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Ultimate Frisbee®: Coach Java explains why he loves the game

Ultimate, formerly known as Ultimate Frisbee®, is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. Neuqua Valley High science teacher Arnoush Javaherian founded the school’s Ultimate Club in 2007 and has seen it grow to over 200 players a year, while all of the other Naperville area high schools also started their own clubs. Nicknamed Java, he has led the Neuqua Ultimate Club to the state championship for 5 of the past 7 years. Java wants to give kids the opportunity to excel in the sport, and has developed Competitive Ultimate Training (CUT) camps and programs for youth from grades 7-12.

Coach Java

Coach Java also teaches at the Naperville Park District’s Ultimate camps and leagues.

“Ultimate is the most amazing sport there is,” said Java. “I want all youth to experience how amazing of a sport it is.”

Coach Java’s Top Ten Reasons to Play Ultimate

10. Everyone can play

  9.  It’s easy to learn as a beginner yet always challenging as you progress in skill

  8.  Team spirit and sportsmanship are emphasized over individual performance

  7.  It’s inexpensive: a disc and 8 cones are all that you need to set up a game on a field

  6.  It’s great exercise

  5.  It’s a year-round sport

  4.  Players learn how to negotiate fairly and to self-officiate

  3.  Everyone gets a chance to catch and score

  2.  It can be a lifetime sport

  1.  It’s fun and exciting!


Hear how Coach Java discovered Ultimate and more about his story in the ParkTalk Podcast episode, where Coach Java and Park District Program Manager Brock Atwell talk about the sport.

Play Ultimate This Summer!

More than 100 kids head out to the field for an Ultimate Camp at Frontier Sports Complex


Ages 7-15 can register for Ultimate Frisbee Fundamentals Camp in June or July at Frontier Sports Complex.

 Grades 4-12 can register for Ultimate Frisbee Camp in July, which meets at Frontier Sports Complex and will end with a tournament.

Read more about Ultimate in Illinois at and about Ultimate nationwide at

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