If you're looking for a fun way to get a little exercise, play a competitive sport and meet some great people, maybe it's time you take a look at Ultimate Frisbee.
Every Wednesday evening an enthusiastic group gathers at Paonia Town Park for a friendly game of pick-up Ultimate Frisbee.
If you're unfamiliar with it (as I was), the game is somewhat of a cross between football, soccer and basketball, with a little lacrosse thrown in, but without a books' worth of rules and regulations.
The game is very fast-paced, if not non-stop. As a result, players get a good workout.
"It's a great sport," said Kale Casey, one of a handful of players in the area who has competed at the college level, and one of about 14 who showed up for last week's game. Almost anyone can play. All that's needed is "one Frisbee, and somewhat of a flat field."
A typical evening of Ultimate Frisbee usually involves between 14-20 players, said Casey. Teams consist of seven players, but can change with the number of people who show up.
The rules are simple. In fact, the game is distilled down to "Ultimate in 10 Simple Rules," on the Ultimate Frisbee website, usaultimate.org. It is a no-contact sport that involves teams lining up in their respective end zone and throwing the Frisbee down-field. Players are not allowed to run with the Frisbee, and the defense can attempt to block their pass attempts. A pass that hits the ground, is intercepted or goes out of bounds, or a player who catches out of bounds, all result in a turnover. Since players can't run with the disc, a goal is scored only when an offensive player catches the disc in the end zone. There are no other ways to score.
Ultimate Frisbee is hardly a passing fad or a new sport. According to USA Ultimate, the first games were played by high school students in Maplewood, N.J., in 1968.
Today it's one of the fastest-growing team sports in the country and is played throughout the world. Competitive divisions in the U.S. include youth, college, club & masters, beach, and USA.
There are no referees, regardless of the level of competition, so self-enforcement of rules is required. That aspect of the sport is called "Spirit of the Game." Players are ultimately responsible for all aspects of the game.
"The Spirit of the Game is the most important thing," said Casey.
Participation in this group is limited to those aged 16 and up, and cleats are suggested but not required. Those interested in playing can meet at the park each Wednesday, weather permitting. Warm-ups begin at 6 p.m., and competition begins at about 6:30.blog comments powered by Disqus