By Lily Anderson
When you think of a sport, what do you think of? Football? Soccer? Baseball? Maybe basketball? Well me, alongside 824,000 other people in the world, we think of Ultimate Frisbee. You might be asking yourself, “Frisbee is a sport?” Well, actually it is. It’s a team sport that utilizes running, quick thinking and incredible aim to get the disc to your teammate regardless of rain or wind. The most amazing thing isn’t the high jumps they do to catch the disc or the flips and amazing layouts they perform, it’s the fact that it is completely self reffed by the player. There are no referees and in some cases there aren’t even any coaches. The players make all the calls on the field themselves without any help from the sidelines. They must compromise with each other, come to an agreement, make honest calls and learn good sportsmanship.
It really is a game of integrity. There are rarely fights or arguments during a game. You may be wondering, how do you even play a game like this? You start with 7 players from both teams lined up on opposite sides of the field. To start each game one of the teams throws a “pull”, which is when they throw the disc across the field to the other team. Then the team puts the disc in play by starting to throw the frisbee to their teammates within 10 seconds from when they get the frisbee until when they release it. Your teammates may run, but the person who has the frisbee can’t take any steps. To get a point, you have to have a successful throw/catch into the endzone without the defense intercepting it. The game ends when someone reaches 13 total points.
At Pennsbury High school in Fairless Hills, I asked the team captain of the Varsity Ultimate Frisbee team (Colin Anderson) a few questions. “What would you want people to know about Ultimate?” He replied “I would want people to watch us play themselves before making assumptions on the sport. They’ll be surprised to see how much effort it takes to play and how cool it really is. Ultimate frisbee uses all types of skills. We run a lot, use hand eye coordination, aim, strength, and a bunch more.” Another question I had was, ”What’s the hardest thing about playing?” Colin’s answer was similar to what I expected, ”one of the hardest things is not getting mad if the wind carries the disc somewhere other than where I threw it. Especially when it matters most in the last few points of the game.” My favorite part of the game is the spirit the Pennsbury team has regardless of the score. You’ll always hear the team chanting and cheering during the game. The Pennsbury Ultimate Frisbee team has a very impressive record. They are Seven Time Pennsylvania State Champions, Northeastern US Regional Champions, Two Time Eastern US Regional Champions, Seven Time Tidewater Tuneup Champions, Three Time Amherst Invitational Champions and more to come. Watching the Pennsbury boy’s team has taught me many things about this unique sport and even encouraged me to become apart of the girls team. So next time you think of a sport, what will it be? Ultimate frisbee!
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