Los Angeles Organization of Ultimate Teams


Rules: UPA 11th edition are in effect, with the following additions/modifications:

– No footblocks. A footblock is a foul. An attempted footblock is also a foul and is treated the same as if you got a footblock.

– Default on lights is game over when there’s one bank of lights left. But captains may decide IN ADVANCE to continue playing under one bank (although you really shouldn’t, cause it’s unsafe). Remember, we pay for only two banks of lights.

– Addendum to light rule.  If the disc is in the air when the lights go out, the result of the play stands.  So a disc caught in the end zone is a score so long as the lights went out after the throw went up.

– Default on sprinklers is game over if sprinkler heads are in the playing field.  But captains may decide to move the field away from the sprinklers if field space is available, or may elect to play through the sprinklers.  However, one bank of lights out PLUS sprinklers on the field is an automatic game over.  Captains may not override this rule.

– One timeout per half plus one floater, no timeouts during overtime. Overtime occurs when the score is 14-14 or higher.

– You may substitute up to 2 players during a timeout.

– Play is strict 4/3.   If you have fewer than 3 women, then you would play with 6 total players.  But there’s a women’s sub pool, so just ask for additional women and I’ll see what I can do for you.  WOMEN SUB POOL RULES BELOW

– If you have only three men, you may play four women.

– Injury substitutions: You may substitute a woman for an injured man, but you may not substitute a man for an injured woman. The opposing team, whether on offense OR defense, is not required to match the gender ratio mid-point.

– For time-out substitutions, you may not change the gender ratio mid-point. Men can only be substituted for men. Women for women.

– All games are to 15, win by 2, cap at 18. Mirror half at 8.

– A game is considered official as soon as it reaches halftime.  A game that does not reach halftime is not an official game and results in a tie, regardless of score.

– Special Rule About Powers: The first team to choose one of the two powers offered for that week gets their pick, and the other team takes the other power.  Powers do not need to be used in games.  They’re just fun options.  When you declare use of a power, you must use it for that point and that point only.  The first moment a team can pick a power is when they get seven on the line for the first point of the game.


– If you expect to have fewer than 5 women at your upcoming game, you may request women to bring the total up to 5.  Please only ask for women if you really need 5.  In other words, don’t just ask for 5, but if you don’t like the options available, decide it’s okay to play with 4, and turn down a woman who would like to play.

– If you get sub pool women to replace your women, but the other team who was expecting at least 5 unexpectedly is down to fewer than 5 (these things happen), then you would be expected to share sub pool women with the other team.  So for example, you have 5 show up with one sub pool woman, and the other team has only 3 make it (two fell ill the day of or something) the sub pool woman would move to the other team.  If they have 4 there and you have 5, you would then share the sub pool women equally.  One half on your team.  The other half on the other team.  You can flip discs or however you decide to determine which half for each team.

– If one of the women you did not expect to show up suddenly shows up, and you now have 6 including the sub pool women you got, and the team you’re playing has 5 women, then you would share the sub pool woman with the other team equally (as stated above in the previous rule), unless the other team decides they’re fine with 5 while you have 6.  I just don’t want sub pool women driving out there, and then not getting to play.

– As much as possible, I will try to replace women fairly across all teams who need women for the day in question.  That will be based on which round the absent women were picked in the draft.  In some circumstances, it may not be possible to fill teams equally.  But we’ll try to do the best we can.

– I will try to fill spots with women from the sub pool who are not currently playing in the league first.  If not enough are available from the sub pool, then I will extend the invitation to women from the league.

– Captains, please try to contact your team in advance of game day to find out if you’ll need women, as it’s harder to get fill ins the day of.