Here are a few fun views from Ashwood Waldorf School’s Ultimate Frisbee Camp. Learn more about Ashwood and the “ultimate sport”.
“The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation.”
– Ray L. Wilbur, American medical doctor who served as the third president of Stanford University and the 31st United States Secretary of the Interior
Today we take a look at the obstacle course that Mr. Clough created. The children are having a great time swinging, balancing, jumping through hoops and walking blindfolded through the Misty Mountains.
Tumble & Rumble Campers show off their hand decorated staves and cool off on our slip-and-slide hill.
Mostly Brothers at the Locavore Festival: On Saturday, July 13, Mostly Brothers (Jamie Oshima ’12, Sean Oshima ’08, Alex Wilder ’08) will appear at the the Locavore Festival in Waldoboro Maine, at Cider Hill Farm. There is music and food all day, and their set is from 2–3 p.m.
Round Pond Family Concert with the Oshima Brothers. On Wednesday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m. there will be a concert at the Little Brown Church, Route 32, Round Pond, featuring the Oshima Brothers, with special guests—their parents (also known as Toki Oshima and John Pranio). Bring a cushion as the pews are hard. For more information call 207-549-3820.
Sean Oshima, Alex Wilder, and Jamie Oshima, three “almost” brothers are multi-instrumentalists and singers. The trio has been performing theater and music together since before they knew how to tie their shoes. Their tight harmonies have, on occasion, been reported to make passersby swoon. They will feature many original songs as well as rocking covers.
It was not until I entered college that I heard of Ultimate Frisbee. I immediately fell in love with the game. It’s easy for beginners to learn and play. Yet, despite it’s accessibility, there’s no end to how skilled you can become at this extremely athletic game.
When I became a Waldorf teacher I began to fully appreciate another aspect of Ultimate. There are no referees, even in competitive tournament play. All officiating is done by the players on the field who make their decisions in light of the Spirit of the Game™ “a tradition of sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the players rather than referees.”
The benefits of self-officiating are clear to me as a someone who has taught games and sports to children for many years. Children need opportunities to work through disagreements and conflict in healthy ways. They need chances to learn and practice good sportsmanship.
Traditionally, team sports were an avenue for those opportunities. However, as we’ve moved away from sandlot baseball to televised Little League World Championships, in too many cases winning has become more important than interacting with the other team, and adults have taken over the officiating.
Ultimate provides players the opportunity to develop the healthy sportsmanship that is so needed in our sports crazed society.
This is the second year I have taught the afterschool Ultimate Club at Ashwood Waldorf School for grades four through seven. Even after a long day of teaching I’m excited to get out on the field and play Ultimate with these enthusiastic students.
I’ve been impressed with the conduct and skill level of this year’s club team. It’s truly a joy to coach them. Adults are always welcome to join in on the fun!
We have more Ultimate planned for the summer. I will be leading Ashwood’s new Ultimate Frisbee Summer Camp, from August 5-9, a weeklong experience for students in grades four through seven.
There’s more information on the camp at www.ashwoodwaldorf.org/summer-camp/, as well as a link to download a brochure/registration form.
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