The Hanoi Ultimate Club has been playing Ultimate Frisbee, the world’s fastest growing team sport, since 1997. Whether you are living in Hanoi or are visiting our wonderful city, are Vietnamese or foreigner, beginner or ulti-crack you are welcome to join our pick-up games. See here for when and where we play.
Ultimate Frisbee is a non-contact, fast-paced sport that combines some of the most exciting elements of other popular sports – the passing and flow of soccer (football), the jumping and pivoting of basketball, and the long touchdown catches of American football – resulting in a sport that is truly the ultimate! Beginners are welcome and guys and girls play on the same team, resulting in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.
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The club was founded in 1997 by expatriates living in Hanoi; incrementally Vietnamese were introduced to the sport of Ultimate Frisbee and came to practice on a regular basis. Today, a large portion of the club members are Vietnamese: students and professionals. The fact that locals/nationals make up the core of the team permit the stable continuity of the Hanoi team and the growth of Ultimate Frisbee in Vietnam. Unfortunately, because of financial reasons, the majority of the players cannot participate in Ultimate Frisbee tournaments in South East Asia. This is a considerable draw back for the development of the team as players do not have the opportunity to be exposed to competitive and high level Ultimate Frisbee.
In 2004 the Hanoi Ultimate Club organised their first international tournament. This big event took place at the fields of the national sports center at My Dinh, Hanoi and was a boost for ultimate in Vietnam.
All visiting Ultimate players, regardless of their skill level, are welcome to join the clubs’ practices and activities and share their knowledge or lack thereof and passion for the sport of Ultimate.
Presently the Hanoi Ultimate Club is composed of anywhere between 30-60 players, who meet twice a week to play Ultimate Frisbee, come play.
Spirit of the Game sets Ultimate apart from other competitive team sports. For over 30 years, Ultimate has flourished, reaching a highly competitive level, without the use of referees. In Ultimate, the honor system works. Sure, human nature rears its ugly head from time to time – just as in any sport, just as in life. Yet, one of the many beauties of Ultimate is how, even amid the most difficult of situations, utmost graciousness is allowed to meet that challenge head on. Through this balance, Ultimate players are free to demonstrate the most honorable and the most joyous sides of human nature in sport.
Spirited games result from mutual respect among opponents. Assume the best of your opponent. Give him or her the benefit of a doubt. You would want the same for yourself. But if you are thick-skinned, do not assume that your opponent is. Maybe you should think of this rule as, “treat others as you would have them treat your mother.”
SOTG is not just some abstract principle that everyone adopts and then games run smoothly without effort. Close calls are made in tight games. Hard fouls are committed. SOTG is about how you handle yourself under pressure: how you contain your emotionality, tame your temper, and modulate your voice. If you initiate or contribute to the unraveling of spirit, the concept falls apart quickly. If you act to mend things (or at least not exacerbate the situation) by following (1) above, the game heals itself.
Ultimate has a long tradition of good-natured heckling. Heckles are friendly barbs, typically from non-playing spectators. Heckling can be fun, but taunting is unspirited and wrong. Harassing remarks after an opponent’s foul call or close play are NOT heckling: they are abusive taunts which create unpleasant playing conditions and often escalate to acrimonious disputes.
It is a fallacy to argue that the stakes are so important that some aspect of SOTG can be cast aside. Time and again, great teams and star players have shown that you can bring all your competitive and athletic zeal to a game without sacrificing fair play or respect for your opponent.
There is no “eye for an eye.” If you are wronged, you have no right to wrong someone in return. In the extreme case where you were severely mistreated, you may bring the issue up with a captain, tournament director, or even lodge a complaint with the governing body. If you retaliate in kind, however, a complaint may be filed against you. We recall point (1): treat others as you would have them treat you, not as they have treated you. In the end, you are responsible for you.
After a hard foul, close call, or disputed play, take a step back, pause, and take a deep breath. In the heat of competition, emotions run high. By giving yourself just a bit of time and space, you will gain enough perspective to compose yourself and concentrate on the facts involved in the dispute (was she in or out; did you hit his hand or the disc; did that pick affect the play). Your restraint will induce a more restrained response from your opponent. Conflagration averted, you may resume business as usual.
When you turn the other cheek, you know you’ve done the right thing. You may not hear praise, there may be no standing ovation, but people do notice. Eventually, their respect for you and their appreciation of the game will grow.
Compliment an opponent on her good catch. Remark to a teammate that you admire his honesty in calling himself out of bounds. Look players in the eye and congratulate them when you shake their hands after a game. These small acts boost spirit greatly, a large payoff for little time and effort.
Not only does the realization that your actions will be remembered for a long time serve to curb poor behavior, it can also inspire better conduct. Many old-timers enjoy the experience of meeting an elite player who remembers their first rendezvous on the field and recalls the event in detail. A good first encounter with an impressionable young player can have considerable long term positive impact.
All other things being equal, games are far more fun without the antipathy. Go hard. Play fair. Have fun.
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