Frisbee research flies in
Wednesday 26 March 2008
Gerald Griggs, from the School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure, has played the sport for six years. His research paper, ‘Viewing the Sporting Landscape of Ultimate Frisbee’, has been selected as one of the highlights of the annual British Sociological Association conference between March 28 and 30, 2008.
Gerald, a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Sports Studies, decided to research Ultimate Frisbee as he thought there was something special about a sport which is still self-refereed by its players, even at world level.
“The initial research has drawn my attention to the importance of landscape in the game – I realised that the landscape is not as fixed in Ultimate Frisbee as it would be in other activities. There are recommended dimensions but you will still fit the pitch in the field or sports hall you have to use,” he said.
“The timing varies from competition to competition – I have taken part in indoor games that have lasted between 15 and 30 minutes, while outdoors ones have lasted between 45 minutes and one and a half hours. Ultimate Frisbee began as part of the 1960s counter culture in America, and it still retains the qualities of being laid back and free, and not concerned about the restraints of other, more developed sports.”
The BSA Conference is themed Social Worlds, Natural Worlds and will take place at the University of Warwick.
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