You may have heard of Ultimate before. (Perhaps you’ve heard of “Ultimate Frisbee,” an inaccurate and copyright-protected name that only total newbies ever use.) It’s a wonderful sport, simple yet deeply engaging, which totally lives up to its name. Whether you’re looking to pick up a new hobby, you’re into serious exercise, you have a strategic mind, or you just love watching exciting matches, Ultimate could be the sport for you.
Why Ultimate instead of another sport?
The rules of Ultimate are extremely simple and easy to learn: it takes about five minutes to learn to play. However, the more experienced the players are, the deeper the strategy gets. Even a beginner can follow a game, but a true Ultimate player never stops learning more about the game.
Ultimate has another advantage over other sports: how easy it is to start playing. All you need is some players, a disc, and a field. Rule calls are made by the players themselves (although higher levels of play will typically have an observer or two to help with rule calls). Unlike football or soccer where you might need specialized markings, equipment, or a referee, Ultimate works anywhere.
What can Ultimate do for me?
I’m glad you asked. Ultimate can improve your sense of ethics, help your goal-setting, and be a great way to exercise and make new friends. Someone who has never played Ultimate may have difficulty understanding exactly how much is riding on a match, and how much being a player changes you. The facts are simple: Ultimate is hands-down the best method for personal, social, and athletic growth.
If you haven’t already signed up for a team (and you don’t have an injury or disability keeping you from playing), why not? Go ahead and do it! I promise you won’t regret it.