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BrantfordAthletics.ca Official Ultimate Rules

(modified from USA Ultimate Rules for Intramural Ultimate Web: www.usaultimate.org Email: info@hq.usaultimate.org)

Preface

It is assumed that no player will intentionally violate the rules; thus, there are no harsh penalties for inadvertent infractions, but rather a method to resume play simulating what most likely would have occurred absent the infraction. In Ultimate, an intentional infraction is considered cheating and an offense against the spirit of sportsmanship. A player may be in a position to gain an advantage by committing an infraction, but that player is morally bound to abide by the rules. Each player is responsible for upholding the Spirit of the Game™ (see below), and this responsibility should remain paramount.

I. Introduction

A) Description: BrantfordAthletics.ca Ultimate is a non-contact disc sport played by two teams of five players with the objective of scoring goals. A goal is scored when a player catches the disc in the end zone 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. If a pass is incomplete (i.e., hits the ground, is caught out-of-bounds, or is intercepted by a defensive player), a turnover occurs, resulting in an immediate change of the team in possession of the disc. An attempt to unfairly disadvantage an opponent through physical contact is a foul. Ultimate is self-officiated – there are no referees; players are responsible for making their own infraction and boundary (including scoring) calls.

B) Spirit of the Game: Ultimate relies upon a spirit of sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the player. Highly competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of mutual respect among competitors, adherence to the agreed upon rules, or the basic joy of play. Protection of these vital elements serves to eliminate unsportsmanlike conduct from the Ultimate field. Such actions as taunting opposing players, dangerous aggression, belligerent intimidation, intentional infractions, or other “win-at-all-costs” behavior are contrary to the spirit of the game and must be avoided by all players.

II. Playing Field

The field is a rectangle with an end zone at each end.

III. Equipment

A. Rubber and molded cleats, turf shoes, or running shoes may be worn. No metal cleats.

B. Players must remove all jewelry.

C. Teams must wear shirts or jerseys of matching color, or pinnies.

D. Any disc acceptable to both teams may be used. The standard competition disc is 175 grams.

IV. Players

A team consists of five (5) players with a maximum of three (3) male players.

V. Playing the Game BrantfordAthletics.ca Ultimate

A. Game Time and the Duration of the Match
All matches will start on time. It is the responsibility of both teams to ensure they begin the match at the correct start time. If a team is not ready to play, a goal will be awarded to the opposing team after the first 3 minutes that the team must wait and for every 3 minutes after that (assuming the opposing team was ready to go for the full time). When the game begins, the team that was waiting MUST make it clear to the opposing team that they plan on accepting bonus goals for lateness. If nothing is said then it's understood that both teams were on time. If a team is not ready to play after 15 minutes, the match will be declared a forfeit. A team may elect to play the game short players but they may not have more than 3 men on the field even if they have an extra man but no women to play. The game consists of two 25-minute halves with a 5-minute half time. Time is continuous for each half.  Players keep track of the time themselves.  When the time expires, the teams can agree to finish the point as long as it doesn’t last for an unreasonable amount of time.

B. Starting and Restarting Play

1. A fair method, such as a coin or disc toss, will be conducted by representatives of the two teams.  The winner chooses to either receive the initial pull, or select the end zone they wish to defend.

2. The other team is given the remaining choice.

3. After a point ends, it is recommended that players begin the next point within 90 seconds.

4. After a turnover, a player on the team becoming offense may immediately pick up the disc and put it back into play by establishing a pivot foot in-bounds.

5. The second half begins with an automatic reversal of the initial choices.

C. Scoring

1. A goal is scored when an in-bounds player catches a pass in the end zone of attack.

2. The team with the most goals at the end of the game is declared the winner.

3. If the score is tied at the end of regulation, the game will be counted as a tie.  During playoffs, a tie is broken by playing one additional goal (sudden death).

D. Time-outs

1.  There are no time-outs unless there are extenuating circumstances.

E. Pull

1. Play starts at the beginning of each half and after each goal with a “pull” -- a player on the pulling team throws the disc toward the opposite goal line to begin play.

