Frequently Asked Questions
The Sport of Ultimate
1. What is ultimate (the sport)?
Ultimate is a fast-growing team sport that combines the non-stop movement of soccer with the aerial passing of football. The game is played by two 7-player squads with a plastic disc on a field similar in size to soccer. The object of the game is to score points by completing passes in the opponent's end zone. To see some gameplay, check out this video.
2. What teams do we have?
As of the season of 2017, we have men's varsity, men's junior varsity, and women's varsity teams. Each season, the teams are determined by the number of players.
3. Is ultimate a cut-sport?
No, we are a no-cut sport. That being said, we still expect your commitment to the team, just like any other high school sport. (No cut, not no commitment.)
4. Is ultimate a non-contact sport?
Yes, but no. Players are prohibited from intentional tackling and other physical attacks, but players can still block and box-out with their bodies and limbs.
5. Can you get a varsity letter for ultimate?
Yes, the players who make our varsity team receive an official varsity letter.
The Season, Practices, and Games
6. When does the season start and end?
Ultimate is a spring sport. Our season goes from the end of April to early June.
We strongly recommend you join us at our preseason practices in February, March, and April so that you have gotten some practice in before our annual Andover Invitational tournament, which kicks off the regular season usually on the last weekend of April.
7. When are practices held?
During the season, practices are held Monday through Thursday afternoons from 2:45 to 5:00 PM, except when we have games instead.
In the preseason in January through April, indoor practices are held once every one or two weeks at the Andover High School field house and at the AP Sports facility in Wilmington.
For more information, see the preseason information page. To get updates about these preseason indoor practices, make sure you are on the email list (scroll down to Email List section) and/or a member of the Facebook group.
8. When do we have games?
Each team typically has one or two games a week from Monday through Thursday.
Additionally, all teams participate in up to three weekend tournaments throughout the season. Details for these tournaments vary, so please join our email list and Facebook group to be informed.