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What is Ultimate Frisbee? (And why you should play)

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The Ultimate Frisbee Club at Magnet practices on Mondays and Wednesdays after school. New players are always welcome and our great coaches and captains will help you learn the ropes. When asked why they play Ultimate, team captain Anna Tortorici (12) said that she plays “because of the community. I’ve been able to meet some super awesome people within Charleston and across the country. And the gains. I’m mad thicc thanks to ultimate.” Junior Christian Weichsel said that he plays because, “I was peer pressured into it, but it was the best peer pressure.” One of our few players from SOA, Andre Lim (12), said that, “I love to play ultimate because of its community and people. A bunch of kids have a -censored- ton of stuff to do and dedicate 3 hours a week to ultimate and I am proud to be on this team and one of those kids.” Clearly one of the best parts of Ultimate Frisbee is the community.

Ultimate Frisbee is a fast-paced, non-contact sport played with 7 people on the field, where each team tries to score in end zones on opposite sides of the field, much like football. When a player catches the disc, they must stop walking/running and must remain on a pivot foot. Rather than having downs, play doesn’t stop until one team scores or a foul is called. A point is scored when a player on the offensive team catches the disc in the end zone. One thing that differentiates Frisbee from other sports is that there is no referee; players and coaches are held to the honor system to make calls. There is also jargon which is unique to the sport. A layout is when a player dives for the disc with both hands to catch it. A bid refers to all types of diving. A huck is a when someone throws the disc really far down the field for a big yard gain or into the end zone for a score. Ultimate is played internationally with 56 countries in the WFDF, the international governing body*.

 

Outside of the club’s activities, the Charleston Ultimate Frisbee website advertises pick-up games where you can go out to play with other people from across the county. There is also a summer league which runs from May to August, but you must form a team to play.

Raptor's take to the air and battle for the disc.

*Fact from https://www.usaultimate.org

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