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An Introduction To Ultimate Frisbee

June 10th, 2012

Ultimate is played in 42 countries by hundreds of thousands of men and women, girls and boys, with programs in Sweden, Norway, and Japan receiving government funding. Ultimate Frisbee ranks as the USA’s third-fastest-growing sport, with a national organization, thousands of local clubs and more than five million participants worldwide. Would you believe that this popular game of Frisbee started with a group of students tossing pie tins to each other?

The game was created in a parking lot. In the fall of 1968, Joel Silver, a student at Columbia High School proposed a school Frisbee team to the student council on a whim. In 1968, a group of kids from the high school newspaper in Maplewood, N.J., created a team game that used a Frisbee – Combining the non-stop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football, and hockey – and called it the “ultimate” sport, or ultimate Frisbee. A few years later, in another parking lot in New Brunswick, N.J., one of those high schoolers from Maplewood, Jonny Hines ’74, joined with friends from Princeton and Rutgers to play the new sport’s first intercollegiate match.

A game of Ultimate is played by two seven-player squads with a high-tech plastic disc on a field similar to football. Players can’t run while holding the disc, so a team advances by passing from player to player. If the disc is intercepted or dropped, the other team takes over.

A typical game score is 15 points and a game lasts one and a half hours. No expensive equipment is necessary to play Ultimate. Ultimate is played with a 175 gram disc, which is heavier and sturdier than the recreational discs

The object of the game is to score by catching a pass in the opponent’s end zone. A player must stop running while in possession of the disc, but may pivot and pass to any of the other receivers on the field. Ultimate is a transition game in which players move quickly from offense to defense on turnovers that occur with a dropped pass, an interception, a pass out of bounds, or when a player is caught holding the disc for more than ten seconds. 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, although “Observers” do participate in the games.
Ultimate is sometimes played on an indoor football (soccer) field in Canada and northern Europe. Another variant of the game is Beach Ultimate. Ultimate is also played on smaller fields where it is called Intense Ultimate and is also played as Ice Ultimate as well as a street version called Street Ultimate.

The Ultimate Players Association (UPA), now USA Ultimate, the governing body for the flying disc sport of Ultimate has created the Ultimate Hall of Fame, awards and alumni associations.

USA Ultimate and The World Flying Disc Federation have been working to achieve worldwide sport presentation for the game. A major milestone in this effort occurred in 2001 when Ultimate was included in the World Games for the first time as a full medal sport. Though it is still not a part of Olympics its popularity is phenomenal.
Regulation leagues exist in most colleges for men, women and mixed (co-ed) teams, and boys and girls youth teams. More than 700 colleges have an Ultimate Frisbee club team.
Recreational leagues exist for pre-school, elementary school, junior high school, high school and adults.
All corporate teams and all leagues are co-ed.

How to Start a Frisbee League
Various groups and organizations from around the world have formed Frisbee leagues. You need only 2 teams to start a league. As more teams develop, the more competition and the more interesting the matches are.
All league members share the financial responsibility of maintaining a league. Items such as renting a field, buying matching T-Shirts, cleats, cones for the goals and of course the Frisbees can end up a costly venture. Team and league members will request that each team member pay a “membership fee” hold fundraisers or seek out sponsorship to help sustain the league.

Benefits of Sponsoring a Frisbee Team / League
Often leagues will reach out to local companies or organizations to sponsor the league or individual teams. In the event of a company sponsorship, the company will often print their logo on Frisbees and T-Shirts – a great advertising medium.
In 1999, Jockey – The undergarment company – signed a $60,000 sponsorship deal with the Ultimate Players Association (UPA). This deal included $35,000 worth of free advertising in sports illustrated. Jockey continues to sponsor College Ultimate Frisbee leagues.
But you don’t have to be a big company to sponsor a league or team. Local, College and Club teams and leagues are a great way to get your company’s name out into the community.

Company Frisbee Team / League
Companies don’t just need to consider sponsoring Frisbee leagues, they can start one too. Company sports teams are always good for coworkers to develop relationships out-of-the office, encourage healthy lifestyle through exercise and encourage good sportsmanship.

