The English teacher from Massachusetts has been an ultimate Frisbee player and coach for more than 25 years. Along with fellow coach Michael Baccarini, she is the coauthor of a new book titled “Essential Ultimate,” aguide to everything a would-be participant needs to know to play the game. She also is the founder of the Amherst Invitational, the oldest high school ultimate tournament in the United States. Bay Area fans of the sport can catch the college-level Stanford Invite, which will host 32 ultimate Frisbee teams in Palo Alto today.
What should people expect of the ultimate tournament in Stanford, and should people go see it? They should definitely go. It’s one of the most prestigious tournaments. It’s very big. The stereotype is [ultimate] is a bunch of hippies playing Frisbee with a dog. They will be amazed at the athleticism. They have matching uniforms.
What is the future of ultimate Frisbee? If we’re approaching a big mountain and the top of that will be the explosion of ultimate, I think right now we are approaching the foothills, so we don’t know how big it’s going to be.
Is ultimate growing as a sport, and why? It’s definitely growing. It’s relatively a new sport. Sports take a while to get into the mainstream. So part of it is a function of time. The Internet has really accelerated the growth we have.
Is ultimate a popular sport in San Francisco and the Bay Area? They have various teams. They have a huge league.
What will somebody get from reading your book? You can give it to a physical education teacher, and they can introduce the sport to a group of kids.