"This game has got a tremendous future. If this match was being played down near the River Houses, we'd be getting a tremendous crowd right now."
So spoke Harvard ultimate frisbee team member Eric Van during the squad's first Ivy league game of the spring season, held yesterday afternoon up at the Radcliffe Quadrangle against a powerful Brown ultimate frisbee team.
Ultimate frisbee is today an intercollegiate team sport at more than 60 colleges across the country, played according to international rules patented by the Whammo Frisbee Corporation.
Rules and Regulations
In ultimate frisbee, seven player squads face-off against one another on a 60 by 40 yard field; goals are scored when a player passes the frisbee to a team-member stationed in the end-zone.
Disc-devotees are allowed to move the frisbee up and down the field only by passing; players must stop running as soon as they catch the disc and throw within a 15-second time limit.
If a pass is not completed by the attacking team, the opposing team immediately picks up the frisbee and passes down toward its end-zone.
"Hustling breaks the game wide open," commented frisbee flinger Clayton Lockhart on the quick-paced nature of the game yesterday.
"The goal of ultimate frisbee is not to be the fanciest, but to be the most accurate," team member Donald Berk added.
In yesterday's Harvard-Brown game, disc devotees exhibited the passing and blocking skills necessary to make the game move. Players utilize wrist-flip, overhead, side-arm and traditional cross-body passes on offense.
Ultimate frisbee is a non-contact sport, with players obligated to play the frisbee and not the man. Nevertheless, action often heats up as players use arm and leg blocks on defense, and jump and dive to catch or obstruct passes.
The Crimson team moved off to an early 5-2 lead in the opening minutes of yesterday's game, with platter-flinger Wolfe Futscher displaying finely-honed overhead passes to connect for two long, leading goals.
Moving the frisbee up the field in a well-executed weave and playing man-to-man defense, a strong Harvard team led by Gutscher, freshman Bill Mills and Lockhart finished the first 45-minute running-time half at an 11-11 tie.
Lack of Crimson endurance and the breakdown of the squad's short weaving pass strategy aided the enemy during the second half, as the Brown machine came on to win, 22-16.