Fall 2021

posted Aug 23, 2021, 4:36 PM by Barney Krucoff

After a crazy year, Poets & Pitchers will get back to almost normal this fall! We plan to compete in the Montgomery Recreation high school league on Sunday afternoons and hold regular practices on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. We will also compete in the Fall Fling regional high school tournament. CLICK Here to Register.

Some new rules will be in effect. Coronavirus vaccinations are required for all players and coaches. We will also take other basic precautions like not sharing water bottles and forgoing the usual after-match handshakes with our opponents. For now, masks will be optional. We will monitor recommendations and requirements from the CDC and Montgomery County, and masking and other rules are subject to change. We will also abide by whatever rules Montgomery Recreation or the Washington Area Frisbee Club put in place for the matches in which we participate.  

Here are key dates for the upcoming Fall Ultimate season:

8/25 - 6:00 p.m., WJ New Student Cookout 
8/28 - First Practice at NIH Field, 11:00 a.m to 12:30 p.m  
8/30 - First day of school
8/31 - First Tuesday--Thursday practice, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Continues throughout the season except as noted)
9/7  -  No Tuesday practice, school holiday
9/16 - No Thursday practice, school holiday
9/19 - First Montgomery Recreation game. Plan on games every Sunday afternoon (except Fall Fling) through early November 
10/9-10/10 - WAFC Fall Fling Regional Tournament, Fairfax, Va.
11/7 - Montgomery Recreation Tournament, end of fall season

Cost for the fall will be as follows:

- $100 payable to the team (helps to pay a small stipend to our coaches and for equipment)
- $79 payable to Montgomery Recreation for our league 
- Approximately $30 for a jersey. Jersey money will be figured out and collected later after we know how many players we have and the jerseys can be ordered, printed, and delivered.  

Fall 2020

posted Jul 27, 2020, 5:15 AM by Barney Krucoff

It's been a long time since our first and only practice of the spring season. MCPS has announced there won't be a fall or winter sports season. Poets and Pitchers isn't officially associated with MCPS, but we do field school-based teams and will follow the system's lead. 

We are disappointed and we know our players will be as well. Please stay in shape, practice your throws, be safe, keep in touch and hope for spring.

Now Recruiting for Spring 2020!

posted Feb 1, 2020, 7:33 PM by Barney Krucoff   [ updated Feb 1, 2020, 7:37 PM ]

Poets & Pitchers is looking forward to a warm fun spring with lots of Ultimate. Register HERE.
  • Our first practice will be Tuesday, March 10, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at NIH Field.
  • Practices will then be held each Tuesday and Thursday, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at NIH Field through the end of May. 
  • There will be no practices during MCPS spring break, April 7 and 9.
  • We did not get into the YULA Invitational this year, but we will look for a game or event the weekend of March 28-29.
  • League games will be Sundays starting in April and running to early June. The schedule is TBD.
  • May 16-17 is the most likely weekend for the Maryland State High School Championships. Please plan to be available both of those days.
  • We will finish the season with the Montgomery County tournament in early June, and we will look for other local tournaments/events along the way. 
  • $100 to Poets & Pitchers, which covers our coaches and their expenses, equipment, and tournament entry fees. 
  • $60 to $75 to Montgomery Recreation for our league and game-day fields.
  • $40 to USA Ultimate for the membership required to participate in the Maryland State High School Championships.

Whitman and Johnson Teams Return for Fall 2019

posted Aug 13, 2019, 6:07 AM by Barney Krucoff   [ updated Aug 13, 2019, 6:31 AM ]

The back-to-school sales are on, so it's time to start planning for the fall ultimate season. It should be a fun season. Here's what we know so far.  

  • Sign-up:  Every player and a parent must complete the TEAM REGISTRATION FORM. Yes, even if you've done it before. That way we know who is in and can get the required waivers signed. 
  • Practices: Practices will start on August 27 and 29, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays through September and October. Practices will be held at NIH Field. 
  • Recruiting event: August 28, New Student Cookout and WJ Club Information Night – 6:00 p.m. Held in the bus loop area in front of the school.
  • Games: Montgomery Rec league games will begin on Sunday, September 15. There will be one or two games every Sunday, except October 6, through at least November 3. This fall league games will be held at North Four Corners Local Park.
  • Tournaments: We are proud to be part of the Washington Area Youth Ultimate Fall Fling October 5-6. Other tournaments/special events are TBD.
  • Costs: The team dues are $100 for the season and cover coaches' stipends; USA Ultimate coaching memberships including background checks; tournament entry fees; and basic equipment. A separate payment of $69 to our league, Montgomery Rec, will also be required. 

We are very glad to have coaches Rob, Natalie, and Alex back, and they are looking forward to seeing you. Please help look for new players and contact me with any questions/ideas.

Spring Recruiting Event March 6

posted Feb 18, 2019, 4:18 PM by Barney Krucoff

Poets and Pitchers founding members of Montgomery County Ultimate League.

posted Jan 13, 2019, 8:49 AM by Barney Krucoff

In Fall 2018 teams from Walt Whitman and Walter Johnson competed in a new high school league organized by Montgomery Recreation. This video was produced during the league tournament.  

Montgomery Recreation Ultimate League

Fall 2018 time to sign-up for Ultimate

posted Aug 12, 2018, 6:30 PM by Barney Krucoff

Please complete this FORM to sign-up for fall 2018.  This fall we will compete as separate Whitman and Johnson teams on Sunday afternoons in a league organized by Montgomery Rec. The Whitman and Johnson teams will practice together on Monday and Wednesday afternoons starting 8/20. Our first games will be 9/9. Costs will be $100 per player to Poets & Pitchers and $60 per player to Montgomery Rec.  

