What’s so Ultimate?

Ultimate Frisbee, it’s a heck of a game.

Imagine combining the speed of soccer, the team play of football, and the athleticism of every sport in existence. Then you might have a bit of an idea about Ultimate Frisbee. Played by over 100,000 players in 50 different countries, Ultimate is one of the fastest growing sports on the planet. I became one of those players last year when I decided, after years of playing football and lacrosse, that i wanted to join my college’s ultimate frisbee team. I joined because it looked like a fun time and I thought I wouldn’t have to work too hard to play. Boy was I wrong! Ultimate is a demanding sport (you must be able to run, jump, throw, and sometimes dive into the ground) but what you put in, you get back ten fold.

Ultimate was first played in 1968 in Maplewood, NJ, at Columbia High School. This first game, played in the school’s parking lot, was between the school’s student council and the school’s newspaper staff.

The first set of rules were written down in 1970, and the first interscholastic game was played that same year. The first intercollegiate game was played between Yale and Rutgers in 1972, with Rutgers winning 29-27.

Today, we are on the 11th Set of Rules, and there are annual national and international tournaments played all over the world and over every age group.

But, back to the question: What’s so ultimate about Ultimate Frisbee?

Bids for days

Is it the people? (yes) Is it the athleticism? (Double yes) Is it getting to play a sport that emphasizes both this:

and this:

In the end everyone has respect for their opponent and the spirit of the game. (Yeah, we’re hippies)

(most def)

The thing is, there’s not ONE thing that makes Ultimate so ultimate, and there’s no way to understand why we call it Ultimate unless you start playing!



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