WFDF approves certain revised rules for Beach Ultimate
19 April 2017
The World Flying Disc Federation (“WFDF”) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors, upon the recommendation of its Beach Ultimate Committee, has approved of a new set of Rules of Beach Ultimate and the corresponding Rules Appendix 2017. The new rules came into effect on April 1, 2017 and will be used at the WFDF 2017 World Championships of Beach Ultimate (WCBU) being held in Royan, France, in association with BULA, from 18-24 June. There are some differences in this set of rules that will affect the game of Beach Ultimate, specifically the length of timeouts, determination of gender mix in the Mixed Division of play, the field size, and the use of yellow discs as the official game disc for TV broadcast games.
“I am confident that the new rules proposed by the Beach Ultimate Committee and approved by the Board of Directors will greatly contribute to an even more appealing presentation of the sport of Beach Ultimate,” commented WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “As these will be used during the WCBU this June, we will see a test of the new rules and particularly the use of new discs as a means to improve the viewing experience on television.”
The Chair of the WFDF Beach Ultimate Committee, Karen Cabrera, stated that the “Beach Ultimate Committee has proposed that the new WFDF Beach Ultimate Rules and Appendix be used in the upcoming WCBU. Some of the changes to highlight are the length of timeouts being 90 seconds with one timeout per game and for the Mixed Division play to use the Ratio Rule B or "end zone decides" rule regarding gender ratio on the field.
Additionally it has been announced that all games that are broadcast will be played with the fluorescent yellow game discs (175g Discraft Ultrastars). Tests have shown that the yellow fluorescent disc stands out better on TV and online livestream, making it easier for the viewers to follow the game. Heat absorbing tests show that the fluorescent yellow disc stays firmer than other colors when exposed to the sun, while in-competition tests showed that there was no significant negative impact on play using a fluorescent disc. Teams playing on fields without broadcast will have the option to choose between white and yellow, with the default being the traditional white disc. Teams are encouraged to play and practice with yellow disc before the WCBU starts. Fluorescent discs can be purchased at Discraft online retailers. Discraft is the official disc partner of WFDF and WCBU2017.