Photo by Burt Granofsky – UltiPhotos.com
Rumble practice on Randall’s Island was a bit more crowded than usual last Thursday. The Colombian U-20 National Team was in town and made arrangements to attend New York’s practice.
For the Colombian squad, this was a unique opportunity to see high-level ultimate and learn from some experienced players. On the other hand, the Rumble got to help sustain excitement in ultimate and develop some up-and-coming talent.
Having already had a trip to the United States scheduled, the team decided to get the most out of the experience. Alongside participating at the Rumble’s practice, the Colombian team made stops at a couple of tourist attractions in the area, including the Statue of Liberty.
Getting practice started proved to be a little difficult with the language barrier. The Colombian team spoke very little English and only a handful of Rumble players knew more than a few words in Spanish.
The U-20 team arrived with a lot of excitement to play with the Rumble players. After some introductions and a joint warmup, the Colombian players ran some drills and matched up against the New York players.
Each team took turns watching the other scrimmage. The Rumble players made for some avid supporters, making lots of noise whenever a big play occurred.
Colombian U-20 Head Coach, Mauricio Moore explained how important this experience was for his players. He said, “For most of these players, this is the best experience of their life so far.”
After their shared practice, the Colombian team ventured north to Boston, Massachusetts to participate in this year’s Boston Invite in the Open Easterns III Division.
However, they weren’t quite through with their Rumble experience yet as the team travelled to Hormel Stadium Saturday to cheer on the Rumble as they took on the Whitecaps.