What is Ultimate?


Ultimate Frisbee is a competitive, non-contact, self-refereed team sport played with a Frisbee or similar flying disc most commonly weighing 175 g. It is played by thousand of people around the world. Ultimate mixes the best features of sports such as Soccer, Basketball, American Football and Netball into an elegantly simple yet fascinating and demanding game.

The object of the game is to score points by passing the disc into the opposing end-zone, similar to American Football. Players can not run while holding the disc. The game was invented in 1968 as an evening pastime.

Ultimate is distinguished by the “Spirit of the Game”, the principles of fair play, sportsmanship, and the joy of play.


1. The Field
A rectangular shape with end-zones at each end. A regulation field is 70 yards by 40 yards, with end-zones 25 yards deep.

2. Initiate Play
Each point begins with both teams lining up on the front of their respective end-zone line. The defense throws (“pulls”) the disc to the offense. A regulation game has seven players per team.

3. Scoring
Each time the offense completes a pass in the defense’s end-zone, the offense scores a point. Play is initiated after each score.

4. Movement of the Disc
The disc may be advanced in any direction by completing a pass to a teammate. Players may not run with the disc. The person with the disc (“thrower”) has ten seconds to throw the disc. The defender guarding the thrower (“marker”) counts out the stall count.

5. Change of Possession
When a pass in not completed (e.g. out of bounds, drop, block, interception), the defense immediately takes possession of the disc and becomes the offense.

6. Substitutions
Players not in the game may replace players in the game after a score and during an injury timeout.

7. Non-contact
No physical contact is allowed between players. Picks and screens are also prohibited. A foul occurs when contact is made.

8. Fouls
When a player initiates contact on another player a foul occurs. When a foul disrupts possession, the play resumes as if the possession was retained. If the player committing the foul disagrees with the foul call, the play is redone.

9. Self-Refereeing
Players are responsible for their own foul and line calls. Players resolve their own disputes.

10. Spirit of the Game
Ultimate stresses sportsmanship and fair play. Competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of respect between players, adherence to the rules, and the basic joy of play.

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