ULTIMATE
DISC GOLF
FREESTYLE

WHAT IS ULTIMATE?

 

FAST-PACED NON-CONTACT FIELD TEAM SPORT

Ultimate combines the non-stop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football. Good Sportsmanship is highly emphasized, and is known as the Spirit of the Game. A game is played by two seven-player squads on a field similar to football. The object of the game is to score by catching a pass in the opponent’s end zone. The disc may be advanced only by completing a pass to a teammate. A team may throw as many passes as they wish and possession is retained as long as the disc is in the air — although the thrower as only ten seconds to release a pass.

 

GAME OFFERS CONSTANT CHANGE OF PACE

All turnovers result in an immediate change of possession and a change of direction of play. Games are generally played to 15 points. Each point begins with a ‘pull’ from end zone to end zone and teams switch ends after scoring.

 

PLAYED WORLDWIDE

Ultimate is now played in over 40 countries at many competitive levels from casual summer leagues to national teams and two US pro leagues. Over 4.8 million athletes report annual play in the U.S. alone(1), and over 1400 teams compete annually in the USA Ultimate Championship Series.

 

(1 Sports & Fitness Industry Association, 2012)

WHAT IS DISC GOLF?

 

LIKE TRADITIONAL GOLF PLAYED WITH A DISC

Disc golf is a lot like traditional golf, except players use specially made plastic flying discs instead of balls and clubs, and throw them for ‘par’ at an above-ground target instead of a hole in the ground. There are different types of discs used for different purposes, much like traditional golfers use different clubs.

 

PLAYERS START BY TEEING OFF, FINISH BY LANDING IN TARGET

The object of the game is to throw a golf disc into the basket (a steel basket over which chains hang), in the fewest throws. The player begins by ‘driving’ from a designated tee area and continues toward the target, throwing each consecutive shot from the sport where the previous throw landed. Finally, a successful ‘putt’ sends the disc into the target. The most satisfying sound a disc golfer can hear is the ‘ching!’ of a disc crashing the chains before dropping into the basket.

 

COURSES VARY IN LENGTH AND TERRAIN

Most disc golf courses consist of 18 or 24 holes, and you’ll find some nine-hole courses too. Hole lengths vary, but generally fall between 150 and 500 feet each. Trees, shrubbery, water and terrain changes offer plenty of hazards to avoid, and it becomes very possible to lose a disc in areas with thick growth, tall trees or deep water. (SPLASH!) Fortunately, at retail prices between $9 and $20, lost discs are more easily replaced than your typical nine-iron.

 

EASY ON THE ENVIRONMENT, INEXPENSIVE, AND FUN

Disc golf offers many of the same pleasures as traditional golf: fresh air in a beautiful landscape, the camaraderie of friends, and the challenge and excitement of combining personal skill and speed to project an object toward a target. In addition, disc golfers can feel better about themselves and their environment, knowing that chemical pollutants and vast amounts of fresh water aren’t being used to keep their playing fields looking good, nor do acres of trees need to be cleared or wetlands filled in, as is sometimes the case for too many traditional golf courses. Perhaps best of all, disc golf is inexpensive. The only equipment you need is a flying disc, and most courses are located in municipal parks, which admit players for free or a minimal fee for daily or yearly access.

 

GOLF DISCS MAKE PLAYING MORE FUN

Don’t expect to see many freestyle discs out on the course. These discs fly great, but can’t deliver the distance you’ll want for driving. On the other hand, the sharper edges of a golf disc are useless for a game of catch! The game draws a friendly crowd of 500,000 regular players who welcome and encourage new players. Traditionally dominated by 18 to 54-year old males, the field of disc golf players has expanded greatly in recent years to include many women and families. Kids love it, it’s a cheap date and a great excuse to get a little outdoor exercise. Bottom line: disc golf can be big fun for everyone regardless of age, gender or economic status.

WHAT IS FREESTYLE?

 

COMPETITIVE

 

Performing creative, artistic and athletic moves with flying discs is the essence of freestyle. One of the most dramatic events in disc sports, competitive freestyle combines aspects of gymnastics and dance with the basic game of throw and catch. Teams of two or three players perform choreographed routines consisting of throws, catches and moves with one or more discs.

 

Starting with simple moves like a behind-the-back catch, freestyle has evolved into a crowd-pleasing event with moves such as air brushes, nail delays, and triple-spinning catches. Routines are three to five minutes in length and are evaluated by judges who base their scores on the difficulty (10), artistic impression (10) and

execution (10) of the routine. The team with the highest score wins (30 is a perfect score).

 

 

RECREATIONAL

 

Freestyle is also about what happens in a city park between novices. Catching a disc under the leg, or tipping a high throw and then catching it. This is freestyle too. Often you’ll find competitive players freestyling just for fun. Improvising with each other, often in large groups - and no judges. This is called jamming, and to most players, it’s the most important part of the sport.

 

Pulling off co-operative moves (“Co-oping”) is jamming at its best, whether it’s planned during a routine or it just happens spontaneously between players at a park. For example, a jammer may kick the disc to a second player who then chest rolls the disc to a third player who finishes the move off with a leaping flamingitis catch.

 

To learn more about specific moves visit http://freestyledisc.org/learnToPlay.html

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