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Ultimate Frisbee in Munich

Okay, so I’m guessing most of you don’t know what Ultimate Frisbee is.  You think it’s just a fancy name for running around in the park and playing with a disc.  I know this by the number of strange looks I get every time I say, “I sprained my ankle playing Ultimate Frisbee.”  So, here’s the breakdown!

Dave’s Simple Rules of Ultimate Frisbee:

  • The field is rectangular with two end zones, similar to American football.
  • There are 7 players on each team.
  • At the start of each point, two teams line up on opposite ends of the field, both facing toward the middle.  The team that scored last “pulls” the disc to the last point’s losers, like a kickoff.
  • A team scores when one of their players catches the disc in their end zone, at the opposite end of the field from where they started.
  • To keep possession, the disc has to be caught in-bounds by a player on one’s team.  No running after one catches the disc.
  • If the team with possession doesn’t catch the disc, it’s a turnover and the other team takes possession.
  • The winning team is the first to reach 21 points in a regulation game (although often games are shorter).

Okay, enough explanation.  On to the pictures!  To score, your first point of contact when landing must be inside the end zone.

Just in the end zone

Just in the end zone

Passing is a tricky prospect, as you have to make sure your target is open, with no defenders who will snatch the disc away.  (The thrower is me!  Can you spot my ankle brace?)

Forehand pass or "flick"

Forehand pass or "flick"

Sometimes you catch it…

An artful catch

An artful catch

And sometimes you don’t.

The most artful miss ever caught on camera?

The most artful miss ever caught on camera?

Now for some gratuitous shots of people jumping and fighting for the disc!  Note that Ultimate is a non-contact sport, but occasionally you may bump into other players when going for the disc.  Play friendly and live the spirit of the game.

High jump

High jump

He who jumps first...

He who jumps first...

Skyhook

Skyhook

Nice jump!

Nice jump!

You can see that Ultimate is quite a physical sport.  Even on a non-competitive “pickup” team like this one (the Toytown Munich group), many people are wearing cleats.  There’s a lot of running and jumping, quick direction changes, diving for the disc, and the occasional (of course accidental) collision.

So the next time someone tells you they tore their ACL or sprained their ankle playing Ultimate Frisbee, just reply, “Whoa, hardcore!  But did you get the disc?”

If you live in or visit Munich and you want to play: follow the link below and check when the next game is on.  Beginners welcome!  Toytown Ultimate

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Posted in Munich Area and People 8 years, 1 month ago at 2:00 pm.

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  1. Scott Aug 9th 2009

    Nice page Dave. I like the simplified explanation of the game!

  2. Thanks, Scott! Hoping that the weather cooperates for today’s game in the Englischer Garten…