Ann Arbor Area Pick-Up
Ann Arbor Ultimate (A2U) does not regularly operate any pick-up games and does not regularly confirm the accuracy of the listings below. We suggest you reach out via the links below before planning to attend. If you run a game or see anything that is no longer accurate, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ann Arbor Pickup
Burns Park Ultimate
Tues and Thurs 6pm to dusk, during Daylight Saving Time (Spring through Fall) only. For more info, follow the group at https://bit.ly/burnsparkultimate.
Sundays at 11:00am all year, more information available at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/hac-ultimatelist.
Usually Tuesdays at 6:00pm in Dearborn, more information available at http://www.dearbornultimate.com.
PickupUltimate.com can also be a good source for local pick-up games.
Tips for Playing in your first Ultimate Pickup Game
- Introduce yourself. Ask if this game uses a stall count and if there are any special rules.
- Bring both a white and a dark shirt (or jersey or top). Avoid jerseys that are ambiguous, such as a shirt that could be white or dark, or a yellow or gray shirt.
- Some pickup games use the "last back" system for substituting when there are a lot of subs trying to get into the game. When "last back" is used, it means that each time one team scores, it's an open call for players on the other team. So if white scores and you want to get into the game on the dark team, just run to the line where the dark team will start the point, with your dark shirt. The first seven players to the line are the dark team for the next point.
- If something happens on the field that you don't understand, ask a more experienced player.
- Most of the time, when the other team is on offense you will be playing person to person defense, where each player on the defensive team guards one player on the other team. It's important that two teammates not guard the same opponent, since that will leave another opponent unguarded. When one team is about to pull (throw the disk down the field to start the point), the pulling team matches up against the receiving team. The most common way to do this is by matching up across, i.e. the players on the pulling team matching the players on the receiving team in the order they are standing on the line. If you find yourself matched against a super ultimate stud (or anyone you'd prefer not to mark) ask someone on your team to switch. Don't just decide on your own to switch, since this will leave your team not marking the person you switched off of.
- When your team turns the disc over (either throws it incomplete or throws it out of bounds or it's caught by the other team) you will switch from offense to defense. Normally you will mark the person who was marking you. If it's confusing or people don't know who to mark, pick an opponent and tell your teammates "I've got the guy with the blue hat" so they'll know that that's who you are marking and they need to mark someone else.
- Don't forget: it's for fun.
Last Updated: December 17th, 2022