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Weekly Wisdom #6

posted Aug 17, 2010, 1:07 PM by Noel Hanzel   [ updated Aug 17, 2010, 1:08 PM by Quinten Hutchison ]
Hello Gobies,

This weeks weekly wisdom is an introduction to fouls. Ultimate is a non-contact sport, however that does not mean it is a no contact sport. My best rookie mistake- setting a pick during SatCo and taking out some freshman. We always played full contact pickup..

How to call a foul: yell FOUL

After a foul occur, be prepared to state why. Citing a specific foul will help when explaining the situation to teammates/opponents. Here's a little study guide.

1. Throwing fouls occur when there is non-incidental contact between the thrower and mark.
-Any contact between the thrower and their arms or legs is usually a foul against the marker.   
*However is the mark is completely stationary, its a foul on the thrower.
-Any contact by the marker when they are in an illegal position, is a foul against the marker.
*what's an illegal position? (refer to XIV.B.3) Disc-space, vision blockin, double team

2. Receiving fouls occur when contacts an opponent when the disc is in the air. Some contact is incidental and often is unavoidable. That is not a foul.
-Uncontested, the disc stays with the receiver
-Contested, disc goes back to the thrower
-The Principle of Verticality: the space directly above your head is yours. If non-incidental contact is made in that space, it is a foul on the player entering the space of the other player. Fun fact: this is the coolest name for any ultimate rule. Also applicable to quidditch.
-Force-out foul: when the contact of an opponent pushes you out of bounds
        -When the foul occurs on the endzone, uncontested a point is awarded
        -When the foul occurs with bound lines, receiver returns to in-bound spot
        -Contested, disc goes back the the thrower
3. Blocking fouls occur when the disc is in the air and a player intentionally moves, with the sole intention of blocking the path of another. Non-incidental contact that results from blocking is a receiving foul

4. Strip is a type of foul in which the defensive player initiates contact after the offensive player has possession of the disc and causes the offensive player to drop the disc.


Dangerous play is treated as a foul. This call is not superseded by any other rule. Safety is important. No need for dangerous play.
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