Perhaps you’ve already heard about Frisbee Golf… but would you believe there are even MORE events & activities you enjoy with a Frisbee than that?!
Here’s everything you need to know about all the ways have fun with a Frisbee, including how & where to participate in organized events for Frisbee throwers (amateurs and professionals alike).
Frisbee Golf (a.k.a. “Disc Golf” “Frisbee Golf” “Disc Golfers” “Frisbee Golfers”)
The game of disc golf was started by “Steady” Ed Headrick, when he patented the first official “disc catching” target known as the Mach One. The first “basketed” discgolf course was established in 1976, and is located outside Pasadena, CA, at Oak Grove (Hahamongna Park). [Thanks, Marty!]
According to the PDGA:
Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc or Frisbee. A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target, which is the “hole”. The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common is called a Pole Hole, an elevated metal basket. As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw has landed. The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the “putt” lands in the basket, and the hole is completed.
Here are the official rules for playing Disc Golf.
Check out these awesome disc golf videos from “The Guardians of Recreation”.
Freestyle Players Association (“Freestyle” “Freestylers” “Freestyle Frisbees”) — Established in 1978, the FPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the growth of freestyle disc play as a lifetime recreation and a competitive sport. It was formed to oversee the competitive aspects of freestyle frisbee, and to “Spread the Jam” and to help new players learn how to freestyle.
According to Frisbee.com:
The first Freestyle Championships were held in 1974, which was also the year the nail delay (spinning the frisbee on your finger) was invented. Being able to control the spinning disc on the finger led to invention of many new moves and soon new styles of play began to emerge. In Freestyle Frisbee there are no set rules about how to do a move, players are encouraged to create new moves and to develop their own style. Freestyling or ‘jamming’ can at times be like an art form – when a player is no longer thinking about the moves and is just flowing with the disc, often not even remembering the moves he or she has just done.
Here are the official rules for Freestyle Frisbee.
Check out these videos of Freestylers in action!
Ultimate Players Association (“Ultimate” “Ultimate Frisbee”) — The UPA was founded in 1979 as one of the first flying disc sport organizations in the world.
Combining the non-stop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football, a game of Ultimate is played by two seven-player squads with a high-tech plastic disc on a field similar to football. The object of the game is to score by catching a pass in the opponent’s end zone.
Here are the official rules for playing Ultimate Frisbee.
Check out these Ultimate Frisbee videos!
Guts Frisbee (“Guts Frisbee” “Flying Discs” “Flying Disks”) — A sport played between two teams of one to five players each. The objective is to be the first team to score 21 points.
To start play, each team lines up facing each other 14 m apart. Play is accomplished by a player attempting to throw the disc toward or at the opposing team and within the reach of at least 1 player of that team, in such a manner that the opposing team cannot make a clean catch. Scoring is contingent on the success or failure of the throwing team. A good throw, without a catch, results in a point for the throwing team and a bad throw results in a point for the receiving team.
Here are the official rules for playing Guts Frisbee.
Check out these videos of people playing Guts Frisbee.
Double Disc Court (“DDC Frisbee” “Double Disc Court Frisbee”) — A unique Frisbee sport in which two discs are used in play at the same time.
Double Disc Court Frisbee is played with 2 teams of 2 players each. Each team defends a court from the attack of the opponents. The attacks are made by the throwing of one of two discs in play into the opponents’ court in an attempt to have the disc come to rest within that court without ever having touched out-of-bounds, or by causing both discs to be touched by a player or players on the opposing team at the same time. A team scores a point whenever they make a successful attack or whenever an opponent throws a disc out-of-bounds.
Here are the official rules for playing DDC Frisbee.
World Flying Disc Federation (“WFDF”) — The WFDF is responsible for hosting World Championships and developing the Rules of the Game for the following flying disc sports: Ultimate, Disc Golf, Freestyle, Guts, DDC, and Field Events. The WFDF has member associations in 46 countries.
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