Summer Safety Plans - Updated

 

Last updated: Tuesday July 27th, 2021 at 4:00pm. We plan to update this page with changes as things progress + answer your questions at the bottom of the page. Step 4 of B.C.’s restart plan earliest start date is September 7, 2021. 


We're excited to be returning to play under BC's Restart Plan.

That said, activities aren't going to go back to normal right away! We are still in the pandemic, and changes will take time. 

Healthy Transitions

As we move through B.C.’s restart plan, many of our community are understandably 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 acvitivites 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.

Summer 2021 Rules & Guidelines

Please note, different programs may have slightly different rules:

Adult Leagues

  • 2 meters when marking the person with the disc all summer, this is a VUL rule to help everyone ease into playing together again. We’ll revisit this distance for Fall League.

  • 2 meters apart on the sideline, 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. UPDATED

  • 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.

  • 2 meters apart on the sideline, 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. UPDATED

Youth Skills & Camps

  • TBD

Youth Club

  • Regular marks (1 disc space), programs will start with no distancing requirements.

  • 2 meters apart on the sideline, 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. UPDATED 

Adult Club

  • Regular marks (1 disc space), programs will start with no distancing requirements.

  • 2 meters apart on the sideline, 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. UPDATED

Frequently Asked Questions

General COVID Questions

  • What was the conclusion to spectators for Jun 30th? Say a grandparent + child for example.
    • Step 3 of B.C.’s restart program indicates that spectators are allowed up to 5,000 or 50% of the venue capacity. UPDATED
  • Will masks be mandatory during Phase 2 and 3 of the league?
    • Masks will not be mandatory for players, though some youth coaches are still using them during Step 2 and 3 of BC's Restart Plan.
  • Will there be a mandatory vaccination rule for anyone who wishes to participate in the league?
    • Vaccinations are strongly encouraged, but not required.
  • What changes occurred on July 1st when we moved into step three of the province's plan?
  • No masks are required while playing summer adult league, correct? What about the sideline?
    • No masks required any time on the fields.

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

  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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. UPDATED
  • 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.
  • Will there be league games scheduled on stat holidays?
    • Yes, games on all holidays this year.
  • For league play, in zone defense will players be allowed to crash the cup?
    • The 2 meter distance only applies to the defender marking the offensive player with the disc. Players can crash the cup. The reason for the 2m mark is to not have someone stationary counting stalls in close proximity. Up-field defenders are allowed to be closer. In theory players could come in the cup and then defenders in the cup can come cover them (just not the person counting stalls). CLARIFICATION 
  • Regarding the 2m mark rule - if the other team is running a zone defense, does that mean the entire 3-person cup has to be moving and standing 2m from the handler as well?
    • You still have to follow the double team rule (3m) which puts you outside this boundary anyways.
  • Are disc checks/ground checks a captain clause if 2 metre marks are?
    • Yes
  • For the reseeding process, is the maximum move 1 division? Or can there be jumps?    
    • There will be multiple division jumps. It will be situation dependent to keep everything fair.
  • COVID rules say 'no body contact'... would any contact then fall into 'dangerous play'? or am I misinterpreting the 'no body contact' COVID rule?
    • Ultimate is a non contact sport. Body contact is not allowed, COVID or not. 
  • If body contact does happen, do people call a foul? What is the call exactly? What happens to play?
    • Yes you call a foul and there are a lot of potential scenarios here. After the point is over, talk to your Rules Guru or read more on #17 Violations and Fouls.
  • Are there better TL;DR rules for less lawyer-y kind of people?
  • Do we do anything if another team is breaking the rules?
    • Please try and communicate with the other team Captain during the game. A lot of our misunderstandings on the field come down to not enough communication pre and during the game. If this is not possible, please make a note in the captain's game report.  CLARIFICATION 
  • Are there restrictions on how many teams a player can join?
    • No. You have to be rostered on each team though.
  • With the Thursday field crunch and games scheduled on holidays, are games confirmed for Canada Day? and Holidays?
    • Games on all holidays.
  • If we don’t have enough players/subs by the day of play, can we play with 6v6 instead 7v7 (With the agreement of the other team of course) 
    • Yes.
  • Will post-game handshakes be allowed?
    • Up to people's comfort throughout the season. Start with bows/curtseys and sanitize when high fives feel okay for your team. When in doubt, ask. 
  • So if heat is a captain's call. Do we have to have a 24 hour cancellation? (weather, heat related...)
    • As much notice as possible, we'll all do our best.

Field Logistics

  • Will washrooms also be shut down at the fields?     
    • All washrooms should be open, barring any regular maintenance.
  • 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.
  • Will the practice fields be rotating or are we likely to be set at one field all year?
    • Field schedules will depend on registration. We won't know the answer to that until practice registration closes and we schedule the league games first. We'll do our best for everyone.

Food & Beverages

  • If I bring drinks in my cooler to the field, then distribute, is that a reasonable work around to no shared food or drinks?    
    • No shared food or drink means no sharing the same open packaged items. Some examples include:
      1. Okay: Individually packaged power bars, cans of Lacroix
      2. Not okay: Growler of kombucha, bag of chips, trail mix"
  • Are we still allowed to hand out spirit award treats to the other team?
    • See shared food/drink rule above.
  • Can we get an answer about BBQ's after July 1st?
    • Please no BBQ’s for summer league. 
  • Can we run BBQ's? And share cooked food?
    • No.
  • Are we allowed to bring the physical case of coolers for the group? Or even like individual extra water bottles for people since the water fountains will be shut down?
    • Yes but no in and out privileges, consider the cooler a one way door. 
  • If I bring beverages in my cooler to the field, then distribute, is that a reasonable work around?
    • Yes, treat coolers as a one way door. Please do not replace beverages after being removed from the cooler. 

 

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!