Although Ultimate resembles many traditional sports in its athletic requirements, it is unlike most sports due to its focus on self-officiating, even at the highest levels of competition. This concept, called Spirit of the Game, is integrated into the basic philosophy of the sport, written into the rules, and practiced at all levels of the game from local leagues to the World Games.
Combining the non-stop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football, a game of Ultimate is played by two teams with a flying disc or Frisbee™ on a field with end zones, similar to football. The object of the game is to score by catching a pass in the opponent’s end zone. A player must stop running while in possession of the disc, but may pivot and pass to any of the other receivers on the field.
Ultimate is a transition game in which players move quickly from offense to defense on turnovers that occur with a dropped pass, an interception, a pass out of bounds, or when a player is caught holding the disc for more than ten seconds. Ultimate is governed by Spirit of the Game™, a tradition of sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the players rather than referees.
After a multi-sport high school career, Denis started playing ultimate in his first year at Bowdoin in the fall of 2011. A three year starter on the team, Denis served as a captain in his junior and senior years. Bowdoin reached the DIII National Championship tournament in 2012 and 2015, and Denis received First-Team All-Region honors (Ultimate's version of All-America honors) for New England as an offensive handler in 2015. From 2013-2015, Denis also played as a defensive handler with Red Tide, the top club team in Maine. He is currently captain of an elite Boston club team ("Dig") and plays as a defensive cutter. His current goal is to play at Club Nationals.