As of April 17, EUPA is adopting the USAU 12th edition rules for Ultimate. Some of the changes are technical and unlikely to come up in ordinary play, but many of the rules will have a real impact on an average league game. As a result, we are forgoing the usual â€œRule of the Monthâ€ to provide a cross section of rules which are changing, effective this summer.
It remains open for opposing Captains to make agreements modifying the rules of Ultimate. To avoid disputes, however, Captains are required to reduce any such agreement to writing, prior to the start of the game. Captains are strongly encouraged to bring two pieces of government-issued ID, to avoid any pre-game delay in notarizing the agreement.
In an effort to reduce the prevalence of â€œfast countâ€ violations, the new rules require that the marker use a three-syllable (or longer) word to mark the space between stall counts. While it is not strictly required, EUPA is recommending the use of the word â€œbrontosaurusâ€ due to its cadence and ease of pronunciation. Otherwise, the stalling rules are unchanged: the disc is down if the marker reaches the second â€œtâ€ in â€œbrontosaurus tenâ€.
Changes to travel calls and endzone:
Players are no longer required to stop running upon taking possession of the disc. However, they are no longer permitted to advance the disc with their hands. Instead, players are required to advance the disc by striking it with their feet. Possession is not lost when the disc touches the ground, but rather when it is no longer within reach of the possessing player.
It is no longer required to receive a pass in the endzone, to score. Instead, a player scores by moving the disc between two posts erected at the back of the playing area.
Lastly, the rules now require that a disc be 22cm in diameter and spherical.
If a player (whether on offence or defence) becomes lonely, he or she may call â€œcontactâ€. Upon the call, the nearest opposing player is required to approach the caller, and gently rub his or her shoulders. If the opposing player fails to comply with the contact rule, a violation may be called. In that case, play is stopped. It resumes only after players from both teams form a circle, sway back and forth, and softly sing the first verse of â€œStand by Meâ€.
To review the full 12th Edition rules and further clarification of these changes click here.