Ultimate is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and that trend will only continue! Originating from North America, it can be described as a combination of American Football and Netball – but played with a Disc!
As this handy video explains, the game is seven-a-side (when played Outdoors) and is played on a pitch about the length of a football pitch with an endzone at each end.
The aim of the game is to score in your opponents endzone by throwing the Frisbee to a player on your team who is in that endzone. Whilst the other teams is trying to intercept your passes and score in your endzone.
Sounds simple right? There’s more to it than you think! The flight path of a disc can vary so much more than a ball that it opens up all sorts of possibilities to get the disc from one end of the pitch to the other, and because you have to keep the disc from hitting the floor to maintain possession – it leads to all kinds of spectacular plays!
Ultimate teams compete in weekend long tournaments where a large number of teams gather at a venue and play a whole bunch of games to determine the final rankings. These tournaments are the best way to learn and the best way to throw yourself into Ultimate.
There are loads of tournaments organised by various different teams across the country every year, but in the UK the main tournaments of the season are the UKU Ranking events.
These are a series of nationwide tournaments, attracting a huge number of teams to each event. The UKU organise and run each event at venues around the country.
The Mixed events run from the end of March into May and then the Open and Womens events run from around May to July. Each event gives out ranking points depending on finishing position, then the results are merged together to get an overall winner. These are the tournaments that our club works up to each year and we are always trying to improve from one year to the next.
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