2. Each time a goal is scored, the teams switch their direction of attack and the team that scored pulls to the opposing team.

3. On a pull, players must remain in their end zone (not cross the goal line) until the disc is released.

4. A pull may not be made until a player on the receiving team indicates readiness to play by raising a hand.

5. After the disc is released, all players may move in any direction.

6. No player on the pulling team may touch the pull in the air before a member of the receiving team touches it.

7. If a member of the receiving team catches the pull on the playing field, that player must put the disc into play from that spot.  Note:  If a member of the receiving team touches the disc before it touches the ground and drops the disc, it is a turnover and the pulling team gets possession.

8. If the receiving team allows the disc to fall untouched to the ground, and the disc initially lands inbounds, the receiving team gains possession of the disc where it stops if in-bounds or at the point on the playing field, excluding the end zone, nearest to where it crossed the out-of-bounds line.

9. If the pull lands out-of-bounds the receiving team puts the disc into play at the point on the playing field, excluding the end zone, nearest to where it crossed the out-of-bounds line.

Note:  If the disc lands and stays in the end zone, the receiving team must start play from that point in the end zone.  (This only applies on the pull.  During normal play, after the pull, if the disc lands in the end zone the disc can be brought to the nearest point on the field outside the end zone.)

F. In and Out-of-Bounds

1. The perimeter lines themselves are out-of-bounds.

2. A disc is out-of-bounds when it first contacts an out-of-bounds area or anything which is out-of-bounds.

3. For a receiver to be considered in-bounds after gaining possession of the disc, the first point of contact with the ground must be completely in-bounds. If any portion of the first point of contact is out-of-bounds, the player is considered to be out-of-bounds.

4. If a player makes a catch in-bounds and momentum then carries him/her out-of-bounds, the player is considered in-bounds (to continue play, the player carries the disc to the point where s/he went out-of-bounds and puts the disc into play at that point).

5. The thrower may pivot in and out-of-bounds, provided that the pivot foot is in-bounds.

G. Turnovers

1. A turnover occurs when:

a. A pass is incomplete (dropped, hits the ground, is caught out of bounds, blocked, intercepted). A receiver must retain possession of the disc throughout all ground contact related to the catch (if a player falls to the ground during a catch and drops the disc, it is incomplete).

b. The marker’s count reaches the maximum number (10) before the throw is released.

c. When a turnover occurs, any member of the team becoming offense may take possession of the disc.

d. To initiate play after a turnover, the person picking up the disc must put it into play at the spot of the turnover. If the disc landed out of bounds, the offensive player puts the disc into play at the point where it crossed the out-of-bounds line.

H. Substitutions: May be made after a goal and prior to the ensuing pull, before the beginning of a half, or to replace an injured or ejected player. If, for some reason, a player desperately needs to come off of the field during play, that player may not be replaced while the opposing team has possession of the disc. Once the team with the missing player gains possession, the replacement player may come onto the field if the team hands over possession of the disc at that point.

VI. The Thrower

A. Any member of the offensive team may take possession of the disc.

B. The thrower must establish a pivot foot and may not change that pivot foot until the throw is released.

C. The thrower may pivot in any direction, but once the marker has established a legal defensive position, the thrower may not pivot into him/her.

VII. The Marker

A. Only one player may guard the thrower at any one time; that player is the “marker.”

B. The marker may not straddle the pivot foot of the thrower.

C. There must be at least one disc's diameter between the bodies of the thrower and the marker at all times.

D. The marker cannot position his/her arms in such a manner as to restrict the thrower from pivoting.

E. Stall count: The period of time within which a thrower must release a throw.

1. A player in possession of the disc has 10 seconds to release a throw.

2. The marker must be within 10 feet of the person with the disc before beginning the stall count.

3. The stall count consists of the marker counting to 10 audibly at one second intervals (e.g. “stall one, stall two, stall three . . . .”).

