If you are looking for a game that’s super fun but still can get wildly competitive, it’s hard to go wrong with Ultimate Frisbee. It’s a good thing that there’s no shortage of pickup Ultimate locations that you can visit in order to play with other people.
For many people, a frisbee is just a game that you play in the park with your dog. However, when you add the “Ultimate” into the mix, it becomes something bigger – a full-fledged sport.
Whether you’re playing on a professional level or simply in a casual game, a match of Ultimate is always fun. However, finding people who play Ultimate can be quite a challenge. Although it’s now a fairly popular sport, Ultimate players can be hard to come by.
Today, we’re going to highlight some of the best locations where you can play Ultimate frisbee with other people.
HOW WE CHOSE OUR RATINGS
The standing military press is very effective for sports conditioning.
The standing barbell shoulder press is an excellent workout that targets many muscles of the upper body and increases your core stability. If you wish to build some serious mass and become stronger, you can add more weight.
Since you are standing, you are doing a push press without the extra bit of body strength generated through the legs. So, in essence, it’s a better isolation movement. However, this is not at all an isolation exercise. In fact, this is a very demanding multijoint overhead press that offers increased muscle activation.
To perform the standing military press:
- Keep the barbell just off your upper chest and push press straight overhead. You should stop just short of a lockout.
- Be sure to maintain a slight bend on your knees to absorb any subtle changes to your center of gravity and relieve some stress from your lower back.
- Maintain a neutral hip position. Do 3 sets with 10-12 reps each.
Choosing the best pickup locations is not easy, especially when you’re looking at a national scale. However, we did the hard part, so you don’t have to.
For choosing the best locations, we considered a number of factors including available schedules, the number of active participants, weather, atmosphere, field quality, and ease of access. As much as possible, this list caters to beginners but we also included some meets that play at a high level.
Let’s get to it!
10 BEST PICKUP ULTIMATE LOCATIONS
There are literally hundreds of Ultimate pickup locations that are available over the country in a given time. So shortlisting the best locations for a pickup game can be a daunting task. However, we’ve managed to do list some of the best locations to get your pickup games on.
This is by no means an exhaustive list and we’ll try to update this list as we go on.
1. Seattle Magnuson Pickup
- Saturdays: 2:00 PM
- Thursdays: 6:00 PM
- Tuesdays: 6:00 PM
If you are in the Pacific Northwest or closer to Seattle for that matter, you will want to check out the Seattle Magnuson Pickup. It’s your typical “just show up” pickup games, so everyone and their mothers are welcome.
Since this location is in the Pacific Northwest, this is pretty much a rain or shine meetup. So the organizers are suggesting that you bring cleats, water & both a white and a dark shirt.
The players in the meetup describe themselves as intermediate but people of all skill levels are welcome. Scores in the game are not tracked (unless needed), and it’s very friendly towards new people.
Visit Seattle Pickup on Facebook for more information and pickups.
2. International DiscFits of Alameda
- Sundays: 10:00 AM
- Fridays: 9:00 AM
Ultimate players in the San Francisco Bay Area will want to check out the International DiscFits of Alameda pickup which is organized by Klaus Schniedergers.
The games are played on grass, and the weather, most of the time, is fantastic. Schedules are not that often and Friday games are sometimes canceled due to the lack of players. However, Sundays are usually busier with lots of people to play with.
The atmosphere is very casual and beginner friendly, so feel free to visit even if you have yet to throw your first frisbee. The only requirement is that you can do the basic frisbee throw and you’re good to go – everything else will be taught to you.
There’s quite a wide range of age and skills which is great because you can be matched with players in a similar age or skill as you are.
3. Virginia Highlands Ultimate
- Sundays: 11:00 AM
- Mondays: 5:30 PM
- Tuesdays: 5:30 PM
- Wednesdays: 5:30 PM
- Thursdays: 5:30 PM
- Fridays: 5:30 PM
- Saturdays: 11:00 AM
The Virginia Highlands Ultimate is a great pickup for the very reason that games are played 7 days a week. However, during Spring, games will only be played three times a week.
Games are played on grass and turf, so there are some options here. Most of the players are based in Arlington and Alexandria, VA but everyone should be welcome to join a game of pickup ultimate. Games usually last about 2 to 2.5 hours long, so make sure that you plan accordingly.
Also, the field that will be used will depend on the availability. So it’s highly recommended that you check out the Virginia Highlands Ultimate Facebook page for updates about the meetups.
4. Friendly NYC Ultimate
- Tuesdays: 5:30 PM
- Thursdays: 5:30 PM
The Friendly NYC Ultimate meetup is one of the longest-running pickup games as it’s being held since the 80s. The games are mostly played on the Riverside’s 108th St. Field but the location can vary every session. If the Riverside Park is not available, the games will be relocated to the Morningside Park which is only 10 minutes away.
Games are co-ed and there are plenty of experienced players who are showing up to this meet. However, this pickup is definitely beginner-friendly, so don’t be shy and start approaching people. As long as you know how to do a basic frisbee throw, you are golden. Many players will be happy to teach you the rules and other mechanics of the game.
Visit the NYC Ultimate Meetup Page for information about each week’s pickup games.
5. Penn Park Pickup
- Sundays: 1:00 PM
- Tuesdays: 1:00 PM
- Thursdays: 5:00 PM
- Saturdays: 5:00 PM
If you’re in Philadelphia, the Penn Park Pickup is definitely worth checking out.
