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Ultimate Frisbee is flying high!

So you have seen some people at Hams Club throwing a frisbee around? They look pretty serious, but is it a real sport?

Ultimate Frisbee is most definitely a “real sport” and in 2015 the International Olympic Committee officially recognised the sport. Ultimate, as it is called, is played in over 90 countries and South Africa has a strong history in the game, currently ranked 32.

What is Ultimate?

Ultimate is an exciting, non-contact team sport, played by thousands the world over. It mixes the best features of sports such as Soccer, Basketball, American Football and Netball into an elegantly simple yet fascinating and demanding game. It is a fast-paced game, demanding its players to develop razor sharp throwing skills and immense stamina and agility.

The Game

Ultimate is played between two teams of seven players on a large rectangular pitch. A line drawn across the pitch at either end creates two “endzones” (like in American Football). These are the goal-scoring areas. A goal is scored when a team completes a pass to a player standing (or more likely running) in the endzone they are attacking.

Players cannot run with the disc. When you get the disc you must come to a stop and try to throw it to another player (a bit like netball). By passing from player to player, the offence attempts to work the disc up the pitch towards the endzone they are attacking. If the disc hits the ground or is intercepted or knocked down by the other team, then the opposition takes possession. Possession also changes if a receiver is outside the playing area when he or she catches it.

Fouls and “Spirit of the Game”

Ultimate is essentially non-contact; any contact between players can be declared a foul. There’s a variety of other minor violations, but that’s the big one.

Ultimate is unique in that it is refereed by the players themselves, even at World Championship level, according to a code of conduct known as “the Spirit of the Game”. This places the responsibility for fair play on the players themselves. In that respect, playing Ultimate is a completely different experience to playing other sports. And believe it or not, Ultimate’s system of self-refereeing works. Beautifully.

Does it sound like it’s for you, even slightly? Here’s how you can join in the fun.

Mondays at Hams Club. Open to everybody interested in the sport, men as well as ladies. 5:30pm - 7pm. Wednesdays at Hams Club. Separate training session for men and ladies for half the session. Social game after the training. 5:30pm - 7pm.

Contact Jason: 083 651 3987 Nicole: 073 775 6089


21-22 July 2018. Mixed Regionals 2018 Hams Club, Clevedon Rd, Selborne.

Saturday: 10.30am - 6.30pm. Sunday: 8am - 1.30pm

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