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Old 07-14-2013, 08:48 PM
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How did Ultimate develop?

After hearing discussions about changing the PDGA and people complain about "bagging" at AM Worlds I would like to know how Ultimate developed and what the difference was from Disc Golf.
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Old 07-14-2013, 09:05 PM
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I would have to consult "the Frisbee book" to be sure, but in the 1970's there was a big push to turn every sport into a Frisbee (disc) sport. I believe Ultimate is what became of Frisbee Football, much like Disc Golf evolved from Frisbee Golf. Freesyle was the big disc sport back then. Disc golf and Ultimate became the most popular of these disc sports eventualy though. Ultimate is a team sport that caught fire with colleges and to my recolection is not played recreationaly as disc golf is.
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Old 07-14-2013, 09:24 PM
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It was developed by people too sissy for football or too white for basketball.
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:00 PM
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:08 PM
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It was developed by people too sissy for football or too white for basketball.


Agree with thrembo on basic origins. I started playing Ultimate in the early '80s, and it was fairly entrenched as "Ultimate" by then. Of course, I also lived a town over from the college that gave Johnny Dwork a legit degree of "Professional Flying Disc Entertainment and Education" studies.

That said, Ultimate is definitely played recreationally in pick up leagues here in the northeast.
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:10 PM
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Ultimate is a team sport that caught fire with colleges and to my recolection is not played recreationaly as disc golf is.
Depends on the area.

Lots of pick-up Ultimate on weekends in the Durham/Chapel Hill area, even when UNC and Duke aren't in session. At Forest Hills (city park) during the summer there can be 5-6 games going on simultaneously, and players standing around waiting to rotate in. And, let me tell you, some of those 50-60 year old geezers know every trick and can make every shot and catch in the book--with either hand.
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:11 PM
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Im specifically asking how did the competitive side of the sport develop and why has it been successful in bringing in women and youth into the sport.
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:14 PM
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:16 PM
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Im specifically asking how did the competitive side of the sport develop and why has it been successful in bringing in women and youth into the sport.
I don't know the demographics on that, do women make up a significantly bigger percentage of competitive ultimate than competitive disc golf?
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:18 PM
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Some people who weren't high or completely faded on whatever drug the hippies were on picked up a frisbee and said "Hey I'll throw it and one of you run and try to catch it while the other tries to stop him." Then they did that for a little bit and another guy came up and said "Hey are you playing football with a frisbee?"

Thus Ultimate was born...
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