Fall SPS Middle School League


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Basic Rules

Specific details and additional rules will be discussed at the coaches' meeting.

This league uses the Official Rules of Ultimate, 11th Edition (click here for mobile version), with the exception of timeouts, which are described below. USA Ultimate provides many resources for learning the rules (click on "Official Rules of Ultimate, 11th Edition" above to access these resources).

  •  The gender ratio is 4 Boys: 3 Girls. Coaches may agree to play "offense calls" before the game. Teams may not negotiate for fewer than 3 girls on the field. Teams that do not have at least 3 girls within 5 minutes of the posted game start time MUST forfeit.  A friendly game can be organized among the players present at that point which allows for at least 3 girls on the field for both teams.
  • A team may play with as few as 6 players, but any fewer than 7 at 10 minutes after game time is considered a forfeit. After 2 forfeits, a team loses post-season play privileges. Scores for forfeited games should be reported as a 1-0 loss for the forfeiting team.

Gender Identity: 

DiscNW accepts all people. We recognize that gender does not function as a binary system.  We acknowledge that Ultimate Frisbee often employs a gender ratio rule or league division that does not fit our broader understanding of gender identity. No player should be asked to explain or justify their identity. We trust our community to play where they are most comfortable and in accordance with Spirit of the Game.

Here is what we can do as teammates, coaches, and opponents:

  • Trust that members in good standing of our community will not take advantage of the system.

  • Understand that these members of our community are marginalized and strive to make the ultimate field safe and welcoming. This is an act of Spirit of the Game.

  • Trust that players will use integrity in choosing divisions and their place in relation to the on-field ratio guidelines

 

Division Rules and Guidelines:

  • Teams may be comprised of players from multiple grades, but whenever possible, schools with multiple teams should try to assemble teams based on skill and/or grade level.  In other words, teams should aim for A/B/C teams, etc., and not for 3 teams all at the B level.
  • Teams in the 6th grade division may contain up to 10% 7th graders but no 8th graders.
  • Schools with more than one team will automatically have one team assigned to either the A or A2 pool. The other team(s) may play in any pool. This ensures that the pools are all approximately the same size.
  • DiscNW league staff reserves the right to make exceptions to these guidelines when deemed to be appropriate for league competition.  However, with the exception of schools with middle school enrollment under 105, teams who are granted regular season pool seeding exceptions are not eligible for bracket play in the post-season. 
  • For example, a school with 3 teams may believe that the A or A2 pool will be too challenging for its top team. As such, it may opt to have its top team play in the B pool during the regular season.  That team would be eligible only for consolation games in post-season play (i.e., it could not compete for the pool championship). 
  • DiscNW league staff and volunteers reserve the right to make exceptions to these guidelines when deemed to be appropriate for league competition.
  • Zone defense is only allowed in the A Division.

 

  •  Supervision: Teams are required to have an adult coach present at all games. The head coach must be at least 21 years old (assistants 18 years old) and must have completed all district prerequisites.

 

  •  Field Rules: The most commonly broken rules are no dogs on athletic fields and no food on synthetic fields. Please follow these and all posted field rules, or we could lose our field privileges.

 

  •  Score Reporting: In order to be eligible for post-season play and for the league Spirit of the Game award, a team must report all of its game scores and Spirit scores promptly. Scores for the entire season must be reported no later than 11:59pm on the Sunday following the last Saturday of regular play (so, Sunday October 27).

 

  •  Point Total & Game Times: Games are to 11 points.  At 80 minutes (10 minutes before the next round), a horn will blow to signify the hard cap.  Teams should finish the point when the horn is blown. If the game is not tied at the end of the point, the team that is ahead is the winner.  If the game is tied, play one more point ("universe point").  

 

  •  Time Outs: Each team has two 3-minute timeouts per game.

 

  •  Cancellation/Forfeiture: If a team must cancel a game, notice must be given to the League Coordinator and opposing coach by Thursday before the game. Multiple violations of this rule may result in a team's expulsion from the league. Teams may play with as few as 5 players, but any fewer than that at 20 minutes after game start time is considered a forfeit.  Scores for forfeited games should be reported as a 1-0 loss for the forfeiting team.

 

  •  This is a player-officiated sport. Coaches, subs, and parents cannot stop game play or make calls from the sideline. Coaches may provide rules clarifications when a call is made and discussion ensues, but coaches may not provide an opinion. Coaches are responsible for teaching rules at practice.

 

  • This is a non-contact sport. Incidental contact occurs, but unlike soccer and basketball, blatant bumping and physicality are not acceptable. Please play safely and avoid contact whenever possible.

Spirit of the Game

Ultimate is governed by the Spirit of the Game. All teams are ranked by their opponent on their spirit after each game. It is customary to follow a competition with a fun cheer or song for the opponent, or with interteam mingling in a spirit game. It is expected that all players and coaches will exhibit respect for opponents, knowledge of the basic rules, and willingness to discuss more advanced rules. Parents also contribute to a team's spirit score! Here are the spirit guidelines:

5 Highest level of respect shown throughout game towards opponents, officials, and spectators. For the level of play, showed excellent knowledge of the rules and abided by them throughout the game. Any conflicts were resolved amicably and without incident. Opposing team's conduct added to our enjoyment of the game. The opposing team unfailingly played fairly and with an excellent attitude.
4 Respect shown throughout the game towards opponents, officials, and spectators. For the level of play, showed above average knowledge of the rules and abided by them throughout the game. Any conflicts were resolved favorably and without incident. Opposing team's conduct did not detract from our enjoyment of the game. The opposing team played fairly and with a good attitude.
3 Generally exhibited respect towards opponents, officials, and spectators. For the level of play, showed adequate knowledge of the rules and abided by them during the game. Any conflicts were resolved plainly and without incident. Opposing team's conduct generally did not detract from our enjoyment of the game. The opposing team generally played fairly and with a decent attitude.
2 Exhibited a lack of respect towards opponents, officials, and/or spectators. For the level of play, showed a lack of knowledge of or disregard for the rules at points during the game. Any conflicts were resolved heatedly or led to contentious incidents. Opposing team's conduct detracted somewhat from our enjoyment of the game. The opposing team played unfairly and/or with a poor attitude.
1 Exhibited a major lack of respect towards opponents, officials, and/or spectators. For the level of play, exhibited no knowledge of the rules or blatantly disregarded them during the game. Conflicts were resolved acrimoniously or led directly to contentious incidents. Opposing team's conduct made the game basically unenjoyable. The opposing team played unfairly and their attitude was abysmal.