Maybe it’s the undeniable fact that Jews in general are not that good at sports, or maybe it is the fact that every single Jewish summer camp plays Ultimate Frisbee during free time on Shabbat, but it seems like the one sport that truly caters to the Young Jewish population on the planet is Ultimate Frisbee.
No other sport has ever had an MVP who is Jewish, yet the governing body in charge of Ultimate Frisbee, the UPA, has bestowed their highest honor, The Callahan Award, on multiple Jews. There is also a Jewish All-Star team, the Matza Balls, that meets regularly at tournaments to put a Maccabean-style smack down on their goyish rivals, frequently taking first prize. Ultimate Frisbee has even taken off in Israel, complete with an all-Israel championship tournament during Passover break.
So what is the appeal of this sport? First, Ultimate Frisbee is a sport that does not put a limitation on things like size or height. Let’s face it, the average Jew is not that tall nor is the average Jew that big, so it is no wonder why you don’t really see Jews in Basketball or Football. Secondly, Ultimate Frisbee is a decidedly non-contact sport, which appeals to all of the Jewish mothers out there that fear fire and brimstone whenever they drop their kid off at soccer practice. Lastly, there is the decidedly independent nature of the sport. The sport emerged in colleges across the country in the late 70s outside of the jurisdiction of the NCAA, meaning that it suddenly gave non-athletic Jews around the country an opportunity to be athletic.