Don’t laugh – ultimate Frisbee is a fantastic sport for kids of any age or athletic ability. The trend is catching on throughout all levels of school, from elementary to post-secondary, as teams are being established and the sport’s momentum grows.
At its core, ‘Ultimate’ is designed for players to have a ton of fun, feel positive, and promote team spirit. It’s not uncommon for random outbreaks of spirit songs or goofy spirit games after a game of Ultimate or two. The beauty of the sport – yes, it is a sport – is it can be both highly competitive and physical, or light-hearted and playful (ideally you’d like both).
How is Ultimate beneficial to kids?
Ultimate develops physical literacy skills.
Ultimate develops and refines physical literacy skills for kids including:
- Spatial Awareness
- Balance and Proprioception
- Hand-Eye Coordination
- Multisensory Processing
Ultimate develops life skills.
Kids can learn valuable life skills through sport. In Ultimate particularly, players are faced with situations that call upon life skills such as:
- Learning and practicing co-operation and teamwork
- Empathy, honesty, and self-regulation
- Building logical thinking skills through strategy
- Learning and practicing healthy competition
Ultimate is inclusive.
Joining a team sport ‘late’ can have a child feeling left behind, as they haven’t had the chance to practice any of the required skills to participate adequately.
Ultimate is a sport that children of any age or skill level can pick up and excel in, without the expectation or judgment that comes along with traditional team sports. It allows kids a chance to get some exercise, form some friendships, and have tons of fun at the same time.
There’s still over a month of summer to go – plenty of time to get your kid accustomed to Ultimate. Keep an eye out for free lessons or pick-up games around your city or neighbourhood, or take your child to a game and let them decide for themselves.