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Ahmedabad Ultimate (AU)’s fifteen-day summer camp concluded with tournament on 23 May 2010. The Summer Camp aimed to introduce Ahmedabad school students to the sport of Ultimate Frisbee. AU held summer camps at three different schools, Anand Niketan (Satellite), Samvedna (Vadaj) and Saraswti Vidhyalaya (Saraspur). AU summer intern and coach Chetan Padia says, “It was amazing to see how quickly everyone took a liking towards the game.”
In addition to daily practices each morning, the summer camp featured weekend movies, and street play activities to promote interaction between the schools. Samvedna hosted a weekend movie screening of Kung Fu Panda, with a lively discussion about the “power of believing in yourself” and “staying focused on your dream” afterwards. Raksha Joshi, a fellow with AU shares, “It was really heartwarming to see children, who were strangers a week before and from markedly different backgrounds, interact with each other so freely.” The following weekend, Anand Niketan hosted the final tournament, followed by an award ceremony.
The camps were motivating for camp participants and volunteer coaches alike. Swati Joshi, a student of Anand Niketan, says, “The sport of Ultimate Frisbee is very exciting. I have started to attend the coaches meeting and I am looking forward to get more involved with AU.”
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.
NRG Jaideep Patel quits job to promote frisbee in the city
By Abhishek Singh
Posted On Monday, April 13, 2009
A 25-year-old non-resident Gujarati (NRG) engineer has undertaken a Herculean task. Quitting job, he has decided to promote an unknown game of Frisbee aka Ultimate in Ahmedabad.
Meet Jaideep Patel, a passionate Frisbee fan. In a country like India, where cricket enjoys the top priority among sports fans, Jaideep’s move is a courageous act for sure.
After playing Ultimate for his college team in London for two years, Jaideep took up a job in Angola (West Africa), but he was still passionate about Frisbee.
His passion motivated him to take a decision, which many of us would have never dared. He quit his job in Angola and started working for the development of Ultimate. Now, he has landed in our city and started an organisation (read body), Ahmedabad Ultimate, with three other people for promoting Frisbee here.
“Our prime objective is to create awareness among people about the game. Ultimate is not meant only for kids but is a serious sport. We have taken the first step in promoting the game and hope things fall into place,” said Jaideep, the project manager of Ahmedabad Ultimate.
Amdavadis open to new things
On why did he choose Ahmedabad to promote the game, Jaideep said: “This city has a colourful past and people over here are open to new things. And I being a Gujarati, I wanted to do something for my state.”
“We intend to start a youth league in Ahmedabad and for that we are getting three volunteers from United States of America, who will help us in teaching the game to few selected people. These people will then coach young kids in Ahmedabad,” he said.
Once the youth league in Ahmedabad is a success, Jaideep wants to start a national league something similar to the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“Our long-term goal is to start our own national league with teams from all over India. We know we have a tough road ahead and we are ready for it,” said Jaideep.
Times Of India Ahmedabad
Date: May 15, 2009;
Section: Times Sport; Page: 19
City warms to ‘Ultimate’
Ahmedabad: The sprawling playgrounds of St Xavier’s High School Loyola Hall are bustling with activity. The annual summer holiday sports camp is on in full swing with record number of schoolchildren from across the city showing their skills in eight traditional disciplines — and one unconventional sport called ‘Ultimate’.
Played with a frisbee, this seven-a-side game is unique in the sense that it has no referees or linesmen. The rival teams swing the frisbee to their team mates and advance towards the rival goal. Says Dharmesh Mistry, who returned to India after spending most of his life in the United Kingdom and who is aiming to spread the joys of the game in Ahmedabad: “The aim is not winning or losing but nurturing the spirit of sport. Players have to resolve fouls on their own; the values of good sportsmanship and camaraderie and encouraged.” Ultimate is also a speedy and strenuous game, played over an hour of almost non-stop action with five substitutions per game.
Loyola principal Father Fernand Durai said, “We have 1,029 campers drawn from various schools. I am grateful to the 61 coaches, assistants and helpers for their voluntary work.” Assistant camp co-ordinator Elaijah Samuel said, “Parents are still approaching me for enrollment. They want their children to be busy on the field.”
The children have taken to almost all sports, whether, it is swimming, basketball or skating. In fact, football has seen more enthusiasts — 178 — than cricket. Cricket has 116 players getting trained by Pankaj Jhaveri, captain of the Gujarat Ranji Trophy team that inflicted an ignominious defeat upon mighty Mumbai at Valsad in 1977.
