Potlatch (2017)

Event Type
Team Tournament
Event Start
Event End
Redmond, WA

Player Safety, Rules, and Spirit of the Game

Since recreational ultimate games do not have referees or game officials to help monitor events, on-site responsibilities often fall to team captains. We rely on your leadership to help resolve all sorts of problems. All captains are responsible for all members of their team at all times throughout the weekend (this includes any random pickups).

At DiscNW, we want to highlight player safety. Specifically, we want to emphasize clearly one point: it is every player’s responsibility to play avoid contact on the ultimate field.

  • As the USA Ultimate 11th Edition Rules state, “It is the responsibility of all players to avoid contact in every way possible.” The website further notes that players should, “Avoid contact in every way reasonable possible, while still playing Ultimate. Some contact is inevitable, but players have an affirmative obligation to make reasonable efforts to avoid contact.”

Another rule notes that “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 a foul.

While ultimate is a non-contact sport, as noted above, some contact is inevitable. Some amount of accidental or incidental contact is expected. However, deliberate or dangerous contact should be avoided. We encourage you all to help promote this ideal at league games this season.

When contentious situations arise at the fields, we encourage players to embody the principles of Spirit of the Game in their efforts to self-officiate and manage the game in a calm and responsible manner.

As a part of the player safety aspect is sideline safety. There are a lot of fields at potlatch and so sidelines can get inundated with lots of chairs, tents, props, bags, and people. However, in order to better promote a safe environment the TDs ask teams to keep all sidelines clear of anything that might seem un-flexible. This includes, couches, pop-up tents, and large heavy team props. There is plenty of room out the back of the endzones for these type of items, and that's where they should go.

The Tournament Directors are always willing to help. Please feel free to contact us at  with any comments or questions about player safety.