Rules of play

The rules used at the WFDF 2017 World Championships of Beach Ultimate, in association with BULA, shall be the current edition of the rules on the dates of play. The current rules can be found here.

Mixed division gender ratio on the field

After the start of each point, prior to the pull, the offensive team chooses to play with either two (2) male players and three (3) female players or two (2) female players and three (3) male players.  The pulling team must match this selection.

Player eligibility

For a player to be registered to represent a national team, it is necessary that he/she complies with the national team eligibility requirements as set out below:

Divisions

  1. Men’s Division: Available to all male and female players.
  2. Women’s Division: Available only to female players.
  3. Mixed Division: Available to male and female players
  4. Master Men’s Division: Available for male and female players who reach at least their 33rd birthday during the calendar year in which the tournament begins. (i.e. born in or before 1984)
  5. Master Mixed Division (3/2): Available for male and female players who reach at least their 33rd birthday during the calendar year in which the tournament begins. (i.e. born in or before 1984)
  6. Master Women’s Division: Available for all female players who reach at least their 30th birthday during the calendar year in which the tournament begins. (i.e. born in or before 1987)
  7. GrandMaster Division: Available for male and female players who reach at least their 40th birthdays during the calendar year in which the tournament begins. (i.e. born in or before 1977)

Choice of divisions

If a player qualifies for more than one division, he/she shall choose which division he/she shall compete in prior to the start of play, and shall not compete in any other division throughout the duration of the tournament.

Citizenship

Players can automatically qualify for participation if:

  • They own a passport or equivalent legal document issued by the country’s government; or
  • If they have moved to the country at least four years prior to the start date of the event and spent more than 75% of those four years in the country.

Each team can put up to 3 players on their roster that are deemed to be “Resident non-citizens”. These players:

  • own a legal certificate of permanent residency issued by the country’s government; or
  • moved to the country at least 20 months prior to the start date of the event and spent more than 75% of those 20 months in the country.

Ultimate Community member

Each team can field one player that is deemed to be an “Ultimate Community Member”, if a player is considered to be a significant part of that Country’s ultimate community, but doesn’t fall under the above categories. This choice is at the discretion of the country’s National Association and following may be taken into account in making this decision:

  • Residency history in that Country
  • Participation in that Country’s ultimate events, especially national championships
  • Past representation on National Teams
  • Participation in the development of ultimate in the Country

The reasoning shall be provided along with the remaining registration information.

Small Ultimate Community

A country which fulfills the following criteria will be considered a small Ultimate community:

  • A maximum of 300 Ultimate players are registered with the National WFDF member (Ultimate Federation, Flying Disc Federation or similar).
  • The country has been a WFDF Member for less than 16 years.

Teams from small Ultimate communities will be allowed to add one extra Resident Non- Citizen or Ultimate Community Member to their Roster.

Roster size

A team must have a minimum of nine (9) players registered on its playing roster for the event. A team in the mixed (masters) division must have a minimum of five (5) male and five (5) female players on its roster. NEW: Due to the overwhelming interest in the WCBU, teams may only have a maximum of of sixteen (16) team members – comprising of up to fifteen (15) rostered players plus one (1) support staff/coaches/other.