The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Photography by Sam Huckaby

Ultimate Frisbee: Tossing the Frisbee Among Friends has been Taken to the Next Level.

Ultimate Frisbee combines the rules of football, basketball and soccer to make the flying disc much different than the days it was invented. Students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga meet twice weekly to "throw around the disc."

The sport has been growing among college campuses in recent years, according to Raley Parker, an UTC admissions counselor and organizer of the University’s club team. Ultimate Frisbee is just beginning to catch on with young adults after they graduate from high school. With fewer options to compete in organized sports, athletes turn to Ultimate to fill their competitive void.

"It's beginning to spread to younger players," Parker said. "College is about experiencing new things, and Ultimate is definitely new to people."

Ultimate Frisbee is similar to football. The game is played on a 70-by-30 foot field. Each team’s goal is to advance the disc into the end zone with a series of passes upfield to teammates. Once a player catches the disc, they are not allowed to run until it is thrown. A dropped pass, interception or knocked down pass is considered a turnover. It is a non-contact sport.

The sport requires players to be in moderate physical condition since they are always moving when on the field.

Sam Huckaby, a UTC sophomore, said the team is always looking for new players. The team is open to both males and females. The club team practices at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the field behind the Challenger Center. Prior Ultimate Frisbee experience is not necessary.

"We want as many people as we can get," Huckaby said. "It's a lot of fun."

The team resurfaced on campus after a short absence. The first team was formed in 1999. The future for the sport at UTC looks bright as students continue to express interest.