Play Ultimate Frisbee

Want to play ultimate frisbee? Learn how!

Ultimate Frisbee is a great game to do during any season.  This game is like of mix of soccer (lots of running) and football (kick-offs and passing). But luckily, you can still use your hands, and there’s no tackling involved. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to give it a try!

Ages: 7 and up   

Materials: Frisbee

Length: 45 minutes (two 20-minute halves and a 5-minute halftime)

Number of players: 6-14

  1. To start things off, you need a good field. If you have access to a football field or a soccer field, this is perfect. But if you’re just in the backyard, make your own with a designated “goal” area on each end. Keep in mind that you’re going to be doing a lot of running, so a bigger field is good. Also, the bigger the field, the more challenging it will be, so if you want to take on a football field, make sure you have older players.
  2. Next, you flip a coin or play a quick game of “rock, paper, scissors” to figure out who kicks off first. Once you decide, each team lines up at opposite end zones for kickoff.
  3. One person flings the Frisbee as far as they can towards the other team. Everyone runs together, and the other team takes control of the Frisbee first. (The kick-off team cannot run and get the Frisbee. They have to wait for someone on the opposite team to take it first.)
  4. In ultimate Frisbee, you can’t actually run with the Frisbee. If you do that’s a penalty! You have to constantly pass it from one player to the next. And one player can’t hold it for more than 15 seconds or they’ll get a penalty.
  5. You also can’t tackle players or even touch them for that matter. You can do everything you can to get in front of them and steal the Frisbee away for your team, but no contact! This would be a foul.
  6. If a player does hold onto the Frisbee for more than 15 seconds or they run with it, it goes to the opposite team. If someone commits a foul, the Frisbee either goes to the opposite team or the person who the foul was committed on gets a free pass to an open player.
  7. The object of the game is to get the Frisbee down the field and score in your goal. Every time a team scores, there’s a new kick-off as well. Keep track of the points, and whoever has the most at the end is deemed the winners.
  8. If you choose to play with only 14 players but you have more, you can substitute throughout the game without stopping play.
  9. You can have a ref, if you’d like. Otherwise, everyone is on the honor system, and you can all call it as a team (and vote if there are arguments).
  10. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and take your 5-minute halftime break. There’s a lot of running in this game, so you need to stay hydrated!

Stacy is a gardener, birder, and naturalist, and the author of nearly 10 books, including The Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book, The Secret Lives of Animals, Project Garden, and 101 Plants You Can't Kill.

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