RALEIGH, NC – Following suit of many other sporting leagues, USA Ultimate has announced they will continue to play matches without spectators.
“We are taking the COVID-19 outbreak very seriously, and have made the difficult decision to still not have fans come to our matches,” USA Ultimate commissioner Ryan Moreland said on Tuesday. “Authorized athletes and coaches will be permitted at games, but referees won’t — for both viral containment purposes and the Spirit of the Game.”
Time will tell if these radical measures will reduce infection rates.
Scientists say the frisbee community is especially at risk for disc-to-disc infections, and are encouraging deep hucks to reduce the number of passes per possession. Furthermore, the CDC released a cautiously optimistic statement, citing the fact that “frisbee players tend to self-isolate, and will not put the general population at risk.”