Rules & Eligibility

Rules of play

The rules used at the BULA & WFDF 2013 European Championships of Beach Ultimate shall be the current edition of the rules on the dates of play. The current rules can be found here.

All players have the responsibility to be familiar with the rules. It is recommended, but not mandatory, that players follow the new WFDF  rules accreditation requirements for (grass) Ultimate events.

Game length

All games, including the finals, will be to thirteen (13) points, or 45 minutes with a 1 point “cap” irrespective of the score. When time is over, the point must be finished. If the time finishes between two points (i.e. when the teams are on the lines or are lining up), the point to be finished is the one still to be played. In other words, as soon as a point is scored (or, in the case of a discussion, acknowledged), the next point begins: walking back, making substitutions and lining up are all part of the next point. When this point is scored, the cap begins.

In the event of a team reaching 13 points before the 45 minutes, a two (2) point difference must occur in order for one team to be declared the winner. If that’s not observed, then the game will be played to fourteen (14) points (i.e. in a 12-13 score, with time still running, the game will be played to 14).

Half-time

Half-time occurs after the first team reaches 7 goals. If, at 20 minutes, neither team has reached 7 goals, 1 point is added to the highest score (at 20:00) to determine a reduced half time target. The half continues until a team reaches the reduced half time target.

After half-time is reached, no extra time is added. Teams will need to line up mirroring the start of the game. So the team that started on Offense on one side, now starts on Defense on the other side.

Times outs

Each team has one time-out that can be taken any time during the regular game, including between the end of the time and the end of the current point (i.e. the beginning of the cap). No timeouts are allowed in the cap. If a player attempts to call a time-out and his/her team has no time-outs, it is not a turnover: two seconds are added to the stall count instead. A time-out is 2 minutes.

Spirit of the Game

As Beach Ultimate is a self-refereed sport, maintaining Spirit of the Game and adhering to the WFDF code of conduct is essential to making the sport work. Good Spirit also makes the game more enjoyable for the players.

To celebrate the importance of Spirit of the Game, an award will be given to one team in each division that had the highest average score, given by their peers using the WFDF & BULA SOTG Scoring Sheet.

Player eligibility

For a player to be registered to represent a national team, it is necessary that he/she complies with the national team eligibility requirements as set out below:

Divisions

  1. Open Division: Available to all male and female players.
  2. Women’s Division: Available only to female players.
  3. 3/2 Mixed Division: Available to male and female players
  4. Open Master Division: Available for male and female players who reach at least their 33rd birthday during the calendar year in which the tournament begins. (i.e. born in or before 1980)
  5. Mixed Master Division (3/2): Available for male and female players who reach at least their 33rd birthday during the calendar year in which the tournament begins. (i.e. born in or before 1980)
  6. Women’s Master Division: Available for all female players who reach at least their 30th birthday during the calendar year in which the tournament begins. (i.e. born in or before 1983)
  7. GrandMaster Division: Available for male and female players who reach at least their 40th birthdays during the calendar year in which the tournament begins. (i.e. born in or before 1973)

Choice of divisions

If a player qualifies for more than one division, he/she shall choose which division he/she shall compete in prior to the start of play, and shall not compete in any other division throughout the duration of the tournament.

Citizenship

Players can automatically qualify for participation if:

  • They own a passport or equivalent legal document issued by the country’s government; or
  • If they have moved to the country at least four years prior to the start date of the event and spent more than 75% of those four years in the country.

Each team can put up to 3 players on their roster that are deemed to be “Resident non-citizens”. These players:

  • own a legal certificate of permanent residency issued by the country’s government; or
  • moved to the country at least 20 months prior to the start date of the event and spent more than 75% of those 20 months in the country.
Ultimate Community member

Each team can field one player that is deemed to be an “Ultimate Community Member”, if a player is considered to be a significant part of that Country’s ultimate community, but doesn’t fall under the above categories. This choice is at the discretion of the country’s National Association and following may be taken into account in making this decision:

  • Residency history in that Country
  • Participation in that Country’s ultimate events, especially national championships
  • Past representation on National Teams
  • Participation in the development of ultimate in the Country

The reasoning shall be provided along with the remaining registration information.

Small Ultimate Community

A country which fulfills the following criteria will be considered a small Ultimate community:

  • A maximum of 300 Ultimate players are registered with the National WFDF member (Ultimate Federation, Flying Disc Federation or similar).
  • The country has been a WFDF Member for less than 16 years.

Teams from small Ultimate communities will be allowed to add one extra Resident Non- Citizen or Ultimate Community Member to their Roster.

Pickup team: United European Islands

The United European Islands is an imaginary archipelago, somewhere between Spitsbergen and Malta. It is a former colony of Currier Island, where the natives live and breathe Beach Ultimate. For ECBU purposes, the UEI fields an international pick-up team. UEI spices up the ECBU with their cool international vibe, hot skills and indomitable spirit.

To play for this team you need a love of the disc and a humanistic, post-national philosophical orientation. Ideal candidates come from countries without representation at the event. Candidates from other countries will be admitted based on the strength of their bids. However, due to the international diversity of the islands and the awesome fear they inspire in rivals, the UEI may not compete in the semi-final stages of the ECBU2013. Needless to say, all decisions about the inclusion of the United European Islands pickup team, shall be at the discretion of the ECBU Committee.

If you want to take part in the UEI team please contact Patrick van der Valk at patrick@ecbu2013.org.

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