Condor’s Rule Over The WEAK: Boundaries

Condor

In and Out of Bounds (and the Endzone)

When playing ultimate it is important to know if you are in or out of bounds when you catch a disc, being that catching a disc out of bounds results in a turnover. So what is considered in or out of bounds?

The “playing field” is defined as the area bounded by the sidelines and the endzone lines. It does not include the sidelines but it does include the endzone lines. An Endzone line is defined as a line stretches across the front of the endzone. All lines are a cone width wide.

The endzone is defined as the area bounded by the sidelines, endzone line and the line at the back of the endzone. It does not include any of these lines.

To be in bounds, all of a players points of ground contact (any body part) must be in the “playing field” when the disc is caught. The disc does not have to be in bounds to be caught as long as the player catching the disc is in bounds.

This means:
1) Catching a disc with a point of contact on a sideline is out of bounds.
2) Catching a disc while points of contact straddle a sideline is out of bounds.
3) Catching the disc with one or more points of contact in bounds and then running out of bounds is in bounds

If a disc is thrown out of bounds and does not come back into bounds, the defensive team take possession of the disc where the disc went out of bounds.

If a disc is thrown out of bounds and comes back in bounds and the pass is not completed, the defensive team takes possession of the disc at the location of the turnover.

It is important to note that a defensive player is allowed to make a defensive play on a disc at anytime. This means the defensive player and/or the disc may be out of bounds at the time of the defensive play. If this happens, the disc comes into play at the point on the sideline nearest to where the defensive player made contact with the disc (not where the disc went out of bounds).

To be in the endzone, all of a players points of ground contact must be in the endzone when the disc is caught.

This means:
1) Catching a disc with a point of contact on the endzone line is out of the endzone.
2) Catching a disc while points of contact straddle the endzone line is out of the endzone.
3) Catching the disc with one or more points of contact in bounds and then running into the endzone is out of the endzone
4) Catching a disc with one or more points of contact in the the endzone and then running out of bounds is in the endzone
6) All rules regarding sidelines pertain to the endzones as well.

In and out of bounds is called by the person on the field with best perspective. If players cannot agree, play is reset to the thrower.

Other Resources:

  1. For information on HOW to handle call.
    http://wfdf.org/sotg/about-sotg/77-be-calm-strategy
  2. For information on this and other rules:
    http://www.usaultimate.org/resources/officiating/rules/11th_edition_rules.aspx
  3. Full series of “Condor’s Rules Over The WEAK
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