Photo by Scott Roeder – UltiPhotos.com
Nearly 60 top athletes from around the San Francisco Bay Area made their way to Treasure Island on Saturday to try for a spot on the Dogfish 2014 roster.
True to San Francisco weather, the morning was sunny but chilly with a breeze. Dogfish players and tryouts started with a group warm-up, then moved into drills.
With top Ultimate talent surrounding them, including recent signees Drew Kim, Evan Boucher and Sam Adamson, most players went with a “go big or go home” mentality. This made for some huge plays and equally large disappointments, as some players were sidelined with injuries, and the traffic to see team trainer Molica Anderson was fairly constant.
The day also showcased the characteristic teamwork and camaraderie among Dogfish staff. Even MLU CFO Lindi Sabloff was drafted from spectating on the sidelines to help as prospects moved through stations testing their speed and jumping ability.
A series of scrimmages put the players to the test as they demonstrated their skills, what they took from the drills and how well they could adapt to play on the larger MLU field. At the end of the four-hour tryout, the participants were tired but smiling as they relived what for many of them had been a first combine experience.
Dogfish Coach Justin Safdie thanked the players for coming out and giving their all.
“This will be a very tough decision for us to make,” said Safdie. The pool of tryouts will be narrowed over the next couple of days and selected players will be invited to a second selection round this weekend.
To see more pictures from the combine, head to the UltiPhotos Gallery.