All the games are played in Penn Park. When joining, check the turfs first, then the field behind the tennis courts, and then the Highline Penn Park Pickup.
This is yet another co-ed frisbee pickup group and players of all skill levels are welcome. The Penn Park Ultimate Frisbee Pickup has a Facebook page, and it’s quite active with numerous members. When joining, make sure that you bring cleats and a light/dark shirt. If you have cones, feel free to bring it as well.
Check the Facebook page for current and any last minute pickup information.
6. Rose Bowl Pickup
- Sundays: 2:30 PM
Ultimate players in Los Angeles, California have no shortage of options when it comes to pickup games.
However, many of the pickup games in California are mostly casual. So if you are looking for a higher level pickup game, you might find yourself in a bit of a bind. Well, unless you check out what the Rose Bowl Pickup has to offer.
The Rose Bowl Pickup is one of the highest level pickup games in LA. Many experienced Ultimate players flock to this weekly pickup because the skill level is generally higher than your usual pickup. However, this doesn’t mean that new players won’t be welcomed. However, new players might be asked to force, stack, and stuff like that.
Before the games, there’s a short disc golf game while waiting for everyone to arrive. Check out the Rose Bowl Pickup on Twitter for information and last minute updates.
7. Patterson Park Anarcho-Ultimate
- Thursdays: 5:15 PM till sunset (Ends for winter on Nov. 01!)
- Saturdays: 10:15 AM till around 1:30 PM
Ultimate players in Baltimore, Maryland will have a lot to like about the Patterson Park Anarcho-Ultimate.
Organized by Alan Meeker, this twice a week pickup is catered to all players of age and skill level. This is yet another co-ed group, so feel free to bring your boyfriends, girlfriends, and spouses to the event. This is a fairly casual meetup but there are plenty of experienced players who are coming as well.
The game is usually a 7 vs 7 with substitutions. Also, Forces, stacks and zone D are occasionally implemented, so it’s not all casual fun games. There’s a good deal of competition happening on this meet. However, the organizers always like to emphasize that the meetup is always about having fun.
Well, that’s something that all Ultimate players can get behind.
Check out the Anarcho-Ultimate Facebook group for more information and updates.
8. Balboa Park Pickup
- Saturdays: 9:30 AM
The Balboa Park Pickup has been around since 1999, so it’s been going for quite a while.
The games are only played on a Saturday morning and the best thing about this meet is that it never misses a pickup game. That’s right, if you are around San Diego and you need a reliable pickup game on the weekends, the Balboa Park Pickup is certainly worth looking into.
The games are usually played 6 on 6 and it’s a co-ed setup as well. The level of the game for this pickup is intermediate, so you will want to look elsewhere if you’re just a beginner. However, there’s some serious Ultimate competition to be had here as the games employ the “run hard and play defense” approach.
Good competition, good times and good people!
9. Boulder Lunchtime Ultimate
- Tuesdays: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
- Thursdays: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Ultimate enthusiasts in Colorado who prefer lunchtime games will need to check out the Boulder Lunchtime Ultimate.
This is not your typical pickup game since it happens during lunchtime. If you would rather play Ultimate frisbee in the noon when your energy levels are higher rather than doing it later in the day, this is the meetup for you.
The games are usually held in the Valmont City Park (intersection of Valmont and Airport Road). There’s usually enough people for two fields and the games last about 90 minutes. As with most pickup games, be sure that you bring water, cleats, as well as white and dark shirts.
The games are usually automatic unless the weather is just plain bad or the field conditions are too undesirable for playing. Join the ‘Boulder Lunchtime Ultimate’ on Google Groups for more information and updates.
10. JP Sunday Ultimate
- Sundays: 4:30 PM
For Boston Ultimate players, the JP Sunday Ultimate is a good pickup event to consider.
It’s a very family pickup event, especially when it’s held every Sunday. This pickup has been around since 2005, so it’s a fairly established meet that’s filled with good spirited people. All skill and experience levels are welcome to participate. All ages are welcome as well, and you can even bring your kids and babies to the event.
It’s also a good place to learn the basics of Ultimate.
The rules of the game are on the casual side although the pace can be rather fast at times. Games are played every Sunday, regardless of the weather. If you are interested, make sure that you bring cleats. Although it’s a beginner-friendly place, there are many players who are already playing in organized leagues.
PICKUP LOCATION GUIDE
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How do you find a good pickup game location that’s near you?
Fortunately, Ultimate is quite popular these days. Therefore, you shouldn’t find it difficult to find players for a pickup game. Your first step is to check websites like PickupUltimate.com where you can find an updated list of meets around your local area.
It’s also a good idea to check your local or school’s sports club. You can also have good success checking for Ultimate meets in social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.
FOUND YOUR BEST PICKUP ULTIMATE LOCATION YET?
There you go, these are the 10 of the best Ultimate pickup games that we have found all across the country.
Again, this is not exactly an exhaustive list, so take this as a suggestion rather than a master list. Even if we haven’t featured a meetup near your location, you can always search for a local meet on your own. There’s a good chance that there’s a local Ultimate meetup near your area. Check for pickups in places like social media (Facebook, Twitter) and perhaps your school’s sports club.
Hopefully, this guide has helped you find a good location for your pickup games.