Ultimate Rules Insights
Rules Insight 5: Catching
certain amount of contact during or immediately after the catching attempt is
often unavoidable and is not a foul.
However, it is the responsibility of ALL players to avoid contact when
ever possible and any dangerously aggressive behaviour or reckless disregard
for the safety of others is a foul.
- If the Defender prevents a player
completing a catch by making contact with them, this is a foul.
- If a player (Offence or Defence) makes
contact with a stationary player while making a play on the disc, this is
- A player cannot prevent an opponent from
making a catch by placing their arms above an opponent. This is a foul.
- This is called the
principle of verticality, and does not prevent players reaching over
opponents, if doing so does not cause contact.
- A player who has jumped cannot be
prevented from landing on the same spot.
To do so is a foul.
- The player may also land
on another spot provided that spot was not occupied before they jumped.
- In essence this means
that no-one can jump into another player nor prevent a player already in
the air from landing.
- A receiver is in possession of the disc
when they have control and are fully inbounds.
- “In control” means
having control of a non-spinning disc.
- Dropping the disc due to
ground contact results in a turnover.
- A receiver must take the minimum number of
steps to come to a complete stop after catching the disc. Excessive steps is a travel.
- A throw can be made
without stopping so long as it is within 3 ground contacts (steps) of the
- The thrower cannot
change direction or speed up after a catch. To do so is a travel.
- If the disc is caught at the same instant
by both defence and offence then offence retains possession.
- When it is not clear if a catch was before
the disc hit the ground of if the catcher was inbounds, then the player(s)
with the best perspective makes the call.
- This rule relies heavily
on the Spirit and honesty of all players. If there is genuine disagreement then the disc should go
back to the thrower.
- Line officials may be
used in some competitions to help with line calls.
- Deliberate “bobbling” or tipping of the
disc to gain ground is considered travelling.
- Non-deliberate bobbling
to make a catch is legal.