What is Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate Frisbee is a unique sport that uses a flying disc and combines elements of Soccer, Netball and American Football. This fun new sport is a great cardio workout; that also improves hand-eye co-ordination; and develops new skills such as the backhand, forehand and overhead throws. What makes Ultimate Frisbee most unique (and the reason that we love it) is the fact that it is completely self refereed in all levels of the game, even at World Championships. The overriding rule of the sport – Spirit of the Game (SOTG) – encourages players to play fairly and within the rules. SOTG sees participants involved in many differing situations of leadership and conflict resolution that can often be related to everyday life. Ultimate Frisbee encourages an active and healthy lifestyle to all participants.

Benefits of Ultimate Frisbee

HERE’S 5 GOOD REASONS!

  1. Non-contact – as a non-contact sport it is a great, safe sport for students of all ages, sizes and abilities.
  2. Self-refereed – the self-refereeing aspect of Ultimate encourages a mature response to competitive situations.
  3. Skill Acquisition – the task of throwing a frisbee accurately and catching it successfully is great for the development of hand-eye co-ordination.
  4. Fun – we regularly find that students who wouldn’t usually get involved in PE really take an interest in Ultimate.
  5. Co-ed – Ultimate is most commonly played with both men and women. Teachers Games, Universtity Games and most leagues in Australia are Mixed.

Ultimate Frisbee is a unique sport that fosters many traditional fundamental motor skills as well as requiring new Frisbee specific skills. The game itself develops many fundamental motor skills such as running, leaping and the vertical jump. Ultimate Frisbee also develops hand-eye co-ordination and catching skills as well as the unique forehand, backhand and overhead throwing skills needed to propel the Frisbee. These new skills are easy and fun to learn and many of the movements can be adapted from other sports.

Ultimate Frisbee also provides a unique approach to officiating, allowing the players themselves to resolve disputes. The Spirit of the Game (SOTG) is the governing rule of the sport that trusts players to play within the rules in an honest and friendly-yet-competitive environment. SOTG allows players many opportunities for leadership as well as situations for players to practice conflict resolution that can easily be transferred to other areas of life. SOTG is best defined as: Play hard; play fair.

In a time when sedentary children are often considered the norm, Ultimate can inspire participants to continue playing this and other alternative sports. The fast-paced game of Ultimate Frisbee is a fantastic cardio workout with many new skills to master to ensure the game is always entertaining. Simply playing throw and catch has many health benefits as you chase and jump after a flying Frisbee to make a catch.

Proactivity's Ultimate Frisbee program harnesses co-operation, movement, and fair play through our team activities such as Captain Catcher, Skittles and Stich. Proactivity's Ultimate Frisbee Incursion program is bound to have your students finding a new love for a different sport.

Proactivity Ultimate Frisbee Programs align with the Victorian Curriculum

Curriculum links and program details

Primary School


Curriculum Links

Moving the body
Perform movement sequences which link fundamental movement skills. Practise and apply movement concepts and strategies.

Understanding movement
Examine the benefits of physical activity and physical fitness to health and wellbeing Combine the elements of effort, space, time, objects and people when performing movement sequences.

Learning through movement
Adopt inclusive practices when participating in physical activities.

Curriculum Links

Moving the body
Practise specialised movement skills and apply them in different movement situations in indoor, outdoor and aquatic settings.

Understanding movement
Participate in physical activities designed to enhance fitness, and discuss the impact of regular participation on health and wellbeing. Manipulate and modify the elements of effort, space, time, objects and people to perform movement sequences.

Learning through movement
Participate positively in groups and teams by encouraging others and negotiating roles and responsibilities.

Secondary School

Curriculum Links

Moving the body
Use feedback to improve body control and coordination when performing specialised movement skills. Compose and perform movement sequences for specific purposes in a variety of contexts. Practise, apply and transfer movement concepts and strategies.

Understanding movement
Participate in physical activities that develop health-related and skill-related fitness components. Demonstrate and explain how the elements of effort, space, time, objects and people can enhance performance.

Learning through movement
Practise and apply personal and social skills when undertaking a range of roles in physical activities.

Curriculum Links

Moving the body
Perform and refine specialised movement skills in challenging movement situations. Evaluate own and others’ movement compositions, and provide and apply feedback in order to enhance performance situations.

Learning through movement
Transfer understanding from previous movement experiences to create solutions to movement challenges.

Capabilities: Personal & Social

Self-Awareness and Management

  • This strand involves students in identifying and describing the factors that influence their emotional responses.
  • Students develop the knowledge and skills to regulate, manage and monitor their emotions.
  • They develop a realistic sense of their personal strengths and have a realistic assessment of their own achievements and a sense of self-knowledge and self-confidence.
  • They identify personal characteristics and interpret their own emotional states, needs and perspectives.
  • Students develop skills to work independently and to show initiative, learning to be conscientious, delaying gratification and persevering in the face of setbacks and frustrations.

Social Awareness and Management

  • This strand involves students recognising others' feelings and knowing how and when to assist others.
  • Students learn to show respect for and understand others' perspectives, emotional states and needs.
  • They learn to participate in positive, safe and respectful relationships, defining and accepting individual and group roles and responsibilities.
  • Students gain an understanding of the role of advocacy in contemporary society and build their capacity to critique societal constructs and forms of discrimination.
  • This strand involves students interacting effectively and respectfully with a range of adults and peers.
  • Students learn to negotiate with others; work in teams, positively contribute to groups and collaboratively make decisions; develop leadership skills, resolve conflict and reach positive outcomes.
  • Students develop the ability to initiate and manage successful personal relationships.

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