Ultimate is a fun, fast-paced, team sport, with a strong emphasis on fair play and “spirit of the game”, and is perfect for anyone looking to embrace a new challenge or to try something new at university. The basic rules you need to be able to play are easy to pick up and we cultivate a home grown attitude, meaning that we will integrate you into our team and teach you as you play. With this in mind, there are no trials for any of our teams.
We play in mixed, womens, and mens divisions, and everyone is given the same opportunities to compete at every level. We compete nationally in both competitive and fun tournaments. Some of our players also compete internationally with the Great Britain side, and with Reading Ultimate – who provide our coaching, and are the third best mixed team in Europe!
Ultimate is played by two teams of seven players on a field roughly the same size as football pitch. At each end of the playing field there’s an endzone, each team is responsible for defending one endzone. They score a goal if one of their players catches the disc in their oppositions endzone. Players cannot move when they are in possession of the disc, instead they move the disc by passing it to their team mates.
The defending team gets possession of the disc if the offensive teams throw is not caught by a player on the same team. The defending team then becomes the offensive team and can try to score in the opposite endzone. There are no referees in Ultimate, meaning players are solely responsible for following and enforcing the rules. “Spirit of the Game places the responsibility for fair play on every player. Highly competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of respect between players, adherence to the rules, and the basic joy of play.” (WFDF Rules of Ultimate)
We value each and every member of our club equally and want to make sure that we provide something for everyone, particularly on the social side of things. Our socials vary wildly throughout the year, from “the crate escape”, to nights out, disc golf, tour, Great British Bake off viewing parties, and trampolining. So come along to the freshers fayre or any of our training sessions and meet the nicest club on campus!
We train on Wednesday evenings between 6 and 8pm on the Paddock behind the tennis courts, and on Thursday evenings between 4:45 and 6:15pm indoors in the SportsPark . Come along and see what it’s all about!
Special Thank you to Sam Benians from the Ultimate Frisbee team for the article.
You can find the team on Facebook : Reading Knights Ultimate Frisbee