FAQs

What is Ultimate?

    From USAUltimate.org: Combining the non-stop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football, a game of Ultimate is played by two seven-player squads with a high-tech plastic disc on a field similar to football. The objective of the game is to score by catching a pass in the opponent’s end zone. A player must stop running while in possession of the disc, but may pivot and pass to any of the other receivers on the field. more


I want to play, what do I do?


Is this team right for me?

    Our goal is to demonstrate competitive-caliber Ultimate without resorting to institutionalization, elitism, or coercion, in the hopes that others will take heart from our example and see that it is possible to play good Ultimate and still be true to the Spirit of the Game. We also cherish the opportunity to teach and play with anyone interested in learning about and improving in Ultimate. Our A team is reserved for those who make the decision to compete as a team at the highest level against other college teams. This typically requires between 2-4 practices per week, other workouts, and strong Ultimate and teamwork skills. Our B team is reserved both for those who are striving for the A team and those who are at a stage of learning and development. Our hope for the upcoming season is to be large enough to have a C team, which will allow even more opportunites for students of all levels of interest. All that said, previous experience is not required to play with us. If you've got the will, we've got the way.

    Our competition is tournament based, and our teams travel an average of 5 weekends per semester to tournaments all throughout the middle and eastern United States. Attendance at tournaments is expected for A team players and is strongly encouraged for B team players.

    Be aware, too, that Indiana University offers intramural Ultimate, and there are often also pickup games happening on campus and throughout Bloomington. These opportunities are great if you're just seeking recreational play. As well, Bloomington Ultimate exists for developmental and competitive play throughout the city of Bloomington, and a Women's club team also exists on campus.

    If you're still not sure if this team is right for you, email Indiana Ultimate at iu.hoosiermamas@gmail.com and tell us, or visit our Schedule page, check for practice times, and introduce yourself out on the field.


Is Ultimate a university/NCAA sport?

    Ultimate is considered by Indiana University to be a club sport and is not in the NCAA division. As a club sport, Ultimate is officially recognized by the university, but perks like fame and fortune, which come with NCAA level sports, are limited.


Can I learn more about the characteristics of Ultimate at Indiana?

    Yes, thanks for asking.

    The Playing of the game of Ultimate constitutes only a part, albeit a large one, of the focus of the HoosierMama?s. Our team goes beyond the simple concept of athletic individuals working together to win ultimate games.

    We are first and foremost a family, dedicated to our sport, our way of life, and each other. More important than winning is the desire to have fun, respect our opponents, play good Ultimate, and enjoy the company of our teammates before, during, and after each game. Although the HoosierMama?s are based in Bloomington, IN, we hope to spread our brand of Ultimate to all parts of the country through the example of our play, our Alumni, and contact each of us have with others in the Ultimate community.

    Mama?s take their responsibilities seriously and work hard, sometimes in adverse conditions, to never lose touch with the way of Ultimate learned in Bloomington. Our goal, most prominent at the college level, is to demonstrate competitive-caliber Ultimate without resorting to institutionalization, elitism, or coercion, in the hopes that others will take heart from our example and see that it is possible to play good Ultimate and still be true to the Spirit of the Game.


Officers 2011-2012:

    President, Dave Christopher - christod@indiana.edu

    Vice President, Sam Sohn - samsohn@umail.iu.edu

    Treasurer, Chris Ginet

    Secretary, Nick Lee, Hank Havlin