Mega Mailbag: College Nationals

Never tell me the odds.

North Carolina's Alex Davis. Photo: William 'Brody' Brotman -- UltiPhotos.com
North Carolina’s Alex Davis. Photo: William ‘Brody’ Brotman — UltiPhotos.com

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I know this mailbag is a little late. Sorry. The combination of holidays, a real need to decompress after a grueling six months of jam packed calendar, and then a vacation conspired to make my mailbag writing very slow. But I’m making up for it with a mega edition! Let’s jump in.

Q: Any trends on observer card/foul givings at college nationals? I know Oklahoma Christian had a PMF or TMF given for taunting an opponent in bracket play, but anecdotally it seemed like some physical, potentially dangerous plays didn’t get cards. Was this similar or different to club nationals in October?

– Sam E.

Q: With the Abby Hecko injury fresh on my mind, should the blue card system be thrown out? Most times that a blue card is given to a player who committed an egregious foul, it feels like a yellow card could have been used without any major issue since very few players get two yellow cards to be ejected. The ambiguity of the blue card being used for team issues (like swearing or rushing the field) and individual issues (like fouling) seems to be the largest grey zone in the ultimate rule set where very few consequences are experienced (i.e. it takes three blue cards for a penalty to happen and even then the yardage isn’t super significant). Does the blue card system still have merit?

– Couchbaby

A: Let’s go to the rulebook! Here’s what the observer manual says about technical fouls, blue cards, and yellow cards.

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