Hinesburg launches youth Ultimate Frisbee

Aug-2-S-H-Ultimate-Frisbee-Ian-Browning-sky-CThe Hinesburg Recreation Dept. will offer Ultimate Frisbee to 5-8 graders for the first time this fall. Hinesburg is proud to be among the first towns in Vermont to be formally offering Ultimate at the middle school level.
This fast-paced field sport was developed in 1968 by a group of New Jersey high school students. Although it resembles many traditional sports in its athletic requirements, it is unlike most sports due to its focus on self-officiating, even at the highest levels of competition. Highly competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of mutual respect among competitors.  This concept, called “Spirit of the Game,” is integrated into the basic philosophy of the sport, written into the rules, and practiced at all levels of the game from local leagues to the World Games.
Combining the non-stop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football, a game of Ultimate is played by two teams with a disc on a field with end zones, similar to football.
“Ultimate is one of the fast-growing sports in the US, there are now more than 5 million Ultimate players; more than ice hockey, lacrosse, and rugby combined,” said Theodore Blair Fetter of Vermont Youth Ultimate League (VYUL).
In Vermont, Ultimate is going strong at the high school level, and with the help of VYUL there are about 25 teams from over 20 schools representing every region of Vermont.
Middle school level Ultimate is also growing fast. In addition to Hinesburg, Endeavor Middle School in Shelburne will offer Ultimate as an after school program, and a club team is forming at Williston Central School. Currently there is middle school pick up in Shelburne and Burlington, and even the North Branch School in Ripton has a team. This February, the Vermont Principals’ Association voted unanimously to approve Ultimate as an exhibition varsity sport, putting Ultimate on track to become a fully-fledged varsity sport beginning in 2017. Vermont will be the first state to do so.
To sign up for the Hinesburg program go to www.hinesburg.org and click on Recreation to find the fall flyer, or e-mail hinesburgrec@gmavt.net.
For more information on Youth Ultimate in Vermont go to http://vyul.ultimatecentral.com/,
https://www.facebook.com/VtYouthUltimate or e-mail the Vermont Youth Ultimate League at: vyul.board@gmail.com.