Everyone involved with MLU has been working. Not just the players, but the staff, sponsors, supporters and everyone else at every team across the league. Even some of you fans and curious souls out there have been working. Toiling even. All to put the word out about MLU.

The thing that comes up, just after “Where are you playing?” is “Well, what is MLU?” Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’ve answered or asked this question yourself. Here at DC Current HQ, this is a question we wrestle with constantly. Then a better perspective hit:

“What isn’t MLU?”

– A Place to Hide
– A Game of Simon Says
– An Argument Clinic
– A Distance Run
– A Time to Rest
– A Pay-to-Play League
– Restrictor-plate Ultimate
– A Mismatch
– Refuge for Cheaters
– A Pipe Dream

 

That is:

– The field is huge. There is nowhere to hide on defense.
– Players can move on ref calls.
– Refs manage the game so players can play and coaches can coach.
– One Game. One Field. One Day.
– The field is huge. There is space for all players to be active on offense.
– The players no longer need thousands of expendable dollars to play.
– The field is huge. No need to cut half-speed. No need to throw half-distance.
– Each MLU team is after the title and has the talent to make it happen.
– The refs are there to manage the game. The culture of Ultimate is there to prevent cheating.
– This is really happening.

 

We’re almost there. We’re almost set to see the next level of this sport evolve. Nothing left to show but what we’ve never before seen:

The top athletes in the game, playing at the highest level on fields commensurate with their skills in front of stands of fans. This is it, this is the moment when all the attention previously paid to negative speculation shifts to focus on the positive reality made manifest by Major League Ultimate.

About The Author

Dusty played college ultimate for New York University from 1998-2002, captaining for his final three years. From 2003-2009 he filled various roles for New Jersey's Pike from deepest bench to O-line cutter, D-line handler, O-line handler, and captain before concluding his club career with an opportunity in 2010 to represent New York City on PoNY's D-line. While never qualifying for college regionals, Rhodes played at six Club Nationals in the Open Division (finishing from dead last to tied for third) and coached Drew University to a fifth place college regional finish in 2005. Dusty earned a degree in English and American Literature from NYU and spent all of his remaining energy playing pickup basketball and writing for NYU's Washington Square News.

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