The Stingrays are the Australian under-23 World Ultimate Frisbee Champions. They recently defeated top seeds Japan in the gold medal final, played in Florence, Italy.
The Stingrays were competing their first under 23 world championships and will be representing Australia at the next world championships in 2014.
Ultimate Frisbee is a non-contact sport. It combines the discipline of netball and other fast paced sports. It is a unique sport because the sport is self refereed. Players are responsible for adhering to, and overseeing the rules.
The aim of the game is for the team with the frisbee to pass it up the field to others on their team and complete a pass into the endzone. At the same time the defensive team is trying to intercept it or knock it down. If they succeed, they get possession of the frisbee and are trying to score in the other endzone.
Ultimate is played on a grass field, narrower than a soccer field. Teams play with seven players on the field each, plus substitutes.
Ultimate relies upon a Spirit of the Game that places the responsibility for fair play on every player. Players on the field make their own calls when violations occur – there are no referees. If there is disagreement regarding an incident, the frisbee returns to the player who made the last pass and the game resumes. The Spirit of the Game award is a highly coveted award at tournaments.
sportstar.com will be keeping an eye on the Stingray’s preparation for the next world championships in 2014.
If you are interested in finding out more or where to play go to www.afda.com.
Contributing source www.afda.com (Australian Flying Disc Association)