Freiburg Ultimate Frisbee Team DISConnection for the first time at WM – SWR Sport

Ultimate Frisbee is a boom sport. In July, the World Championships will take place in Cincinnati (USA). Participating for the first time: The Freiburg mixed team “DISConnection”.

What exactly is Ultimate Frisbee? Put simply, it’s a bit like American football. Two teams, each with seven people, compete against each other on a rectangular field with an end zone at each end. The aim is to catch the frisbee in the opponent’s end zone, but you are not allowed to run with the game device in your hand. So it always has to be fitted – and only to the front. That means a lot of legwork to provide pass stations to whoever has the Frisbee. The defending team also has to walk a lot. The aim is to intercept the disc or prevent passes – and all this without contact.

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But in addition to the athletic character, Ultimate Frisbee focuses on posture. It is a sport that lives from values ​​and stands for values. The “spirit”, that is, the spirit, is very important, and this also means that things are “fair”. “Equality” is lived on the field, and the trend sport is said to be “exhausting”.

That’s why there is always a “spirit” rating in addition to the points rating at major tournaments. “You evaluate the spirit of the other team in different categories, i.e. fouls, fair play, communication and a positive attitude,” says Phillip Steffan, spirit captain of the Freiburg team, in an interview with SWR Sport.

Qualified for the World Cup for the first time

All this is lived in Freiburg with the “DISConnection” team – and has been since 1988. The disc athletes from Breisgau have never been as successful as this year. Qualification for the World Championship in Ultimate Frisbee succeeded for the first time. This takes place from 23. – 30.07. in Cincinnati (USA).

Extra layers for the big goal

In order to be prepared for the international stage, extra shifts are already being put in in Freiburg. “In addition to training, we all go to the gym or do training at home. Many drink little or no alcohol,” says Magdalena Frey. Her teammate Steffan adds: “Pay attention to nutrition and sleep a lot.”

All this should then pay off in the USA at the end of July. The Freiburg team travels across the pond with a total of 24 players. “DISConnection” uses not only the best, but everyone. So the internal “Spirit” rating is correct. Now it just has to work internationally.

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