Fun, Fast, Non-Contact and Self-refereed
Ultimate frisbee is a non-contact team sport played with a flying disc. It is simple to learn, fun to play, and is easy to afford - all you need is a flying disc, 8 marker cones, and your friends.
It combines elements of basketball, football, soccer and grid-iron into a fast paced, athletic sport.Competitions usually have co-ed teams, where men and women play together.It is unique because the sport is self-refereed - due to the 'Spirit of the Game', players are responsible for adhering to and overseeing the rules themselves.
Ultimate is played in over 50 countries worldwide, is a sport at the World Games, and has a strong presence in universities and high schools.
During a game, the basic aim is for the team with the flying disc to pass it up the field to others on their team and complete a pass into the endzone. At the same time the defensive team is trying to intercept it or knock it down. If they succeed, they get possession of the flying disc and are trying to score in the other endzone.
Ultimate is played on a grass field, narrower than a soccer field. Teams play with seven players on the field each, plus substitutes.
Ultimate relies upon a Spirit of the Game that places the responsibility for fair play on every player. Players on the field make their own calls when violations occur - there are no referees. If there is disagreement regarding an incident, the flying disc returns to the player who made the last pass and the game resumes. The Spirit of the Game award is a highly coveted award at tournaments.
Both a basic outline of the rules and the full rules are here: Rules of Ultimate.
Ultimate is recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.