In 2024, the Olympic Games might come to L.A. And one of the possible new additions to the roster of athletic events is Ultimate (originally called Ultimate Frisbee). That gives your kids plenty of time to jump on the Ultimate bandwagon – and Southern California Youth Ultimate (SCYU) is ready to help.
“Now is the time, more than ever, for L.A. to take the lead on this new and great sport, and it starts with our youth,” says SCYU founder Grant Boyde. Boyde played Ultimate throughout high school and college and now plays for L.A.’s pro team, the L.A. Aviators. SCYU (pronounced SKY You) runs free clinics, leagues, tournaments and after-school programs for kids of all ages and skill levels in the hope of building the next generation of players.
There are teams and programs in Pasadena, Santa Monica, Long Beach and Irvine, with Hollywood/Silverlake in the works.
Ultimate requires little equipment – just a plastic flying disc and a few cones (or water bottles, shoes, or any marker) – and can be played in almost any open space. Boyd says Ultimate is a great cross-training sport that builds cardiovascular health, improves fine motor skills and coordination. And it’s non-contact.
Because Ultimate is not officiated, players make their own calls, which encourages fair play and peaceful conflict resolution. “All players do their very best to adhere to the rules and be completely honest about every call they make,” says Boyd. “It’s not a win-at-all-costs, cutthroat sport.”
Visit www.SCYU.org for contact information on local Ultimate programs and a step-by step guide to how to get a program running.