Utimate Frisbee: A spectator's primerUltimate Frisbee is essentially a mix of basketball and football. Teams of seven compete against one another, beginning with a “kick-off” which mirrors a football game’s beginning. Afterward, teams receive and begin passing to each other.
By: Luke Heine, Pine Journal
While most people leave behind the sunhats and knickers, feel free to wear whatever when attending this Friday’s Northland Frisbee Invite. Games are ongoing on various fields around town, but the Championship game is at 9 p.m. Friday, June 29, at Pinehurst Park under the lights.
Blackhawk Jerseys, swimsuits, perhaps a kilt — why not?
While attire won’t dictate whether or not a person is accepted, one’s propensity to start cheering at inappropriate moments could draw a few odd stares. So, if you’d like to watch this Friday’s Northland Frisbee Invite and appear like an Olde Frisbee Salt reminiscing over your time on “the yard,” here are the basic rules of Ultimate Frisbee and a rundown of the day’s activities.
Ultimate Frisbee is essentially a mix of basketball and football.
Teams of seven compete against one another, beginning with a “kick-off” which mirrors a football game’s beginning. Afterward, teams receive and begin passing to each other.
No one can run with the Frisbee, and there is no contact. Players can only move the disk through throwing.
Defendants, in the meantime, naturally try to defend against said passes by trying to disrupt or intercept them. The objective is to cross the opposing team’s end zone.
If the disk goes out of bounds or touches the ground, the opposing team gains control of the disk at that area.
Once a team scores, they kick off and repeat.
While games will be held on seven of Cloquet’s local fields throughout the day, make sure to catch the under-the-lights championship game at Pinehurst at 9 p.m. Make sure to get there in time for the dance-off for third place, a local celebrity throw-out, DJ Infinity playing some tunes, and some really, really good Frisbee.
And when you “recount” the old days of playing Ultimate Frisbee to your fellow onlookers — “you must have played a lot, you’re so knowledgeable on the game” — you can thank me later.