For most high school teams, the prospect of not being associated and funded by their school would stop them in their tracks. The Carrboro Clams, a club frisbee team, however, are used to it. For the “Clamily” this dependence has never been a problem.
“It’s not very hard. Sometimes logistics are difficult but all of the players are very driven and independent,” said senior Ben Heuser regarding the student-run aspect of Frisbee.
That’s not to say the Clams being a club doesn’t influence the team at all though.
“The biggest influence of being a club is not having access to school fields – we’re about to lose our practice fields and don’t have a backup,” said Heuser.
Since their main practice field is located at Lincoln Center, some recently-unveiled plans bode very poorly for the Clams. With plans to replace the fields out front of the center with a parking lot, the Clams will have to find a practice field, and fast.
The Clams don’t let this get them down however, as they prefer to look at the positives.
“I really like that Ultimate Frisbee is a club and not a sanctioned school sport. While the Clams might not have field space at Carrboro, we gain a lot of flexibility in our practice scheduling,” said senior captain Connor Greene.
Once again, the Clams prefer to look at the positives.
“We have the ability to attend several tournaments every year, which give new [and returning] players a lot of valuable experience.” said Greene. “But the best part about the Clams is how relaxed it is, but also how much people care about and each other. It’s a lot of fun, but we get serious when we need to.”
But no matter how intense it can get, the Clams always keep the fun-loving and positive attitude that make them one of CHS’s best, and quirkiest, teams; sanctioned or not.