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15 September 2015

spirit of the game

What I love most about non-contact sports is that if you're doing it right, blood will still be shed.  Perhaps I should stop yelling, "Sacrifice your body!" from the sidelines.  Especially since the team I visited recently was doing just that.  Within minutes of my arrival, a player was bleeding heavily from his nose as a result of this "non-contact" sport.  Diagnosis? - definitely broken.

Sports has always been my absolute favorite to photograph, but this was my first time shooting Ultimate Frisbee.  With no clouds to block the blazing mid-day sun and players growing exhausted from previous tournaments, it was hardly ideal.  Apparently, that loud smacking sound everyone heard wasn't someone's hand slapping down a frisbee.  Rather, someone's face.

Ultimate Frisbee was the kind of activity often made fun of in years past due to lack of popularity (similar to Parkour).  That is, util people realized these enthusiasts were in better shape to last an apocalyptic nightmare than anyone else.  larger, well-respected organizations have taken notice as well.  The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is finally being taken seriously with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognizing Ultimate Frisbee as an official sport (though, it won't be in the 2016 Olympics).  It's been welcomed on our school campuses around the world for decades and is now entering the professional arena.  

I love seeing sports live, so these posts will keep showing up.  Stay tuned. 

Intrigued about Ultimate Frisbee?  Check out these video highlights:

  • Top 10 Plays - AUDL Week 10
  • Best Ultimate Frisbee Highlights - Part 1