What is Ultimate
Ultimate, more commonly known as Ultimate Frisbee, started almost 60 years ago in the United States. Today, it is a sport played by over 7 million people across 80 countries. It is a self-officiated mixed gender sport where different genders play together on the same line. SOTG or Spirit of the Game is the most important component of this sport.
An athlete who had won multiple medals at the national games was asked a question, ‘Does one get any recognition playing this sport?’ the answer was quick and simple – ‘No’. We have over 2000 players in India and the number grows by the day. None of these players play because they are forced to. There is no money or autographs or medals. The incentive system of this sport is simple – a player embodies the values this sport offers.
- Ultimate requires jumping, running, diving, and throwing a disc so players have to be agile and quick on their feet. They have to be strong and focused throughout the game.
- Ultimate requires teamwork and togetherness. If the team loses, they support each other and if the team wins they celebrate together.
- Ultimate is intensely physical and includes a mix of measured teamwork and bursts of individual athleticism.
- Ultimate is a self refereed sport, so it’s a must for players to have a prominent voice during the game. It’s also critical that players make rational calls with their opponents.
- Ultimate is governed by Spirit of the Game™, a tradition of sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the players rather than referees; a philosophy which emphasises sportsmanship over competition; and camaraderie above all else.