The Ultimate Game
The Game Played With A Flying Disc!
Ultimate Frisbee is a team game played by two teams 5-7 players with the aim of scoring points by catching the disc in an opponents end zone. The game is non-contact and is played indoors, outdoors, and on the beach (as you can see from the picture above taken at the world beach championships in Rimmini, Italy). Teams are universally co-ed (boys and girls on the same team!)
There are some variations to the rules depending on whether it is indoor, outdoor or beach play, and also the country the game is being played in. Before games begin, team captains agree on the rules being adopted and these are then in play for the duration of the game or tournament.
Rules that apply to all games include:
The Spirit of The game
Unlike most games, even in international competition Ultimate is played with no referee! Call foul calls and rule infringements, are made by the players themselves. This means that anger, boisterous behaviour, swearing, foul play, cheating, and many of the other attributes normally associated with sports players, have no place on the Ultimate field.
In Europe and increasingly in the USA competitions generally have a prize awarded to the team that has shown the most spirit in the games and had the most fun. This ‘Spirit’ prize is highly sought after, and could be renamed the fair play prize.
Ultimate players have to learn honesty and the principles of good sportsmanship in order to play effectively, and this should be understood from the outset.
Infringements of the rules in Ultimate are always called up by the players themselves due to the absence of a referee. Fouls can be called by offensive or defensive players depending on the rule infringement.
If the violation results in a dropped or missed catch and it is agreed by both players that a violation took place then the disc is considered to be caught (regardless as to whether it is in the end zone).
If the call is contested (One player disagrees with the call), the disc is returned to the thrower in the position from whence it came. Obviously playing to the spirit of the game is key to fair foul calls.
Where can you play ultimate?
Everywhere! Ultimate is played outdoor, indoor and of course on the beach.