Friendly game

Monday, July 23, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:16 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Spirit of the game. It’s the central code that separates this sport from any other.

Because of this code, not one official can be seen on any of the four fields at the Ultimate competition at this weekend’s Show-Me State Games. Instead of officials, the players on both teams act as the referees, setting the rules of the game before the match begins.


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“It’s supposed to be an in-control sport,” said Jerry Brasye of St. Louis, who has been playing Ultimate for 25 years. He said the people who play and the camaraderie are reasons why he is loyal to the sport.

For those that play, it’s all about having mutual respect for one another and having fun. Although arguments do happen during the games, the person who had the best perspective of a play in question is given the chance to make the call.

Dana Gray of St. Louis said he enjoys the sport because players of all ages and experience can compete on the same teams.

“I like the physical aspect,” Gray said. “It’s a very intense physical sport.”

Even though the games have already started, players are still trickle in and join any team in their division. Unlike most sports that already have a set roster, players, “can just pick up with whomever,” Gray said. Players registered for divisions beforehand and can join any team playing that is in their registered division.

“If the other team makes a good play,” Brasye said. “Everyone’s clapping.”

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