Phillips Academy has had an interscholastic Ultimate program since the mid-1990s. In 2006 the team was granted varsity status, and in 2009 a junior varsity team was officially incorporated into the program. The varsity team competes in the New England Prep School Ultimate League (NEPSUL) and in the Massachusetts High School Ultimate League (MA HSUL). In addition to weekly matches, the varsity team competes in three or four tournaments each season, including the Amherst Invitational, the Andover Invitational, the NMH Tournament, and/or the NEPSUL Championships. The JV team typically plays six to eight interscholastic games over the course of the season.
Since there are no referees in Ultimate, each player must know the rules and be able to self-officiate during games. Great sportsmanship and respect among competitors are essential, and these qualities are given great emphasis in Andover’s Ultimate program. The program also strives to prepare players to compete on top college and club teams by drilling fundamental strategies and skills, as well as introducing sophisticated offensive and defensive sets.