Rules of Ultimate governed by the World Flying Disc Federation

12. Receivers and Positioning

  1. 12.1. A player “catches” the disc by demonstrating sustained control of a non-spinning disc.
  2. 12.2. If the player loses control of the disc due to subsequent contact with the ground or a team-mate or a legitimately positioned opposition player, the catch is deemed to have not occurred.
  3. 12.3. The following are out-of-bounds turnovers, and no catch is deemed to have occurred:
  4. 12.3.1. an offensive receiver is out-of-bounds when they contact the disc; or
  5. 12.3.2. after catching the disc, an offensive receiver’s first contact is out-of-bounds while still in possession of the disc.
  6. 12.4. After a catch, that player becomes the thrower.
  7. 12.5. If offensive and defensive players catch the disc simultaneously, the offence retains possession.
  8. 12.6. A player in an established position is entitled to remain in that position and should not be contacted by an opposing player.
  9. 12.7. Every player is entitled to occupy any position on the field not occupied by any opposing player, provided that they do not initiate contact in taking such a position.
  10. 12.7.1. However when the disc is in the air a player may not move in a manner solely to prevent an opponent from taking an unoccupied path to the disc.
  11. 12.8. All players must attempt to avoid contact with other players, and there is no situation where a player may justify initiating contact.  “Making a play for the disc” is not a valid excuse for initiating contact with other players.
  12. 12.9. Some incidental contact , not affecting the outcome of the play or safety of players, may occur as two or more players move towards a single point simultaneously.  Incidental contact should be minimized but is not considered a foul.
  13. 12.10. Players may not use their arms or legs to obstruct the movement of opposing players.
  14. 12.11. No player may physically assist the movement of another player, nor use an item of equipment to assist in contacting the disc.
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