League Regulations

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Captain Roles & Responsibilities

All captains must abide by these Regulations and the Rules of Ultimate (including VUL Exceptions & Additions). A solid understanding of these guidelines will enable captains to avoid problems and help ensure their team has the most fun possible!

Captains are key members of the VUL community. They lead their teams on and off the field, and inspire them to better and fairer play. Captains are responsible for all players on their team, and provide a vital link between the VUL and their players. When resolving disputes or incidents, the VUL will usually contact captains rather than players directly. Captains are also asked to share VUL news and policies with their players, and pass players' questions and concerns to the VUL.

Teams must have at least two Captains of different genders and one Rules Guru. See the Captains Guide for more info on team roles. All teams must send at least one captain to the Captain's Meeting. Captains who have less than 2 years experience as a Captain in the VUL must also attend a Captain's Clinic.

Spirit of the Game

Spirit of the Game is a fundamental part of ultimate, and a guiding principle for the VUL as a whole.

Spirit includes having fun, playing hard, getting exercise, making new friends, and helping other players learn the game. It is not about winning at all costs. Dangerous and overly aggressive play is not only frowned upon, but is in direct contradiction with the rules of ultimate. Every member of the VUL is responsible for promoting and upholding Spirit of the Game (SOTG). See also Spirit Violations & Suspensions below.

Team Rosters & Consent

Captains must ensure that all of their players have added to their team's roster. This ensures they have completed the Consent Agreements. Players who have not completed the Consent Agreements are a) not eligible for league play, b) not covered by any of the VUL's accident or liability insurance, and c) in no way the responsibility of the Vancouver Ultimate League Society.

Field Use

We cooperate with our field providers to ensure the continued use of their facilities. Please help the VUL maintain its high community standing by following these guidelines for field usage. In summary, leave no trace:

  • Remove everything that you brought in, garbage especially.
  • Please clean up after your pet.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on any VUL fields.
  • Be considerate of all the neighbors.
  • Don't trash fields. If the field is too wet, do not play.

There are additional usage requirements for artificial turf fields. Please ensure you follow the Park Board's AT Field Terms & Conditions.

There have been some media reports expressing concern about the safety of artificial turf fields (specially the crumb rubber). Vancouver Coastal Health has advised the Park Board that "serious health risks are not increased from playing on synthetic turf fields with crumb rubber infill." For more information, read the letter from VCH to VPB on this topic.

For field closures, the Park Board and School Board closely monitor the conditions of their fields. During periods of bad weather, they may close some or all of their fields. They may also leave fields open with 'user discretion' if conditions are marginal. In that case, we are expected decide whether or not a field is playable. Read our Field Closure Guidelines for more info, including how and when we will communicate about closures.

Note that if a field is damaged as a result of play during inclement weather, the Park Board may not provide an alternative facility for future games. In addition, the Park Board has charged user groups for damage caused during a field closure. Thus, it is in everyone's interest to ensure that fields are not used when damage to the playing surface may occur.

Score Reporting

All scores are reported online. It is the responsibility of the team Captain or Assistant to register the score for your games within 48 hours after each game.

When reporting game scores, you will also enter a Spirit Score for the other team. The spirit scoring system consists of a number of questions to help track how teams participate in the Spirit of the Game.

Spirit Violations and Suspensions

Spirit violations include actions such as verbal abuse, taunting, belligerent intimidation, intentional infractions, intentional flaunting of league regulations, repeated dangerous play (especially ones that cause injuries), or other 'win-at-all-costs' behaviour. 

If 'spirit violations' by one or more players on a team are reported to the VUL, the league will investigate any reported incident, and respond as follows:

  • If, after an investigation, it is found that a player or players were in violation of the Spirit of the Game during a specified incident, that player's team will receive a first warning.
  • If another violating incident occurs by a member or members of the same team, a second warning will be issued. 
  • If a third warning is necessary, the team in question will be suspended indefinitely from playing in the Vancouver Ultimate League.
  • If a dangerous play results in a severe injury to a member of the opposing team, a player may get a suspension from the league as per the league's discretion.

In extreme circumstances, more than one strike may be issued for a given violation, and/or teams may be directed to take specific actions which will allow them to continue participating in the league.

NOTE: Although violations are often performed by specific individuals, the VUL usually places responsibility for those actions on the team as a whole. In some circumstances, we may suspend individual players. 


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