FREE-BEES: Kids playing ‘Ultimate’ frisbee as part of the summer camp at St Xavier’s Loyola
It’s the time to disc
Amdavadis and Americans come together to promote social values through ‘Ultimate’
By Abhishek Singh
Posted On Monday, June 22, 2009 at 03:35:53 AM
This game is called Ultimate, although to onlookers, it appears your usual frisbee. Promotors of Ultimate call themselves Ahmedabad Ultimate, and they have a vision for the sport in the city.
Jaidip Patel, project manager, Ahmedabad Ultimate, said people in India lack sport culture because cricket is the only game they relate to.
“Through Ultimate we intend to bring different communities together and bridge the gap between them. The best thing about this game is, we can play it anywhere and it’s very cheap. All you need is a frisbee,” said Patel.
“Youths have the power to make a difference and if we are successful in promoting this game, we can take it to the next level,” added Patel.
Talking about the next level, Patel said: “We are planning to start an Ultimate League where teams from all over Gujarat would participate. Once the league gets going, we will take it to other parts of India.”
Promoting anything requires a lot of manpower but it was surprising to see how handful of people have pulled in to work as an unit.
Patel has roped in Hannah Page and Jesse Roehm, two coaches from the United States.
“Hannah and Jesse have come to Ahmedabad on their own expense. They are training a few local volunteers, who will then coach others,” Patel said.
Hannah said frisbee is serious business in the US. “I am passionate about this game and have been playing it since my school days. I read an advertisement about coaching Ultimate in India and was glad to apply for it.
“The unique thing about this game is you don’t have a referee and players make their own decisions. This helps inculcate values like honesty and respect for your teammates and opponents,” she added.
Americans Hannah and Jesse will train the locals in Ultimate.
Ultimate’s 10 rules
A rectangular ground with endzones at each end. A regulation field is 64mx37m, with endzones 18m deep.
Each point begins with both teams lining up on the front of their respective endzone line. The defense throws (pulls) the disc to the offense. A regulation game has seven players per team.
Each time the offense completes a pass in the defense’s endzone, the offense scores a point. Play is initiated after each score.
Movement of the Disc
The disc may be advanced in any direction by completing a pass to a teammate. Players may not run with the disc. The person with the disc (thrower) has ten seconds to throw the disc. The defender guarding the thrower (marker) counts out the stall count.
Change of possession
When a pass in not completed (e.g. out of bounds, drop, block, interception), the defense immediately takes possession of the disc and becomes the offense.
Players not in the game may replace players in the game after a score and during an injury timeout.
No physical contact is allowed between players. A foul occurs when contact is made.
When a player initiates contact on another player a foul occurs. If the player committing the foul disagrees with the foul call, the play is redone.
Players are responsible for their own foul and line calls. Players resolve their own disputes.
Spirit of the Game
Ultimate stresses sportsmanship and fairplay. Competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of respect between players and adherence to the rules.
The Times of India
IIM-A to host frisbee contest
4 Jul 2009, 0013 hrs IST, TNN
AHMEDABAD: Thunderous cheers, hooting and loud shouts of “buck up” are a common phenomena these days in the hostel dorms of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A), even late in the night. After all, a match of late night frisbee is not just a recreation activity but a tradition that is passed on from one batch to another.
For the first time, this very tradition is stepping out from being an informal students’ activity to becoming a competition. The sports committee of the student council is organising an Ultimate Frisbee tournament on June 4. The two-day tournament will have three teams, including the ‘Flying Dutchmen’ of IIM-A.
“Flying Dutchmen, our team from the institute has around 10 members, seven who will be playing the match. We till now used to play with two goal posts. But since last year, we have changed the format and now play in the Ultimate Frisbee style, where there are touch downs. The other two teams that are participating in the tournament are the Storm Chasers from Mumbai and Ahmedabad Ultimate from the city,” said Mohit Runwal, one of the members of the sports committee and also a member of the frisbee team.
The core team includes Subodh Sangwan, Abhishk Agrawal, Gaurav Dutta, Vikas Sood, S Arun, Salman S and Abhishek Agarwal, all second year Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) students. “Since we had a very short time to organise this event, we have a small participation. That is why we have kept these friendly matches,” Runwal said.
