Rules of Ultimate governed by the World Flying Disc Federation

11. Out-of-Bounds

  1. 11.1. The entire playing field is in-bounds. The perimeter lines are not part of the playing field and are out-of-bounds.  All non-players are part of the out-of-bounds area.
  2. 11.2. The out-of-bounds area consists of the area which is not in-bounds and everything in contact with it, except for defensive players, who are always considered “in-bounds” for purposes of making a play on the disc.
  3. 11.3. An offensive player who is not out-of-bounds is in-bounds.
  4. 11.3.1. An airborne player retains their in-bounds/out-of-bounds status until that player contacts the playing field or the out-of-bounds area.
  5. 11.3.2. A thrower in possession of the disc, who contacts the playing field and then touches an out-of-bounds area, is still considered in-bounds.
  6. If the thrower leaves the playing field, they must establish the pivot at the spot on the playing field where they crossed the perimeter line (unless 14.2 is in effect).
  7. 11.3.3. Contact between players does not confer the state of being in- or out-of-bounds from one to another.
  8. 11.4. A disc is in-bounds once it is live, or when play starts or restarts.
  9. 11.5. A disc becomes out-of-bounds when it first contacts the out-of-bounds area or contacts an out-of-bounds offensive player.  A disc in the possession of an offensive player has the same in/out-of-bounds status as that player.  If the disc is simultaneously in the possession of more than one offensive player, one of them being out-of-bounds, the disc is out-of-bounds.
  10. 11.6. The disc may fly outside a perimeter line and return to the playing field, and players may go out-of-bounds to make a play on the disc.
  11. 11.7. The place where a disc went out-of-bounds is the spot where, prior to contacting an out-of-bounds area or player, the disc was most recently:
  12. 11.7.1. partly or wholly over the playing field; or
  13. 11.7.2. contacted by an in-bounds player.
  14. 11.8. If the disc is out-of-bounds and more than three (3) metres from the pivot point, non-players may retrieve the disc.  The thrower must carry the disc the last three (3) metres to the playing