Ultimate Frisbee has been quietly capturing the hearts and minds of athletes in China over the last 15 years. Delivering thrills and top sportsmanship, Ultimate Frisbee has now arrived in Dongguan.
With last month’s DG One intercity Ultimate tournament and the upcoming launch of the city’s first ever Ultimate Frisbee league, Dongguan has officially joined the long list of major cities in China investing in this rapidly growing sport. It’s an exciting day for those in Dongguan, and only natural for the cosmopolitan city to adopt such an international sport. Ultimate Frisbee was officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee as an Olympic sport last year and is played in over 50 countries.
Nowadays, you are hard pressed to find a major Chinese university without at least one club. Tournaments of all varieties are held throughout China with players traversing the whole country and sometimes spending thousands of RMB for an exhilarating weekend of Ultimate competition. Every year groups of Frisbee enthusiasts introduce the sport to new parts of China to the delight of new and seasoned players alike.
Frisbee is perhaps the easiest of all major sports to learn anew as an adult.
What is it that allows Frisbee to grow at such a rapid pace without any major cooperation profiting from its growth? What makes the sport’s most elite professional players compete for a measly 25 USD per match? There is no one answer, but it’s safe to say that there is a variety of appeals to the sport. Frisbee is perhaps the easiest of all major sports to learn anew as an adult. In fact, the Ultimate culture empathizes bringing in fresh players and helping them get up to speed. Of the 60 players who played in last month’s tournament, only one played before the age of 18. New players find a complete lack of judgement and often develop a passion for the sport that takes on a persona of its own.
Interestingly, Frisbee is the only major team sport where men and women play on the same team even at the international stage. Ultimate culture empathizes sportsmanship and autonomy by restricting referees to the role of “advisor” and allowing players to work out fouls themselves. A more traditional athlete may be skeptical of a sport that welcomes newcomers and is without referees. Those who’ve seen the sport in action know better.
Frisbee has its roots in the 1970’s American counterculture movement. First played between two high school teams in New Jersey, the sport took on a life of its own. In 1984, a decision was reached by heads of various Ultimate leagues around the world to establish the World Flying Disc Federation in ?rebro, Sweden, with the purpose of developing and coordinating international play.
The idea behind the game of Ultimate Frisbee is fairly simple: the attacking team must move the disc into the opponent’s ends by passing from one teammate to another. The defending team’s goal is to break up those passes by catching the discs themselves or knocking it to the ground and thus creating a turnover. Ultimate borrows the non-stop movement from soccer, the pivot foot from basketball, and American football’s aerial passing in the design and strategy of the gameplay.
For those looking to learn a new hobby this year or simply to find a way to stay active, Frisbee provides a unique and stimulating solution. To learn more, scan the QR code below and ask about weekly pick-up games. Stay tuned for league information and announcements about future DG Ultimate tournaments.