Ultimate Frisbee was a first for our co-op. It is a terrific game (and sport) that is equally enjoyable for boys and girls alike.
Our approach was to begin, in session one, with a short overview of the game—it’s history, it’s growing popularity, some reasons why it is so well-liked by both boys and girls, and the basic rules of play and some important terms. All this information is available on the internet as well as some helpful videos. After this, we did some basic stretching exercises and walked them around the field where I had laid out and explained the areas of play, and so forth.
After that, we taught the two basic throwing styles: the forehand and backhand release. I explained that very few who have thrown a frisbee have ever thrown forehand, but that, when mastered, usually say that this is actually an even easier release method. I illustrated both methods, showing how and why, in a game situation, each release was performed. I explained that, for today, they would not need to do both throwing styles in the game, but could just do the one they were most comfortable with if they were new to this. No one threw forehand in the actual game.
Next, we practiced throwing the frisbees we brought. For ultimate frisbee, the frisbee must be a certain size and weight. I pointed this out and showed them which was the regulation frisbee. After this, I encouraged them, if they had interest, to practice both throws at home with a parent or sibling or friend over the weeks of the class. We finished session one by playing our first game.
Session two, we stretched (5 mins.), reviewed (5 mins.), practiced throwing again (5 mins.), thanked God for a beautiful day and prayed for safety, and played the remaining time, taking a break after about 30 mins. Session three, we repeated the same steps as in session two.
Cheryl Chew (FL)