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How To Play Ultimate: The Best Sport In The World

There’s a great cliché in ultimate which we all use to describe the sport. I’ll give you a variant now: “Ultimate is basically a mixture of netball and football, except you pass a disc instead of a ball. You pass between your team-mates and score by catching in the endzone. However, once you catch the disc you have to stop running and have to pivot on one foot before passing again.” To be fair to ...

2016 World Ultimate Championships – Why You Should Be Watching

We posted recently about the history of ultimate as a sport: its origins, growth and where it might be headed in the future. Well the biggest tournament in ultimate is just around the corner and is set to be the largest, most popular ultimate event in history: the World Ultimate & Guts Championships (WUGC) 2016. The world championships of ultimate is a quadrennial event and was last held in Sa...

The Rise of Ultimate: Past, Present & Future

Let’s pretend for a moment that people are replaced by sports. Many sports are unique to certain countries whilst a fair number are globally renowned. Sometimes sports die out (ever seen Olympic live-pigeon shooting?) and many more are born every day, concocted in the heads of the bored and the wildly creative. In the US, sports like baseball and football are the grandfathers: mature and experienc...

The World Games: Elite Sports You Need To Discover

Every four years, in midsummer, the entire world becomes intoxicated by the highest plateau in competitive sport: the Olympic Games. Its origins shrouded in Grecian mystery, the Olympics has blossomed in to the most recognised sporting event in the world for both its summer and winter editions. Ever heard of The World Games? Surprisingly few have. The World Games is a global, quadrennial multi-spo...

Self-Refereeing: What Sets Ultimate and Its Players Apart?

We’ve all done it. Doesn’t matter if you’re sitting on the couch at home, standing in the 70,000-seater stadium or on pitch yourself during your Sunday league match; when the referee blows his whistle and you don’t agree with the call, you let him know. And often you’ll let him know with more than a few profanities and indignant gestures… The fact is, refs aren’t infallible and if you see somethin...

Introduction to Korfball Rules and Gameplay

If you’ve ever heard of korfball, you probably have an idea of how it’s played. If – like most people on the planet – you haven’t, then you’ve been missing out and are about to be brought up to speed.  Korfball is one of those unusual sports that isn’t new (it was invented over 100 years ago) but which has only recently risen to prominence across Europe and the US. Korfball rules are fairly straig...

Flopping in Soccer: Are Players Staining The Beautiful Game?

“You must be joking ref!” All soccer fans have been there: it’s an important match, your top goalscorer is in on goal, side-steps the defender and – rather than pinging it past the keeper and rattling the back of the net – he hops, shrieks and collapses like a sack of bricks in the middle of the box like his ACL has snapped in two. The whistle blows and he’s shown a yellow card for sim...

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