I recently read a tourney report where they talked about a game that ended with 'universe point'. I don't exactly know what that is however.
So, what exactly is 'universe point', and when/how is it played?
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A Universe Point is Ultimate's version of sudden death. When this is in effect, the team that scores a point, wins the match. This is usually put into effect when...
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The term "universe point" applies to any situation in which the winner of the current point wins the game. This could be because of a time cap (soft or hard), or just because the score is tied at one less than the score that the game is being played to.
A team that is losing to an opponent that is 1 point away from the game-winning score may also use the term "universe point" the describe the situation their team (but not the opposing team) is in. In these cases, the members of the losing team might tell each other that it is "universe point" for several points in a row, in order to frame the importance of each play.
It's actually termed ultimate point, due to the fact the the game is called ultimate frisbee, not universe frisbee. Some young whippersnappers decided to change it to a useless "universe" point but in fact it's always been ultimate point! And ultimate point is the final point of a tie game, winner take all!