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College Regular Season Requirements


Please see the College Competition page for more college specific information such as post season dates, teams, and contact. (See below for regular season dates)

The following requirements are outlined for college regular season events under the USA Ultimate Tournament Sanctioning program:

The official USA Ultimate College Regular Season will run from January 3, 2020 through March 29, 2020

Definition: The college regular season includes all identified and approved sanctioned tournaments and/or match-play events (at the discretion of USA Ultimate) that involve primarily college division teams.

  1. Organizers and teams should all be aware of the college guidelines that apply throughout the college regular season and college series as well. 


  1. Rosters: All participating teams at college regular season events must complete event rosters through the online USA Ultimate rostering system. Instructions can be found here and assistance will be provided from the USA Ultimate tournament sanctioning program manager.
  2. The event organizers will have admin access to oversee the rostering process and should communicate instructions directly to the teams to ensure that this requirement is completed.
  3. Players must have (1) a current, full USA Ultimate player-level membership (includes College, Adult, Coach/Player, and Lifetime) and (2) a completed USA Ultimate waiver on their account to be rostered. Event memberships are not available for college regular season teams.
  4. College regular season teams must have a minimum of seven players on the event roster
  5. Non-regular season teams (i.e., alumni, high school, local, etc.) competing at college regular season events require pre-approval and will be provided with additional rostering instructions.
  6. The USA Ultimate tournament sanctioning program manager will provide a final roster report to the event organizer via e-mail prior to the event. The event organizer can share this final roster report with the teams prior to the event. Only players listed on this report are eligible to participate.


  1. Competition: These specific competition guidelines must be followed at college regular season events and are also outlined in the college guidelines.
  2. Tournament Format - The specific schedule/format for the event can be created at the discretion of the event organizer. USA Ultimate reserves the right to deny sanctioning for an event format that does not coincide with the goals and objectives of the college regular season.
  3. A suggested Format Manual is available for your resource.
  4. Field Size -Please see Provisions and Amenities 
  5. Game Length - Games must be scheduled to at least a minimum point cap of 11 and no time cap can be less than 60 minutes. Games that are suspended due to inclement weather or other unavoidable reason will be counted only if a team has reached at least half the minimum point total or half the minimum game length.
  6. Forfeit Rules - The forfeit rules for the college regular season are outlined here.
  7. Observers - Only USA Ultimate certified observers are permitted to officiate at college regular season events. Experimental changes in officiating responsibilities may be permitted but must be communicated in detail during the sanctioning application process and must be pre-approved by USA Ultimate.
  8. Competition Rules - All college regular season events must be played using the current edition of the USA Ultimate Official Rules of Ultimate. The 20-yard Endzone Size and the Contact Call have been reapproved for the 2018 College Series, and are encouraged for the college regular season as well.
  9. Experimental Rules - Rules changes (i.e. those outside of the current edition of the USA Ultimate official rules) may be permitted but must be communicated in detail during the sanctioning application process and must be pre-approved by USA Ultimate.


  1. Score Reporting - Scores for the tournament should be posted throughout the tournament. Scores & schedule should be communicated timely during tetournament.
  2. Scores need to be posted by Monday 8am after the tournament. This is particularly important on Saturday night of the tournament so that teams can check the schedule going into Sunday.


  1. Deadlines: The following deadlines are in addition to the deadlines established in the standard tournament sanctioning requirements.
    1. Monday 5 PM MT prior to the event: Team Registration - Teams must be registered for the event. The system will prevent registration after this time and teams that fail to complete this step may not be eligible to participate in the event.
    2. Tuesday 8 AM MT prior to the event: The final schedule for the event must be posted via the USA Ultimate website
    3. Wednesday 5 PM MT prior to the event: Final event rosters must be completed via the USA Ultimate online rostering system. The system will prevent any further event roster changes after this time. Players that have not been added and teams with fewer than seven players on the event roster will not be eligible to participate in the event.
    4. Monday 8 AM MT after the event: All scores must be entered and marked as final in the USA Ultimate event builder system. The event organizer must also send a confirmation e-mail to teal@hq.usaultimate.org once this is complete. At this time, organizers should not make any more changes to the schedule/results and score reporting for the event will be locked. The burden of proof will fall on the teams if any changes need to be made after this deadline.
    5. See below for a breakdown of all these deadlines (as well as application deadlines) relative to the weekend of any given college regular season event.


  1. Penalties: USA Ultimate reserves the right to impose penalties on organizers, teams, and/or players that fail to meet any of these requirements.
    1. These penalties could include financial penalties, exclusion from an event (team or player), nulification of results, cancellation of sanctioning for event (and revoking insurance coverage), future sanctions, or any other penalties that USA Ultimate deems necessary to impose.


  1. Sanctioning: All other standard tournament sanctioning requirements (i.e., safety standards, communication expectations, etc.) must be met for college regular season events as well as the specific guidelines above.


These requirements are non-negotiable once an event has been classified as a college regular season event. Organizers, teams, and players absolutely must comply with these requirements.

If you have any questions about the information outlined above, please contact teal@hq.usaultimate.org and we'll be happy to provide further assistance.