Ultimate relies upon a spirit of sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the player. Highly competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of mutual respect among competitors, adherence to the agreed upon rules, or the basic joy of play. Protection of these vital elements serves to eliminate unsportsmanlike conduct from the Ultimate field. Such actions as taunting opposing players, dangerous aggression, belligerent intimidation, intentional infractions, or other “win-at-all-costs” behavior are contrary to the spirit of the game and must be avoided by all players.
(UPA Official Rules of Ultimate, 11th edition)
Phillips Academy has had an interscholastic Ultimate program since the mid-1990’s. In 2006 the team was granted varsity status, and in 2009 a junior varsity team was official incorporated into the program. The varsity team competes in the New England Prep School Ultimate League (NEPSUL) and in the Massachusetts High School Ultimate League (MA HSUL). In addition to weekly matches, the varsity team competes in three or four tournaments each season, including the Amherst Invitational, the Andover Invitational, the NMH Tournament, and/or the NEPSUL Championships. The JV team typically plays six to eight interscholastic games over the course of the season.
Since there are no referees in Ultimate, each player must know the rules and be able to self-officiate during games. Great sportsmanship and respect among competitors are essential, and these qualities are given great emphasis in Andover’s Ultimate program. The program also strives to prepare players to compete on top college and club teams by drilling fundamental strategies and skills, as well as introducing sophisticated offensive and defensive sets.
Phillips Academy alumni have gone on to play Ultimate at the college and club level all over the country in open, mixed, and women’s divisions. Colleges and Universities include: Brown, Tufts, Cornell, Georgetown, Connecticut College, UConn, Vanderbilt, John Hopkins, Bowdoin, Yale and Columbia. Current and former Andover players have also competed in the National Youth Club Championships as members of New England all-star teams.
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If you are interested in playing varsity Ultimate at Phillips Academy, please contact varsity coach Scott Hoenig. You may also fill out the online prospective student-athlete web form at http://www.andover.edu/Athletics/Pages/ProspectiveAthleteStudent.aspx