Things to Know at the Field

Spirit of the Game

As Captain, you are expected to be a role model for Spirit of the Game, from the moment you arrive at the fields until the moment you leave.  Setting the tone and example with regards to SOTG will have a major impact on how your team follows.

Check out our full Spirit of the Game information section in the About Ultimate and Spirit of the Game page.


While it is important for all players on the field to have a strong understanding of the Rules of Ultimate, it is even more so for the Captain as, just like with SOTG, your teammates will be looking to you to be a leader on the field when it comes to enforcing and explaining rules.

Check out our full Rules of Ultimate page for more information.

Conflict Management

Disagreements about calls and fouls will happen.  In a competitive environment people are always going to have different viewpoints on what exactly happened.  Since this is unavoidable, it is up to you as the Captain to ensure that calm, respectful discussions occur when there is a disagreement.  

We have created a short guide on how to handle these situations.

Finding your Field Permits

A big part of your registration fee covers the cost of Field permits from the Municipalities where we play.  Having permits ensures that we have guaranteed access to fields.   However, sometimes there may be other users on the fields that we have permits for.  To ensure you get to play when you are supposed to, it is important for you as the Captain to know where to find these permits in case there is a dispute over field use with other groups.

To find these permits, click on the Schedule tab at the top of the homepage, then Field Permits.

Here you will find the links to all of the VUL’s active field permits that you can download to your phone to show any groups that are disputing your access to the fields.

Please note that some of our permits are VERY big and contain 100s of bookings, so give yourself time and space to find them.  

Also, please note that you must be signed into your MyVUL account to see and access these links.

Field Information

At the field you and your team are representing the sport of ultimate and the VUL:

  • Be cooperative and respectful when interacting with other field users (see Permit Conflicts below).
  • Show the park respect by not playing if the ground is too wet (see Weather below), by following Turf field rules (see below), and by removing all of your garbage.
  • Show neighbours respect by following by-laws, especially those about parking, pets, noise, and liquor.


Before starting your game, walk the field to check for any potential hazards. Remove them from the field if possible. On grass fields, there may be soil or sand from the Park Board on the sideline to fill small holes, or you can mark them with a cone. Report any problems with the field in your game report. During the game, if someone accidentally walks onto the field, stop the game and ask them to leave the playing area.


It is neither team's "responsibility" to set up cones at the field for each game (despite teams labelled 'home/away' on the schedule). It is up to the teams that play to set up a field between the two of them and which team will move to the other side for game two (in double header situations). If you cannot decide who is going to move or set up a field, we suggest a disc flip for it.

Weather & Field Closures

Grass fields can become unplayable in poor weather. Teams must not play on fields when they are saturated as the fields become very susceptible to damage. We will hold teams responsible for damage to fields.

See Field Closures for more information on how we manage and communicate about closures.

Permit Conflicts

The VUL has field permits for all of our games, but the fields may be used by others before or after us. Some guidelines for interacting with others:

  • For turf fields, do not enter the fenced playing area before your start time, and ensure you are completely off the fields before the end time.
  • For all fields, if it doesn't look like the previous group will end on time:
    • Find their organizer and give them a 5-minute heads-up.
    • Show them our permit on your phone if needed (see above). The booking systems don't allow double-bookings, so if they say they have a permit, one of us made an error.
    • If they refuse to leave, in Vancouver call 311 for a Park Ranger, in Surrey call 604-543-6700, or call the police if you feel unsafe.
  • Report any issues in your game report afterwards.

Turf Fields

A reminder for artificial turf fields: NO bikes, dogs, food, drinks, tents, or BBQ's are allowed on the field (only water). Please lock your bikes up to a perimeter fence, and leave your dog at home for that night.

See the Park Board's AT Field Terms & Conditions.

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