Monday, December 15, 2008

European Indoor Ultimate Frisbee

Short daylight hours in Northern Europe have lead to an indoor ultimate frisbee season running from November-February. I would like to shed some light on this variation of standard outdoor ultimate.

European indoor rule variations:
  • 5 versus 5
  • 40x20 meter handball court with 4 meter endzones
  • The stall count is reduced to 8 instead of 10
  • Bricks are taken on the sideline where they went out of play or on the endzone front line
  • Most other rules are the same as outdoor Ultimate.
In the Dutch indoor league, organized by, there are 6 divisions with 5 teams each. Each team has a maximum of 15 players. At the end of each competition day, the winningest team from each division moves up while the losingest team moves down.

Due to the tiny court size, the game is extraordinarily fast. The offensive team has a great advantage. Turnovers are severely punished and are usually the turning point of the game. Without any wind, throws are utilized which would rarely be used outdoors. Scoobers, blades, hammers, push passes, &c. are very common and very effective.

Here is some footage from the December division 3 competition day in the Hague, 2008. Seen in this video are Ultimus Prime (yellow) from the Hague, Force Electro (brown) from Delft, and Rest of the Netherlands (orange).

WAF, the Wageningen club, is still the easiest team on the eyes.