"There's another tournament this weekend in Philadelphia which is more competitive, and we couldn't get into that," said Springer. "We still wanted to have a competitive weekend, and this is a good place for us because we think we have a chance to win this."
Some of the players putting their bodies on the line weren't exactly young. There was a mix of young adults in their early 20s and older veterans who were in their late 30s and early 40s competing in the two-day tournament.
Hocalar said that Ultimate Frisbee generally has a broad-based appeal for those who might not consider themselves to be athletes anymore. "It gives people a different avenue to play sports after high school and college," he said.
Hocalar also said that it helps to have a strong ally to provide that avenue. In the case of the "Ow! My Knee" tournament, it's the town of Glenville.
"A big shout out goes to James MacFarland, who is the town of Glenville's director of human services and parks," said Hocalar. "He's always been very supportive of the tournament, and he makes certain that we have everything we need. Playing Ultimate, sometimes you don't get to play on good fields, but these fields [at Ma'alwyck Park] are always plush and green."
With strong support and a reputation for good competition and good times, the future looks bright for the "Ow! My Knee" tournament.""