Ultimate was invented by students at Colombia High School in New Jersey in 1968. The sport spread to nearby high schools in the area and then colleges too. Over the next 10 years, Ultimate gained popularity and spread throughout the country. In 1975 Montclair created their first team, entering the small but growing community of Ultimate Frisbee.
How Ultimate is played
Ultimate is a 7-on-7 sport, played on a large field that is 110 yards long and 40 yards wide with 20-yard endzones. The goal of each team is to catch the disk in their opponent's endzone. This is done by passing the disk between teammates to work the disc up the field. An important rule in Ultimate is that a player cannot move when holding the disk! If the disk hits the ground or the thrower does not throw the disk within 10 seconds, it is a turnover, and the other team gets possession of the disk.
What is Spirit of the Game?
In Ultimate Frisbee there are no referees. Instead, players call their own fouls. Because ultimate is a very competitive game and the players are given the power to call their own fouls, all players must follow a simple rule known as Spirit of the Game. Spirit of the Game is an actual rule in Ultimate Frisbee, not just a suggestion, and it states that all players must make calls in a fair-minded and truthful manner, explaining their point of view and listening to the opponents. However, sometimes foul calls cannot be resolved in this way as players might have opposing ideas on what actually happened. Because of this there is a system of "contests," that resets play to where it was before the foul occurred, giving neither team an advantage. This whole system of Spirit of the Game is very important to the Ultimate community and is taken very seriously. Failure to comply with these rules can get teams kicked out of tournaments among other things. Because players must call their own fouls, it is important that every player understands the rules of Ultimate.
Ultimate has one of the richest and most supportive communities of any sport. The sport is entirely self-reffed and follows Spirit of the Game sportsmanship, which allows players to communicate and make calls for each other. The cooperation between players, coaches, and teams helps support and grow the entire community in a unique environment. Ultimate is also one of the fastest growing sports in the world! If you wish to learn more about the rules of Ultimate and spirit of the game click on this link to find a simple and easy-to-understand "cheat sheet" on the rules. If you want to see some of the best clips from professional and college ultimate, click on the "This is Ultimate" link below. We promise you will not be disappointed!