|what is ultimate?
"When a ball dreams, it dreams it's a frisbee... "
Ultimate is a non-contact sport played with a frisbee (disc) by two seven player teams. The object of the game is to score goals. The disc may only be moved by passing (the thrower is not allowed to run with the disc). Any time a pass is incomplete, intercepted, knocked down or contacts an out-of-bounds area, a turn-over occurs, resulting in an immediate change of possession of the disc. A goal is scored when a player successfully passes the disc to a teammate in the endzone which that team is attacking. See the UPA Ten Simple Rules for more details.
Spirit of the Game
Ultimate has traditionally relied upon a spirit of sportsmanship which places the responsibility for fair play on the individual player. Highly competitive play is encouraged but never at the expense of mutual respect between players, adherence to the agreed-upon rules of the game or the basic joy of play. The rules of Ultimate provide a guideline which describes the way the game is played. It is assumed that no Ultimate player will intentionally violate the rules, so there are no harsh penalties for inadvertent infractions. Rather, a method for resuming play in a manner which simulates what would most likely have occurred had there been no infraction.
Ultimate began in 1968 when a group of Columbia (NJ) High school students first played on an asphalt parking lot at their high school. As those students graduated from high school, the game spread to the college level. The first intercollegiate Ultimate game occured on Nov. 6, 1972, between Princeton and Rutgers, in New Brunswick, NJ. They played on the anniversary of the first ever intercollegiate football game, also played between those same two schools.
Today, the game is played by over 15,000 thousand people in over 30 countries. Ultimate is played by people from all walks of life. From high school students, to the thriving college game, to the highly competitive club teams all over the world, to the many thousands of people who play in informal summer leagues, Ultimate is a game for everyone. For more history, see Adam Zagoria's article at whatisultimate.com.