10 Basic Rules to Ultimate Frisbee

by Jacob Reis Google
Ultimate Frisbee is played by players of many different calibers.

Ultimate Frisbee is played by players of many different calibers.

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In colleges all across America and other countries around the world, players have adopted the joy of a new sport that requires little equipment, is nonviolent and fun to play. This game is ultimate Frisbee. Similar to ultimate football, ultimate Frisbee uses a disc and a rectangular field,and can be played by just about anyone who can run If you want to play, you will need to know the 10 basic rules.

The Field

An ultimate Frisbee is rectangular and longer than it is wide. The field has an end zone at each end, denoting the scoring area. A regulation sized field in ultimate Frisbee is 70-yards- long-by-40-yards wide with end zones 25-yards deep.

Starting Play

Play will begin at the start of the game and after each score with both teams lining up on the front of their respective end zones. The defense then throws the Frisbee ("pulls" it) to the other team, where it is picked up where it lands and is played. A regulation game of ultimate Frisbee has seven players per side.


Scoring points in ultimate Frisbee is done by the offense completing a pass into the defensive team's end zone. The point is scored as soon as the receiver attains control of the disc in the end zone. Once a point has been scored, play will be initiated again as it was at the start of the game.

Movement of the Disc

The disc can be moved in any direction by making a pass to a teammate. You may not run with the Frisbee, and you have a total of 10 seconds from the time you obtain possession to throw the disc. The defender closest to the thrower is responsible for counting down the stall count.

Change of Possession

The defense immediately becomes the offense and may go on attack whenever a change of possession occurs. This happens if the disc is blocked, dropped or intercepted, or if it is thrown out of bounds by the offense.


A substitution, exchanging a player on the field for a different one, may be performed only after a point is scored and before the play is initiated or during a time-out for injury or as called by the teams. Substitutions may not be executed while the disc is in play.


The nature of ultimate Frisbee is nonviolent. No physical contact should occur between players. Accidental contact is acceptable, but any intentional contact will result in a foul against the team that committed the infraction. You may not grab the disc out of a player's hand either.


Fouls occur when contact is made between players or as deemed necessary by players and on-field officials for unsportsmanlike conduct or other unsavory actions. A foul creates an immediate turnover. If a foul disrupts possession, then possession is retained and play continues from the spot of the foul. If a player disagrees with the foul, the play is redone.


Unless stated by contest officials, all games of ultimate Frisbee are self-refereed and players play under an honor code, calling their own fouls, turnovers and out-of-bounds passes. Players should resolve their own disputes and should not let their competitiveness come before the rules of the game.

Spirit of the Game

The nature of ultimate Frisbee is to promote sportsmanship and fair play. Playing with a competitive spirit is encouraged so long as it doesn't cross the boundaries of respect between players, the rules of the game and the intrinsic joy of playing a sport.

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