The beginner's guide to ultimate

What is Ultimate?

Ultimate, also known as Ultimate Frisbee, is a non-contact team sport played with two teams of seven on a rectangular playing field. The goal of the game is to have a member of your team catch the disc in the opponent's end zone.

Ultimate is self-refereed, meaning that players call their own fouls, facilitate discussions with the other team, and resolve calls by themselves. Because of this, there is a huge emphasis on sportsmanship while playing -- all the while still retaining a highly competitive environment -- known within the community as "Spirit of the Game."

About US

We’re Jacqueline and Rachel, two teenagers who were inspired to advocate for gender equity in Ultimate Frisbee after participating in a GURLS leadership seminar run by the Bay Area Disc Association.

We decided to create this website to encourage girlx to join Ultimate because the lack of girlx trying out often leads to a giant gender imbalance in most Ultimate communities. As girlx, sometimes we don’t feel welcomed in the male-dominated Ultimate community.

When we started the sport, we had no idea what to expect. That’s why we created a website to show femxle athletes what to expect when they start Ultimate. Our goal is to give you the courage to try Ultimate and feel confident as you head into your first tryout.

We hope to see you on the field next season!

- Jacqueline & Rachel


Co-Author, She/Her

Jacqueline Shim is an 8th grader attending middle school in Oakland, CA. Since starting Ultimate Frisbee in 6th grade on a school team, she has played on three different teams and captained one of those. Her other interests include piano, drawing, taekwondo, and binge-watching anime shows.


Co-Author, she/they

Rachel Chang is a sophomore attending high school in the Bay Area. In her two years of playing Ultimate, she has captained two teams and played on three more. Aside from Ultimate, her favorite pastimes include baking, drawing, and fretting over her dying houseplants.
Photo Credits: Ron Sellers