Nighttime Game Guide
Safety First ... Know Your Playing Area!!!
First and foremost, please survey the surface conditions are before you go out for a blind run in the park, field, or open space. Play in a location free of holes, fences, sprinkler heads, or unmarked obstacles that have potential to do serious injury.
The Basics: Throw and Catch
A good round of throw and catch in the evening is an awesome way to wind down. Find a place with minimal light pollution, if possible - this makes it easier to see and catch the disc or ball as it's coming toward you.
Tip: Use our TaskLit. These little headband lights were created so you can see where your throwing partners are. They cast a very small ring of light so you can see where your buddy is without affecting your vision. If playing lacrosse, you could also wrap a TwistLit around your stick.
Frickets is the most fun you can have with one disc, two sticks, and two cups. Love this game! Rules etc are found here.
To play at night, mark your wickets with our trusty Moonlit LED lights - just wrap them around the top of the stick, put your cups over them, and you're good to go.
Back Roads Disc Golf
We have some serious disc golfers here at Flashflight.com, and we've played some pretty awesome late-night, back-roads disc golf over the years. Flashflight discs make this game an absolute blast, but do heed caution and of course be respectful.
The rules are simple (and flexible ... just be sure to be in agreement as they unfold).
- Choose a 'hole' or a target - this is where you want the disc to land/hit, eg a tree.
- Choose a 'tee' - this is where everyone will throw from.
- Take turns throwing toward the 'hole' while advancing toward it; count your throws.
- Repeat for as many rounds as you wish, choosing a different target/hole each time. Be sure to keep score.
- At the end of the game, the person with the lowest number of throws is the winner!
And now, some common-sense considerations
- If you play with real-world 'holes', you are going to trash your disc(s). Designate one or two in your collection just for this game.
- Choose indestructible holes, such as fire hydrants, street posts, or rocks. Watch out for cars, windows, pedestrians, etc.
- Play on the back roads, NOT the main streets.
- Above all else, be respectful. If you are really loud and it's late, someone is going to call the authorities and your game will get cut short.
While we do not promote the game of night ultimate, playing this awesome game at night is of course a lot of fun. But because it can be DANGEROUS, we've got a number of suggestions for keeping the medics away.
- Know your playing surface really well and mark all hazards with any LED product - eg, another disc.
- Know who you are playing with. Some of our league/club regulars go really hard and make bids on the disc that, while impressive, can just be dangerous at night. So, know who you are playing with and have a candid conversation before any night game. Let everyone know the pace, level of play, gender matching, etc. We've found that if everyone agrees to take a step off on defense and let the game flow, it works well.
- Light every player! (Coming soon: red and white TaskLit option for teams. Spring 2015. Yay!)
- Have everyone wear really white, white tops. This is really important! The whiter the better, and for obvious reasons: you can see the mass of the bodies around you, and it helps with peripheral vision at all times.
- Play on moonlit nights! While Flashflight discs glow a-plenty, the hardest part is seeing your peeps. The moon helps.
For field prep, some more suggestions:
- To mark your field, we recommend using a Port-A-Field. This field-lining system features highly visible white side- and endlines and is simple to set up.
- To mark the four corners, we illuminate regular orange cones: (1) poke a hole at the corner site, (2) insert a light such as a mini-Mag flashlight, white SpotLit, or INOVA microlight, and (3) place an orange cone over the light.
- To mark the goal lines, we simply double-up the cones (lit as described above), and place them side-by-side along the sideline. Having two cones simply helps identify the goal lines and makes them stand out - it also makes more sense when you see it at night!