Rules Quiz

Test your knowledge of the Rules of Ultimate. 

For a complete version of the rules, visit the USA Ultimate website for the 11th edition rules.

1) What is the difference between a foul and violations?

a) Fouls and violations are the same thing

b) Fouls and violations are technically different, but mostly just in wording. They are treated the same way.

c) Fouls are the result of contact between players on opposite teams; violations are any infraction of the rules other than a foul.

d) Fouls are called when the rules have been broken, violation is not a word used in Ultimate.

 

2) When can you call a foul and what is a contest?

a) You can call a foul anytime you don’t like what happened on the field. Any person on the opposing team can call you out if they think you are lying.

b) If a person hits you, you should call foul. After a foul happens, the disc goes back to where it was at just before the foul was called.

c) A foul is the result of contact between two players. A player called for an infraction may contest that call if the contact was accidental.

d) A foul is the result of contact between two players only if the play could have been significantly different absent the foul. The player who was called for an infraction may contest a call if that player believes the infraction did not occur.

 

3) What happens after a contested foul call on the thrower?

a) The two players should ask people on the sideline what to do.

b) The disc reverts to the thrower, and comes in at the count reached plus one, or 6 if over 5.

c) The disc goes to the thrower, comes in at 6 if over 5, unless it was a fast count call in which case the disc comes in at 7.

d) The two players ro-sham-bo to decide who was right.

 

4) Read the following example and choose what could happen: 

You are the thrower and as you throw, your mark hits your arm as you are releasing the disc, you call foul.

a) The throw is completed to the intended receiver and the disc goes back to the thrower with a count reached plus 1, 6 if over 5.

b) The throw is incomplete and it is a turnover.

c) The throw is incomplete and the intended receiver gains possession.

d) The throw is incomplete, the call is uncontested and the thrower regains possession with a stall count of 0.

 

5) In what situation does the disc need to be “checked” in? (Offensive self-check or defense check)

a) A disc is thrown out of bounds

b) A turnover occurs on the playing field.

c) A turnover occurs in the end zone, and the disc is walked to the goal line

d) Play stops due to a foul or violation.

e) a, c, and d

 

6) Which of the following is a travel?

a) A receiver catches the disc in the air, has two points of contact and throws the disc with both feet off the ground before the third point touches.

b) A player catches the disc in stride,  tops as soon as possible taking six steps in a straight line

c) A player catches the disc in stride, slows down to establish a pivot in 3 steps while curving to change direction and face up field.

d) All of the above.

 

7) Who can call a pick, and when can they do it?

a) Any player on defense can call a pick when someone on their team gets blocked by someone on offense.

b) Only the picked player can call a pick, and they can do it whenever they are unable to chase their mark due to someone on offense in the way.

c) A pick can be called by a defensive player when they are within 3 meters of their mark and become obstructed by any other player on the field.

d) Any time you are running in ultimate if and another person is in the way of where you want to go, you should call a pick.

 

8) How much time elapses between points? (In Theory)

a) It takes as long as players need to signal they are ready to start the next point.

b) It takes as long as players need to signal they are ready to start the next point, but no more than three minutes.

c) Up to 90 seconds.

d) The team that just scored has 70 seconds to signal they are ready, but must wait until the team who will be on offense signals that they are also ready.

 

9) What should happen if players are unable to resolve an issue about a foul or violation?

a) Players must continue to discuss until they can agree what happened and what the rules describe needs to happen.

b) If players agree on nothing, the disc goes back to the thrower at the count reached plus 1, or  6 if over 5. If they agree on what happened but don’t know what to do next, they should ask their captains.

c) If the players cannot come to a consensus alone, they should ask the sideline what happened.

 

10)  When it is not immediately clear if the disc was up or down, or if a player was in or out, the person with best perspective is supposed to make the call (their call cannot be argued). If it is unclear who has best perspective and there are differing opinions, then the disc goes back to the thrower.  Best perspective is pretty important, what is it?

a) Best perspective is the most complete view available by an on-field player considering things like position of the disc, ground, players, and line markers involved in a play.

b) Best perspective is held by the player closest to the disc, typically the person catching or playing defense on the disc.

c) Best perspective is held by the player on the sideline who has the best view of the play and can be impartial.

d) Best perspective is the most complete view available by anybody around that includes the position of the disc, ground, players, and line markers involved in a play

 

11) What duties does a captain have to perform prior to starting each EUPA game?

a) Lead your team through warm up and stretch.

b) Set up the field, flip for colour/receive or pull/starting end zone.

c) Introduce themselves to every other player on the opposing team and tell them a personal story.

d) Sit in your lawn chair and mentally prepare for the game.

 

12) What is a double team and who can call it?

a) When there is are two players guarding the person who keeps scoring the other teams points.  Only the offensive team calls it.

b) When there is more than one defensive player within three meters of the thrower. Any person on the offensive team can call it.

c) If a defensive player other than the marker is within three meters of the thrower without also being within three meters of and guarding another offensive player. Only the thrower can call it.

 

13) Please read the following paragraph on length of game and then answer and then choose which outcome is possible within the rules.

Games are played to 15 points, win by 2, or until a cap is reached. There is a point cap at 17 points. There is a “soft time cap” at 8:45PM: finish the current point, add two to the highest score, this is your new point cap. There is a “hard time cap” at 9:00 PM: finish your current point, the games end unless the score is tied in which case you play one more point to determine winner.

a) A game finished 15-14 at 8:30 PM

b) A game ends tied.

c) At 8:45 PM the score is 14-13, soft cap is in effect. The leading team scores, winning 15-13.

d) At 9:00 PM the score is 14-14, the final score was 17-15.

 

14) Off of the pull, which of the following outcomes is possible?

a) The disc lands out of bounds around half field, the receiving team indicates “middle” and the disc comes in at the middle of the field where it went out.

b) The disc lands out of bounds around half field, no one signaled “middle” and the disc comes in at the sideline where it went out.

c) The disc lands out of bounds beside the end zone, the receiving team indicates “middle” and the disc comes in at the middle of the field at the brick marker.

d) The pull is attempted to be caught (not in a “tricky” way) and is dropped. It is a turn over.

e) The pull lands in bounds and rolls out, and is put into play where it rolled out, or the nearest spot on the playing field proper.

f) The pull lands in bounds and contacts a player before rolling out, and is put into play where it rolled out ( end zone included)

g) An awesome individual tries to catch the disc with one hand while doing a handstand (or in some other “tricky“ manor) and fails spectacularly. Everyone cheers, they get disc where they tried to catch the pull.

h) All of the above .

 

Answer Key:

1)c          2)d         3)b         4)d         5)e         6)c          7)c

8)c          9)b         10)a       11)b       12)c       13)c       14)h

How did you do? If you got them all right, well done! If you missed some along the way, look it up in the Official Rules or ask us at Rules@EUPA.ca to improve your understanding.