2021 Fall Safety Plans & FAQ's

We are excited that we can continue our play into Fall 2021 under BC's Restart Plan. This safety plan will continue to be updated as we move through the different steps of reopening. We are still in the pandemic, and changes will take time. As in the summer league of 2021, we will be carrying over some social distancing practices to ensure that everyone is comfortable on the field this Fall. 

Healthy Transitions

Many of our community are hesitant about jumping back into close-contact activities. It may take time to feel comfortable with people outside of our pandemic bubbles. As we resume VUL activities we ask all members to be respectful towards others, we will all move through this transition at a different pace. We will get through this with respect, integrity and kindness. We strongly encourage all VUL members to get vaccinated if they can, but we won't require vaccinations for play.


Fall 2021 Rules & Guidelines

Please note, different programs may have slightly different rules:

Adult Leagues

  • 2 meters when marking the person with the disc all fall this is a VUL rule to help everyone ease into playing together again. 
  • We are now in step 3 of B.C.'s restart plan, physical distance is no longer required off the field of play. Please ensure that communication is maintained with all players and comfort levels regarding physical distance are respected.
  • No body contact, a longstanding VUL rule but worth a quick reminder to those itching to get to that disc.
  • Ground checks instead of disc checks, we want to maintain that 2 meter distance and checking the disc via touch would break that boundary.  

Double Disc Court (DDC) Series

  • No mark, this will be a good option for those who want to still maintain distance
  • 2 meters apart on the field, this is designed to be the most distanced version of Ultimate for the time being.
  • We are now in step 3 of B.C.'s restart plan, physical distance is no longer required off the field of play. Please ensure that communication is maintained with all players and comfort levels regarding physical distance are respected. 

Youth Skills & League


Some FAQ’s 

On and Off the Field of Play, Physical Distancing & General Rules

1) How far is 2 meters again?

  • If you fall flat on your face and can still reach out and touch someone, you’re too close. That... or 6.56168 feet.

2) What if each league team is comfortable playing closer than 2 meters?

  • 2m marks are a temporary VUL rule. If everyone on both teams are comfortable with a closer mark, this can be a captain clause. 

3) Can we “captains clause” the sideline 2 meter rule?

  • We are now in step 3 of B.C.'s restart plan, physical distance is no longer required off the field of play. Please ensure that communication is maintained with all players and comfort levels regarding physical distance are respected. 

4) What if provincial guidelines change regarding the sideline distance?

  • We’ll be following the changes closely as BC’s Restart plan moves through all it’s stages and adapt as needed.

5) Do sub's need to be added to the roster? 

  • Yes. This is for contact tracing purposes. 
  • To add a sub to your roster, click the "Join" tab at the top of the main page on the VUL website (green bar, top right corner) and follow the instructions.

6) If the ratio for 5 on 5 is always 2 of each gender match, then can 1 position change gender without warning to the other team? 

  • For 5 on 5, there must be at least 2 of each gender-match to play. The third player can be of either gender-match, so in practice this looks like a 3M/2W ratio. But if a team had a bunch of women, they could play 3W/2M but the other team does not have to match that. They could also play 4 players on the field, just like you can start a 7-on-7 game with 6 players.  Clear answer: The ratio for 5 on 5 is 3M/2W and does not change throughout the game. As always, captains can adjust ratios if mutually agreed upon.

7) Can you please provide the rules on counting delays?

  • There are a lot of rules regarding the different counting delays. Please refer to the USAU Ultimate rules. Sections - 14.A.3, 14.A.4, 14.A.5, or 7.B.4.d

 

Field & Game Logistics

 

1) Will washrooms be shut down at the fields?     

  • All washrooms should be open, barring any regular maintenance.

2) Do one of the captains/assistants from one of the teams have to have cones to set up the field? Or will VUL provide cones for teams?

  • Teams provide cones. First one there typically sets up the field.

3) What are the timings of the games? 

Grass Timing AM PM    5 v 5 Turf Timing  1st Game 2nd Game 
 Arrive & Cleat-up  by 10:00am   by 1:00pm      Arrive & Cleat Up  by 8:00pm   -
 Warmup, Captains & Gurus Connect   by 10:05am  by 1:05pm     Warmup, Captains & Gurus connect    8:00pm  -
 Games Start  10:15am  1:15pm     Games Start   8:15pm  9:10pm
 Half Time  at 9 points  at 9 points     Hard-cap signal (Rules Guru)  8:55pm  9:50pm
 Soft-cap signal (add 2)  11:45am  2:45pm      Games End (approximate)  9:00pm  9:55pm
 Hard-cap signal   12:00pm  3:00pm     Time Between Games/Off Fields 10 minutes  9:59pm off Fields  

 

4) What is point cap for Fall Grass League?

  • 21 points (this can be captained clause to adjust for poor weather conditions or if it is a windy day)

5) How do I call the game regarding field conditions and weather?

  • Regarding field conditions please take a look at our Field Closures and Storms page on the VUL website. 
  • For storms, please remember "when thunder roars, go indoors". If thunder is heard, it is possible for lightening to strike. Please take shelter in your cars or a grounded structure. Stay indoors and game play cannot resume within 30 minutes of hearing the last rumble of thunder. Resource Ultimate Canada Health & Safety Polices, and the VUL Field Closures and Storms website page. 

 


Our COVID policy is still in effect (see VUL Policies). Want more information? Check out our COVID Resources page.

If you have any questions or comments, please send them to feedback@vul.ca!