Ultimate Experience

Nothing quite says college like a game of ultimate frisbee. Don’t lie, you’ve seen the hordes massing together at Clark Field or the IM Fields in Austin, or pretty much anywhere there is grass to be destroyed near a college campus.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve watched from  a distance, dissapointed to see a frisbe instead of a soccer ball flying through the air. As much as frisbee is part of the college culture, it isn’t part of mine.

But after some pleading from an ultimately dedicated (get it?) roommate, I decided to give Ultimate a shot.

First off, some background:

The sport was started in the 1960s by bored students (sound familiar?) To play, you throw a frisbee to teammates, but you can’t run with the ball. Imagine it like football, but with no line of scrimmage and no running after the catch. You get points by reaching the opposing end zone.


Despite the rules emphasis on not running, you’ll quickly find it’s a bit more intense than you first expected.

“It’s pretty much the ultimate workout,” my roommate, Gary, says without irony.

The game consists of pretty much constant running and catching, combining the cardio aspect of soccer (my sport of choice) with the explosiveness of football. Basically, it kicked my ass.

You’ll quickly find some people, like the above mentioned Gary, take it way, way too seriously. There are multiple club teams at UT and around the area that compete in tournaments. Once you get good enough, you might find yourself going all over the country to throw the ole’ frisbee around. Gary has made trips as far as Washington to play in Ultimate tournaments.

As you might expect from something taken this seriously, there’s even a players’ association.

“It takes a lot of commitment,” Gary said. “It’s just like any other sport.”

So, Ultimate (you leave out Frisbee)? Who knew? After a little session, I can confirm it is in fact a real sport. But that won’t stop me from making fun of it.



6 Responses to Ultimate Experience

  1. Leigh. says:

    the only time i ever played ultimate frisbee i hit the friend i was playing with in the face. tragic.

  2. I have always heard of, but never really knew what ultimate frisbee was. I am not an athletic person, however, so I doubt I would do very will at this game. Great, informative post!

  3. msherfield says:

    I’m very sorry to hear that Leigh. As someone who has taken a Frisbee squarely to the nose, I can sympathize with said friend. Tragic indeed.

  4. I love ultimate frissbee. I use to play on Clark Field. I agree with Gary because it is a great workout.

  5. Austin Ries says:

    Ahhh the glorious and prestigious sport of ultimate frisbee. Forget Longhorn Football, the biggest sport on campus is ultimate frisbee and rightly so. I saw a flying frisbee once at Clark Field when I lived at San Jac and thought it was a UFO

  6. Great post on Ultimate! Yeah us taking-the-sport-too-serious-kinda-blokes leave out the Frisbee part, because the original Frisbee was a cake-bottom, from the brand ‘Frisbee’. That is what those bored students were tossing around with and that’s how it all started! Ain’t that something…

    If people want to do more Ultimate Frisbee, there is probably a club nearby where you live, just look it up on Google (that is how I found my club years ago).

    Most clubs will happily welcome new members and give you some free trainings to boot! If you decide to continue playing, the training fees are usually very low when compared to other sports.

    Thanks for posting such a good informative post about Ultimate!

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