In sports, rules consistently change. They affect how the game is played and sometimes the outcomes. The ultimate frisbee season kicked off in May at BYU-Idaho. New rules and regulations have been instituted for both the men and women.
“The only rule to change is that there will be five players on the field instead of seven,” said Garret Snyder, the women’s ultimate frisbee coordinator and a junior studying health science. “This change is only because we didn’t get enough girls to tryout. If we get enough girls before the first game, the rule will change back to seven on the field. Other than that, no rules have changed.”
Snyder said the change affects the players because they are only allowed a few subs on each team instead of having each player play the whole time.
“Players are responsible for foul and line calls,” according to Disc Ace, a website with information about ultimate frisbee. “Players resolve their own disputes. This creates a spirit of honestly and respect on the playing field. It is the duty of the player who committed the foul to speak up and admit his or her infraction. Occasionally, official observers are used to aid players in refereeing, know as observers.”
The honor aspect of the game is real, according to USA Ultimate.
“Ultimate stresses sportsmanship and fair play,” according to the article “10 Rules of Ultimate Frisbee.” “Competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of respect between players, following the rules and the basic joy of play.”
Snyder said the new rules will not affect the officials as there are no officials in ultimate frisbee.
“Well, for starters, we have six teams this year, compared to eight teams last year, so the pool of competition is a bit smaller, and there are less styles of game play to get used to,” said Brandon Sharon, the coordinator for men’s ultimate frisbee and a freshman studying business management.
Snyder said these are only for competitive women’s ultimate frisbee.
Connor Bradley, a sophomore studying business management who is playing ultimate frisbee this season, said he enjoys the few teams because it means he get to perform more.
“For our team, we only have enough players for two subs, so we play pretty much the whole game,” Bradley said.
Teams are allowed to substitute players after a point is scored or for an injured player after an injury time out, according to Bradley. “In the case of an injury substitution, the opposing team is allowed to make a non-injury substitution.
Bradley said the hard rules to follow are not being able to take any steps and the 10-second rule where you can only hold the Frisbee for 10 “stall” seconds. He said that aspect adds a lot of pressure to players if they are in possession of the frisbee. He also said that when the whistle is blown, the kickoff begins the game.
Ultimate frisbee includes a regulation field which is 70 yards by 40 yards with the end zones 25 yards deep in a rectangular shape, according to USA Ultimate. Players may not run with the disc. The disc may be advanced in any direction by passing to a teammate.
The only constant in life is change, according to an article for Bleacher Report.
“This rule also applies to the sports world, and sometimes the rules make a huge difference on the history of the game,” according to the article. “In each major sport, a specific rule has changed the outcome of some of the most famous records and games, as well as the history of some of the most famous players.”