Breckenridge Ultimate Frisbee Club expanding horizons |

Breckenridge Ultimate Frisbee Club expanding horizons

BRECKENRIDGE – The Breckenridge Ultimate Frisbee Club has broadened its reach this year and now is a magnet for players from around the High Country.

Already this spring, the Breck club has attracted players from Vail, Gypsum, Crested Butte and Paonia, and, for the first time in its nearly two-decade history, it is offering a more centrally located weekly practice in Vail.

The club’s flagship event – the Lungbuster Tournament – is scheduled for July 19-20 in Summit County. And in another change for the club, Vail resident Mike Hodges is taking over as tournament director.

Longtime club presidents Kim and B.J. Garcia are in the process of handing the club’s reins over to a younger group of players. Hodges and Breckenridge resident Sam Brede have stepped into the leadership roles this year.

“I think they will do well,” Garcia said. “They’re good guys, they are willing to learn and they really love the sport. They’ve got a lot of energy and a lot of contacts with the younger crowd, which is good.”

Garcia, who doesn’t play as much these days as she used to, is serving a kind of advisory role.

“B.J. is helping me a lot, telling me what she’s done in the past,” Brede said.

The club’s ever-broadening reach throughout the mountains is a result of the new leadership. The broader team has already met up at tournaments in Durango, Paonia and Colorado Springs.

“They really don’t have their own team … and they like to travel. Not all our team members here can travel,” Garcia explained.

While the tournament (or travelling) team has statewide representation, the club has not forgotten about Breckenridge. It holds open practice for locals at 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at Upper Blue Elementary. For now, Wednesday practices will be held in Vail.

The team is always looking for new athletes. Monday’s practice yielded 10 players.

“It’s been kind of a slow start here, but I think that’s pretty typical” Garcia said. “I think most people are moving from their winter job to their summer job, and some people are in between jobs. And with the economy, I think a lot of people don’t have jobs, so they’re looking hard for jobs as opposed to coming and playing Frisbee.”

The Lungbuster attracts 20 teams and benefits the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center. The team is also making plans to travel to tournaments in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Park City, Utah, and New Mexico this summer.

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