Group Activities: The Game of Ultimate Frisbee for Kids
Looking for a fun group activity for your kids? Today we’ll be looking at the benefits of Ultimate Frisbee for kids! Ultimate Frisbee (or just Ultimate) is an exciting, non-contact team sport played by thousands of people around the world.
CoachArt recently held a 4-week Frisbee Club where students not only learned the basics of frisbee, but they also learned how to play the great game of ULTIMATE FRISBEE!
Got a group and a frisbee? You’re ready to play! Here’s how the game of Ultimate Frisbee for kids works…
Rules of Ultimate Frisbee
Teams are made up of seven players. Each team has an end zone, and the goal of the game is to catch the frisbee in the opposing team’s end zone to score a point. The first team to score 15 points wins. Ultimate frisbee is not a contact sport, so it is safe and fun children of all ages and abilities.
- Once a player catches the disc, they are not able to move with the disc.
- They must keep one foot on the ground as a pivot point. (Keep in mind that adaptations can be made if needed.)
- They then have 10 seconds to throw the disc to another player on their team.
Equipment: Organizing a game of Ultimate Frisbee for kids is easy because it only requires one piece of equipment…a frisbee!
Space: The game is very versatile and can be played on an outdoor field (or open space), or in an indoor gym or court.
Benefits of Ultimate Frisbee:
Ultimate Frisbee for kids offers a good physical workout, and helps develop important skills:
- Cardiovascular exercise
- Spacial awareness
- Encourages teamwork and cooperation
- Builds self-confidence
- Safe (non-contact)
Fun Facts About Ultimate Frisbee:
- Playing Ultimate Frisbee for 1 hour burns roughly 319 calories (100 lbs).
- There is no specific method indicated by the rules of Ultimate deciding opening possession. However, ‘rock, paper, scissors’ is the most popular way.
- Ultimate Frisbee has no referees. In the spirit of fair play, the players are responsible for determining calls together.
Why We Love Ultimate Frisbee for Kids:
Ultimate Frisbee is first and foremost, FUN!! Kids enjoy playing the game, but is it also an excellent way to get cardiovascular exercise, keep kids active, and EVERYONE can play. Ultimate Frisbee is inexpensive, easy to adapt to accommodate special needs, and includes kids of all ages and physical abilities. It can also be an excellent way to bring active time and family time together!
Additional Resources: USA Ultimate offers an educator’s guide to teaching Ultimate Frisbee with adaptation ideas for players who need special accommodations.
What are some of your favorite group activities to play with kids? We’d love to hear from you. Please share your experience with us in the comments.
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