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Author Topic: Spreading ultimate in a foreign country  (Read 6170 times)
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« on: July 27, 2009, 10:45:51 AM »

I'm moving to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago in a month, and living there for 3 months, my wife is doing field work there.  I've found a pickup game to play in, so  yea, step one there.  I feel like I've got a real oppurtunity to spread the love of the sport though, and maybe do some good. 

Has anyone here had success spreading the sport, or finding ways get local kids interested in it?  I'm starting basically cold with no connections here, so any and all advice would be appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2009, 02:09:28 PM »

I would think playing pickup and just having people see would be huge it getting kids interested. I'd walk around with a disc every chance I could too and maybe you will find opportunities to throw with people.
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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2009, 07:44:57 PM »

Haha, success.  Hanging out with some Venezualan's today turned into a full beach ultimate game today.  Good times, a few may even start coming out to pickup here in Trini Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2009, 10:32:48 AM »

www.ultimatepeace.org

I bet someone there would have lots of great info for you.

Here too:

http://www.the-huddle.org/features/international-ultimate/
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2009, 01:58:07 PM »

Having played internationally in the Philippines, I have some advice.

The sport of Ultimate started in Manila with a girl, a disc, and a passion. She played in the US and wanted to keep playing in a country where few people have ever seen a Frisbee. She would beg and drag her friends to go out and play with her, most of whom were expats living abroad. It went from tossing to pickup to what is now a thriving Ultimate community of over 500 active players. There are over 20 club teams in Metro Manila alone and many more developing in other parts of the country.

The game developed quickly in the Philippines for two major reasons.

1. No language barrier. Most Filipinos in urban areas speak English, so there was no need to translate Ultimate terminology into another language.

2. Anything foreign or American is seen as a good thing. Ultimate Frisbee has an elevated status of "cool things rich foreigners do" in the Philippines. Which makes recruiting and forming teams very easy. Most of the players are middle class and up, and there are even a few actors and celebrities who get involved.

What is really driving the growth of Ultimate now is the expansion of the sport into local schools. I coached a high school/alumni team while I was there. It started about 3-4 years ago and now there are more than 50 active members of the club. Work is being done to develop an inter school league. Right now the school teams compete against club teams in the regular leagues in Manila.

So in my opinion the best way to spread the love of Ultimate would be through the expat community. They should have some level of familiarity with the sport, and there's no need to translate anything. And if any of the expats happen to be teachers, then that's a great way to get students and children involved in the sport.
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