Ultimate is a sport combining the non-stop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football or basketball. Ultimate is played by two 7-player squads with a high-tech plastic disc on a field similar in size to soccer. The object of the game is to score by catching a pass in the opponents' end zone. Come be a part of the newest sport around! No experience necessary.
Andover High School Ultimate is a no cut spring sport where the number of participants determines the number of teams so everyone plays. Practices are held Monday - Thursday, starting in early March. Each team has the opportunity to participate in at least one weekend tournament.
The high school Boys team formed in the winter of 1999 under the leadership of two members of the Andover high class of 2001. Interested in building on the casual after-school pick-up games, they contacted the Boston Ultimate Disc Alliance (BUDA) and Andover Youth Services (AYS) for help. Tommy Proulx, then Director of BUDA, volunteered to teach the rules and basic skills needed to play the game. Bill Fahey and Glenn Wilson of AYS provided financial aid and support infrastructure for the team.
In 2001, the AHS women's team was founded thanks largely to the efforts of senior captains Katie McKain and Susie Araujo and AYS staff member/coach Suzie Clarke.