Rules

HUC abides by the 11th edition rules, which can be found at the bottom of this page. All HUC players are expected to know the rules or are at a minimum, willing to learn them. 

 

Each league also has some specific rules that players must follow. Click on the boxes below to open a new window for rules that are specific to each league.

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ADDITIONAL LEAGUE RULES

A. Dangerous Play rule:

 

Current USAU rule

"XVI.H Fouls (II.E): It is the responsibility of all players to avoid contact in every way possible.

XVI.H.4 Reckless disregard for the safety of fellow players or other dangerously aggressive behaviour (such as significantly colliding into a stationary opponent), regardless of whether or when the disc arrives or when contact occurs is considered dangerous play and is treated as a foul. This rule is not superseded by any other rule."

 

HUC League specific rule

"XVI.H Fouls (II.E): It is the responsibility of all players to avoid contact in every way possible.

XVI.H.4 Reckless disregard for the safety of fellow players or other dangerously aggressive behaviour, regardless of whether or when the disc arrives or whether or when contact occurs, is considered dangerous play and is treated as a foul. This rule is not superseded by any other rule."

Key change #1: remove "(such as significantly colliding into a stationary opponent)"

Key change #2: remove "when contact occurs", and replace with "regardless of whether or when contact occurs"

 

What this means:

Contact need not occur for Dangerous Play to be called. Dangerous Play can be called:

a) after contact has occured;

b) before an event to avoid a potential collision; or

c) after an event where a player had to stop their play to avoid a collision

(e.g. A defender or player on offence runs/bids in a way that an accident would occur if the opposing player were to continue - whether contact occurs , or whether the opposing player "pulls back" to avoid a collision, a Dangerous Play foul may be called).

 

Players calling a Dangerous Play foul before a potential incident need to have reasonable grounds for doing so; they should actually be able to see the oncoming player and have some reason to believe that they will not avoid contact- this could include the player not having enough experience in anticipating the possible play or previous history of that player not avoiding contact.

A Dangerous Play call should be treated like a foul.

 

B. Ratio Rule:

 

Teams will flip at the beginning of the game to determine which end zone will choose the ratio. At halftime, the ratio selection end zone will switch. The team that chooses the ratio will select the # of women (3 or 4) to be matched by the opposing team. The other remaining players are open players.

Options will be: 

3W/4O

4W/3O

The term 'open' means that players do not need to indicate what their gender is on the field.

Open = any player in the league

(could be man, woman, trans, self-defined, or players could prefer not to say)

 

C. Minimum Roster Requirments:

Summer 2018 teams are required to have a minimum of 6 women and a minumum of 12 total players on their roster before teams will be scheduled for the season.

 

D. Aggressive Behaviour:

**NEW POLICY ON THE WAY FOR SUMMER 2018**

Aggressive play is strictly prohibited. Other team sports (soccer, rugby, football) encourage players to "go hard" for the ball and tolerate the resulting contact as an acceptable part of the game. This is not acceptable in the Hamilton Ultimate Club. Players who routinely play aggressively will be suspended from the league. Captains who allow individuals to play aggressively risk team suspension. All contact is a foul and should be called by one of the players.

**No Fighting. Zero Tolerance: A shoving match is interpreted as a fight. Automatic season suspension for offending player(s). It is both captain's responsibility to report incidents to the league convener.**

 

E. Weather:

 

To allow for changing conditions, canceled games may not be called until just a few minutes before game time. Check the website for last minute changes if you suspect a field will be rained out. If there is nothing posted on the website, please remember to go to your fields for 6:30 pm (6pm in fall league). If there is lightning or thunder, take shelter. Captains can exchange phone numbers before taking shelter to wait out the weather.

Wait 30 minutes after last seeing lightning or hearing thunder, before starting/resuming play. If you are unable to take the field safely by 7:30pm, please discuss canceling the game with the opposing captain.

If there is any standing water pooling on grass fields, do not play. If you are able to re-align your field orientation or change the field size and avoid these sections, play can resume. But field preservation is of the highest priority. Damage to the fields now, leads to uneven surfaces later in the season resulting in turned ankles, other injuries, or even closed fields.

Games that are cancelled for weather are not made up unless the League Convener requests it.

 

At McMaster and Redeemer, please follow any staff instructions for clearing fields and resuming play.

Please respect and comply with any & ALL staff requests. When asked to leave the field and get to shelter, please do so. As captains, you are also responsible for your players' conduct as well. By not following field rental space policies you jeopardize our field permits and our relationships with the venues. Staff have policies that they must follow. It is their job. Please make it easier for them, not harder.

 

***No SMOKING or ALCOHOL in ANY Hamilton Park***   https://www.hamilton.ca/HealthandSocialServices/PublicHealth/Tobacco/smokefreeoutdoorspaces.htm

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