Bringing together youth from multiple cultures, regions and backgrounds in support of sport and skills development.
Social - Emotional Learning
Ultimate is one of the fastest growing sports in North America. It is non-contact and inclusive, with both men and women playing together on each team. It is an inexpensive sport to play requiring only a disc (frisbee). Ultimate does not use official referees. The game is self-officiated, requiring players to develop leadership, fair play and integrity on the field.
The over-arching principal of Ultimate is the “Spirit of the Game” which requires and promotes self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, relationship skills and social awareness. After each game the players form the Spirit Circle – a ritual that extends the physical and verbal interaction of the game just played to a deeper level of connectivity and relationship. During the Spirit Circle, players identify post-game emotions (self-awareness), link arms with their opponents (self-management), build relationships with the other team (relationship skills), practice perspective taking (social awareness), and reflect on their collective performance and behaviour (responsible decision-making).
Ultimate is, quite simply, an exercise in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). SEL is the process through which children, youth and adults develop skills needed to effectively manage themselves and their relationships with others.