Rules & Eligibility

Rules & Eligibility

Rules of Play

The rules used at the WFDF 2019 European Championships of Beach Ultimate, in association with BULA, shall be the official WFDF Rules of Beach Ultimate that are in effect 4 months before the start of the event.  The WFDF Beach Ultimate Committee is working on updated rules for 2019.

The new rules will include Gender Ratio Rule A (“prescribed ratio” rule) which states: At the start of the game, after the first disc flip, an additional disc flip happens with the winner selecting the gender ratio for the first point. For the second and third points the ratio must be the reverse of the first point. For the fourth and fifth points the ratio must be same as the first point. This pattern of alternating the ratio every two points repeats until the end of the game (half-time has no impact on the pattern).

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 who are at least fourteen (14) years old or older during the calendar year in which the tournament concludes.
  2. Women’s Division: Available only to female players who are at least fourteen (14) years old or older during the calendar year in which the tournament concludes.
  3. Mixed Division: Available to male and female players who are at least fourteen (14) years old or older during the calendar year in which the tournament concludes.
  4. Master Men’s Division: Available for male players who reach at least their 33rd birthday during the calendar year in which the tournament begins (i.e. born in or before 1986), and female players who reach at least their 30th birthday during the calendar year in which the tournament begins (i.e. born in or before 1989)
  5. Master Mixed Division: A player participating in this division as a female must be thirty (30) years old or older during the calendar year in which the tournament concludes. A player participating in this division as a male must be thirty-three (33) years old or older during the calendar year in which the tournament concludes.
  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 1989)
  7. GrandMaster Men’s Division: Available for male players who reach at least their 40th birthdays during the calendar year in which the tournament begins (i.e. born in or before 1979), and female players who reach at least their 37th birthday during the calendar year in which the tournament begins (i.e. born in or before 1982)
  8. Great GrandMaster Men’s Division – Available for male players who reach at least their 48th birthdays during the calendar year in which the tournament begins (i.e. born in or before 1971) and female players who reach at least their 45th birthday during the calendar year in which the tournament begins (i.e. born in or before 1974)

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. Maximum roster size is 20 players. There are no limits to coaches and support staff