In a who cares sort of move, the state of Vermont has declared that Ultimate Frisbee (a.k.a ultimate) is now a varsity high school sport.
Vermont is the first to officially recognize Ultimate Frisbee as a high school varsity sport and nerds around the state can rejoice.
The Vermont Principals Association, a committee that needs a life and happens to oversee high school sports, unanimously approved ultimate last week as a varsity sport starting in the spring of 2019. The sport was actually vetted for three years in exhibition and it is expected to have anywhere from 7-24 teams for both genders. There will also be a state tournament.
What the &$^ is ultimate frisbee?
Ultimate officially credits its start in 1968 by some enterprising students at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey.
— Gijs (@GTypo) October 17, 2015
It probably got its start in other places, but New Jersey is as good as any to blame. It is self officiating, which differentiates it from other sports with black and white shirts that you can yell at for bad calls. Instead, it is expected for all participants to embrace the “Spirit of the Game.” Beyond expectation, the Spirit is integrated into the basic philosophy of the game.
Spirit of the Game?
You’ve got to be kidding. A game that expects harmony with others? Well, apparently, there’s more to it than that.
According to the USA Ultimate Board of Directors, which apparently is actually a thing, it is “Player defined and controlled non-contact team sport played with a flying disc on a playing surface with end zones in which all actions are governed by the ‘Spirit of the Game™.”
There are only ten rules for the athletes to remember, so it is an easy pick-up and quick to learn. There doesn’t seem to be any limits on number of people on a team or much else to limit the play other than the regulation field.
All jokes aside, it is nice to see a state be ahead of the game to keep children of all ages interested in physical activities.
If running around doesn’t seem like your thing and the Spirit of the Game doesn’t call to you, you can explore the world of the Drone Racing League.