Things to know about Ultimate Frisbee at Roosevelt

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Clemente Garcia, Staff Writer

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Roosevelt High School has an ultimate frisbee club with a maximum of 27 members.

The season is in the spring, but students at Roosevelt have the opportunity to practice before then. Sometimes they have competitions on Saturdays near Lake Nokomis.

For those unfamiliar with the sport, here are some of the basics.

Ultimate frisbee is a combination of football, soccer, and basketball in one.

The players wear shoes that are similar to soccer cleats, but with rubber spikes that give them better grip on the grass.

The way to win in ultimate frisbee is to be the first team to reach 15 points, though some leagues go up to 13 points. Points are won by catching the frisbee in the end zone, a concept similar to football fans.

A key difference between ultimate frisbee and football is that players cannot run with the frisbee, a rule that encourages passing and moving without the frisbee in one’s hands.

The way teams are formed is that colleges and clubs hold tryouts but league teams are more casual and are formed most often through drafts. Other thing is that colleges and clubs have to travel, where as league teams don’t, they play locally.

Players call their own fouls because there are no referees in the game. In many new players they forget to call their “picks” and start counting. They even have have a website for players for their do’s and don’ts while playing ultimate frisbee. The field is a rectangular shape with end zones on each side. The field is 70 yards by 40 yards, with end zones 25 yards deep.

The most common injuries in the game are ankle and knee sprains. Other frequently mentioned injuries in Ultimate Frisbee are on your muscle strain, knee, ankle, shoulder, head, rib, blisters/calluses, and black toenails.

Shoulder injuries were more common in men than women.

If you’re interest in playing on the Ultimate Frisbee team at Roosevelt, check out the Beacons program after school!

You can find information on ultimate frisbee games at www.mnultimate.org.

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