Frequently Asked Questions
Does it matter if I've never played frisbee before?
No! Most members of Georgetown Ultimate have never played ultimate frisbee before college, and we have a couple of members who have never played an organized sport before joining ultimate frisbee! We spend most of the Fall semester reviewing the rules and the skills of the sport together.
Which team should I sign up for, if I identify as intersex, non-binary, or transgender?
The short answer: whichever team you feel most comfortable with! USAU (the governing body of ultimate frisbee tournaments/official competition) has a set of rules relating to playing at the competitive level:
1. A transgender male who is not taking testosterone as part of a medically managed gender affirmation treatment may participate as the gender of the individual’s choice.
2. A transgender male who is taking testosterone as part of medically managed gender affirmation treatment may participate on an open or men’s team or count towards the male gender ratio in mixed competition, but is no longer eligible to 3 participate on a women’s team or count towards the female gender ratio in mixed competition.
3. A transgender female who is not testosterone suppression medication as part of medically managed gender affirmation treatment may not compete on a women’s team or count towards the female gender ratio in mixed competition.
4. A transgender female who is being treated with testosterone suppression medication as part of medically managed gender affirmation treatment may compete on an open or men’s team or count towards the male gender ratio in mixed competition, but may not compete on a women’s team or count towards the female gender ratio in mixed competition until 12 months of testosterone suppression treatment has been completed.
5. Intersex and/or non-binary players may participate on open or men’s teams or count towards the male gender ratio in mixed competition, but to participate on a women’s team or count towards the female gender ratio in mixed competition they must meet the same hormone requirements as similarly situated transgender players.
From a recruitment perspective, we are just focused on helping people find a team they feel comfortable playing on. Ultimate Frisbee is working with the LGBTQ Resource Center to help our community be as inclusive, accommodating, and queer-affirming as possible. Feel free to sign up for whichever team you feel most comfortable with. If you’re not sure, sign up for both! You are more than welcome to try practicing with both teams to see which one is a better fit.
Still want to play frisbee, but not comfortable on a men’s or women’s team? There are mixed gender club teams and recreational leagues in the DC area. They are not Georgetown-affiliated, but we’re happy to connect you with representatives from those teams!
How much does it cost to play?
There is no fee to play on the team, but there are costs associated with playing and competing with the ultimate frisbee team throughout the year.
Travel, hotel, and competition costs for all tournaments are covered by Club Sports, but there are still individual costs like uniforms and USAU memberships (to play competitively). Outreach chairs are working on creating an accurate estimate of those costs throughout the season to improve our transparency. The ultimate frisbee program is committed to making our sport and our teams accessible to anyone who wants to play and we will find additional funding for players who request it.
What is the time commitment?
It depends! Generally, teams practice 2-3 times a week, and travel for tournaments 1-2 times during fall semester and 3-6 times during spring semester (largely dependent on A or B program).
What is the difference between the A and the B teams?
During the the first half of the Fall, nothing! We practice together and learn as a program. The month of September is dedicated to teaching everyone how to throw and play. There are tryouts in October for those who wish to be on one of the A teams.
Contact our outreach chairs for more info!!!