Basics of Ultimate Frisbee
Ultimate Frisbee is a relatively new sport, and it has quickly taken over the world! If you don’t know anything about ultimate frisbee then it’s pretty much American football with a frisbee instead of an oddly shaped ball.
Why Play With A Frisbee?
Unlike football, Ultimate Frisbee is all about getting rid of the disc. You only have 3 steps before you must throw it or it’s a travel. And it’s easier to throw the disc father than a football but with more distance comes the potential for less accuracy. The discs we use can easily get thrown off trajectory with any amount of wind, this game is incredibly difficult and is extremely great for exercise.
Who Can Play Ultimate Frisbee?
Anyone can start playing this super fun sport right now, just get a few people together and go use an empty soccer field or something. This is a great game for complete beginners, though i’d recommend playing with beginners if that’s you!
Because there is a steep learning curve (and athletic curve) even people who only play occasionally will have a huge advantage over newbies. I think the best way to start playing is to grab a few friends who haven’t played yet and all grow your skills together. As you get better and better this sport will become more and more fun for you.
There are a lot of people who play this sport professionally, their skills are quite unbelievable and they are in the most ridiculous shape fitness wise!
How to Throw the Frisbee
This is something apparently a lot of people have issues with, throwing the disc. I always thought it was easy but I guess not! The basic way to throw the disc is to grasp it firmly in your dominant hand with your thumb and forefinger. Slowly curl your wrist back into your chest, your wrist should make an almost 90 degree angle and the frisbee should be touching your chest. Now comes the most important part, from your elbow smoothly yet quickly move your entire arm outward, once your elbow is bent at a90 degree angle flick your write as well and keeping your arm extending out. The time to let go of the frisbee is when your thumb is pointing straight ahead. Try this over and over until it becomes second nature.
Also make sure you keep the frisbee as level as possible, any slant to it will cause it to curve and it can curve a lot depending on how far the throw goes.
Here is a great visual demonstration on how to properly throw a frisbee forehand.
There are a lot of crazy advanced throws, but we will get into those in later articles!