Parents & Players
The following resources are for parents and players to understand the sport of Ultimate Frisbee and how to get involved in the sport. Please return to the youth landing page for more information about youth leagues, tournaments, camps and clinics.
- What is Ultimate Frisbee?
- Finding a Team
- Starting a Team
- School-Based Leagues vs. Club Leagues
- Financial Aid
What is Ultimate Frisbee?
Ultimate Frisbee is a non-contact team field sport played with a disc (frisbee). Ultimate is a self-officiated sport that is regulated by Spirit of the Game (SOTG). The Spirit of the Game is the code of honor that replaces referees; it is a way of thinking and playing that players strive for. This Spirit embodies community, character, athleticism, and sportsmanship. The Official Rules of Ultimate define it as the “sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the player,” it encourages highly competitive play “but never at the expense of mutual respect among competitors, adherence to the agreed upon rules, or the basic joy of play”.
How the game is played (according to the 11th Edition Rules of Ultimate): Ultimate is played on a rectangular field with two end zones, much like a Football field. Each team has seven players on the field. The object of the game is to score goals. A goal is scored when a player catches any legal pass in the end zone that player is attacking. A player may not run while holding the disc. The disc is advanced by passing it to other players. The disc may be passed in any direction. Any time a pass is incomplete, a turnover occurs, resulting in an immediate change of the team in possession of the disc.
How to Find a Team
Looking for a team? Here are a few steps for finding a team.
- Check with your school. If you are not sure how to ask at your school, contact our staff at email@example.com and we will help you find out if your school as a team.
- If you are home-schooled or your school does not have a team, contact our staff at firstname.lastname@example.org as early as possible and we will help you find a team as a Free Agent. Please read through our Eligibility Rules to see if you need to apply for an eligibility exception and keep up with our application deadlines.
How to Start a Team
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School-Based Leagues vs. Club Leagues
DiscNW offers a variety of youth leagues. We offer coed and single gender school-based youth leagues as well as club leagues. Please click the links below to see what youth leagues we offer each season. Our club leagues are directed at helping youth players develop their skills giving them lots of play time on the field. All of our club leagues accept individual registrations.
How to Apply for Financial Aid
Looking for financial aid for a DiscNW event? We offer financial aid for youth hat & club league events, youth team league events, camps and Youth Club Championships (YCC). Please be sure to keep up with our financial aid deadlines. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Financial Aid for Youth Hat & Club League Events - Applications for financial aid for hat or club league events may be completed by the player, his or her parent/guardian or coach. Preferably, this application is to be completed by an adult.
- Financial Aid for Youth Team League Events - Applications for financial aid for team league events are to be completed by the team's coach and/or facilitator.
- Financial Aid for Camps - The link to this application is sent out by the camp directors after you have registered for the event.
- Financial Aid for Youth Club Championships (YCC) - DiscNW offers limited aid for players selected for any of the 5 DiscNW YCC teams. We usually do not have enough aid to accommodate the entirety of the asks. Preferably, this application is to be completed by an adult.
If you are interested in purchasing a DiscNW disc or apparel, check out our store on the Five Ultimate website.
What kind of equipment do you recommend for playing Ultimate?
- Disc. DiscNW events use USA Ultimate approved discs that are 175 grams and 10.75 inches in diameter. Check the Teams and Coaches section for information on how to acquire discs.
- Cleats. The sport of Ultimate involves running fast and making sharp cuts. Grass and artificial turf can be slippery, especially when they are wet. Cleats help you keep your footing on the field, which will make you faster and, perhaps more importantly, will help you to avoid injuries related to slipping and falling.
- Non-Cotton Athletic Wear. Actually, cotton can be OK on a warm, dry day. But on wet days (which occur frequently in the Northwest), cotton will soak up water like a sponge and will make you cold and heavy. Synthetic materials, on the other hand, can repel water, dry quickly, and wick moisture from your skin, depending on the material. And don't forget your socks! Numb toes and blisters are no fun. In the winter, consider socks with both thermal and wicking properties (e.g., merino wool socks).
- Sunscreen. That's right. Carry it with you year-round and put it on, even if it doesn't look sunny. Prevent wrinkles and skin cancer!
- Compression Sportswear. Compression sportswear (including shorts, tights, and long-sleeved and short-sleeved tops) helps to maintain body temperature and wick away moisture. Some Ultimate athletes wear compression sportswear year-round (there is some evidence that it has physiological benefits that enhance athletic performance). Others wear it just when it's cool outside and that extra warmth is needed.
- Rain Gear and Warm Clothes. You can never be too sure when it comes to preparing for rain in the Northwest. It is recommended that you carry rain gear with you, no matter how the weather looks. This includes a rain jacket, rain pants, a rain hat, umbrellas or a canopy for the sideline, and a waterproof gear bag (e.g., a kayaking dry bag, or even a heavy-duty garbage bag to enclose your regular sports bag). It can get awfully cold on those long tournament days, too. Bring gloves, a scarf, a stocking cap or headband, and extra layers (preferably fleece, wool, or other wicking material) for your top and bottom.
- Field Food. When you're playing a league, playing just one game at a time, you're probably likely to eat what you need before and after your game. But on a tournament day, when you're playing all day long, it's harder to stay on top of your nutritional needs. You'll want to eat a combination of simple carbohydrates for quick energy (e.g., energy gels or fruit), complex carbohydrates for sustained energy (e.g., breads or energy bars), and proteins for better recovery (e.g., nuts or jerky). Eat small snacks all day long, and eat before you feel hungry; once you feel hungry, you'll lose energy quickly.
- Fluids. If you're playing in a tournament, you should always bring enough water to last for the entire day (64-96 ounces). The tournament will usually provide water, but you should always be prepared just in case it's not easily accessible. You should also consume plenty of sports drinks to maintain a healthy water/electrolyte balance. Water intoxication (over-consumption of water without the replacement of electrolytes lost through sweat) can be a very serious health problem.
- Hand Warmers. These are disposable packets that, once their outer package is opened, produce heat for several hours when kept in an enclosed area (such as a pocket). Anyone who has caught a disc with cold hands before (ouch!) will appreciate this item on a chilly day.
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