putting disc into play - change of pace

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Is there/was there ever an official rule stating that an
offensive player bringing the disc out of the end zone (or to
the sideline from OB) must walk or run the disc at a constant
pace?

In other words, bringing a disc back in to play must be done
at a non variable pace?

It seems that the 11th edition states constant or variable
speeds are OK, but that the disc must be checked if a
defender is at point where disc is to be started.

Did this change or am I confused?

There is no requirement for the player putting the disc into play to "maintain his pace." To my imperfect recollection, there never has been.

"It seems that the 11th edition states constant or variable speeds are OK, but that the disc must be checked if a defender is at point where disc is to be started. "

I don't believe the disc needs to be checked in in this case. The defender can be there, but the thrower only needs to touch the disc to the ground. The disc is "live" and therefore does not need a check. Am I mistaken?

I'm referencing: XIII. B.
For a live disc to be put into play, the thrower must establish a pivot at the appropriate spot on the field, touch the disc to the ground and put it into play.

Correct. Live discs never need to be checked into play -- only dead discs are thus required.

If the disc is dead, and a defender is within reach of the thrower, a defensive check is required to put it back into play.

Assumption I'm making:

1) We're talking about a live disc (i.e. no 'call' on the play, just retrieving the disc from out of bounds or in the endzone - assuming after a turnover, but not a requirement based on the question).

Relevant rules (11th Edition):

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IX. In- and Out-of-bounds
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H. To continue play after the disc becomes out-of-bounds, a member of the team gaining possession of the disc must carry it to, and put it into play at, the spot on the playing field proper...
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After establishing a pivot at the appropriate spot on the field, the thrower must touch the disc to the ground before putting it into play (XIII.B).
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X. End Zone Possession
A. If a turnover results in a team gaining possession in the end zone that they are defending, the player in possession must immediately...
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2. Carry the disc directly to the closest point on the goal line and put it into play at that spot. If this option is chosen, the player taking possession must put the disc into play at the goal line. Failure to do so is a travel.
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XIII. The Thrower
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B. For a live disc to be put into play, the thrower must establish a pivot at the appropriate spot on the field, touch the disc to the ground, and put it into play.

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So, nothing in the current rules that dictates a constant pace is required before putting the disc into play. Whether there ever was a rule such as this isn't something I can comment on.

Not specifically asked in your question, but I think it's worth noting that there is no requirement to have the disc 'checked' at the point where this disc is to be started (only requirement is to put the live disc into play as described in XIII. B. noted above) regardless if a defender is present or not. Whether the etiquette of play requires/encourages it is a different discussion.

Matt