4. If the thrower has not released the disc by the count of 10, a turnover results. If this call is disputed, the thrower gets the disc back with the stall count coming in at “stalling 8.”

5. If the defense switches markers, the new marker must restart the count at one.

VIII. The Receiver

A. After catching a pass, the receiver may take only the fewest number of steps required to come to a stop and establish a pivot foot.

B. Exception: If the receiver catches the disc while running, s/he may throw a pass without coming to a stop, but only so long as s/he releases the disc before the third ground contact after catching the disc.

C. If offensive and defensive players catch the disc simultaneously, the offense retains possession.

IX. Fouls and Violations

A foul is the result of physical contact between opposing players; a violation generally is any other infraction of the rules. When an infraction (a foul or violation) occurs:

A. The offending player loudly calls out the infraction (e.g., “Travel,” “Foul,” etc.).

B. A player called for an infraction may contest that call (by loudly calling “contest”), if that player believes that s/he did not commit the infraction.

Note:  After calling “contest”, there is no need to discuss the infraction or to resolve who is right or wrong.  There is obviously a disagreement so the play returns to the original position and the play starts over.  Remember that sportsmanship is key.

C. After a call, play stops and players remain stationary until the parties involved have resolved the call.

D. If a call is not disputed, play resumes in a way simulating what most likely would have occurred without the infraction. E.g., 1) If a thrower was fouled while throwing and the pass was incomplete, the thrower gets the disc back with a new stall count, or 2) If a receiver is fouled on a reception attempt and the pass is incomplete, the receiver gets the disc at the point that the foul occurred.  Note:  If a receiver has possession in the end zone and loses possession because of a foul that is uncontested, a goal is scored.  If a receiver does not have possession and is fouled (uncontested) on a reception in the end zone, the offence gains possession on the goal line. 

E. If a call is disputed and the players cannot come to a resolution, the play is redone with each player returning to the position s/he occupied when the disputed infraction allegedly occurred.

F. Infractions include:

1. Foul: Contact between opposing players.

2. Fast count: When the marker counts at intervals of less than one second.

3. Double-team: When more than one defensive player is guarding the thrower within 10 feet.

4. Disc space: If the marker touches or is less than one disc diameter away from the thrower.

5. Travel: When a thrower fails to establish a pivot foot at the appropriate spot on the field, and/or to keep in contact with that spot until the throw is released.

6. Strip: When a defensive player knocks the disc out of a thrower’s hands.

7. Pick: Obstructing the movement of a player on the opposing team.

X. Positioning

A. Each player is entitled to occupy any position on the field not occupied by another player.

B. Picks: No player may establish a position, or move in such a manner, so as to obstruct the movement of any player on the opposing team; to do so is a pick.

C. When the disc is in the air, players must play the disc, not the opponent.

D. Each player has the right to the space immediately above him/her. A player who has jumped is entitled to land at the same point of take off without hindrance by opponents.

XI. Player Conduct

 

Acts of unsportsmanlike conduct, including unnecessary roughness, arguing fighting, abusive language, purposely not following the rules, purposely fouling to gain an advantage, will not be tolerated.  This is an adult league that is geared towards players who can control their emotions enough to play in a sportsmanlike fashion at all times.  If you do not fit into this category, this league is not for you.

XII. Etiquette

A. If an infraction is committed and not called, the player committing the infraction should inform the infracted player or team of the infraction.

B. It is the responsibility of all players to avoid any delay when starting, restarting, or continuing play. This includes standing over the disc or taking more time than reasonably necessary to put the disc into play.

C. On a stoppage of play, if it is ever unclear which of a team's members are the current players or where they are on or off the field, they should identify themselves when the opposing team requests.

D. If a dispute arises on the field, play stops and is restarted with a check when the matter is resolved.

E. If a novice player commits an infraction out of sincere ignorance of the rules, it should be common practice to stop play and explain the infraction.

F. When a call is made, throwers must stop play by visibly or audibly communicating the stoppage as soon as they are aware of the call and all players should echo calls on the field.

