just testing the water. Almost every year, players move up from Disco Troll to Pain Train. Disco Troll is all about fun and development. Practices are not mandatory but Troll still attends tournaments and participates in all program-wide activites. Dartmouth Ultimate is above all a community, and Disco Troll is a huge part it.