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.