Sport Spotlight: Ultimate Frisbee 4 Kids in Des Moines

Sport Spotlight: Ultimate Frisbee 4 Kids in Des Moines

The sport of Ultimate has its roots in the college campuses of sixties America. The object of this non-contact sport is to throw a Frisbee up the field between teams of seven from teammate to teammate until it’s caught in the opponent’s end-zone. There are a few places where youth can learn more about the sport and get involved in Ultimate Frisbee in Des Moines.


Ultimate Frisbee combines the running of soccer, the jumping, passing, and turnovers of basketball, and the deep throws into the end zone of football.  Just like any other sport, Ultimate Frisbee can help youth stay active and healthy and teach them how to be part of a team.  You also need minimum equipment to play the game.  Kids can grab a Frisbee or disc and play in their backyard, local park, or any other large outdoor space.


Most Ultimate Frisbee games have no referees. It’s up to the players to make decisions about rules and fouls, and to settle disagreements. Most Ultimate players value fair play, sportsmanship, and having a good time over competitive or aggressive play. Even though the sport is gaining in popularity, it’s not easy to find a league or team to play on, especially for kids.  And if you do find one, it may not be near where you live.

Best For

To really enjoy the game and be able to play it well, there are a couple of skills you need to learn. Kids need to know how to throw a Frisbee and how to catch one. Ultimate mixes strength, speed, agility, and welcomes athletes of all shapes and sizes. Kids who like to be part of a group, have lots of energy and endurance will enjoy Ultimate Frisbee.

Time Commitment

Most organized Ultimate teams, for youth, in the Des Moines area are at the High School Level. Practices typically begin in March and games conclude at the end of May. Players typically have daily organized practices and weekly games during the season.


  • Frisbee
  • Athletic Shoes
  • Practice Clothes
  • Uniform (may or may not be required)
  • Water Bottle


  • Club Membership: Varies depending on the club.
  • Travel Expenses: $100-$500 average per event
  • Frisbee: $5+
  • Shoes: $25+
  • Practice Clothes: $20+
  • Uniform: $20+
  • Water Bottle: $5+

Fees vary according to what is provided by the organizing entity.  Please keep in mind some fees are one time, others are recurring.  All costs are approximate.  As with any activity, as your child progresses, only your family can choose what you will spend in relation to your child’s specific goals within the sport whether competitively or recreationally.

Ultimate Frisbee Clubs and Resources in Des Moines

There are a few Ultimate Frisbee clubs in the Des Moines metro area. Schools/Community Education and city parks and recreation departments also offer Ultimate opportunities for youth.

Central Iowa Ultimate – Central Iowa
Des Moines Parks & Recreation – Des Moines
USA Ultimate – National



What do you think, is Ultimate Frisee a fit for your kid?

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