The Wall Street Journal says “ultimate frisbee combines speed, grace and powerful hurling with a grueling pace.” It’s an intense sport and the energy was palpable as I stepped on the field and observed the chanichim (campers) in action. Discussing the lingo of the sport with the chanichim I soon realized that Ultimate Frisbee comes with its own language. Want to learn more about these fast pace sports terms?

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Avi said, “I chose ultimate because I play ultimate for Berkshires and I really want to improve my skills.

Gabe said, “it’s fun and I really like pass around with my friends. The best part about it is the drills because I really feel like I’m improving.”

Shayna said, “it’s a great way to play the sport that I love!”

Oren said, “I think it’s such a fun sport and I want to improve- I really want to be great at ultimate.”

More about the program- Hone your skills with our Ultimate Frisbee clinic! Ultimate Frisbee was started at Columbia High School in New Jersey in 1968 and is now played in countless schools, colleges and clubs around the country and the world. Even at the highest levels of the game, Ultimate is played without referees, instead of relying on the honor of each player to abide by the rules (a concept known as The Spirit of the Game). Because of the free-flowing nature of the sport, Ultimate encourages all players to be involved in the action. Each player has the opportunity to be a thrower, receiver and defender in every game. During the sessions at Camp Ramah, players will be instructed in the rules, skills, and strategies of the game. Each day will include scrimmages where the campers get a chance to practice what they have learned. For more information about the sport of Ultimate, go to the website of USAUltimate at

Rick Atkins has been playing Ultimate Frisbee since 1979 when he joined the team at the University of Pennsylvania. During his many years in the game, he has participated in numerous World and National Championships, winning several titles over the years. His team placed second in the Masters’ division at the 2006 World Championships in Perth, Australia. He has been a captain in the Philadelphia co-ed summer league since its start in 1985 and has organized many leagues and tournaments in the Philadelphia area. Since its inception in 2005, Rick has been a lead instructor at the Philadelphia Ultimate Camp of Philadelphia, and he runs several youth Ultimate Frisbee camps in the Philadelphia area. In the spring of 2011, Rick started the first middle school Frisbee team in Philadelphia. Rick lives in Wayne, PA with his wife and two children.

The Ultimate Frisbee Clinic has been generously subsidized by the Guitelman family in memory of Josh, z”l.