Stall 9: In Defense of Universe Point

Our European Editor makes an impassioned plea for a polarizing piece of ultimate jargon.

The US girls celebrate a double game point win over Netherlands at wjUC 2018. Photo: Jolie J Lang --
The US girls celebrate a double game point1 win over the Netherlands at WJUC 2018. Photo: Jolie J Lang —

With ultimate still on its pandemic-induced hiatus, our new “Stall 9” column is an opportunity for Ultiworld staff members to share random opinions or reflections on what they’re thinking about or miss most from the sport. Just as is the case when the stall count reaches 9, anything goes.

I came on as an editor for Ultiworld last year to help bring some coverage to ultimate outside North America, particularly in Europe. When I came on, I was instructed to read through the internal Ultiworld Style Guide to make sure that pieces that I help publish are written in line with what the “Powers That Be” wanted the voice of Ultiworld to sound like.

As I read through, I saw some interesting tidbits here and there. We use the Oxford comma… cool. Make sure there is verb agreement with the team name… okay. To the dismay of my British contributors, “Ultiworld uses American English spelling.” That last one is hard — I’ve had to “correct” defence to defense more times than I’d care to admit — but I can ultimately get behind that.

Everything seemed pretty agreeable until I got into the Ultimate-Specific Jargon section where I was horrified to read, “The final point of a tied game is described as ‘double game point’, not ‘universe point’.”

This is the dumbest decision Ultiworld has ever made.

  1. Sorry, Ravi 

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  1. Ravi Vasudevan

    Ravi Vasudevan has served as Ultiworld's European editor and a host of the podcast EuroZone. Emails about EuroZone should go to [email protected]. Ravi played for WPI in the US until 2008. He has been living and playing in Europe since 2009 and has competed at WUGC 2012, WUCC 2014 and WUCC 2018.


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