Benefits of a company Frisbee team:
Ultimate Frisbee is a team sport. This makes for a great team building exercise.
Ultimate creates a positive environment where co-workers meet after office hours and indulge in a stress-reliving sport like Frisbee.
Companies can create a league against competing companies in the same field to create a truly competitive game.
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From Pie Tins to Frisbees

February 2nd, 2012

HISTORY OF THE FRISBEE ®

Which sport does not need a ball, a net, a bat, not even a referee but nevertheless has gotten a lot of popularity all over the world? It requires seven players on the field and is as exhausting as playing soccer. It’s called a “gentleman’s game” and needs the players to honestly call their own fouls. Here is a giveaway – it’s played with a disc. Yes..! It’s the popular Frisbee that has gotten people from different ages, sexes, and walks of life intensely fanatic about.

But where did the Frisbee come from and how did it evolve into the game played today?

INVENTION OF THE FRISBEE

Behind every great breakthrough lies an ordinary man with a brilliant mind—but believe it or not, the Frisbee was invented and improved upon by many different people until it became what we know today.

Frisbie’s Pie Tins

It all began in Bridgeport, Connecticut in the 1870’s when a baker who went by the name of William Russel Frisbie opened a pie company called the Frisbie Baking Company. As a marketing strategy he put his family name on the bottom of the light tin pans which he bought as containers for his homemade pies. The pans were reusable and every time a housewife broke a pan, she would see Frisbie’s name on it and would just buy another of Frisbie’s homemade pies to get a new pan. Clever indeed!

When his pies became popular throughout the region and colleges, so did his tin pans. Yale college students in 1940’s learned that empty pie tins can be tossed in the air and caught, which then provided a means of entertainment for them. Yale even has its own reference for the history of Frisbee, claiming that one undergraduate by the name of Elihu Frisbie got hold of a collection tray in the chapel and tossed it in the air, giving the Yale student credit for being the true inventor of the game. But this story is unsubstantiated, as we know that Frisbie’s bakery was responsible.

Morrison’s Pluto Platter

The development of the Frisbee then proceeded in 1948, when a Los Angeles flying saucer enthusiast by the name of Walter Frederick Morrison created a plastic version of Frisbie’s pie tin which could fly better and tossed with greater accuracy. This saucer was not intended for playing catch at first. Morrison believed in aliens and UFOs. He wanted to make public the possibility of alien life and invasion on earth that he depicted concepts of UFOs in the form of a lightweight disk-shaped toy, known as the Pluto Platter. This has been the basis for designs of all Frisbee discs. The outer third of the Frisbee disc is even called the “Morrison’s Slope”, after this inventor.

Wham-O’s Frisbee

In 1955, owners of a flourishing toy company, Wham-O, in the name of Rich Knerr and Spud Melin, had their eyes on Morrison’s saucer-like disc and thought that it would sell well if exposed and made popular by their company. They bought the rights to Morrison’s design and in 1957. Wham-O was producing more of the product which was then renamed as the “flying saucer”. Morrison was given over a million dollars’ in royalties for his Pluto Platter.

These flying saucers were already selling well in California when Rich Knerr had a promotional tour in one of the colleges. During that time it is said that he happened upon Yale students tossing an empty pie tin. Hearing about their term “frisbie” or “frisbie-ing”, he then renamed the flying saucer in California to “Frisbee”, not knowing the story behind the term – hence the different spelling from the true origin. He then sold the idea of the Frisbee game and sales of the toy rocketed.

Headrick’s Modern Frisbee

In 1964, Ed Headrick added raised ridges and made a more modernized version of the Frisbee which was more stable in flight compared to the previous version. These ridges were called the rings of Headrick.

ULTIMATE FRISBEE

After creating a more modern disc, Frisbee developed as a sport in 1967. In New Jersey, high school students were the first to ever play the sport known as Ultimate Frisbee. This game is a combination of various sports such as rugby, soccer, and basketball. Over 4 million people play Ultimate Frisbee today, and most of them think of it as more than just a sport but a true social experience among members of different teams. Frisbee is a popular game of catch for people and their dogs, too.

Frisbee Today

In 1994, Mattel Inc purchased the Wham-O Company and for a while had the rights to Frisbee but then Wham-O bought back its rights in 1997. Today, many companies produce Frisbees of different sizes and designs. No matter how modernized the Frisbee has become, it’s amazing to look back and remember the pie makers whose innovative marketing tactics brought this sport to life.

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February 28th, 2010

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February 27th, 2010

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