In the world of sports, there are rules to be followed. These rules determine the playing surface, outline scoring methods, and even describe suitable uniforms. These rules are followed to allow for participation in a sporting event. In the case of the University of Oregon’s Ultimate Frisbee team, they decided to follow their own set of rules — no pants, no problem.
During a match at Oregon State University in Corvallis, five members of the University of Oregon’s team decided playing without pants or underwear would be a good decision. The ultimate Frisbee team was on probation at the time for actions involving underage drinking and noise violations toward the end of 2008.
Once a complaint was issued to the club sports executive committee, a board of five students convened to decide the fate of the athletic team. The board’s final decision was to end the season of the No. 3 Ultimate Frisbee team. Sandie Hammerly, the executive director of the sport’s governing body, defended the board’s decision after the official announcement.
As an athlete, the University of Oregon’s team actions have confused me thoroughly. It is difficult for me to comprehend the thought process involved with dropping your pants and underwear in public, let alone during a sporting event.
Frankly, I believe the five individuals participating in this incident should be punished to the full extent of the law. We have rules in life for a reason. If we didn’t, golf would be a contact sport, and sporting events would be clothing optional, neither being a good idea.