What is Ultimate?
The definition of Ultimate is “Player defined and controlled non-contact team sport played with a flying disc on a playing surface with end zones in which all actions are governed by the ‘Spirit of the Game™.” – developed by the USA Ultimate Board
Ultimate is a non-contact sport played with a 175 gram flying disc by 2 teams of 7 players each on a 40 x 70 yard field. The object is to score points by passing the disc to a player in the opposing end zone, similar to one in American football. Players may not run with the disc, and may only move one foot while holding the disc (pivoting).
It was originally called “Ultimate Frisbee”, and is now officially called “Ultimate” because the word “Frisbee” is the trademark, albeit genericized, for the line of discs made by the Wham-O toy company. It is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation.
New to Ultimate?
Not sure about fouls, picks, and pulls?
Here’s a nice flowchart of the 11th edition rules.
Ultimate is most commonly a self-officiated sport in which players make their own calls.
This makes Spirit of the Game™ a must!
Occasionally, “observers” may be used in a game to make calls and their level of active calls can be determined before a game. An observer is a game official analogous to, but not the same as, a referee in other common sports such as football, baseball, soccer, and more.