In a nutshell:
Games are to 13 points (hard cap), timecap 40 minutes.
When time ends and the current point is finished, the game ends if one team leads by at least 2 points. Otherwise, the game is played to the leading score +1.
Announcements on the loudspeaker are “Pelikello käy” (game starts), “20 minuuttia pelattu” and “peliaika päättynyt” (full time). At 20 minutes there is an opportunity for a 1 minute long water break.
No half time. No time-outs.
Callahan goals apply.
Tournament rule: Both men and women from each team have to be on the field in every point. Teams decide themselves how many men and women they put on the field.
No visiting players allowed in quarter finals, semi finals and final match.
Overview of the beach ultimate rules
The tournament will be played with the official BULA 5-on-5 Beach Ultimate rules with mixed teams (both men and women have to be on the field in every point). Here’s an overview of the most important rules:
The Field — The field for 5-on-5 BULA Beach Ultimate consists of a 45 m x 25 m rectangle called the playing field proper, with a 15 m by 25 m rectangle called an endzone aligned along each of the 25 m sides
Start of the game– The winner of the coin (or Frisbee) toss determines whether it will start on offence or decides what endzone to defend first. Next, both teams line up on the front of their respective endzone line. The defense throws the disc to the offense and the game begins.
Movement of the disc and the players — The disc can be thrown from one player to another in any direction. A player may not run while in possession of the disc.
Possession — The person with the disc has 10 seconds to throw the disc to a team mate. The defender guarding the thrower counts the seconds out loud (”stalling one, two, three…”).
Change of possession — A turnover results whenever one of the following items occur:
– the disc touches the ground (also when knocked down by the defense)
– the disc is caught outside the field
– the disc is intercepted by an opposing player
Upon a turnover the defense immediately takes possession of the disc and becomes the offense.
Scoring — A goal is scored when a player catches a legal pass in the endzone of attack. Play is initiated after each score.
Initiate Play — Each new point begins again with both teams lining up on the front of their respective endzone line with the team that just scored throwing the disc to the other team.
Non-contact — Beach Ultimate is a non-contact sport. A foul occurs when contact is made.
No Referees — The sport is self-officiated. All fouls are called by the player(s) involved. When a foul results in loss of possession, the play is stopped and resumed as if possession was not lost. If the player committing the foul disagrees with the foul call, the play is redone.
Spirit of the Game
The Spirit of the Game is not so much a rule, but an attitude… a way of playing. It relies upon a spirit of sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the players themselves. Highly competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of mutual respect between players. The Spirit of the Game is one of the fundamental beliefs of the Beach Ultimate sport. Without it the game loses its charm. The Spirit must exist!
Turku Terror, Yyteri Beach Ultimate (c) Antti Rämö, 2013, Credits