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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Ultimate Frisbee?
A: Combining the non-stop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football, a game of Ultimate is played by two seven-player squads with a high-tech plastic disc on a field similar to football. 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. Ultimate is played in more than 42 countries by hundreds of thousands of men and women, girls and boys.

Q: Who is Invited to play?
A: Ultimate Frisbee is an open invitation to anyone that wants to play. You can come by yourself (visitors are ALWAYS welcomed) or you can bring some friends, and better yet, you can bring your own team and come join the fun! As previously mentioned, it's an endurance game that requires a lot of running, therefore, Ultimate is a GREAT way to keep in shape, and have fun while you're doing it.  

Q: When do you play?
A: We try and play at least a couple of times a week. Lately we have been playing on Weds evenings and Saturday mornings.  We will have a calander posted on this site that will say when and where we are playing for the week and month.  We are also in the process of trying to form a league, we will also post times for games and locations.

Q: Where do you play?
A: We generally play at a park or school. We have been playing at Worthen Park (4th East and 3rd South). As we form a league, we will start playing at a location that will be a little more sutable for multiple games to be played at the same time.

Q: How many people are on a team?
A: Teams have only seven players on the field at one time, but may have as many people on their roster as they choose.

Q: How long does a game usually last?
A: An official game (or Tounament ) game is played to 15 points and usually lasts about one and a half hours.  Pick up games can vary from 7 to 15 points depending on how long players want each game to last before switching up new teams, or taking a break between games. 

Q: What equipment do you need in order to play?
A: Ultimate is one of the least expensive sports to play, as all that's required for a game is field space and a disc. Most players opt to wear cleats as well, and cones are helpful for marking the boundaries of the playing field.

Q: Are all discs the same?
A: No. Ultimate is played with a 175 gram disc, which is heavier and sturdier than the recreational discs most people are familiar with. The weight, diameter, shape of the rim, and plastic all factor in to how the disc handles. The UPA has developed very rigorous disc standards to ensure that players have access to the highest quality discs possible. The Discraft Ultra-Star 175 gram disc is currently the official disc of the UPA Championship Series.

Q: How can I start playing?
A: We would encourage you to come and participate in any way that you feel comfortable.  Start out watching if you'd like, or jump right in and learn as you play. Everybody will be willing to give you pointers, and help you learn the game as you go. We also have a few experienced players willing to help work with you on your throwing skills and fundamentals before or after pick-up.

Q: What is the trend in the number of people playing Ultimate?
A: The UPA uses the annual survey results provided in the Sports and Fitness Participation Report conducted by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association to provide estimates for the estimated number of people that play Ultimate in the U.S.  For this data please see the table below. 

Results from the SGMA Annual Report

# of times participated



Frequent Participants (+25)



Regular Participants (13-24)



Total Core (Frequent+Regular) Participants   



% change



 Q: Where can I find more info to improve my playing skills?
A: The UPA website includes links to various skills and drills that can help improve your game. The Ultimate Handbook is also a great resource for beginning and experienced players alike.

 Q: Will Ultimate ever become an Olympic sport?
A: The UPA and WFDF (The World Flying Disc Federation) have been working to achieve the best presentation of Ultimate and other disc sports on the worldwide sport scene for some time. 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. The current climate for inclusion of new events in the Olympic Games is not encouraging. The best possible scenario for disc sports is to continue our emphasis in each home town, each state and national community to build the sport at the grass roots level. We must work steadily to make our games better and stronger for our players which will make us increasingly attractive to various global sports organizations.

Q: What or WHO is the UPA that I always hear about?
A: The Ultimate Players Association (UPA) serves as the governing body for the sport of Ultimate in the US. The UPA is a player run not-for-profit organization based in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Founded in 1979, the UPA is among the first flying disc sport organizations in the world, and one of the largest, with over 27,300 members and hundreds of volunteers. 

Their mission is: To advance the sport of Ultimate in the United States by enhancing and promoting Character, Community and Competition.

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