It was an exciting weekend on 3, 4 September. Ron sir created a relationship with UPAI (India’s exciting National Ultimate Frisbee Team), and we had impactful train-the-trainer sessions with one of their top international players and coaches.
VITS University did a great job of hosting the event, and we had several of our sports coaches be officially trained in the sport by UPAI, which enables us to properly train others in our area, and create more teams. Soon, starting this week, we will implement what we learned and start training our students.
One of the great aspects of Ultimate Frisbee is the called “The Spirit of the Game”. It is recognized internationally as a key aspect to the sport, which means that everyone who plays the game is also judged on rules knowledge, politeness, exemplifying honesty and self-refereeing, and always being joyful and excited and encouraging to those on your team as well as the opponents.
In India, the sport is breaking barriers between all sorts of man-made divides that tend to separate us. There is equality between the genders as India mainly plays “mixed games”, which means that a team is comprised of either 4 females and 3 males, or 3 females and 4 males. Each team has 7 players on the field, and more as substitutes off the bench.
India’s national team has won bronze at the Asia/Oceana Championship in France in 2017, and proudly has won 5 Gold Medals in “The Spirit of the Game” category. To win the “Spirit of the Game” category means that the opponents voted India’s team to be the most honest, joyful, energetic, encouraging, polite, and rule-wise team in the tournament.
So, be alert. We have officially trained Level One coaches now in Satna and Nagod. This is exciting. This sport is super fun (it is a cross between American Football, Basketball, and Soccer). Plus, it is a sport that teaches us to be kind and polite, and self-governing…able to work out disagreements on the field between players in a calm manner.
It was a true honor that Coach Abhinav from UPAI came all this way to train us. Let’s make UPAI proud and start to field players right here in our area that may eventually go on to play internationally for India’s National Ultimate Frisbee Team.
India plays all over the world. Coach Abhinav has played in Japan, Ireland, England, Italy, Australia, and so many other countries. It is a sport that is accessible for everyone, but it takes serious effort to get good at throwing the flying disc! Let’s do it.