G. In addition to the assumption that players will not intentionally violate the rules, players are similarly expected to make every effort to avoid violating them.




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BrantfordAthletics.ca Official Soccer Rules

(modified from Syosset Soccer Club Laws of the Game) Web: http://www.syossetsoccer.org/home/683808.html

Preface

It is assumed that no player will intentionally violate the rules; thus, there are no harsh penalties for inadvertent infractions, but rather a method to resume play. In Brantford Athletics soccer, an intentional infraction is considered cheating and an offense against the spirit of sportsmanship. A player may be in a position to gain an advantage by committing an infraction, but that player is morally bound to abide by the rules. Each player is responsible for upholding the Spirit of the Game (see below), and this responsibility should remain paramount.

Law 1: The Number of Players

Matches are played by two teams of 6 to a side with a maximum of 4 men per team. The goalkeeper is included in the 6-player total. An unlimited number of substitutions are allowed and players may substitute in and out of the match during play as long as there is no advantage gained by making the substitution. Substitutions may only enter after the player being subbed out has left the pitch. The goalkeeper may be substituted with anyone on the pitch or any eligible substitute on the bench during a game stoppage or during play if the team announces the substitution, it is clear to the opposing team that the team has changed goalkeepers and there is absolutely no advantage gained by doing so.

Law 2: The Players’ Equipment

All players are required to wear a jersey of the correct team colour. It is HIGHLY suggested that each player wear shin guards, socks and cleats (NO METAL CLEATS). The socks must cover the shin guards entirely. Each team is also responsible for setting up the net on time for the match and taking it down after the last game of the day. Please take care of the nets and please set them up properly so that they do not break or get bent out of shape. The poles of the net connect using small metal tabs. If those tabs are not in properly, the net will often bend out of shape and break. To keep registration fees low, please always set up the nets with care. *Note: The net does not go AROUND the poles. The net simply hangs from the top of the poles.

Law 3: The Referee

Since there are no referees in this league, sportsmanship is paramount. If an infraction is committed, it is everyone's responsibility to call it whether the infraction was on your own team or your opponent's. Do not let an infraction go uncalled because you feel it is the responsibility of another to call it. If an infraction is called by a player, the call stands regardless of whether or not other players agree with the call.

Law 4: Game Time and the Duration of the Match

All matches will start on time. It is the responsibility of both teams to ensure they begin the match at the correct start time. If a team is not ready to play, a goal will be awarded to the opposing team after the first 3 minutes that the team must wait and for every 3 minutes after that (assuming the opposing team was ready to go for the full time). When the game begins, the team that was waiting MUST make it clear to the opposing team that they plan on accepting bonus goals for lateness. If nothing is said then it's understood that both teams were on time. If a team is not ready to play after 15 minutes, the match will be declared a forfeit. A team may elect to play the game short players but they may not have more than 4 men on the field even if they have an extra man but no women to play.
A soccer match is comprised of two halves. The halves are separated by a half-time period not to exceed 5 minutes. When the 1st or 2nd half ends, teams may finish the play if there is a scoring opportunity. The half ends once the scoring opportunity is broken up. If the team with the scoring opportunity gets a corner kick, they can take the corner kick to finish the play. (It's the responsibility of the offensive team to take the corner kick in a timely fashion or the match will end before the kick. The defensive team must give the offensive team a reasonable amount of time to retrieve the ball and take the corner kick.)

Law 5: The Ball In and Out of Play

The ball is out of play when it fully crosses either the goal line or the touchline. If, for any reason, the ball strikes the frame of the goal and remains within the goal and touchlines, it is still in play. If the ball crosses the touchline, the team that touched it last loses possession. The team that gains possession must KICK the ball back into play from the touchline where the ball crossed. A goal MAY NOT be scored from a sideline kick-in. Players are all considered ONSIDE for a kick-in. If the ball crosses the goal line (but not in the goal), the team that touched it last loses possession. If the offensive team gains possession, they will take a corner kick. A team MAY score directly from a corner kick. If the defensive team gains possession, they will take a goal kick. (On a goal kick, the goalkeeper MAY NOT pick up the ball to drop kick it. **Goalkeepers can only drop kick the ball when the ball is still in play. For example, the goalkeeper makes a save and picks up the ball that is still in bounds.) The ball must be kicked to another player from the ground inside the goal crease. A goal MAY be scored directly off of a goal kick.

