2017 Official Rule Changes

February 7, 2017

Today the league announced its official set of rules for the 2017 season. The biggest change to this season's rules is that a travel with the disc will no longer result in a turnover, but instead a 10-yard penalty. The following is a list of changes to the new set of rules.


  • Preface — The AUDL promotes highly competitive ultimate and is committed to protecting the values of integrity and sportsmanship long associated with the game. The AUDL showcases the sport's top athletes performing at their top level. We expect our players to respect the sport, each other, the rules, and safety. There is no room in our sport for reckless play, cheating, or other win-at-all-costs behavior.
  • 6.2.4 — If a disc in the air contacts an unusual item that is not part of the field of play and is stationary, then it is a turnover and play resumes where the disc stops or is touched by any player. If a disc in the air contacts an unusual item that is not part of the field of play and is moving, then the disc is sent back to the thrower and the stall count is reset.
  • 13.2.5.3 — Penalty yards for any travel shall be assessed from the proper pivot spot (e.g., if a receiver does not stop as soon as possible, then the 10-yard penalty shall be assessed from where the player should have stopped).
  • 13.3.4 — A team can never benefit from committing Unsportsmanlike Conduct on a specific play. Unsportsmanlike Conduct includes all behavior unbecoming to the sport of ultimate, including abusing the rules or intentionally fouling.
  • 13.4.2 — Any foul committed by the offense will result in negative yards for the offense and a resumption of the stall count at the next number, unless it is a turnover. if a foul committed by the offense results in a turnover, the turnovers stands. If a foul committed by the offense does not result in a turnover, and the next number in the stall count is seven, then the disc shall be returned to the thrower and it is an immediate turnover at the spot of the pivot.
  • 14.1.7 — If a turnover has just occurred, any player or coach on the team about to take possession may call a timeout as soon as the disc becomes out of bounds or comes to a rest anywhere on the entire playing field. If anyone entitled to call a timeout calls a timeout when no timeouts remain, it is a turnover and play stops.
  • 14.1.8 — Any player entitled to call a timeout should audibly say "timeout" and must make a T with one hand and the disc or the other hand, at which point the timeout begins. The head coach entitled to call a timeout should audibly say "timeout" and must make a T with their hands, at which point the timeout begins. The disc is then placed at the proper pivot spot.