Youth Ultimate in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Aviators are dedicated to introducing Ultimate to the next generation. 

Ultimate, in many ways, is an ideal youth sport. It is easy to learn and play. It can be played with varying numbers on a side and in a variety of spaces from fields to gyms to blacktops. Being self-officiated Ultimate does not require the presence of a trained referee and contributes to young athletes’ character development and conflict resolution skills. Game play lends itself to cooperation and teamwork as no player can score by him or herself. The sport can be played single gender or co-ed. Most importantly, Ultimate is inexpensive – all you need to play is a disc. All of these factors will contribute to the future growth of Ultimate at the youth level. Not only is Ultimate really great exercise, it teaches kids confidence, integrity and sportsmanship.  Most importantly, it’s really really fun to play!

Spirit of the Game

From Section 1. Introduction, item B. “Spirit of the Game. Ultimate relies upon a spirit of sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the player. Highly competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of mutual respect among competitors, adherence to the agreed upon rules, or the basic joy of play. Protection of these vital elements serves to eliminate unsportsmanlike conduct from the Ultimate field. Such actions as taunting opposing players, dangerous aggression, belligerent intimidation, intentional infractions, or other ‘win-at-all-costs’ behavior are contrary to the Spirit of the Game and must be avoided by all players.”

Spirit of the Game sets Ultimate apart from other competitive team sports. For over 30 years, Ultimate has flourished, reaching a highly competitive level, without the use of referees. In Ultimate, the honor system works. Sure, human nature rears its ugly head from time to time – just as in any sport, just as in life. Yet, one of the many beauties of Ultimate is how, even amid the most difficult of situations, utmost graciousness is allowed to meet that challenge head on. Through this balance, Ultimate players are free to demonstrate the most honorable and the most joyous sides of human nature in sport.

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