ultimate 101

The Sport of Ultimate Explained

What is Ultimate? How does the sport work?

Wikipedia ‘defines’ Ultimate as a team sport played with a flying disc. The object of the game is to score points by passing the disc to a player in the opposing end zone, similar to an end zone in American football. Players may not run with the disc, and must keep a pivot while holding the disc.

As with trying to understand any new sport, it is important to wrap your head around the basic rules. I’ll try to keep it succinct for the sake of the broader audience. The best way for anyone new to learn and interpret the rules is to get out on the field and start playing the game.

Intro to Ultimate Frisbee Video

If you’ve ever had someone ask you what ultimate frisbee is, and I know we all have, show them this video.

Although I do compete in dog disc competitions with Davy Whippet (and we currently hold 5 World Records together) it’s true that ultimate frisbee is not played with dogs.

But I encourage you to take the opportunity to educate someone when they ask you “is ultimate where you throw to a dog” or “do you play by yourself or with other people”?