I’ve had a lot of people ask me about where they can buy a disc from for ultimate frisbee. Now, since all of the people live in different cities, I have a few suggestions. First I’ll talk about what I think is best in a disc and then where you can buy them from.
First of all, I would recommend buying white discs. I find colored discs become softer in the sun and don’t throw as well. As for the brand, either Discraft or Daredevil discs are a good choice. There are a lot of people who complain about Daredevils, but I find that the new mold is very close to Discrafts and I don’t really have a preference now. The Innova ultimate disc (which the MLU uses) is supposed to be good; however, it’s meant for more advanced throwers as the discs handle better with more spin. I would recommend not using Wham-O ultimate Frisbees. The disc is deeper I find and there are too many ridges on the top rim. Finally, I wouldn’t pay more than $15 for a disc. Sports stores and outdoor stores sell them for as much as $20 so you can definitely get them cheaper elsewhere.
For a limited only, you can buy a custom Ultimate Rob disc for $10 on Disc Ace.
As for where to buy them, there are a few options:
1. Go to your local league website. National associations like Ultimate Canada (http://www.ultimatecanada.org) and USA Ultimate (http://www.usaultimate.org/competition/leagues/default.aspx) will have the websites listed for your local league. For example, my league sells Discraft discs with the league logo on them for $10 each.
2. When you’re at a tournament, buy discs from the main tent. Not only will most tournaments sell discs for around $12 but some will offer previous tournament discs for a reduced rate (I’ve some as low as $5).
3. Get a group of people and order 100 discs from either Discraft (http://www.discraft.com) or Daredevil (http://www.daredevildiscs.com). The benefits of doing this is that you can have your own custom design, you will get the discs for around $8/disc and you can sell them to make some money for your team. Also, you can buy misprinted discs for a lower price – so the disc flies the same; there’s just something missing/added to whatever was printed on top.
Let me know if you have suggestions for other places you can buy discs!