Law 6: Offside

Players are considered ONSIDE if they satisfy any of the following conditions: 1. They are on their own side of half. 2. They are level or behind the second to last defender (the last typically being the goaltkeeper). 3. They are level or behind the ball. 4. The ball is being put back into play with a kick-in from the sideline (This is our league's equivalent to a throw-in.) or a goal kick.
Any player who does not satisfy those 4 conditions is considered OFFSIDE. If a player ATTEMPTS to pass the ball to a player who is offside, the play stops and the opposing team takes possession of the ball. An offside player is out of the play and may not take part in the play in any way. Everyone on the field is responsible for calling offsides even (especially) if the call is against your own team. It's important to call offside on yourself if you are offside since it is very difficult for a defender to make that call while he is trying to play defense. (Although, it is completely acceptable for the defence to call an offside too.) When in doubt, your opponent gets the benefit of the doubt.

Law 7: Fouls and Misconduct
Brantford Athletics has special rules concerning fouls. There is no contact allowed between players on the field or it is considered a foul. Players should always call a foul on themselves if they accidentally (players should NEVER purposely touch another player) touch another player. Although each foul should always be called by the player who commits the foul to show sportsmanship, any player can call a foul on the field at any time. Although many soccer leagues allow certain types of contact between players trying to gain position, this is not the case with Brantford Athletics. Players may NOT use their arms, shoulders or any part of their bodies to make room for themselves or to gain position on their opponent. If this happens, a foul should be called immediately. When there is any kind of stoppage in play, play resumes with an indirect kick (regardless of the location on the field).
Any type of misconduct including foul language, cheating, purposely fouling, disrespect to others, etc. will not be tolerated in this league. The league reserves the right to ban any player for misconduct with no refund. Misconduct by a player may also result in a forfeit of the match. Please, immediately, report any misconduct to Brantford Athletics by email at info@BrantfordAthletics.ca . If you see any misconduct, it would be extra helpful if you could take out your cell phones and record the incident as well.
Law 8: Substitute Players
Each team is responsible for showing up to every game with a full roster every week. In order to facilitate this, we have included a webpage where each player marks whether or not they will be at the game each week. Every player should have filled in 'Coming' or 'Not Coming' on the schedule page. If a player is not able to make a game, he or she is responsible for ensuring that the team is not short players because of his or her absence. There are several players who are registered as substitute players and any team is welcome to invite them to play. Please give several days notice if possible to increase the likelihood of getting a sub for your team.
If a friend of yours would like to come and play for your team, have them register online either as a substitute player or as a member of your team.
Law 9: Playoff Eligibility
In order to qualify for the playoffs, each player must play a minimum of 3 games for a given team. (If a player isn't OFFICIALLY registered online for a team, any game played for that team will NOT count for them.) Players may not play for more than one team in the playoffs. If an ineligible player plays for your team during the playoffs, your team must forfeit the game. If you suspect the opposing team has ineligible players, you MUST let them know in advance and give them the opportunity to rectify the problem and avoid a forfeit. The convenor will consider whether or not the team was given a warning by their opponents before declaring a forfeit. If your team has any extenuating circumstances, please contact James Porto at info@BrantfordAthletics.ca to discuss. The league convenor may grant special permission to have otherwise ineligible players play for their team during the playoffs. The convenor's decision is final.
Law 10: Scoring
Each team is responsible for keeping track of the final score of the match as well as its own team statistics including the goal scorers, the assists (only 1 assist per goal), the minutes played in net by each goalkeeper and the number of goals scored against each goal keeper. Immediately after the match, each team must go online to enter the scores and statistics. If a team neglects to enter the results, it may result in a forfeit for the team.