In response to AJ's post about coed I thought I'd ask our mixed readers out there why they've chosen to play mixed. There has been a lot of speculation about players who can't make elite open or women's teams playing mixed for a shot at Nationals, etc. I certainly think there is some merit to that argument. I think, down here in Atlanta, that a lot of young players who want to get better are playing mixed for the experience, to get better and one day play open or womens.
Personally, I prefer mixed to open. Maybe it's because I started playing Ultimate in leagues rather than at college. It's always been more comfortable for me. I also tend to see open as more, "I'm faster and can jump higher so I win," where I feel mixed encourages more strategy. The level of competition factors does probably factor in for me though. I could probably make Chain if that were my goal, but I'd never have the role I have on Rival. Perhaps I'm settling, but I'm happy and still motivated enough to work hard trying to get better.
So, why do you play mixed?