Ultimate in Ten Simple Rules
Steve Courlang, UPA Juniors Director
Copyright (c) Ultimate Players Association, 1993
- The Field -- A rectangular shape with endzones at
each end. A regulation field is 70 yards by 40 yards, with
endzones 25 yards deep.
- Initiate Play -- Each point begins with both
teams lining up on the front of their respective endzone line. The
defense throws ("pulls") the disc to the offense. A regulation
game has seven players per team.
- Scoring -- Each time the offense completes a pass
in the defense's endzone, the offense scores a point. Play is
initiated after each score.
- Movement of the Disc -- The disc may be advanced
in any direction by completing a pass to a teammate. Players may
not run with the disc. The person with the disc ("thrower") has
ten seconds to throw the disc. The defender guarding the thrower
("marker") counts out the stall count.
- Change of possession -- When a pass in not
completed (e.g. out of bounds, drop, block, interception), the
defense immediately takes possession of the disc and becomes the
- Substitutions -- Players not in the game may
replace players in the game after a score and during an injury
- Non-contact -- No physical contact is allowed
between players. Picks and screens are also prohibited. A foul
occurs when contact is made.
- Fouls -- When a player initiates contact on
another player a foul occurs. When a foul disrupts possession, the
play resumes as if the possession was retained. If the player
committing the foul disagrees with the foul call, the play is
- Self-Refereeing -- Players are responsible for
their own foul and line calls. Players resolve their own disputes.
- Spirit of the Game -- Ultimate stresses
sportsmanship and fair play. Competitive play is encouraged, but
never at the expense of respect between players, adherence to the
rules, and the basic joy of play.
The complete, official UPA Ninth Edition Rules of Ultimate with all
amendments and clarifications are available by FTP from
ftp.cs.wisc.edu in directory
/pub/ultimate, or via the World Wide Web at URL
HTML Version by
8 Jun 1994.