Is frisbee just a fun hobby or is it a serious sport? This is a heavily debated topic with a lot of factors to consider. In order to achieve an answer, one must establish the true definition of a sport, a game, and a competition. Currently, most of society considers frisbee to be more of a game rather than a sport while the players see it as a highly active and competitive sport. There lies the controversy, who is right?
Frisbee, or ultimate as some call it, is an event that takes skill, strength, teamwork, versatility, and athleticism. Some see ultimate as football with a plastic disk. The DSHS frisbee team employs tackles, leaps, and dives during their practices and even has a few competitions planned this fall. When tensions are high, it becomes much more than throwing a disk around. Ultimate is one aggressive past time.
When reviewing the definitions of a sport and a game, the similarity is unbelievable. A sport is defined as ‘an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment’. A game is shown to be ‘a form of play or sport, especially a competitive one played according to rules and decided by skill, strength, or luck’.
After watching team ‘Dude Perfect’ engage in ultimate, the amount of dexterity, versatility, and accuracy involved is obvious. The athletes put forth a lot of effort to get the disk to go where they want. Ultimate is as physical as any other sport and should be recognized as such, even US Ultimate is now recognized by the Olympics.
Frisbee should be seen as a sport by the general public, especially since it has been declared one by the Olympics, which is an international athletic organization. As a frisbee enthusiast, I understand how it can be seen as a fun game. However, once teams are formed, ultimate becomes more than throwing a plastic disk back and forth. If a disagreement arises, the International Olympic Committee should be available to settle any argument about the sport’s new status.
Written by Nifa Kaniga