“Each match will end with clink of nimboo pani glasses, which is also the part of the tradition. This is the time when we actually sit, talking about the game and much more. This is also a bonding time on campus, especially, when the seniors are teaching the game to their juniors,” Runwal said.
“The classes and study schedule of IIM-A does not leave us with much time to get into much of physical activity or any sport. Thus, frisbee has become extremely popular among the students. This is one sport that needs no court, no sports gears or any other special arrangements. There are girls also who pick up this game and give the boys a good competition,” he added.
Jaideep Patel, a team member of Ahmedabad Ultimate, said, “We were the first in the city to make the game a little organised, but this tournament looks like a step forward. The students at IIM-A have been playing frisbee for ages. This is the first time that outsides are allowed to come and play with them.”
Ahmedabad Ultimate (AU), an Indicorps sports initiative (focusing on frisbee) welcomes three new fellows and has already scheduled a national frisbee tournament for December 25. The new fellows are each focused on a different aspect of AU. With a background in sports management, Rahul Brahmbhatt is charged with building institutional relationships. Coming from a background studying education, Raksha Joshi will be focusing on learning through sports, looking at opportunities for encouraging coaches and players to see how they can relate what happens on the field to their communities. With experience in the finance sector, Anoop Agarwal will be charged with assisting with the recruitment and training of coaches.
Dharmesh Mistry, Indicorps staff (04-06), is also back to help lead the initiative. The next year will feature monthly tournaments for youth beginning in October. In addition, coaches will be recruited and trained to lead their own teams throughout the city and a national tournament with over 10 teams from Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Kodaikanal and Bangalore is scheduled for December.
Last June and July three summer interns, Hannah Page, Jesse Roehm and Aditya Patel hosted two youth tournaments for six teams attracting local press (see below) and raising awareness of the sport in the city.
The “Jhakaas! Ultimate Frisbee Tournament” was a great success. With nearly double the expected participants, over 80 kids showed up to play. With volunteer coaches for each team, the tournament ran smoothly. Each team came up with a creative team name and an original cheer, cheering for the opposing team at the conclusion of each match. After several hours of play, the teams discussed what they learned and voted for the “most spirited team” they faced. The tournament ended with ended with an awards ceremony in which each participant received a certificate of sportsmanship. “Young Guns” won the tournament, going undefeated on the day. Their team received small discs courtesy of Ashish Jasani (a previous intern). “Ultimate Friends” ended up winning the most spirited team award. Each team member choose between an AU t-shirt or an Ultimate DVD.
Using the unique sportsmanship aura that ultimate frisbee promotes Ahmedabad Ultimate is in the process of establishing a youth league for children from all areas of the city irrespective of class, caste or religion and bring them together to forge strong bonds and teach youth teamwork, respect, patience, discipline, health, hygiene and leadership skills.
– Jaidip Patel, Ahmedabad Ultimate; Fellowship Support
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My shoes were stolen at about 8am on a Sunday morning. Normally I would have been upset, even a bit angry, but this morning I found it laughable and liberating – a perfect opportunity to walk in someone else’s shoes. As part of heritage week, in late November 2009, Volunteer Ahmedabad organized a Prabhat Pheri.
Prabhat Pheri (literally translated to morning walk) is a tradition of walking through a city in the early hours of the morning singing spiritual songs. On this November morning we met at a temple in Ahmedbabad’s old city. At 5am we came together for a moment of silence and lit candles to begin our walk through the city. With a group over 30 strong we moved through the side streets to the peaceful sounds of Rutles Ehipassico or ‘Rootless’ a local Sufi band.
As one of the participants Abhishek Kher noted, “This was an opportunity for us to deeply connect and immerse in our own city.” The walk ended with time for reflection followed by chai and a brief trip to a nearby Mosque, Shah Jammu Masjid. We took time to meditate together as a group within the mosque and as the sun began to shine, I felt a sense of content with the day that had just barely begun.
As we walked out I noticed my shoes were gone. Assisted by others, we searched the grounds, but my shoes were nowhere to be seen. I laughed, found two mis-matched shoes in the corner and continued on my way. For me, Prabhat Pheri was a beautiful reminder that walking in another person’s shoes, through another person’s roads in the city, is important to gain a more holistic understanding of where each person comes from. (To see photos, click here)
Lakshmi Eassey, Indicorps Staff 2009-2010