High school teams battle for Ultimate frisbee victory in South Portland

Posted May 13, 2014, at 5:50 a.m.
Last modified May 14, 2014, at 5:31 p.m.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Teams from 19 high schools from as far away as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, traveled to the Wainwright Recreation Complex last weekend for High School Northeastern Championships of the sport called Ultimate.

The beautifully simple game — all you need to play is a flying disc and an open field — is characterized by fierce competition and diving catches, all played under the true spirit of sportsmanship.

There is no blaming the referees for blown calls in Ultimate because the players police themselves. The rules say to “assume the best about your opponent. … Treat others as you would have them treat your mother.”

The game was invented in 1967 at a New Jersey high school.

At the conclusion of each hard-fought game, players from each team often get together in a big circle for some post-game camaraderie. Players introduce themselves, sing songs and tell jokes they wouldn’t want their mothers to hear.

These are high school kids, after all.