What you need to know about FCSSC Ultimate Frisbee:
Ultimate Frisbee (5-on-5) Rules
THE RULE THAT SUPERSEDES ALL OTHERS - NO COMPETITIVE OR PHYSICALLY AGGRESSIVE PLAY!
Play that is compettive, overly aggressive, rough and/or unsportsmanlike such as pushing, shoving, elbowing, shouldering, tripping, sliding, tackling, chirping, name calling, threats and intimidation, is prohibited and will not be tolerated by FCSSC. FCSSC IS FIRST-AND-FOREMOST-FOR-FUN. ANY ROUGH OR PHYSICAL PLAY WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE EXPULSION FROM THE GAME, THE LEAGUE, THE CLUB AND/OR ALL OF THE ABOVE. All players should go out of their way to avoid contact with other players and/or eliminate actions or behaviours that could jeopardize player safety or impede a fun and enjoyable experience for other players. If accidental contact occurs it is expected that players will apologize for that contact, ensure everyone is alright and stop the game to seek appropriate help as required. This rule supersedes all others.
SPIRIT POINTS: An integral part of all the sports that the Forest City Sport & Social Club offers. It is based on the primary focus of the FCSSC, which is sportsmanship and to have FUN...NOT on competitive and aggressive sport.
FCSSC plays by official Ultimate Players Association (UPA) rules with seven notable exceptions. The official rules are posted on the UPA website (http://www.londonultimate.ca/system/files/11th_ed_Final_3_6_07.pdf). The highlights are noted below, as well as FCSSC’s exceptions. Please review the rules carefully before playing.
Ultimate Frisbee is a loose combination of football and basketball, often played on fields normally used for soccer. Per the Official Rules of Ultimate, 11th Edition provided by the Ultimate Players Association, “Ultimate is a non-contact disc sport played by two teams. The object of the game is to score goals. A goal is scored when a player catches any legal pass in the end zone that that player is attacking. A player may not run while holding the disc. The disc is advanced by passing it to other players. The disc may be passed in any direction. Any time a pass is incomplete, a turnover occurs, resulting in an immediate change of the team in possession of the disc.”
(as defined in the Official Rules of Ultimate 11th edition provided by the Ultimate Players Association)
Pull -- The throw from one team to the other that starts play at the beginning of a half or after a goal. It is not a legal pass for scoring. The player on the pulling (throwing) team who possesses the disc and signals readiness is the puller (thrower).
Completed pass -- Any catch that results in the team in possession of the disc retaining possession. Any pass that is not complete is incomplete.
Defensive player -- A player whose team is not in possession of the disc. A defensive player may not pick up a live disc or a disc in play or call for a pass from the thrower.
Foul -- Non-incidental contact between opposing players (see II.H for a definition of incidental contact). In general, the player initiating the contact has committed the foul.
Guarding -- A defender is guarding an offensive player when they are within three meters of that offensive player and are reacting to that offensive player.
Incidental contact -- Contact between opposing players that does not affect continued play.
Marker -- The defensive player within three meters of the thrower’s pivot or of the thrower if no pivot has been established. If the disc is not in play, a defensive player within three meters of a spot on the field where the disc is to be put into play is considered the marker.
Pivot -- The particular part of the body in continuous contact with a single spot on the field during a thrower’s possession once the thrower has come to a stop or has attempted a throw or fake. When there is a definitive spot for putting the disc into play, the part of the body in contact with that spot is the pivot.
UPA’s Simple Rules of Ultimate:
Starting the Game:
1. Teams captains toss a coin (or the disc) to determine which team will throw and receive the initial pull and which end zone each team will defend. The second half begins with a reversal of the initial choices.
2. Play starts at the beginning of each half and after each goal with a pull.
3. After the disc is released, it is in play and any player may move in any direction. Should players move out of acceptable position before the disc is released off-side is called and a re-pull ensues. The call must be made before any player on the receiving team touches the disc.
4. A player on the throwing team may not touch the pull in the air before a member of the receiving team touches it. If this violation occurs, the receiving team may request a re-pull immediately.
After a Goal:
1. After a goal, the teams switch their direction of attack and the scoring team pulls.
2. The team that scored becomes the puller (throws to the other team, who gain possession). The pull may be made only after the puller and a player on the receiving team both raise their hands to signal their team’s readiness to begin play.
FCSSC’s variations on the Official Rules:
Number of Players:
Official outdoor 5-on-5 field size is approximately 35 to 40 paces wide and 55 to 60 paces long with end zones 8 to 10 paces deep (outdoor only). Our Indoor league uses a smaller sized field located at Soccer Magic. The smaller field plays with only 5 players per team.
You may not score from a pass thrown before the halfway line. If an offensive player does catch a disc in the end zone that was thrown before half, the defensive team receives the disc on their own goal line.
Zone defense is permitted, though man-to-man defense is most common with our 5:5 ultimate.
Playoff Tie Breaking:
If the game is tied when regulation time has expired, then one more point is to be played in order to break the tie. (A flip of the disc decides who will receive the throw).
In the event of foul weather or severe weather (i.e. electrical storms etc.) games should immediately be stopped and players should take cover away from open spaces. Wait 15 minutes; if the severe weather passes, continue play. If it does not and the game was in the first half, the game must be re-played. If it was in the 2nd half, then the score at that time of when the game is stopped will count as the final score.
Sportsmanlike Conduct Required at all Times!
FCSSC requires sportsmanlike conduct from all members at all times. As written above, competitive, aggressive and unsportsmanlike conduct is contrary to the spirit of the game and FCSSC and will not be tolerated.
Because Ultimate is a relatively new sport and one in need of more new players, it is our hope that experienced teams will assist in the promotion and clarification of the spirit of the game and the rules. If a team or person is unclear on the rules, please explain it to them to enhance the Ultimate experience and not to put them at a disadvantage. This will ensure that all games that are played are heading to a higher and more enjoyable level. This is the ultimate in sportsmanship!