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Ultimate Frisbee


Ultimate Frisbee

The Korean Ultimate Players Association is active across the peninsula, organizing ultimate at all levels: pick-up games, leagues, and international club tournaments.  Expats and Koreans of all skill levels are welcome to join us!  For more information, please visit the forums section of koreaultimate.net.  Updates of the website are underway. 
For more details contact  kupaleagues@gmail.com or visit the forum on the KUPA website.  

What is ultimate frisbee? 
"A game of Ultimate is played with a flying disc by two seven-player squads on a field similar to football. The object of the game is to score by catching a pass in the opponent’s end zone. A player must stop running while in possession of the disc, but may pivot and pass to any of the other receivers on the field.  Ultimate is a transition game in which players move quickly from offense to defense on turnovers that occur with a dropped pass, an interception, a pass out of bounds, or when a player is caught holding the disc for more than ten seconds. Ultimate is governed by Spirit of the Game™, a tradition of sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the players rather than referees. Ultimate is played in more than 42 countries by hundreds of thousands of men and women, girls and boys (usaultimate.org)." 

Who plays?  
Frisbee in Korea is mostly coed and played by both expats and natives, though currently the sport is organized primarily in English.  We are definitely making efforts to grow Korean participation-- for example, we try to designate bilingual league captains, and some of our members coach Korean university teams!  

What is pick-up?
Usually you can find a casual coed pickup game in Seoul on Sunday afternoons (see  the "pickup" section of our forum for more info).  Just show up with both a light and a dark shirt, water, and cleats if you have them, and jump onto one of the teams.  

What is a league?
Many people get their ultimate beginnings through a local league.  Individuals register and are placed on even teams to play organized weekly games lasting about six weeks, and typically a jersey as well as a party or two are included in the registration fee.  KUPA usually organizes a Seoul spring league around March and a fall league around September, so if you're interested, check koreaultimate.net on how to join, or email kupaleagues@gmail.com.   

Is there ultimate outside of Seoul?
Yes, there are active communities in Daegu, Ulsan, Busan, and other cities in Korea.  Check our forum or register for a user name and post a specific question.

What if I've never played before?
You can show up to pick-up and try it out, or if you'd like more structure, leagues are a great introduction to the sport; you have opportunities to learn from more experienced players as well as match up against players at your level.  J

Website: www.koreaultimate.net/

 


K4E Editor: Should the above information be incomplete or out-of-date, or if you know of other ultimate leagues/teams/events please let us know at info@korea4expats.com.

 

Last Updated on 2011-03-25


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