DISTRICT 8 ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
c/o Waterloo Catholic District School Board
35 Weber St W. I Kitchener, ON N2G 4G2
519-578-3660 x 2336 I www.district8.ca
DISTRICT 8 ULTIMATE
PLAYING RULES AND REGULATIONS
UPDATED: OCTOBER 2017
- The District 8 Athletic Association Ultimate program shall operate in April and May unless extraordinary circumstances dictate a change.
- The District 8 Championships will be held in late May on a date that does not conflict with any school’s participation in OFSAA (OFSAA Championship is ‘Invitational’; CWOSSA Championship does not yet exist).
- The championship location shall be determined by available facilities.
- The location of the Championships shall be as they appear on the official schedule released by the District 8 Athletic Association unless extraordinary circumstances dictate a change.
- EVENT/DIVISION CATEGORIES
- There shall be one “open” division of co-ed ultimate. Teams will consists of players from Grades 9-12.
- Subdivision of this category may occur if/when at a future date participation warrants Junior and Senior divisions or Male and Female divisions.
- TOURNAMENT STRUCTURE AND PROCEDURE
- There shall be a round- robin format utilized.
- At the conclusion of the round robin, a seeding will occur setting the final matches: seed 1 vs 2, 3 vs 4, and 5 vs 6. etc.
- Should equal records exist at the conclusion of the round-robin, then head – head determination shall be used to complete the seeding for final matches.
- Any further modifications for the D8 Championship must be agreed upon at the coaches meeting prior to the championship.
- Each competitor must be eligible under all the rules and regulations outlined in the District 8 Athletic Association Constitution and By-Laws. Schools and coaches should review the eligibility requirements listed in the constitution including the following highlights:
- Is certified as eligible by the Principal of the school and is in grades 9-12 (District 8 Constitution: Article IX: Player Eligibility, Section 2).
- No school shall include in its line-up any student who has been registered as a transfer from another school within the previous 12 months unless deemed eligible by the District 8 Transfer Appeals Committee. (District 8 Constitution: Article IX: Player Eligibility, Section 7)
- Eligibility Lists
- A team’s eligibility list must be sent to the league convenor before the championship.
- PLAYING RULES AND OFFICIALS
- Game Rules shall be governed by the “Official Rules of Ultimate 11th Edition (Ultimate Players Association) http://users.rider.edu/~uft/downloads/UPA_Rules.pdf
- While teaching the rules of ultimate, coaches must emphasize the Spirit of the Game as set out in the Introduction of the 11th Edition: Spirit of the Game: Ultimate relies upon a spirit of sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the player. Highly competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of mutual respect among competitors, adherence to the agreed upon rules, or the basic joy of play. Protection of these vital elements serves to eliminate unsportsmanlike conduct from the Ultimate field. Such actions as taunting opposing players, dangerous aggression, belligerent intimidation, intentional infractions, or other “win-at-all-costs” behavior are contrary to the spirit of the game and must be avoided by all players.
- Coaches are encouraged to explore 10 Things You Should Know about the Spirit of the Game, detailed at the end of the 11th Edition.
- Gender ratio shall default to 4:3 as understood in the 11th Rules Edition.
- Should coaches agree, that ratio may be changed to 5:2 (male: female) prior to any game.
- The winning team is determined by the first to reach 15 points or;
- The team that is ahead once hard cap (time) has been reached (assuming a 2 point differential in score at that point).
- If at hard cap there is only one point difference in score, the teams will finish the point until a winner is determined.
- Rules and calls shall be made by the players on the field (it is their responsibility to know the rules)
- Errors made in rule or violation calls can be pointed out by coaches once a score has been made and players have returned to the sidelines.
- If there is a grave or material mistake in rule calls made in special situations, the coaches must agree to then intervene to establish the correct call. The intention is to have no or minimal influence by the coaches acting as officials. Rather, players need to learn the rules as well as learn the protocol for settling disputed calls/disagreements according to the rules of ultimate, with particular reference to, and emphasis on the “Spirit of the Game”.
- Substitutions shall occur according to 11th edition rules.
- Should a player become overly aggressive, inappropriate, or out of control, that player shall be substituted at the next stop or turnover. This will be initiated by the coach in order to provide a “cool off” as deemed necessary. That player may re-enter play after a point has been scored and under the discretion of his/her coach. This is only to be used when absolutely necessary.
- UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT
- Acceptable ultimate attire shall be worn.
- Prior to each match, teams shall agree to appropriate colors.
- Appropriate footwear includes all athletic shoes including various turf cleats. Metal cleats are prohibited.
- District 8 will provide championship awards as per District 8 Athletic Association “By-Law VII”.
- VIDEO USE
- No team representative can video a practice other than the practices they are participating in. Team representatives videoing games/matches they are not participating in must,
- Only use the video captured for team use, and not posted externally
- Only be taken by school staff members or school adult volunteers approved by the school’s administration
- FIRST AID/SAFETY PROCEDURE
- It is the responsibility of each coach to provide for his/her own team medical needs in accordance with his/her School Medical Regulations.
- Coaches shall provide all consumable medical supplies (i.e. tape, band aids) for their athletes.
- Each school must have a First Aid Kit on site during competition.
- Each school should abide by Secondary Interschool sport safety guidelines set out by Ontario Physical Health Education Association (OPHEA).
- It is the convenor’s responsibility to provide a location of safe refuge in the event of lightning/thunder. In the event of lightning/thunder, the following will be done:
- Seek shelter immediately (school, building or vehicle) ‘IF YOU SEE IT, FLEE IT; IF YOU HEAR IT, CLEAR IT’
- Resumption of the Activity: Wait a minimum of 30 minutes from the last visual observation of lightning or sound of thunder before resuming activities.
- Injured persons do not carry an electrical charge and can be handled safely. Call 911 or send for help immediately. Apply first aid procedures if you are qualified to do so.(Unsafe Shelter includes: all outdoor metal objects ( e.g., football standards), near flagpoles, fences and gates, near light poles, metal bleachers, golf carts, machinery, trees, etc. Avoid water pooled water, open fields, and high ground)
- JURY OF APPEAL
- The procedure for all protests, complaints, and suspensions is outlined in Bylaw IV of the District 8 By-laws.
- VOTING PROCEDURE FOR COACHES’ MEETINGS
- Voting at the coaches meetings will be limited to one (1) vote per team entered. Representatives must be present at the meeting to vote--voting by proxy will not be permitted.
- A simple majority of votes will rule.
- All changes to the Rules & Regulations must be ratified by the Board of Directors.
District 8 Ultimate - Playing Rules And Regulations