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40-Somethings Qualify for Ultimate Nationals

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There’s only one thing better than spending a sunny day playing Ultimate with your 40-something friends and not getting hurt.

And that’s spending a sunny day playing Ultimate with your 40-something friends, not getting hurt and qualifying for Nationals.

That’s how I spent my Saturday, as our New York Ultimate team qualified in Boston for Grand Masters Nationals in Cincinnati July 9-10. (That’s me in the Gonzaga ‘Zags’ jersey.)

Yeah, we’re old. But we’re still out there having fun.

And to make us feel extra old, they also held the High School Ultimate Championships on fields right near ours. Those kids are less than half our age!

Having played in College, Open, Mixed, Masters and now Grand Masters Nationals, it doesn’t get old.

And the good thing is it’s the weekend between the LeBron James Skills Academy and the Peach Jam, so I’ll be able to play some disc in between the two events.

For more on Ultimate, check out this video we did a few years back on ESPN’s ‘Cold Pizza.’

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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

  • Whoa, you play ultimate? Grandmasters? Small world. Good luck in Cincinnati.

  • Ohh, I have your First Four Decades book on my bookcase. Somehow, I never made the connection.

  • Cool, what team you play for?

  • If I play this year, I’d be on the NC team, T-Rex. I’ll say hi if I make it out to Cincy.