Friday, December 05, 2014

Explaining Ultimate Frisbee

Defining the sport of Ultimate continues...

From The Fairfield Mirror:

"[Ultimate Frisbee] is played by throwing a Frisbee disc to teammates in order to score points with defenders in your face, not unlike football. It takes much skill, but can be picked up in no time as long as you can throw a Frisbee well.

Ultimate Frisbee is a club sport that doesn't require a tremendous time commitment, making it ideal for somebody with a busy schedule."

From The Arkansas Traveler:

"Ultimate Frisbee is a combination of soccer and football, except using a Frisbee. Although Ultimate Frisbee does have some similar aspects to football, Ultimate Frisbee is not a contact sport. There are seven players per team on the field at a time. Teams may substitute players during the game. There are two end zones. The goal of the game is to get the Frisbee into the opponent's end zone. If the Frisbee touches the ground it is considered a turn-over, and the Frisbee goes to the other team. There is a lot of running involved in the sport.

...the president of the Ultimate Frisbee Club, said that the team typically runs about five miles a game. However, players are not allowed to run with the Frisbee in hand. They must throw the Frisbee from person to person."

From The Wesleyan Argus:

"...especially engaging was the pervasive notion of "Spirit of the Game." The philosophy, which has been a crucial aspect of Ultimate since its invention in the late 1960s, invokes the honor system. Players call their own fouls; there is no referee.

'Spirit of the Game' is about a sort of camaraderie, not just with your own team but with other teams, and a sense of respect, a sense of character and integrity, that you want to bring to the field. People are competitive, obviously; people want to excel and do well, but at the end of the day it's about having fun and making sure it's a great time for everyone.”

What separates Ultimate from a lot of other sports I've played, especially in high school, is that even at a competitive level of play there's really a focus on having fun. In collegiate Frisbee, it's not uncommon to mingle with the teams on the sidelines, and everyone is applauding great performances on the other team."


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