What’s Ultimate Frisbee®?

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Ultimate Frisbee is a low-contact sport played with a flying disc, popular among high school and college students with approximately five million players. It was founded in 1968 by Joel Silver, and the game is based on fair play and camaraderie. The point of the game is to make a flying disc pass to a teammate in the opposing end zone. The game has spread outside colleges, and in 1979, the Ultimate Players’ Association was formed. The game is played with seven players from each team on the field at any given time in regulation play.

Ultimate Frisbee®, often referred to simply as Ultimate to avoid trademark issues, is a low-contact sport played with a flying disc. The game is loosely based on Frisbee® football and also shares some similarities with real American football. Ultimate Frisbee® is a very popular game among high school and college students and there are approximately five million players in the sport.

In 1968, high school student Joel Silver suggested creating a Frisbee® team and later began organizing what he called “the ultimate game experience.” This early form of Ultimate Frisbee® laid the foundation for the modern Ultimate Frisbee® and in many ways the game has remained the same. Early games were based on the principles of fair play and camaraderie, and this is a tradition that lives on today, with even playing at a professional level often without formal referees.

Silver went on to form a varsity team in 1970, and in 1972 the first ever intercollegiate Ultimate Frisbee® game was held on November 6. It was played between Princeton University and Rutgers, the same two teams that had played the first intercollegiate football game exactly 103 years earlier. Within a few years a number of colleges had their own teams, and in 1975 an invitational tournament, the Intercollegiate Ultimate Frisbee® Championships, was held at Yale. Nine years later, the first College Nationals were held, with Stanford as the first national champion.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Ultimate Frisbee® spread as a popular sport outside the colleges as well. In 1979, the Ultimate Players’ Association (UPA) was formed, which helped organize regional tournaments throughout the United States. Many people have seen Ultimate Frisbee® as an athletic alternative to traditional sports and it has historically appealed to a very different type of athlete. In recent years more mainstream athletes have taken up playing Ultimate Frisbee®, especially at the college level, and many within the community see this as a threat to the principles of self-judgment and friendly competition upon which the game was founded. sport.

The point of Ultimate Frisbee®, as in soccer, is to make a flying disc pass to a teammate in the opposing end zone. Instead of being played with a time limit, most games are played with a set number of points. Seven players from each team are on the field at any given time in regulation play, but because substitutions are allowed, most teams have around 20 people on them. A regulation field is 70 yards (64 m) long and 19.5 yards (18 m) wide.

The game begins with both teams lining up in their end zone and one team throwing the puck to the other team. The puck moves from team member to team member and can be passed in any direction. Once a player catches the puck, he must stop as quickly as possible and can only move on one pivot foot from then on. A player may, however, throw the disc before coming to a complete stop, which allows for the game known as the greatest, in which a player leaps from a playing field to catch a flying disc flying out of bounds, then throws it back before touching the ground.

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