The community has one month to review and provide feedback to the proposed changes.
June 20, 2019 by Steve Sullivan in Livewire with 0 comments
The long-awaited update to the official rules of ultimate took a major step today, as USA Ultimate released a draft of suggested changes for community feedback. The changes have been presented a variety of ways:
- 2020-2021 Official Rules Draft – Clean version of proposed rules
- 2020-2021 Official Rules Draft – 11th Edition with mark-up of proposed changes
- Substantive Changes – List of major changes from 11th Edition
According to the documentation, the proposed changes are aimed at:
- Increasing player safety
- Reducing stoppages
- Clarifying previous rule inconsistencies, ambiguities, or omissions
- Aligning with WFDF
- Consolidating rules resources (e.g. Misconduct System) in one place
The new proposed rules were drafted by the Rules Working Group, a group of volunteers that sit underneath the aegis of the board’s Spirit, Officiating, and Rules (SOAR) Committee. As part of the new board-approved process for updating the rules, SOAR requires a period during which proposed changes are presented to the membership for feedback. The community has exactly one month, until July 20, to provide feedback via survey to the Rules Working Group.
The rules were last officially updated in 2007 from the 10th edition to the current 11th edition.