Ultimate has been around since the 1970s when it was considered a counter-culture activity. Today, it is one of the best sports you can play and it’s following and teams are growing daily. Ultimate has a governing body and several tournaments and coaching courses. It has become a great pastime and for many the best sport they have ever competed in. Here are some interesting facts about Ultimate Frisbee:
1. The actual name is just ‘Ultimate’
The name Frisbee is trademarked by Wham-O Toys to whom the inventor sold the rights many years ago. This means that we can’t really use the name frisbee even though it is used colloquially.
2. Ultimate has two governing bodies
The American side of Ultimate is governed by USA Ultimate and was founded around 1980 under the Ultimate Players Association name. The name later changed. International competitions are arranged and governed by the World Flying Disc Federation based in Germany. The WFDF was founded in 1984.
3. The official rules were invented at Columbia High
In 1968, Joel Silver proposed that a team for Ultimate is started. They set out the rules and within a year, Joel and his friends were playing Ultimate Frisbee for the first time.
4. ‘Rock, paper, scissors’ is their coin toss
There is no specific method indicated by the rules of Ultimate about how opening possession is decided. However, ‘rock, paper, scissors’ has become a popular and almost standard way of doing the coin-toss in Ultimate games.
5. Ultimate has no referees
The sport of Ultimate Frisbee has no referees. The players of this sport believe in the ‘spirit of the game’ which means that all players are responsible for calling out their own fouls and not call anything unfairly. In higher level competitions, there are observers at the side of the field. These observers don’t make any calls unless a player asks for an appeal.
Ultimate Frisbee is different than other sports, but just as much fun, if not more so. It is unique and has a few quirky characteristics, but that is what makes it so great.