Frisbee is the best quarantine sport

December 7, 2020 — by Justin Guo

This is a standard frisbee.

In times where sports are taboo, one activity rises to the top.

Sports and routine workouts have taken a big hit in times of quarantine. With Santa Clara County’s recent shift to the purple tier and subsequent closures of public basketball courts, it’s become increasingly difficult to even do casual exercise. Many have relied on walks and runs while others do at-home yoga and workouts. 

Some have simply resigned to remaining stagnant at home. 

But recently, I’ve found the answer to our exercise woes, and I can’t believe it took me so long to realize: frisbee with friends.

The positives going for frisbee are endless: It’s fun, cheap, beginner friendly — and the best part? The social distancing limitation is already built in; you can’t have fun playing frisbee in close quarters even if you wanted to.

The only thing that may raise some eyebrows is the fact that you would be sharing a disc, but there’s an easy solution: Wash your hands and the frisbee beforehand (and wear a mask, obviously).

You could even consider playing ultimate frisbee, a sport quite similar to football and is even played on a football field, except no one is getting tackled and suffering from chronic head injuries. However, given that you generally need upwards of eight or so players, I would stay away from ultimate frisbee in these times.

In any case, casually tossing a disc around with a friend or two is a great way to simultaneously go outside, exercise and engage in social interaction with a few friends. Furthermore, it’s hard to get bored when there are so many different throws that you can learn; for example, everyone knows about the staple forehand and backhand throws —  but what about hammers, or airbounce throws? What about push passes? Or even the … waffle … fries throw?

The point is, you can have an endless amount of fun with frisbee. Just make sure you don’t throw yours over the backyard fence or get it helplessly stuck on top of a roof. I may or may not be speaking from experience.