Register For Spring 2018!

posted Feb 3, 2018, 8:13 PM by Barney Krucoff

For spring 2018 we are seeking at least 30 high school players to field "A" and "B" teams. We will accept up to 40 players. Should we have more players sign up than we can accommodate, priority will be given to returning players, gender balance, player commitment level, students from one of our home schools--Whitman, Johnson and CESJDS--and first come first serve based on date and time of registration

Spring 2018 season logistics: Practices will start on weekends in Bethesda on or before March 3. The week of March 12, we will start practices from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Bethesda. Games are played on weekends with occasional all-day tournaments. The season will end with the State Championships in May. Team dues are $120 plus uniforms and league costs. Sign up here!

Maryland State Champs 2017! Charles E Smith / The Field School

posted May 26, 2017, 6:49 PM by Barney Krucoff   [ updated May 27, 2017, 2:03 PM ]

Front Row: Joey Shoyer, Jake Shoyer, 
Middle Row: Gabe Stillman, Maya Waehrer, Matthew Wieseltier
Back Row: Sasha Apasov, Ari Schlactus, Jacob Mannes, Walt Johnson, Daniel Koenig, Carl Johnson, Natan Schoenbaum, Matthew Swire, Jake Rabinowitz, Barney Krucoff 
Not Pictured: Avi Abrams

Poets & Pitchers finished the 2017 spring season on a high, winning two Fairfax League titles in Manassas on May 7 and capturing a state title and a state 6th-place finish in Columbia on May 20-21.

In the Fairfax tournament, the A team entered as the top seed and started strong with dominant quarterfinal and semifinal wins over McLean, 13-1, and Heritage, 13-5. The championship against W.T. Woodson, however, proved to be much tougher, with P&P trailing most of the game until they faced a 12-9 deficit and Woodson could nearly touch the title. One of the most memorable comebacks in team history ensued, with Ben Levin catching the score on universe point to hand P&P a 13-12 win. It was the second straight season in which Levin accomplished this feat, having caught the universe point winner in the WAFC Clique League championship in November 2016 to win by the exact same scoreline.

The B team took over in the developmental bracket immediately after the A team's championship was complete. After their first-round opponent, West Potomac, forfeited, the B team faced Chantilly B in the semifinals. After a tight first half saw P&P holding a narrow, 7-6 lead at the break, the team turned it on in the second, shutting out Chantilly to take the 13-6 win. They continued their hot streak into the championship, where they faced a combination of Lake Braddock and some players from the Chantilly team they had just beaten. After winning the first 10 or 11 points, P&P held on to win 13-3, completing an undefeated day for the two teams as a whole.

Two weeks later, at the Maryland state tournament, P&P split into two teams to comply with USA Ultimate rules. The Walt Whitman/Walter Johnson team (WWWJ) entered as the #4 seed, playing in Pool B, while the CESJDS/Field team (Private Stock) played as the #6 seed, competing in Pool A. On day 1 of the tournament, Private Stock put the state on alert by knocking off the three-time defending champions, BCC, 11-8 in the first game of the morning. Private Stock would go on to sweep Pool A, finishing the day 5-0. WWWJ struggled in their first two games in Pool B against supposedly lesser teams, surviving School Without Walls 10-9 and falling to Wootton 11-10. But, they rebounded in game 3, defeating the tournament's #2 seed, Glenelg, 11-6. After a win over Baltimore Polytechnic and a tough loss to Blair, WWWJ finished 3-2.

On the tournament's second day, Private Stock entered with a bye to the quarterfinals, while WWWJ took on Archbishop Curley in the round of 12 for a chance to face off with Private Stock in the quarters. After WWWJ avoided the upset with a 13-6 win, the two factions of P&P went head to head. After both teams held their first three offensive points, Private Stock took a lead they would not relinquish. They took a 7-4 lead into halftime and went on to triumph, 12-7. It would be the only game of the tournament in which Private Stock would not reach the target score for victory (11 on Saturday, 13 on Sunday). Private Stock proceeded to the semifinals, where they knocked off Churchill, 13-6. Glenelg upset BCC in the other semifinal to set up the championship game. Meanwhile, WWWJ won their semifinal in the 5th-place bracket, 13-8 over Mount Hebron. In the 5th-place game, WWWJ lost another one-point game to Wootton, 9-8, to complete their 6th-place finish. Wootton finished the year as one of the most improved teams in the state, having lost to the P&P A team 14-3 back in March. Private Stock completed their unexpected rise in the State Championship game, taking out Glenelg 13-7 to lift the wooden disc trophy. 

By Owen Krucoff

Walt Whitman / Walter Johnson

posted May 26, 2017, 6:24 PM by Barney Krucoff   [ updated May 27, 2017, 1:51 PM ]

Front Row: Ezra Pine, Abby Meyers, Josh Strauss, Josh Eisen
Back Row: Ethan Greeley, Katherine Sylvester, Kira Krucoff, Coach Barney Krucoff, Livy Meyers, Max Oleynik, Daniel Weber, Owen Krucoff, Matt Shea, Nic Reilly, Ben Levin
Not Pictured: Avery Koltz, Brooke Gumataotao, Eliot Eisen, Quinn Mulligan, Coach John Mulligan   

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