Austin might be known as a hub for disc golf, but this weekend, the city's first women's professional Ultimate team will make its official debut.
The Austin Torch is part of a national league with eight teams that play what was originally called Ultimate Frisbee, a 7-on-7 sport that's a combination of football, soccer and basketball with four quarters, an end zone in which you score and rules against running with the disc, Dre Esparza, one of the team's three owners, says.
Esparza says that many of the players started playing the game in college and then kept playing when they got out of school. Their male friends who also played were starting a league, so they decided to start their own.
Last year, the Torch had a few showcase games against some of the other teams that were starting up around the country, but this will be the first official year for the Premier Ultimate League, whose championship will be held in Atlanta June 29-30.
The first three games of the season are in Austin, starting this weekend. The first game is at the Texas School for the Deaf against the Atlanta Soul at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by a 4 p.m. May 11 game against the Nashville Nightshade at House Park. The third game of the year is at 4 p.m. May 18 against Indianapolis Red at Westwood High School. The team will then travel to New York and North Carolina for the final games of the season.
You can buy tickets ($10) at the gate. Find out more at atxtorch.com.