As IPL moves to South Africa, the sport of Ultimate Frisbee comes to Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad Ultimate (“AU”) plans to hold monthly tournaments for players of all ages. The next youth tournament – open to the public – takes place on Sunday, June 21st, at the St. Xavier Loyola High School football fields from 7 to 10 am. Three international level players/coaches – Jesse Roehm, Hannah Page, and Jaidip Patel – will serve as the tournament directors.
Players from Loyola, the Ashramshala, Abhay Ghat, and Ramapir Nu Tekra will compete for t-shirts, flying discs, and DVDs. The team exhibiting the best sportsmanship will receive a special prize. The tournament will also feature an exhibition game with players from IIM-A, the United States, and the UK.
Ultimate is a team sport, combining elements of football and basketball. Created over 40 years ago, the game of Ultimate is played across thousands of schools and universities around the world. Kodaikanal and Chennai have hosted similar tournaments for local players.
Ahmedabad Ultimate is continuing its grassroots campaign to train youth to be players/coaches in a citywide sports league. Ultimately, AU hopes that the game will bring together children from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and religions. Come experience India’s fastest growing new sport . . . “Catch” the action this Sunday!
Ultimate Frisbee, also referred to as Ultimate, is a non-contact fast-paced field sport that combines the speed, stamina and agility of sports such as football and basketball. Ultimate is played with two teams of seven on a large rectangular field. The object of the game is to move the Frisbee (plastic disc) up the field by passing the disc from teammate to teammate until completing a pass in the opponent’s end zone. Unlike many other sports, Ultimate is played without traditional referees; instead, the players themselves mediate the game. This mode of self-refereeing upholds the governing “Spirit of the Game” philosophy of Ultimate as the sport places the responsibility of fair play directly on the players. The “Spirit of the Game” philosophy instills Ultimate with a unique spirit of sportsmanship that encourages a tradition of mutual respect and unity among all players – both on and off the field.