The "Ultimate" Game
by: Brandy Bynum
On a warm and sunny day you may see students enjoying the weather by playing a game of football or tossing around a Frisbee. Many of you may think that Frisbee is a leisure sport but a game of Frisbee is vastly growing into a competitive sport called “Ultimate Frisbee.”
Ultimate Frisbee is a non-contact sport that mixes football, basketball, and soccer. There are seven members on each team playing on a football field. Like in football there are goals on each end of the field. Each team is trying to score a goal with out running and dropping the Frisbee. The team that scores the most points wins the game.
This game became popular in the 60's by a group of boys from Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey. The name “Ultimate” was developed by Jared Kass. He came up with the name when asked what type of game he was playing. Ultimate Frisbee became organized in 1979 by Ultimate Player Association. The UPA set up regional tournaments and at each tournament a world championship is given to a team.
Ultimate Frisbee Club is offered to NIU students who like and enjoy playing competitive Frisbee. The SA recognized Ultimate Frisbee Club has been on campus since 1997. This co-ed team competes in tournaments against other college teams around the Midwest area such as Whitewater Wisconsin , Western Illinois University , and Illinois State University.
The club currently has 25 members and is open to any age. Practices take place Monday, Weds, and Friday in the Chick Evans Field house from 3:30-6:00 p.m.
President, Jorge Duarte, wants the student body to know that “Ultimate Frisbee is a fun sport that can be played by anyone looking for an athletic and competitive outlet.”
If you are interested in becoming a member of Ultimate Frisbee Club, the club offers information through their group on facebook.com. Also, if you would like additional information about Ultimate Frisbee, check out the Ultimate Players Association web page at www.upa.org.
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