Oh, the Greens. The Greenies. The Greenshirts. Those dang dino-obsessed frisbee kids. But... what the heck even is a "Greenshirt"?
Well, according to the lore, the team initially dominated the fields in green jerseys -- not the current navy ones that leave every team we play just a wee bit confused.
Unfortunately for our sweet old Greenshirt ancestors, they were quickly told, "You guys look like the grass..." So, the team left behind the green of the jerseys, but not without preserving the history into our team name forever -- hence, the Greenshirts!
As for the dinosaur mascot, we honestly couldn't tell you where that came from. But isn't it awesome??
The Greenshirts compete in the women's D-III college division.
USAU, the governing body of the sport of ultimate in the United States, fiercely stands by the inclusion of trans and nonbinary players in the sport. Likewise, the Greens wholeheartedly welcome any and all individuals who want to be a part of our incredible team. And though we don't have a designated “mixed team” at the Claremont Colleges, if you'd feel more comfortable playing in the men's D-III college division, go check out the Claremont Braineaters!
We love to play hard and win, but most of all we want to have fun. Luckily for the Greens, we play best when we're enjoying ourselves, celebrating each other, and staying a little goofy - meaning we don't believe fun and competitiveness are mutually exclusive.
We usually attend 1-2 tournaments in our fall season and around 4 multi-day tournaments in our competitive spring season. We compete for a bid to college nationals every spring (against Occidental College). We also scrimmage other teams (shoutout UCLA's Midas) when we can!
This past school year we attended tournaments in LA, Santa Clara, Turlock, San Diego, and Seattle!
Ultimate is a competitive, self-officiated 7 v 7 sport that combines the best parts of ordinary sports (athletic leaps! running very fast! diving to save possession!) without the scary parts (aggressive physical contact, refs with whistles and cards, etc).
If you want to learn more about the sport, watch this video!
On the Greenshirts, we try to embody in our play one of the pillars of Ultimate, "spirit of the game," by supporting both our teammates and our opponents, and keeping discussions about fouls or calls calm, positive, and geared toward learning. One of our goals is to never sacrifice spirit for the sake of winning.
Info for Beginners
Ultimate Frisbee is a relatively new sport. As such, tons of folks join college teams having never touched a disc before.
It is INCREDIBLY fun to be involved in a competitive sport that really welcomes and celebrates folks just starting out!!
Our fall semester is dedicated to foundational skill-building and acclimating new players to the sport. Practices at the start of the semester are super chill and beginner friendly. We encourage as many people as are interested to come out to at least a few practices to feel out both the sport and the team!
We get lots of people who have left other sports and are looking for some place new where they can be competitive and have fun. We have ex-soccer, volleyball, tennis, and basketball players, cross country runners, mountain bikers, gymnasts, and people who have never played an organized team sport before!
During their first year, each and every member of the current rookie class gets gifted a nickname by a returning Green. These nicknames bring a lot to the team and we absolutely cherish them. To see some examples, check out our roster page!
Additionally, on top of playing a lot of ultimate together, Greens host super sweet social events all the time. Such events this past year included Tea & Crookies (a weekly time where Greens gather in the evening to study, hang out, and eat Crook's homemade cookies), hikes to see the super blooms, bowling adventures, line dancing workshops, crafts nights, and much more.
The Greenshirts are a great group to be involved in (we're totally not biased). Especially for incoming freshmen and transfers, the Greens offer a hyper-supportive family-like community to any and all individuals who are interested in being a part of our goofy team.