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Suggested Rules Update Shared For Community Feedback

The community has one month to review and provide feedback to the proposed changes.

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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:

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.

  1. Steve Sullivan
    Steve Sullivan

    Steve Sullivan is the Executive Editor of Ultiworld. He began playing in 2001 at Boston University, helped found and then played 14 seasons with Slow White, and most recently competed with San Francisco Blackbird. He has volunteered as a college Sectional Coordinator, a club Regional Coordinator, served three terms as a player-elected representative for the Mixed division on USAU's Club Working Group, and is currently an At-Large rep on the USAU Board of Directors. He has previously written for the USAU magazine and The Huddle, and was editor of the book "Ultimate: The First Five Decades, Vol II." You can reach him by email ( or on Twitter (@sjsully21).


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