Although most Indiana University of Pennsylvania teams compete in Division II, the school’s ultimate frisbee team is one of the few programs that competes at the Division I level.
The team primarily competes in the spring but is kept busy year-round by competing in three tournaments a semester.
When the Innuendos compete in tournaments, they leave Indiana on Friday afternoons and return to campus Sunday evenings.
For the duration of the tournaments, the Innuendos usually play about seven games. While the team often enjoys these tournaments, it takes a toll on its players’ bodies.
“The tournaments are exciting, but exhausting,” team captain Eric Larsen (senior, marketing) said.
The Innuendos are excited for the season to begin but realize that this year might be a struggle.
“This year is going to be a rebuilding year,” team captain Dan Patrick (senior, criminology) said. “We lost a lot of good kids last year.”
Although the team is going through a rebuilding phase, it also faces many other struggles.
One of the major obstacles that the Innuendos face is funding. The team receives $600 from the school for funding. Even with the money, however, most of the expenses are paid for out of the team’s own pocket.
In order to help cover these costs, the team organizes fundraisers.
The Innuendos’ most successful fundraiser has been selling T-shirts for IUPatty’s and homecoming weekend.
Although the Innuendos work year-round and pay for most of their own expenses, members of the team are happy to do so, thanks to the close bond they share.
Team captain Chase Gunn (senior, communications media) explained a running joke among the team.
“The frisbee team is the largest sorority on campus,” he said. “We are always hanging out. Most of us live together, or are neighbors.”
With a strong chemistry, the team may surprise itself and its section, the West Penn Section.
The team goal is to make it to regionals and have similar results to the 2014 team that placed 11th in the region.
The region that IUP competes in consists of schools throughout Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Some of the schools that IUP may see at regionals are the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University.
While the team is expecting a difficult year this year, its members are happy to be back on campus and are excited to begin practices for the 2015-2016 season.