The Basics section covers the core aspects of Ultimate that all players should know. Currently, there are six flash animations available to view which demonstrate the general idea behind basic principles. They can be found throughout the sections by browsing the subsections (on the left), but you can also access them directly below.

Stackflow Stackmotion A pick
A Short Cut The Long Cut The Berkeley Cut
  1. 24 Responses to “Basics”

  2. This is a sample comment. Feel free to leave comments or questions about specific plays or articles. I will remove comments over time to keep it fresh, but I hope that commenting can start to develop a sense of community here.

    By andreliem on May 19, 2008

  3. please comment on any content you think may be missing, as some users have already been doing. Thanks!

    By andreliem on May 23, 2008

  4. Very interesting information. I am a phys. ed. teacher and this is very helpful. Thanks a lot.

    Is it normal that teams stand in lines or stacks?


    By Chris on May 27, 2008

  5. Hi – looks like couple broken links? Link for Long Cut seems to go to Short Cut page and link for Berkeley cut seems to go to Stack motion page.

    By KP on Jun 4, 2008

  6. this site is awesome, but a few of your flash demonstrations don’t exist anymore. the berkeley cut is one of those.

    By anonymous on Jun 11, 2008

  7. I think a few animations on clearing out would be helpful

    By dk on Jun 13, 2008

  8. in response to chris- yes. the default, beginning playbook is a vertical line(aka. the stack). when more advanced players are on the field, they might make it slant/diagonal to exploit some features of this offense. club/college teams might stress ho-stack or a horizontal offense.

    By seth on Jun 21, 2008

  9. drills for a team would be exceptionally helpful to all involved in ultimate.

    By anony on Oct 16, 2008

  10. What the regulation specifications for an Ultimate Frisbe disc? That is what you left out of the BASICS link.

    I know the standards for Disc Golf but not for Ultimate Frisbee.

    My sister bought me the “Champion Sports FD-125 COMPETITION (weight 125 grams) Frisbee” and I want to know if this is a disc specifically for Ultimate Frisbee.

    Thanks for your time and I hope to hear from you soon.

    By Kristian on Dec 29, 2008

  11. Hi Kristian,

    A standard ultimate disc is the 175g Ultra-Star issued by Discraft (

    There have been others emerging over the years such as the Dare Devil (, but by most accounts the Discraft 175g is still the preferred disc.

    By adrian on Jan 22, 2009

  12. This isn’t a very accurate set up offense for any good ultimate team. First, you definitely need more than one handler which is shown here. In a vertical stack like this one there are usually three handlers.

    By mike on Mar 26, 2009

  13. That’s true Mike, in most cases you would have at least 2 handlers back.

    The main reason behind this setup is to illustrate positioning in the stack without covering placement of handlers.

    Although, in a lot of plays like the flood play it is very common to isolate the handler at first. A second one can fill in later.

    By andreliem on Mar 26, 2009

  14. I have a rules question. If the disc is knocked down by a player’s foot, say, right after it’s thrown, is that still a legal knockdown, or does the throwing team retain possession?

    By wes on Apr 14, 2009

  15. I can see why there would be confusion with footblocks.

    Assuming your league doesn’t allow footblocks, it would be a violation to hit the disc with your foot right after release from the opposing player.

    On the other hand, I can’t see a reason why it would be a violation if it happened after release when the disc was in mid flight.

    On paper though, it would be very hard to define what is a “just released” disc.

    Since the rules about footblocks changes with leagues it’s likely something that should be treated by each league individually. As a general rule though, if your league doesn’t allow it, don’t use your foot if you’re still marking your player.

    By andreliem on Apr 14, 2009

  16. You have videos for zone D, but nothing that I can find for zone O, which is what I was looking for (to send to my team). Am I missing it, or do you not have anything?

    By Steph on Jul 15, 2009

  17. Hey just a quick question. I have been going to a couple of pickup games a week now, and whenever i try to cut it seems someone has either just kinda cut infront of me or the handlers have swung the disc. Although there was alot of poaching during these games i am still curious whether or not my cuts are wrong or just off because of the poaching.

    By M on Jul 20, 2009

  18. M, poaching clogs things up good, of course, but probably the main issue is that you haven’t been timing your cuts well. This is a nigh-universal problem when you’re just starting out. Asking yourself these questions could help:

    1)What sort of cut should I be making? (Deep or in, force-side or break-side, etc.)
    2)Who should I make the cut for? (You might focus on just cutting for one handler whose tendencies you know.)
    3)When should I start the cut? (Longer developing cuts need to start sooner.)

    An example: One point at last year’s sectionals I’m the designated deep cutter. My goal was to get open for a huck. We’re running vert stack and the opponent is forcing forehand. Right away I decided that I was going to focus on getting open for a flick-huck from the forehand side handler. I knew he had a good flick and was willing to chuck it. All I had to do then was determine when to cut. After a couple fakes and couple handler re-sets, the middle handler got the disc and looked off to my guy–as soon as that happened I ran a couple hard steps in (suckering my defender) then turned and sprinted for the end zone. I already had 20 feet of separation from my defender when my handler got the disc and put it up.

    That’s the key: as soon as that handler looks up from making the catch, you should be open.

    By Bear Killer on Jul 20, 2009

  19. soy estudiante de lic en educacion fisica de la universidad sede palmira deseo realizar un trbajo de grado en plan anual de entrenamiento basado en un macrociclode 2 mesociclos en el ultimate deseo obtener informecion sobre el juego

    By ernesto valencia on Mar 31, 2011

  20. Aaargh.. Broken links on all flash-animations on this page..

    “Sorry you dont have permission to access /wordpress on this site”..

    Please fix!

    By NileZ on Feb 16, 2012

  21. @NileZ Thanks for the note, links are fixed!

    By beebs on Feb 22, 2012

  22. I am a taiwanness and I am a ultimate coatch in my school(NTSU). I want to learn more and more ultimate skill and play etal.

    By Lin I-Chi on Feb 20, 2012

  23. @Lin I-Chi Thanks for checking out the site, and great to hear you’re coaching at your school in Taiwan! Hopefully you’ll find some helpful resources here. You might also be interested in Playspedia, there are lots and lots of plays and diagrams of different strategies there, and best of all they’re contributed by people all around the world.

    By beebs on Feb 22, 2012

  24. Hi,

    A good thing to have under Basics would be how to throw a disc. Where to place fingers for a backhand, for example, is what I want to know.

    By Pete Lucey on Mar 6, 2012

  25. Just wondering where I can make myself some similar flash plays to get some drills to come alive…

    Thanks for your great site.
    Very grateful for sharing your knowledge with other enthousiasts!

    By JC on Nov 6, 2013

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