Rules of Ultimate

For a simple overview of the game, read About Ultimate.

Full Rules

We follow UPA 11th edition rules for all our formats, with some exceptions and additions. All players should be familiar with the rules.

Ultimate in 10 Simple Rules

1. The Field

A rectangular shape with end zones at each end. A regulation field is 120 yards by 40 yards. This includes the two end zones that are 25 yards deep

2. How Play Starts

Each point begins with both teams lining up on the front of their respective end zone line. The defense throws ("pulls") the disc to the offense. A regulation game has seven players per team.

3. Scoring

Each time the offense completes a pass in the defense's end zone, the offense scores a point. Play is initiated after each score.

4. 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.

5. Change of Possession

When a pass is not completed (e.g. out of bounds, drop, block, interception), the defense immediately takes possession of the disc and becomes the offense.

6. Substitutions

Players not in the game may replace players in the game after a score and during an injury timeout.

7. Non-contact

No physical contact is allowed between players. Picks and screens are also prohibited. A foul occurs when contact is made.

8. 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 redone.

9. Self-Officiating

Players are responsible for their own foul and line calls. Players resolve their own disputes.

10. 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.