• UO DIY: Frisbee Five Ways

    Warm weather means more time outdoors. Getting out and tossing around the old frisbee is one of our favorite ways to getting our heart-rate up while having fun at the same time. Learn about all kinds of different games you can play with just a frisbee, some friends, and a wide open field. Cold beverages optional for even more fun.

    Ultimate Frisbee

    Probably the most popular competitive frisbee game is Ultimate Frisbee. Trapped somewhere between Football and Soccer, it's quite simple to play because all you need is a field and a frisbee—and maybe something to designate the actual end zones. 

    Typically, each team should have 7 players, but if you're not playing a regulation game then just go with having the teams be equal. The game starts out much like Football, with each team lined up at their respective end zones and the defense throwing the disc down to the offense. For the offense to move the disc down the field, you must throw it to a teammate; no running with the disc is allowed. Each thrower has 10 seconds to make the next play to a teammate, with the thrower's defender counting out the seconds. If the pass is completed to a teammate in your end zone, a point is scored. A change in possession will occur if a pass is thrown out of bounds, dropped, blocked, intercepted, or not made within the allotted 10 second time.

    There's not much else to it besides having fun.

    Hot Box

    Frequently played when there aren't enough players for Ultimate is Hot Box. The teams are usually set at around 3 vs. 3. The main difference is instead of having two designated end zones for each team, there is a 5x5 "end zone" set up in the middle of the field for both teams to share, and there is an "outer box" of the field, usually around 40x40.

    The team in possession of the disc must achieve seven completed passes before they can unlock the end zone for that possession. Then, just like in Ultimate, you can pass the disc to a teammate in the end zone for a potential point. The only way for a turnover to occur is to drop the disc or have it intercepted. There are no out of bounds in Hot Box. It is here that the game adopts some rules as if you were playing a half-court game of basketball. The team that scores stays in possession of the disc, but must first clear a pass to a teammate outside of the "outer box" of the field. Similarly, if a turnover occurs, the team now on offense must also clear a pass to the "outer box" before the seven-pass requirements can begin.


    Jackpot is great because you can make the playing field as big or as small as you want. A lot of you children of the '90s might remember playing a similar game with a football called "500." Well, this is nearly the same thing—but with a frisbee.

    There are a million variations on the game, but some things always stay constant. You need one person to be the thrower at one end, and 3 or more people to stand in a group at the other end of the field. The thrower is in control and will call out a number of points on how much the play is worth for whomever catches it. The game is usually won once someone hits 500 points (or whatever the designated winning amount is). The thrower can also call out fun things like "jackpot!" which will be the winning catch if someone manages to catch the disc. Another option is "bankrupt", which will bring the person who catches it down to 0 points.

    You can make up any number of shout-out rules as well. Like if you yell out "freeze," then the catcher has to freeze for 1-3 rounds of throwing. Anything like that. Let your imagination run wild.


    Tips is fun because it's probably the best candidate for making a drinking game. It's another team game, but you can play with as little as two people on each team. The team can stand as far apart as you need, but each round is started with a player from one team gently tossing the disc to the other team. One person will then try to "tip" the frisbee with their hand, foot, or, if you're skilled enough, head, to another person on the team for them to catch. If one tip is completed and it is then caught, your team receives one point. If multiple tips are made consecutively being completed in the end with a catch, you get a point for each tip. If the disc isn't caught at the end, your team doesn't receive any points.

    Now you can see why this is such a good drinking game. Eventually trying to tip the frisbee off of your head is fun for you and for everyone else watching.

    Frisbee Baseball

    Frisbee baseball is exactly what it sounds like. Ideally, you'd be able to play the game on a real baseball diamond. But just like you don't actually need a diamond to play a game of baseball, it's not required for frisbee baseball either—just a few objects to designate all the bases.

    The main difference to real baseball, besides not having a ball or a bat, is that there is no pitcher. The person "batting" simply throws the baseball someone into the field and then takes off for first base. From there, it's exactly like baseball, except you can't run with the disc. If the disc is caught by someone, the "batter" is out. If someone throws the frisbee to first base before you get there, you're out. And so on, exactly like baseball.

    Whether you want to try one of these frisbee variations, some combination of them, or create your own, just get out there and have fun with it. Don't worry about not being good at first. Once you get the hang of it, you'll notice your throws improving pretty quickly. Just remember it's like whipping a towel—it's all in your wrist.

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