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Flinders University Ultimate Come and Try Nights

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
Food and words.
Ever thought Frisbee wasn't a real sport?

Frisbee - that's something you play with your dog right?
Frisbee's not a real sport!
Oh yeah, I used to play frisbee when I was a kid.

They're all things your average ultimate player has probably heard a thousand times. For starters, let's skip the Frisbee (that's Wham-O's registered trademark) and stick with ultimate. Well yes, you do play Frisbee with your dog - but your four legged friend probably wouldn't be that great at ultimate. Ultimate is also a pretty legitimate sport, in fact in 2015 the Olympic Committee officially recognised the World Flying Disc Federation and the sport is now eligible to be included as an Olympic sport. If you did play Frisbee as a kid, chances are you didn't play it like this.

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Photo: David Warren

Ultimate is a sport with two teams, one field, and a disc. Teams start at either end, much like a rugby kick off, and 'pull' the disc - a good pull is thrown far, high and accurately. The aim is to then move the disc into your team's endzone, when someone catches it in the endzone that's a point. If the disc is dropped, or caught mid-air by the other team, then it's a turnover.

It's a fast but fun game. Some points can last several minutes, and there's a lot of running involved. Every team needs players with varying skills, and after your first game you'll soon learn that there's a lot more than just one way to throw a disc.

One of the most unique aspects of ultimate is that the game is self refereed. A good game relies on players on both teams being honest - being able to call their own fouls and having an honest discussion when a call is made. It can be a little confusing at first, but you soon get the hang of it.

Ultimate Frisbee Short Documentary from Laura Franklin on Vimeo.

So where can you get your first taste of an ultimate game? Well, I guess that's the whole point of this article. The Flinders University Ultimate club is one of the earliest ultimate clubs in the state, and they've been running an ultimate social league since 2006.

On February 29th and March 7th they'll be running their semester 1 Come and Try days. It's an opportunity for anyone interested in ultimate to come learn a little bit more about the sport and have a throw of a disc. More experienced players will be there to help go over some throwing techniques and answer any questions about the sport, and after a few drills there will be some games.

Afterwards there will be a bbq (get in touch with the club if you've got any dietary requirements) and an opportunity to just have a chat with currently players and any other interested newbies.

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Photo: ActiveSteve, Flickr

There's no requirement to sign up to the ongoing social league after the Come and Try days, it's just an opportunity to check out the sport and see if you like it. If you do, then the upcoming social league will run for all of semester 1.

You don't even have to be a Flinders University student. Social league is made up of current students, Flinders alumni, school kids, and anyone who has shown some interest. If you have a group of friends you can make up your own team, but if you don't the committee will be able to place you in someone else's team.

For more information head to the Flinders University Ultimate Facebook page, or check out their event for the Come and Try days. The Come and Try days are held at the Flinders University Sports Fields by the corner of Sturt Road and University Drive. Things will get started around 6pm.
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Why? Try out a new sport and join a great club
When: 6pm Monday 29th of Feb and 7th of March
Where: Flinders University Sports Fields
Cost: Free
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