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What is Ultimate Frisbee?


Posted by Larissa

I wasn't sure what ultimate frisbee was, so I decided to look it up on the web and share my newly found knowledge with the Wellsphere community. Ultimate frisbee is frisbee, but to the extreme. It is a combination of soccer, basketball, (American) football, and other team sports. There are 7 players per team and there is an "end zone" (as in American football) at each end of the field. Players cannot run with the frisbee - it is passed between players to eventually (and hopefully) make it to the end zone. The defending teams tries to intercept the frisbee when being passed. The rules are pretty basic and simple.
 
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That sounds really interesting. I think it sounds like the kind of game that is worth researching in order to gather up a bunch of friends to play this summer. It could make a fun beach game or hazy summer night's takeover of the local soccer field game. Thanks for the information and for sparking my curiosity!

I'm doing it- I'm goning to be an Ultimate Frisbee Pro by the end of this summer. I have been wanting to pick this up for awhile now. And you're right Teresa- it would be blast to get together a bunch of friends at a nice park for a good game. Hmmm; Ultimate Frisbee in the snow- add an extra challenge!

You're braver than I, Kristy! Frisbee (or anything, for that matter) in the snow! Ha ha, I'm just cold too easily for that challenge, but if you try it out, be sure to come back and let us know how it went! It sounds like something for winter lovers to try--at least falling wouldn't be so bad with the snow to catch you!

Larissa, that's a great summary of the game! Here's a few additions. 

Ultimate frisbee is an incredibly fantastic sport. I have played non-competitively for over 20 years, and I played on a real team for about 5 of those years (tournaments all summer long). I still play "pick-up" twice a week with a group of folks ranging from 10 to 60 years old. It's proved to be one of the best lifelong sports I could have chosen.

While I love the skills and physicality involved, and being outside and focused on playing for several hours at a time, one of my favorite parts is what ultimate players call "spirit of the game" That is, this sport is all self-refereed, even at the tournament level. Each player has to take responsibility for playing fair and calling his/her own fouls or other infractions! Plus, the spirit of the game philosophy is taken seriously; players are expected to be respectful of opposing teams as well as their own team members. Finally, this spirit of the game is often extended to teams creating cheers for the opposing team after a game is played, truly acknowledging one another, whether you've won or lost. It's officially a non-contact sport.

I also love that it's generally co-ed. Sure I've often been the only woman playing, but often there are a handful of women and girls playing in a game.

Lastly, I've met super fantastic people through ultimate frisbee. It seems to attract a cool and friendly crowd.

disc forever! 

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