The Northwest Ultimate Association - History

DiscNW is an educational, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1995 to promote and support the sport of Ultimate. DiscNW was incorporated with a mission to "serve as a regional resource, promoting growth in the sport of Ultimate and instilling the spirit of sportsmanship at all levels of play." Unlike with other sports organizations, it is intrinsic to DiscNW's mission to promote and teach mutual respect and fair play, demonstrate the value of team sports for health and social benefits, encourage women in co-ed recreation and perform outreach in the community. The notion of sportsmanship or the "Spirit of the Game" has guided the agency and defines the organizational culture.

The first unofficial Seattle Ultimate "league" started in 1984 at Magnuson Park with an estimated five teams and fifty people. The demand for Ultimate grew and DiscNW now has year-round leagues that serve over 8000 people.  The association carries out its mission under the leadership of an Executive Director, a Board of Directors, contractors, coaches, and the dedication of countless volunteers.


History of Ultimate

Ultimate began in 1968 in Maplewood, New Jersey when a group of Columbia High School students first played on an asphalt parking lot at their high school. As those students graduated from high school, the game spread to the college level. The first intercollegiate Ultimate game occurred on Nov. 6, 1972, between Princeton and Rutgers, in New Brunswick, NJ. They played on the anniversary of the first ever intercollegiate football game, also played between those same two schools.

Today, the game is played competitively by over 25,000 registered UPA and WFDF amateur athletes in over 35 countries, as well as countless casual players. Ultimate is played by people from all walks of life. From high school students, to the still thriving college game, to the highly competitive club teams all over the world, to the many thousands of people who play in informal summer leagues, Ultimate is a game for everyone.

Essential to the game of Ultimate is the "Spirit of the Game." Ultimate has traditionally relied upon a spirit of sportsmanship which places the responsibility for fair play on the player. Highly competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of the bond of mutual respect between players, adherence to the agreed upon rules of the game, or the basic joy of play. Protection of these vital elements serves to eliminate adverse conduct from the Ultimate field. Such actions as the taunting of opposing players, dangerous aggression, intentional fouling, and other "win-at-all-costs" behavior are contrary to the spirit of the game and must be avoided by all players. There are no referees in Ultimate -- players call their own fouls and resolve any differences on the field.