Frisbee in my life
Introduction into Frisbee
Everybody knows the FrisbeeTM, but I don't know who's. It's that
plastic disc you play with on the beach or in the parc, with your friend or your dog, if that's not the same.
You can throw it in a straight line or make it have a curved flight.
Ofcourse, if somebody can do something involving skill, sooner or later somebody will invent a competition for it.
With a disc there have been invented 4 competitive games (that I know of):
The first 3 I know and have done, but they're not my favorite pass-time, since that's Ultimate Frisbee.In short,
- Free style is about balancing a spinning disc on your finger or another extrimity and than doing tricks with it.
Visually quite appealing and I absolutely suck at it. Can't even spin the disc on a finger.
- Double Disc Court is played by 2 teams of 2 persons. Each team has a square court, 17 meters from the other team's court.
A team scores points by having the other team not catch the disc or by the other team having cought 2 discs at the same time.
And then there are some 40 other rules. I've played this a bit and went to the Dutch (Open) Championships.
We didn't exactly win it, ended somewhere in the middle.
- Disc Golf is a bit like golf with a ball, only you throw a disc around a course and put the disc in
a specially designed basket to make the put. There are lots of discs for this variety: for distance, for certain curves,
for short distant acurracy.I've done this couple of times for fun. It's good for training certain types of throws.
It's where Ultimate players go when they die...I mean when they retire (Hai guys!).
- And now...the moment you've all been waiting for (I know I have):
Ultimate Frisbee is played on a grass field, 100 meters by 35 meters (in Europe). It's played by 2 teams of 7 persons.
Short version of the rules:
Teams start a point each on 1 of the end-zone-lines. One team (the
winner of the last point or the toss at the start of the game) throws
the disc to the other team. When it's in the air both teams can enter
the play-field. A point is scored when a player catches a disc in the
end-zone they didn't start on and the disc was thrown to him by a
team-member. An intersception of a throw in the end-zone the
intersceptor was playing towards is not a point, the player must go to
the nearest point on the end-zone-line of that end-zone. The person
(yes, in principle the game is coed) with the disc can not walk, though
he/she may pivot on one foot. The opponent can count 10 seconds, after
which the disc is turned over to the defending team, if the disc wasn't
thrown yet. The defending team gets the disc and can try and score
right away. If a pass is incomplete it's a turn-over as well.
Incomplete means either it is interscepted or it landed on the ground
or was cought by the attacking team out-of-bounds. Play-field-lines are
themselves out-of-bounds. So what does that mean? It means that the
attacking team needs to run a lot to be open to receive a pass and that
ofcourse means that the defending team has to run a lot as well. It's a
really fast-paced game with a lot of technic and lots of running.
Fortunately after each point a team can substitute as many players as
My frisbee carriere
So what have I done in Ultimate Frisbee? I've been playing since
1992. I started with the rather successfull team TOF. First in the
lower team, after 2 years in the first team. In this team we won Dutch
Trophee Championship Outdoor, Dutch National Competition Outdoor
and placed 4th in the Harbour tournament, a rather prestigious
After this this team started to fall apart because everybody went to live outside it's home town Tiel. I played for an
Amsterdam team for 1,5 year together with some former members of TOF, but I started training with the Utrechtse team UFO.
They asked if I wouldn't rather play with them and after long consideration I decided to do this, mainly because I
really need training to stay on the level I want to play on. The team UFO put together was a rather enthousiastic
and new team under an enthousisastic and strict coach.
Hard work and commitment payed of and in the second year we were the Dutch Outdoor Competition Champion. We also won the
Dutch Trophee Championship Indoor. And we placed 5th on Harbour (2002).
Then the coach left and the team changed. It took us 3 years but than we were up to level again.
In 2004 I was asked to join the Dutch Masters team for the Worlds. We didn't do well, but enjoyed it.
In 2005 I was asked by the Red Lights to join them for the European Club Championship Masters division. This went better, we became champion.
With UFO we won the Open Dutch Trophee Championship Outdoor (It's open to foreign teams nowadays) (2005).
And we won the Dutch Outdoor Competition again (2005).
So the only thing that I would still like to do is be on a team that becomes the Dutch Indoor Competition Champion :-).
But that's unlikely to happen, since of februari 1, 2009, I quit playing. My shirt number always was 41, and I jokingly said, "that's the age a will stop playing".
Guess how old I was feb.1, 2009?