The rules of Ultimate Frisbee  (in short “Ultimate”). Ultimate is a physically challenging competative teamsport that is played with a frisbee. It can be played inside, on the beach or outside on grass turf. Indoor Ultimate and Beach Ultimate are usually played 5 on 5. Outdoors it’s 7 against 7. on a field 100meter long and 37 meters wide. As a player, you have certain tasks, but usually not a fixes spot on the field to attack or defend. Because of this, Ultimate is the frisbeesport for people that like to run. Youth competitions for younger kids are played on a smaller field with a less heavy disc.

In Ultimate, your team scores when you catch the frisbee in the opponents end zone. The scoring has some similarities with American Football and Rugby, but running in possession of the disc is not allowed. Body contact is also not allowed, although at higher level the players tend to not apply this very strict. It is all about getting open and cooperation.

When you are in possession of the disc, you can hold onto it for 10 seconds. Your direct opponent (also known as ‘the marker’) counts out loudly in full seconds. Whenever you throw before he reaches 10, and your teammate catches within the boundaries of the pitch, your team can move on. If not, you lose possession and the playing direction turns around. We call that a “turn-over”.

In Ultimate, Fair play is very important. Other sports also say this, but their actions suggest otherwise. Ultimate Players all know the rules and apply those rules themselves. But it´s also the way the rules are organised that makes Ultimate very special. To start with, there are no penalties, free kicks or punishments. So you cannot give each other penalties or try to fake it. It works something like this:

When something happens that you feel is against the rules, say ti and leave some space for your opponent to agree or disagree. When he agrees, the solution is simple. When he does not, the standard is to move the disc back one step in the game (where it was before the conflict occurred. All players together are therefore responsible for how the game progresses and cheating is impossible (you can try, but it won’t get you anywhere). Going to the ground and theatrically roll has absolutely no other effect than you making a fool of yourself.

In Ultimate, you learn to watch over your rights and express yourself in a positive way. You also learn that other might see things differently and that is no big deal. You do not need to win arguments, because nothing happens when you do. Therefore having arguments is useless. In an exiting game 14-14 with one minute on the clock, you are usually a bit more critical on each other than when the score is 14-2. We call this: “The Spirit of the Game (SOTG)”.

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The frisbees to use for Ultimate

Frisbees for adult ultimate are always 175 gram and have a diameter of 27,5 cm. For the youngest juniors that is 140 gram and 24,8 cm. Real gamediscs do not only have that weight and those dimensions, but are also officially approved by WFDF (World Flying Disc Federation) as official gamediscs. The ultimate gamediscs discs we sell are made by Daredevil Discs, Ottawa, Canada.

(Inter-)national Ultimate

There are more than 68 countries worldwide that have national ultimate federations. Within these federations there are local clubs that play in national competitions. International federations organise World Championships for national teams and club teams. Ultimate has been played at world games and is on the shortlist to become an Olympic sport. There are also tournaments that are organised locally. Because of the connection discsporters have in the “Spirit of the Game”, generally the atmosphere worldwide is similar: positive. Ultimate is one of the fastest growing sports worldwide.

The Dutch Federation (NFB) has around 1500 members and dates back to 1979. The Belgian Ultimate Federation had 1500 members in 2015 divided over 26 clubs.

Youth competitions in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has a very well organised youth ultimate scene. The first steps were taken by Hans Krens (also the owner of frisbeewinkel.nl) in 2005. He started to train kids in a couple of cities and organised the first national competitions in 2007. In 2008, he became the first national team coach U17. Nowadays, more and more people and clubs are involved and there are 4 different national youth teams and 10 cities where you can train as a junior. The girls under 17 have become European champions already, and some players have moved to the United States to play semi-professionally

Ultimate Frisbee on a high level