Elementary School Coed Spring League (2014)

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Team League
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Rules & Policies

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 TBD
    • Topics will include league logistics, schedules, rules, expectations of coaches, and management of head injuries.
    • 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.
    • Update: Click here for minutes from the meeting.
  • 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 3-5 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.

  • Division Rules and Guidelines:
    • Whenever possible, schools should try to assemble teams based on grade level. Generally, the A division will be reserved for 5th grade teams, the B division for 4th grade teams, and the C division for 3rd grade teams. In the event that the league cannot support three divisions, the A division will be for 4th/5th grade teams, and the B division for 3rd/4th grade teams.
    • Since some schools do not have enough players to field a team or teams of players from a single grade, teams may be comprised of players from multiple grades. League Coordinators will do their best to place those teams in the appropriate division.
    • Schools with more than one team will automatically have one team assigned to the A pool. The other team(s) may play in any division, provided that all other guidelines are met. This ensures that the pools are all approximately the same size.
    • Teams with 5th graders may not play in the lowest division.
    • DiscNW league staff and volunteers reserve the right to make exceptions to these guidelines when deemed to be appropriate for league competition.
  • Field Size: The field proper is 50 by 35 yards, with an additional 20 yards on each end for end zones.

  • Gender Ratio: Teams must field a minimum of 3 girls. In order to promote girls in ultimate, more girls may be fielded if a team wishes. After the first 3 girls, gender ratio matching is not required. Teams must play down if they cannot field 3 girls.
  • Supervision: Teams are required to have an adult coach present at all games. The head coach must be at least 19 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 11 points. 
    • Mirror halftime at 6 points, and take a short timeout (2 minutes or less).
    • The hard cap is applied at 60 minutes (15 minutes before the next round). 
      • Teams should finish the current point (if between points, finish the next point).
      • The team that is ahead at the end of that point is the winner. 
      • If the game is tied at the end of that point, play one more point ("universe point").
    • Win by 2, unless a time cap or point cap is in place.
    • Point cap at 13.
  • Time Outs:
    • One timeout per half (one less than USAU rules).
    • 90 seconds max (slightly longer than USAU rules, which is 70 seconds).
    • Overtime doesn’t change the number of timeouts remaining (different from USAU rules)
    • Timeouts can be used during a time cap, per USA Ultimate rules
  • Zone Defense:
    • Zone is not permitted in the B and C divisions.
    • For the A and A2 divisions, coaches must ask opponents' permission before playing zone defense.

  • 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.