Ultimate Rules Insights
Rules Insight 5: Catching
A 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 foul.
- 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 catch.
- 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.