All MZU games will follow the USAU 11th Edition Rules, minus the exceptions below, and rules/policies described throughout this site.
It is expected that players learn and understand the rules. Players must play an active role in making calls during the game.
- All calls should be made loudly and clearly and in a positive manner.
- No player or team is ever to be criticized because they choose to stick to the rules.
- Strict adherence to rules should not be used to gain an advantage, such as making calls that positively affect your team while ignoring or unfairly contesting calls made by your opposition.
- If needed, explain your call to the opposing player.
- Games can be stopped momentarily to check or discuss a ruling and is not a delay of game.
- Spirit points are given for sticking to the rules and for being open to learning the rules.
Exceptions to UPA 11th Edition Rules
1. Game Format
- Some Leagues will use a speed point system.
- You DO NOT need to win by 2
2. Time-outs and Half time
- Each team is allowed only one 90 second timeout per half.
- Half time by default follows USAU rules, with the exception that it is to be a 5 minutes in duration, as opposed to 10 minutes. Teams/Captains can however agree at the start of the game to use an agreed upon time in place of points.
- No timeouts in the last 5 minutes of a game.
3. Foot Blocks
Foot blocks are not permitted and are considered a marking violation. Disc returns to thrower and stall count returns to 0. However, Captains can agree to allow as part of the Captain’s Clause.
4. Captain’s Clause
There are a number of exceptions in MZU leagues, Captains cannot make agreements that change the following:
- Team/gender composition
- Any rule which impacts the safety of the players/teams
- Players serving a suspension
- Players involved in physical alterations
- Player eligibility (subs, age, etc…)
- Game length and end time
Metal cleats are forbidden in all MZU games.
6. Dangerous Play
A basic rule of Ultimate is that each player is responsible to avoid contact in every way possible. It is recognized that a certain amount of incidental contact will occur while playing. However, there is one rule call in Ultimate that supersedes all other rules; Dangerous Play.
XVI H4 Reckless disregard for the safety of fellow players or other dangerously aggressive behavior (such as significantly colliding into a stationary opponent), regardless of whether or when the disc arrives or when contact occurs is considered dangerous play and is treated as a foul
In MZU leagues, contact is not required to call a Dangerous Play foul. If a player feels that making a play on the disc poses a clear personal danger because of an opposing player’s intentional or unintentional dangerous behavior, reckless disregard for safety, lack of attention, or failure to use caution, that player may elect to call a Dangerous Play foul.
Why did we implement this rule?
- MZU is an adult recreational league, so while we want to foster competition and have players strive for success, no one should play in a manner so as to risk the safety of any other teammates or opponent.
- Like all rules, no one should use the dangerous play foul to gain an unfair advantage. We expect the rule to be used with spirit of the game in mind.
What is a dangerous play? While it is very subjective, here’s some guidelines:
- Some things are dangerous: Charging into stationary players, not looking where you’re going, intentionally fouling. Etc.
- Size matters: Ultimately, the size difference, regardless of gender, in a potential collision should be your significant concern. Will making the play against a smaller, less experienced player, likely result in that player being hurt?
- Experience matters: With a wide range of skills in MZU, taking the experience level into consideration is important. Collisions between experienced players tend to produce fewer injuries than those between developing players simply due to the nature of how each experience level moves relative the field and other players. Take this into consideration when playing!
- Some things are just unavoidable: Two players going equally hard towards a disc.
MZU also has a number of specific rules that are enforced by the Board of Directors:
- Teams can choose a name and logo for their team providing it is not offensive or discriminatory to a specific group or player in the league. Approval of names and logos rests with the Board of Directors.
- When using an MZU-provided jersey, any additional logos being printed on them require approval by the Board of Directors, so shoot us a quick email and we’ll get back to you!
- Drugs and alcohol are not to be consumed on fields at any time, nor should players ever play under the influence. Their use could result in disciplinary action at the discretion of the Board.
- MZU is committed to being inclusive and respectful of all participants and has implemented a Transgender Athlete Policy.
- GoPro (or other wearable cameras) are not to be worn on a players body during a game. If a player wants to record a game, we recommend acting in good spirit and confirming this is ok with the opposing Captain.
Game Start & End Time
Any point within 10 minutes after the start of the scheduled slot, as agreed upon by the captains.
- For example, if the scheduled game time is 5:30, captains can agree to start anytime between 5:30 and 5:40, but MUST start by 5:40. If a team can not field a team at 5:40, they lose one point for every 5 minute delay.
Whichever comes first:
- 5 minutes before the end of the scheduled slot (Time Cap). When this happens, the game ends at whichever occurs first.
