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Name of Activity:

33 Zone Frisbee

Purpose of Activity:

Alternate form of Ultimate Frisbee to get the whole class engaged during the game.


Students have practiced throwing and catching a Frisbee. Students have played Ultimate Frisbee.

Suggested Grade Level:

10 -12

Materials Needed:

- 3-5 Frisbees
- Cones to mark off zone and scoring areas
- 2 different colors of jerseys

Description of Idea

33 Zone Frisbee is a form of Ultimate Frisbee played with 3 zones with 3 Frisbees. There will be two teams of 15 students on each field. The teams will be divided so that five players on each team are in each of the zones. There is a defense zone, middle zone, and an offense zone for each team. The field is 55 yards long making each zone 15 yards with two 5 yard scoring zones. To score the teams must catch the Frisbee in the 5 yard scoring zones. The same rules of not being able to move when they have the Frisbee and only having 10 seconds to throw the Frisbee still apply. The defense must also be at least two yards away from the thrower. If the Frisbee hits the ground it is a turnover at the spot where the Frisbee touched the ground. If the Frisbee is caught in the scoring zone by the offense and they score, the defensive team starts play toward their goal line at the offensive goal line. The players on offense of each team keep track of how many goals they have scored.


The teacher may add more Frisbees as the game goes on.

Submitted by Kyle McMillen in Waunakee, WI. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 5/18/2012.
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Vince Ayala Canyon HS-Anaheim Hills CA

Just saw this, great idea! However, I like this concept like zone soccer. 2 teams made up of a Defenders-Forwards Zone/Midfielders Zone/Defenders-Forwards Zone. The players stay in their own zones marked off by cones. You can use 1 frisbee and smaller teams 2 on 2 in each zone with a modified field. The players must stay in their own zone and learn to play a particular position, helping their team score from their assigned zone. Rotate players in zones every 3-5 min or as needed. I'd also use a set of pinnies for one of the teams.

Richard Borkowski

A great idea, but not so from a risk management point of view. As soon as you have multiple projectiles moving in similar areas of play, you have created an unnecessary hazard for "Mary" who is looking for frisbee #1 and gets hit in the teeth by frisbee #2.

The ten second rule is also far too long to hold the item. Cut that in half and you have more activity.

A wonderful creative idea, but today's litigious society requires vigilance. Continue to be creative both in activities & risk management.

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