Learning to Fly
Learning to Fly is one of the oldest ultimate teams in India. We started playing Ultimate in Feb 2008. Since then we have been riding the wave of increasing popularity of the sport in this country. Ultimate is now part and parcel of our daily lives - we play several times every week. We have realized that this is the most fun way to get fit. As a friend said - play ultimate to lose weight and gain friends. It works!
at BUO 2013
at Kodai 2012
How it all started
The sudden rare appearance of Leo Frisbee in the market revived a long-lost sport in 2003. The occasional playing in between classes during Engineering had fizzled down to nothing. Four of us started swinging the Leo discs in Cubbon park on Sunday evenings. Within a few months of a chain reaction, we had 20 people showing up for games which were noisy more than anything else. Lot of faffing, and even more of sugarcane juice used to characterize this social event.
One fine evening, someone got a brilliant brainwave of playing a game on a weekday morning - Wednesday, just to break the rut of the work-week. That was a turning point for us. Soon these games became regular, and the sporting arena moved from Cubbon Park to RSI to Parade Grounds to Nandan Grounds to Police Grounds and NAL grounds, as we successively got kicked out of the grounds one after the other.
All this while, our game would involve two teams playing on a long, narrow pitch marked by goal posts at each end. The aim of the game was to "shoot" the Frisbee through the goal of the defending team which was guarded by a goalie.
There were lots of ups and downs we faced in the game through the years - with numbers and enthusiasm dwindling. But we carried on - with weekend games continuing to be much looked-forward-to affairs. However, to attract more players, we created a website, and even left our contact numbers at the sports shops from where we bought the discs, hoping other disc buyers might call us for a game.
All this effort paid off when another team got in touch with us. These guys, who are outdoor enthusiasts, wanted to take part in a Frisbee tournament happening at Kodaikanal in March 2008. On hearing of the "fly-baba" tournament, we switched to Ultimate Frisbee. We hooked up with the other Bangalore team for a few weekend games. Since this version of the sport was new to us, we would meet on Friday evenings at Airlines and strategize using glasses as players in preparation for the Saturday morning games. We were determined to get a hang of a game which we had been playing for years - although a different version.
And once we got on to Ultimate there was no looking back. We realized this is what we wanted to do all the while, Ultimate. The first tournament that we took part in we finished at the second spot. And we knew we can do better, we practiced harder, and made sure that Learning to Fly is one of the top teams in India. Now after all these years we believe we have done justice to our Vision then. We are counted as the one of the top teams in the country, with this we are trying to set higher goals.
In Sep '10 we went out for our first international tournament. We were at the Singapore Ultimate Open, as a part of team Masala Chai, comprising of players from all over India, and we did do well there. We went on to win the SOTG award.
We play Ultimate every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, starting 6:30 till around 8:30. Tuesday's and Thursday's you can catch us at Cemetery Grounds. For Saturday games we have an entire field for Ultimate at Loyola School grounds, Bannerghatta Road. You are welcome to join us for a fun filled morning session of Ultimate.
We would be glad if you land up on the field to play along with us. We keep to this schedule 95% of the time, we only miss out on a game of Ultimate in case of bad weather or if we are taking part in a tournament, so we'd request that you write to us to confirm the game.
Further if you are a Ultimate lover and are keen on following the growth of Ultimate in Bangalore we recommend you join our Social group for Bangalore Ultimate.
Learning to Fly has been one of the most promising teams across the country, with good finishes in most of tournaments participated in. It continues to try to keep at it, vying for top honours in each tournament.
Tournaments L2F has attended and standings:DateNamePlacePositionMar '08Fly BabaKodaikanalSecondOct '08Chennai HeatChennaiFirstMar '09Fly BabaKodaikanalFirstOct '09Chennai HeatChennaiSecondMar '10Fly BabaKodaikanalThirdJul '10Sakkath UltimateBangaloreSecondOct '10Chennai HeatChennaiSecondMar '11Fly BabaKodaikanalFirstJul '11Bangalore OpenBangaloreThirdOct '11Chennai HeatChennaiEighthMar '12Fly BabaKodaikanalFirstJul '12Bangalore OpenBangaloreFirstOct '12Chennai HeatChennaiFifthOct '12Ultimate Delhi-ghtDelhiFirstJan '13Ahmedabad OpenAhmedabadFirstJul '13Bangalore OpenBangaloreFirstOct '13Chennai HeatChennaiNinth
The future of Ultimate in India looks promising, about one national level tournament happens almost once every three months. Teams from all over India flock to the venue to show off their Ultimate skills. The number of teams participating vary from 16 to 24.
Upcoming Tournaments planned:DateNamePlaceJun '14Bangalore OpenBangaloreOct '14Chennai HeatChennaiNov '14Ultimate Delhi-ghtDelhiJan '15Ahmadabad OpenAhmadabadFeb '15AV HatAuroville
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Ultimate frisbee is a non-contact team sport played with a disc (more commonly, a frisbee). Competitions usually have mixed teams, where men and women play together. It is also unique because the sport is self-refereed, the onus to be fair and responsible is on the players. It combines elements rugby (without the "knock your opponent off" attitude) and football into a fast paced, athletic sport.
It is simple to learn, fun to play, and is easy to afford - all you need is a frisbee, a field and friends.
Ultimate is played in over 30 countries worldwide, is a sport at the World Games, and has a strong presence in universities and high schools.
During a game, the basic aim is for the team with the disc to pass it up the field to their team mates trying to get one of thier teammate to catch the disc successfully in the opponents endzone. At the same time the defensive team is trying to intercept the disc or knock it down. If they succeed, they get possession of the disc and then they try to score in the other endzone.
Click here to download the Ultimate rule book (Source WFDF).
Ultimate relies upon a Spirit of the Game that places the responsibility for fair play on each and every player. Players on the field make their own foul calls when a violation occurs. The players involved in the foul call are expected to sort it out, no referees. If there is disagreement regarding an incident, the frisbee returns to the player who made the last fair pass and the game resumes. The Spirit of the Game award is a highly coveted award at tournaments.
Ultimate in India
Ultimate in India is still at its infancy, there is still so much for Ultimate to grow here. A few years ago there were hardly a handful of people playing Ultimate in India, now there are more than 30 teams across India, each with a strength of 15-25 individuals.
We in L2F do our bit at guiding individuals who are interested in Ultimate. Many players write to us to know if they can play Ultimate in their city, in case we are in touch with a team in the city we try our best to help fresh talent join the pool of players from that city. So we felt it would be good to showcase teams across the length and breadth of India to help individuals identify team in thier city and join in for some Ultimate fun.
Check out the India Ultimate and UPAI - Ultimate Players Association of India webpage for up to date information on various ultimate teams in India
Get in touch
A range of individuals join us at our weekly game sessions, from school kids to doctors, from fitness freaks to sport enthusiasts. The core members of L2F have helped groom a number of individuals, they are now playing either for L2F or as a part of other teams. If you are keen on playing Ultimate or generally get an understanding about the ultimate scene in India feel free to get in touch.
If you have any questions/ideas do feel free to write to us, we will be more than happy to interact.
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