Seth Bundy shares news about the ultimate frisbee scene on San Juan Island.
Right here in town, at Linde Community Park, something is happening. A new sport is blossoming on the Island — ultimate frisbee. Played in more than 40 countries by hundreds of thousands of people, ultimate combines the movement skills of soccer, basketball, and football in a non-contact field team sport involving a flying plastic disc.
Ultimate is unique among competitive sports in that games are governed by the Spirit of the Game, a tradition of sportspersonship that places the responsibility for fair play on the players rather than referees. This requires teamwork, open communication, respect for opponents, and cooperation – all important social and emotional learning skills.
Ultimate gained popularity as a competitive sport at colleges and universities in the early 1980s and has steadily grown ever since. Now, kids as young as fourth grade play on school teams and participate in ultimate camps. If you live on the island, enjoy team sports, and have never tried ultimate, you need to check it out.
At Linde we have pick-up ultimate for all ages and genders on Monday evenings, and Spring Street International School has been playing on Friday afternoons. This summer, during the week of June 27 to July 1, Seth Bundy is running an ultimate frisbee camp for youth aged 10–15. The camp is from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Advance registration is required. This is an opportunity to get some exercise, meet friends, and learn a new sport.