High School Coed Spring League (2014)

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Team League
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Rules & Policies

All league-specific rules will be discussed at the coaches' meeting, and notes will be posted here after the meeting.

This league uses the Official Rules of Ultimate, 11th Edition (click here for mobile version), with a few exceptions, 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).

  • Mandatory Coaches' Meeting:
    • There will be a mandatory coaches' meeting on.
    • Topics will include league logistics, schedules, rules, expectations of coaches, management of head injuries, and a forum on the future of high school based play in Seattle.
    • Each team must have at least one adult representative at this meeting. Missing the meeting will count as one forfeit against the team, which is subject to the two-forfeit rule.
  • Roster Rules:
    • All players on a team must attend the same school. All exceptions must be approved by the Eligibility Committee. Applications are due by February 6. Please refer to the Eligibility Rules for details and for information on this process.
    • Only players in grades 9-12 may participate in this league.  Exceptions are rare and must be approved by the Eligibility Committee. Applications are due by February 6. Please refer to the Eligibility Rules for details and for information on this process.
    • A team must have at least 10 waivered players (5 boys and 5 girls) on the roster by March 8 and must maintain this minimum throughout the season. 
    • A player may participate on only one team.  The only exception is for JV/Varsity "swingers," as discussed at the coaches' meeting.
      • Players of any age may move UP from their primary roster to other rosters from the same school
      • For parity in the lower divisions, moving down from a primary roster is not permitted
      • For safety, a player may participate on only one roster per weekend (i.e., must pick either JV or Varsity)

  • Gender Ratio: The on-field gender ratio for this league is 4 boys: 3 girls. Teams must play down if they cannot field that ratio.
  • Supervision: Teams are required to have an adult coach present at all games. The head coach must be at least 21 years old.  This coach need not have ultimate knowledge but must be actively involved.  This means (s)he must participate in all game time communications, be fully present for all games, mentor any younger coaches, and step forward if something should go awry on the field or on the sidelines.
  • Field Rules: The most commonly broken rules are no dogs on athletic fields (grass or synthetic), 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 season play.
  • Point Total & Game Times:
    • Games are to 15 points. 
    • Mirror halftime at 8 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").
    • Win by 2, unless a time cap or point cap is in place.
    • Point cap at 17.
  • Time Outs: USA Ultimate rules.
    • Two 70-second timeouts per half
    • Each team gets exactly one timeout if game goes into overtime (tied at one below point total), regardless of how many they have remaining from regular play.
    • Timeouts can be used during a time cap, per USA Ultimate rules.

  • 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. Late notification is considered a forfeit (see next bullet).
    • A team may play with 5 players, but any fewer than 5 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.
  • Spirit of the Game: Teams with a season Spirit average of less than 3 will not be allowed to participate in post-season play.
  • 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.
  • Rule Alterations/Exceptions: The Captains' Clause (I.C) is in effect, meaning that any game rule (except maximum time limit) may be changed if both coaches agree prior to the game.