- the next point (if possession is not lost) OR
- the next turnover
- In 7 on 7 Leagues when a team reaches 15 points
For example, if the time slot is scheduled to end at 7:00, the game will end at 6:55, regardless of score. When the time cap is reached, the next point (if possession is not lost) or turnover (whichever comes first) will end the game.
- You do NOT need to win by 2. Ties do exist in regular season games.
- You can NOT decide as captains to play an extra point. This is outside the Captain’s Clause.
- If there is a tie when time cap is reached during a playoff game, the next point wins.
Field & Team Composition
7 on 7 Outdoor
- Team Composition: At least 14 players with a minimum of 6 of each gender.
- Field Composition: 7 players – either 4M / 3F (standard), or 3M / 4F. The other team is not required to match the gender ratio of the opposing team.
- To start a game, a team must be able to field a minimum of 6 players, with at least 2 of either gender.
- Learn more about defaults here.
5 on 5 Indoor and Outdoor
- Team Composition: At least 10 players, with a minimum of 4 of each gender.
- Field Composition: 5 players – either 3M / 2F (standard), or 2M / 3F. The other team is not required to match the gender ratio of the opposing team.
- To start a game, a team must be able to field a minimum of 4 players, with at least 1 of either gender
- Learn more about defaults here.
When a game is defaulted, the Captains still need to enter the scores via the Game Reporting Tool and select ‘Forfeited’. The result is as follows:
- The defaulting team loses 7-0.
- The winning team gets a spirit score that matches the league average at the time of the game, and the losing team gets 0.
Teams can default in one of 3 ways:
1/ When a team plays an ineligible player(s) or breaks another major rule/policy as determined by the Board
2/ When a team does not have the minimum number of players ready to play the game.
7 on 7 Leagues:
- A team defaults 30 minutes into their time slot if they do not have the min # of players.
5 on 5 Leagues:
- A team defaults 20 minutes into their time slot if they do not have the min # of players.
3/ If a Captain fails to enter their scores within 36 hours for two consecutive weeks.
- Prompt score entry helps with releasing a schedule on time. Failure to enter a score within 36 hours of a game ending is justification for a VP league to declare the second game a default.
- If you are having technology issues, or your Captain is away, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- It’s a system that schedules games by matching up teams with similar rankings.
- The computer figures out, based on your teams ranking and past scores, which team you should play to get the closest/most competitive game
- Rankings are determined by your wins, losses, opponents (say a 15th ranked team beats a 4th ranked team, that would have a BIG impact on rankings), and goals for/against.
- The rankings are adjusted after each week’s games scores are entered – then a schedule is formulated.
- Wait, so will it work correctly from the very first game? No. At the start all teams have the same ranking score, but as the league progresses, just like with a tiered ladder, the ranking ladder should even out the playing field.
- Will we always play the same team? No, you will play at least 4 different teams before you see the same team again.
Speed point is used primarily in Indoor Leagues and is described below.
- There are only 2 pulls a game: at the start of the game and after halftime. Each team pulls once.
- You keep your endzone for the duration of the half.
- After a point is scored, play resumes from the end zone where the point was scored. The team that was scored upon may bring the disc up to the goal line directly in front of where the point was scored or to the centre of the end zone. After the disc is checked in, play continues from there.
- Maximum 20 second delay between points. Play resumes when either: 20 seconds have elapsed, or both teams signal readiness through a check.
- If 15 seconds have elapsed and the offense has not put the disc in play, then defense warns the offense and counts down from 5, after ‘ONE’ has been said aloud, the defense may call out ‘DISC IN’ and begin to count stalls.
- If 15 seconds have elapsed and the defense is not ready, then the offense warns the defense and begins to count down from 5. After ‘ONE’ has been said aloud, the offense may call out ‘DISC IN’, touch the disc to the ground, and put the disc into play.
- There is no maximum score. Games will run for the entire timeslot.
- Minimum 2 passes required to score a point after a score. If less than 2 passes result in a score the player with the disc must move to the nearest point on the goal line and put the disc into play there. (ie. You can’t score by throwing from one endzone to another on the first pass after a point has been scored.) There is no minimum number of passes after a turnover.
Substitutions will be allowed “On the Fly”
- Two flat cones are set up on the sideline to indicate the substitution zone for both teams. Both teams will use the same substitution area.
- Substitutions are to be made by tagging (touching) a teammate while you are both between the two cones marking the substitution zone.
- Failure to tag-up in the designated substitution zone is a violation. The person marking the player leaving the playing area can call “foul – illegal change” if they believe an illegal substitution has taken place. Following the call…
- If the illegal change affects play, everyone returns to their positions and any advantage gained is corrected for. This would mean the player subbing off would return to the field and the change would be remade legally.
- If the play is unaffected, the play stands.