Sometimes called Ultimate Disc, Ultimate is a sport 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.
The sport is governed in the U.S. by the USA Ultimate, and worldwide by the World Flying Disc Federation.
Ultimate at the NSC
The National Sports Center has a strong history of hosting major national and international ultimate events. The highlight was in 1998, when the best players in the world visited the NSC for the World Flying Disc Federation World Championships. Thirteen countries competed in the week-long event. The USA won world titles in the women’s and junior events, and took the bronze medal in the open division, behind Canada and Japan. The NSC is also an active site of local week-night leagues.
With over 50 grass fields, the National Sports Center is an ideal ultimate venue. Field rentals are available. Call Bob Williams, 763.785.5614 or email@example.com
Currently the National Sports Center hosts three ultimate leagues organized by the Twin Cities Ultimate League—a Tuesday co-ed recreational league, Thursday co-ed and men’s advanced leagues. The leagues run from mid-May to mid-August. For more information: www.mnultimate.org.