The world’s best Beach Ultimate players and teams descend on Dubai for the 2015 World Championships of Beach Ultimate this coming week.
The six-day tournament, sanctioned by the World Flying Disc Federation and BULA Beach Ultimate, will take place from tomorrow until Friday, at JBR Beach.
There will be 71 teams consisting of 1,100 players from 25 different countries, playing a total of 380 games.
What exactly is Beach Ultimate? It’s a combination of football, American football and basketball, with teams of five attempting to catch the flying disc (Frisbee) in their opponent’s end zone to tally a point.
When on offence, the disc can only be advanced by passing to players, who are not allowed to run with the disc in their possession.
The player with possession can establish a pivot foot, similar to basketball, and then pass to his or her team-mate within 10 seconds of catching the disc in hand.
On defence, players attempt to block or intercept the disc.
If the disc hits the ground, goes out of the rectangular playing area (out of bounds), or is intercepted, the teams switch possession.
Physical contact results in a foul, while unlimited substitutions can be made after a score.
Games are played until a team reaches an agreed number of points (usually 13) or until time runs out (usually 30-40 minutes).
The opening ceremony and opening game – celebrating International Women’s Day – will be held on Sunday, March 8 from 14:00 to 17:30, with ensuing games played from Monday through Friday from 08:00 to 18:00.
The Women Masters and Mixed Masters Finals will be on Thursday from 15:00 to 18:00, while the Grand Masters, Open Masters, Mixed Women, Open finals and closing ceremonies will be on Friday, March 13 from 10:00 to 18:00.
On the social and entertainment side, there will be a welcome party at Barasti Beach Bar on Sunday, a Beach Party and Trade Night at Barasti on Monday, a Rubik’s cube theme party at Society Byblos Hotel on Thursday and the closing part at Society on Friday.
Spectators can attend for free and watch the action from the 1,000-seat stadia for viewing of key matches on the Arena pitch.
For more information, including a detailed schedule of play, as well as live scoring and streaming, visit www.wcbu2015.org.
Check out a week of premier Beach Ultimate action and enjoy the festive atmosphere at the 2015 World Championships of Beach Ultimate.
What: 2015 World Championships of Beach Ultimate
Where: JBR Beach, Dubai
When: Tomorrow, March 8 to Friday, March 13, with games played from 08:00 to 18:00
Contact: Visit www.wcbu2015.org for more information