Luther to host Ultimate Invitational Tournament Oct. 24-25

Oct. 9, 2009

Nine Ultimate teams from seven colleges and universities around the Midwest will compete on the athletic fields of Luther College Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24-25 when the college hosts the first Luther Ultimate Invitational Tournament.

The tournament will include LUFDA and Pound, the A and B squads from Luther, as well as the University of Iowa, Iowa State University A and B, Grinnell College, the University of Northern Iowa, St. Olaf College and Winona State University.

All tournament games will be played on the Luther College campus, and the games are open to the public with no charge for admission.

LUFDA, the Luther A-team, has been ranked among the top teams in the nation the past few years, qualifying for the national Ultimate Players Association Championship tournament in 2009 and for the UPA Central Region Championships in 2004-09.

Greg Shirbroun, LUFDA captain and tournament coordinator said the teams competing in the Oct. 24-25 Invitational include some of the top clubs in the UPA Central Region and the games at Luther are expected to be a preview of the expected competition of the UPA Central Regional in April 2010.

The Invitational may feature a rematch of rivals Luther and University of Iowa. Luther defeated Iowa 10-9 in the semi-finals of the 2009 UPA Central Regional Championships held in Northfield, Minn., April 25-26.

Ultimate is among the top club sports at colleges and universities with more than 10,000 student-athletes on more than 600 college teams from across North America entered in the UPA College Championship Series which takes place each spring.

A fast-paced and exciting game for both players and spectators, Ultimate is further distinguished by its “spirit of the game”—an honor code that insists on principles of fair play, sportsmanship, and the joy of play.

In that spirit, players are responsible for foul and line calls, and do their best to resolve their own disputes in an orderly manner. This creates a spirit of honesty and respect on the playing field. It is the duty of the player who committed the foul to speak up and admit his infraction.

A non-contact, competitive team game, Ultimate is played with the familiar Discraft disc. The object of the game is to score points by passing the disc to a player in the opposing end zone, similar to such an end zone in American football or rugby.  Players may not run while holding the disc.

Regulation Ultimate is played between two teams of seven players. Substitutions are allowed between points. The grass field is 64 meters in length by 37 meters wide. End zones are 23 meters deep. Boundaries are marked by chalk lines and cones.

Play begins with the pull or throw-off. The players line up at the edge of their respective end zones, and the defensive team throws, or pulls, the disc to the offensive team. Pulls are normally long, hanging throws, giving the defense an opportunity to move up the field.

The disc may be moved in any direction by completing a pass to a teammate. A player catching the disc is permitted a few steps movement to run out their momentum, but can then move only their non-pivot foot. 

Upon receiving the disc, a player has 10 seconds to pass it. This period is known as the “stall,” and each second is counted out by a defender who must be standing within three meters of the thrower.

A point is scored when a player catches a pass in the end zone his team is attacking. A defensive team may score by intercepting a pass in the end zone, a play referred to as a Callahan goal, or simply a Callahan, named after well-known ultimate player Henry Callahan.

After a point is scored, the teams exchange end zones. Play is re-initiated with a pull by the scoring team.

A turnover results in a change of possession. The defense immediately becomes the offense and gains possession of the disc where it comes to a stop on the field of play, or where it first traveled out of bounds. Play does not stop due to a turnover.

The Ultimate Players Association is a player-run, not-for-profit organization based in Boulder, Colo. Founded in 1979, the UPA is among the first flying disc sport organizations in the world and is one of the largest, with more than 24,600 members.

The UPA was created to provide the structure, resources and communication necessary to run a national championship, which has evolved into the current Championship Series program. The UPA Championship Series program includes eight divisions: High School Open and Girls, College Open and Women, Club Open, Women, and Mixed, and Masters Open.

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