At a game this weekend, we played a team (let's call them the Bow-wow
with a very aggressive style of play. After calling several fouls, our
was accused of cheating and not having read the rules. Now, I thought
pretty up on my rules reading, but had a nagging doubt at the back of
So, I did a little research, and found that I had been playing under
*outdated* rules edition! In fact, the most recent rules amendments
Rules of Ultimate (Battler edition).
Here are some good excerpts for you (amendments from the outdated 9th
are presented in brackets ):
In Ultimate, an intentional foul would be considered cheating and a
gross offense against the spirit of sportsmanship [unless the marker
is trying to
break y'all's mark]. Often a player is in a position where it is
to the player's advantage to foul or commit some violation, but that
player is morally bound to abide by the rules [unless, like I said,
the thrower's about
to break y'all's mark].
VIII. Starting and Restopping Play
4. The Check
C. The marker restarts play by touching the disc in possession of
thrower [and doin' it while the thrower is discussin' the
and ain't yet presented the disc is 'specially recommended].
4. Catching Fouls
C. If a player's attempt to make a play on the disc causes
significant impact with a legitimately positioned stationary
opponent, before or after the disc arrives, it is considered
"harmful endangerment" and is a foul
[unless y'all hit the disc first. Oh, wait, I guess that would
qualify as *before* the disc arrives. My bad, y'all. Nevermind].
D. Dangerous, aggressive behavior or reckless disregard for the
safety of fellow players is always a foul [unless y'all can get
the disc first!
Those are the most outstanding changes between the 9th edition amended
the Battler edition. I highly recommend teams get this most recent
the rules and read them, so we can all be playing the same game. I
think that all the arguing with the Battlers this weekend could have
avoided if my team had simply realized the *actual* set of rules we
playing under! Don't let this happen to your team.