Everything (Some Stuff) You (Don’t Really) Need To Know About Ultimate

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(Photo/Florida Tech Ultimate)

Special K

Some (unathletic, illiterate neckbeards) may tell you that Ultimate is not a sport. Guess again, buddy boy, because I’m about to tell you a bunch of shit you don’t really need to know about the (in my personally correct opinion) best sport ever created.

According to the WFDF (World Flying Disc Federation for all you uncultured people),
the concept of Ultimate Frisbee was introduced by Joel Silver to the Columbia High School student council in Maplewood N.J. in 1968. In 1969, the first official game was played between students at the school.

Both the first and second sets of rules were written by Silver, along with friends Buzzy Hellring and John Hines. In 1971, Columbia defeated Millburn High School 43-10 in the first interscholastic game.

43 to 10? Get dicked on Millburn… pussies.

Anyway, since the dawn of Ultimate, the game itself has changed and grown immensely. Currently there are a total of 32 semi-professional teams playing throughout the great nation of America, with 24 being in the AUDL (American Ultimate Disc League) and 8 in the MLU (Major League Ultimate). Think ABA and NBA if you’re into basketball. If you’re not, then fucking google it because I’m not making any more analogies to lesser sports.

The sport of ultimate is not NCAA recognized, which some players feel is better for the sport because it helps to keep integrity and comradery major elements of the game. On the field, go as hard as you can. But keep it there because when you’re off the field, you’re sharing beers and shooting the shit with the other team. However, the sport IS recognized by the International Olympic Committee. So, don’t you dare put Ultimate in the same tier as quidditch. And no, I won’t put a capital “Q,” because it’s not even worth it. If I wanted to run around with a pole up my ass I’d go to a gay pride run.

Some people on the other hand, feel that Ultimate becoming NCAA recognized would be a negative for the sport. Ultimate is self-officiated, which is a very large part of the game. When it becomes NCAA recognized, many fear that it will become… well… douchey. Becoming NCAA recognized brings more people to the sport because of college scholarships and the like, but on the flip-side it makes the game hyper-athletic. What I mean by this is that the need for more athletic players to make the program do well will overshadow the need to foster the culture the sport has tried so hard to create and maintain. Either way, there are valid points to both sides of the argument.

At the end of the day, Ultimate is the best sport out there. Not only because of the game itself, but because of the culture that surrounds it. There’s truly no other sport that I can compare it to. I’ll play until my knees give out, and if you play, I’m sure you feel the same.

“Special K” resides in Florida most of the year where he plays Ultimate and partakes in drunken shenanigans… as well as goes to school.

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