Ann Arbor Ultimate Rule Modifications

Beginning January 1, 2020, we'll use as our default the new 2020-2021 USA Ultimate rules. Until then we will continue using the 11th edition rules. You can find more information on the USA Ultimate website:

Recreational divisions play with our default rule set, but add the following modifications:

  1. There is no turnover on a dropped pull. Instead, the offense brings the disc in as if there were a stoppage (offense sets up then defense sets up and taps in disc when ready).
  2. No kick blocks are allowed within 5 feet of thrower.
  3. Zone defense is not allowed during the first 3 games of each division. This is subject to change depending on the division or at the discretion of game captains.
  4. Captains may call instructional timeouts at any time (e.g. to explain what "pick" means). These do not count toward the normal allotment of timeouts.
  5. We use the WFDF version of "dangerous play" instead of the USAU version: "Reckless disregard for the safety of fellow players is considered dangerous play and is to be treated as a foul, regardless of whether or when contact occurs. This rule is not superseded by any other rule." (17.1.1)

Note: when we switch over to the 2020-2021 USAU rules, the dangerous play conditions will be updated. We will also be eliminating rule modifications 1 & 2 at that time. They continue in effect until 2020 begins.

Competitive divisions play by our default rule set with no rule modifications, except that we continue to use the WFDF version of dangerous play.

Last Updated: December 3rd, 2019