Ultimate was developed in 1968 by a group of students at Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J. Although ultimate resembles many traditional sports in its athletic requirements, it is unlike most sports due to its focus on self-officiating at the youth, college and club level. This concept, called Spirit of the Game, is integrated into the basic philosophy of the sport, written into the rules, and practiced at all levels of the game from local leagues to the World Games.
Combining the non-stop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football, a game of ultimate is played by two teams with a flying disc on a field with end zones, similar to football. The object of the game is to score by catching a pass in the opponent’s end zone. A player must stop running while in possession of the disc, but may pivot and pass to any of the other receivers on the field. Ultimate is a transition game in which players move quickly from offense to defense on turnovers that occur with a dropped pass, an interception, a pass out of bounds, or when a player is caught holding the disc for more than ten seconds. Ultimate is governed by “Spirit of the Game”, a tradition of sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the players. Ultimate is played in more than 80 countries by an estimated 7 million of men and women, girls and boys.
The American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) is the first and largest professional ultimate league. With 26 franchises across the United Sates and Canada, the league’s mission is to increase the visibility of one of North America’s fastest growing sports by creating fun, family friendly events that showcase the sport being played at its highest level.
Ultimate builds character
Ultimate teaches integrity and sportsmanship. Ultimate develops acceptance of responsibility for one’s own behavior. In all non-professional games, players make their own calls, participation develops character, self-reliance, listening and negotiating skills and leadership qualities. Many schools and programs use this fun sport to also promote good sportsmanship and help participants develop conflict resolution skills.
Ultimate is for everyone
Ultimate is a great sport for school districts or anyone who is interested in trying something new and different with minimal costs. All you need is some open space and disc! In addition to a low cost, ultimate combines athletic skills that children learn throughout their physical educations and can be easily applied to the sport of ultimate. Due to the low cost and the easy transition from other sports, ultimate is a perfect sport to introduce students.