Joe Schmitt writes a weekly blog called The Good Life, featuring information about the region’s history, culture, climate and economy. The blog also showcases new residents, clubs and organizations, outdoor recreational opportunities and local events.
From a 5¢ cake pan to a million dollar industry, the Frisbee, which at first was called the ‘flying saucer’ then the ‘Pluto Platter’ has evolved into one of the most iconic pieces of sports equipment. Whether you like the fast paced competitive game of Ultimate Frisbee or a more leisurely stroll through the park for Frisbee golf, the Valley has you covered.
Randall Park in Yakima and Dykstra Park in Grandview both have a 9 hole Frisbee golf courses. The game is essentially played the same way as traditional club golf, but with disks instead of a club and ball. Each hole starts with a tee off, followed by a series of throws until the player reaches the basket. Scoring is tallied up by the numbers of throws with the fewest throws wining. Frisbee golf discs are heavier and smaller in size than their traditional counterparts and the game can be played with a group or by yourself.
Ultimate Frisbee is a combination of soccer, basketball, and flag football, with a little bit of acrobatics thrown in for good measure. The object of the game is to score points by catching the Frisbee in your end zone. In order to get the Frisbee into the end zone you must successfully pass the Frisbee to your team members. Once you catch the Frisbee you are not allowed to take steps, forcing the thrower to get creative with their tosses as well as their catches. The game is incredibly fast paced and teams are made up of 7 people. Yakima Ultimate has pickup games a couple of times a week at Franklin Park at 5:30 PM on Monday’s and Wednesday’s as well as Sundays at 3 PM where you can learn to play or watch.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with just tossing the old Pluto Platter back and forth at any one of the numerous parks around the valley.
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