The 8th installment of the Borneo Headhunters Hat, Sabah’s biggest Ultimate Frisbee tournament, will not take place in 2017, but perhaps in 2018 instead.
Who knows what will happen to a popular tournament after a 2 year hiatus? We’ll find out.
Borneo Headhunters Hat in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Every year, except 2017 apparently, the Borneo Headhunters Hat Ultimate Tournament attracts players from around the region and beyond to Kota Kinabalu. A “hat” is an Ultimate tournament format in which random players are lumped into newly formed teams that battle for the championship.
Ultimate, probably more famously known as Frisbee, is played in Sabah since 2007, but has its roots in the USA, where it started in the 1970′s.
The game of Ultimate involves 2 teams squaring off on a field similar in size to a football field. Each team aims to gain possession of the disc, advance it to the opponents’ end zone by throwing it from player to player, and score a point for catching it there. First team to reach 11 points (in this tournament, 17 in WFDF Tournaments), wins the game. Easy, right?
The most basic of the game rules states that players can’t move after obtaining the disc (you can pivot on one foot), there should be no contact, and – the rule that (is supposed to) rule them all – always uphold The Spirit of The Game. It’s touted as the essence of Ultimate and boils down to playing competitively, while championing sportsmanship above all else.
The 8th Borneo Headhunters Hat might continue in 2018 as the 2-day tournament format that was adopted in 2015, or it might not. More information is inevitable, but perhaps not on this page.