The Ultimate Club

Clubbing with JR

JR Ancheta
Feb. 15, 2011

Tim Vinegar attempts to block UAF student, Dylan McFarlane at Fairbanks Ultimate Association at the Patty Center on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011. JR Ancheta/Sun Star

More than 35 people gathered to play Ultimate Frisbee on Monday, Feb. 7 at the Patty Center. The court was divided in half for two separate games. Because it is difficult to play outdoors in winter, the Fairbanks Ultimate Association (FUA) plays indoors at the Patty Center.

Ultimate is a sport similar to soccer and football. The objective of the game is to pass the disc to a teammate at the opponent’s end zone.  Winning nice, but the players are more in to the camaraderie.

“The spirit of the game is like the governing rule of Ultimate,” said Rose Hewitt, organizer of FUA. ”It’s based on playing your hardest, but never to hurt anybody else. We self-officiate even at the high level of the sport.“

The club also provides a chance for many to be active. “It gets me good exercise, it keeps me busy,” Clyde Hewitt said. He has played for more than four years and cannot wait to play outdoors in the spring.

FAU was founded in 1978 as the Alaska Campus Disc Club. Glen Anderson, a UAF faculty member who teaches Ultimate at the University, helped launch the organization by first educating the public and local schools about the game. The first game was played on Anderson’s lawn.

Anderson said there was an electric fence around the yard to keep animals off the yard. “You knew when you were out-of-bounds when you were electrocuted, so it was difficult to keep your eye on the disc, which is a number one rule.” After that, the club moved from lawn to lawn. It wasn’t until 15 years ago that the organization gained university attention and got their own field to play on.

The Fairbanks Ultimate Association meets Mondays from 7-9 p.m. at the Patty Center. All are welcome to play the game.

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