The Field: A regulation field is 80 yards by 53-1/3 yards, with end zones 20 yards long. It is usually played in a football stadium.
Initiate Play: Each point begins with both teams lining up on the front of their respective end zone line. The defense throws (“pulls”) the disc to the offense. Seven players from each team are on the field at all times.
Scoring: Each time the offense completes a pass in the defense’s end zone, the offense scores a point. The clock stops after each score.
Movement of the Disc: The disc may be advanced in any direction by completing a pass to a teammate. Players may not run with the disc. The person with the disc (“thrower”) has seven seconds to throw the disc, which is counted off by a referee. If the thrower does not get throw the disc before the seventh second, it is a turnover.
Change of Possession: When a pass is not completed (e.g. thrown out of bounds, dropped, blocked, intercepted, stalled), the defense immediately takes possession of the disc and becomes the offense.
Substitutions: During a timeout, a team can make as many substitutions as they want. During an injury timeout, the injured player can be substituted, and the opposing team may also choose to replace a player.
Contact: Contact that results in the rerouting of an opponent results in a foul, but mere contact is not necessarily a foul. Light, negligible contact is permitted if the contact does not affect a player’s balance, speed, jump, catch, pivot, or throw, and accidental contact away from disc (not affecting play) is permitted as well.
Fouls: When a player initiates contact on another player, a foul occurs. Other examples of fouls include traveling, picks, strips, and triple teaming. If a player travels while throwing the disc, it is a turnover, but a travel while receiving the disc results in a 10 yard penalty.
Timing: Each game is played in 4 quarters of 12 minutes. A 15 minute halftime is given and each team is allowed 2 timeouts per half.
Integrity Rule / Spirit of the Game: Any player or head coach can overturn any call made by an official if that call favored the coach’s or player’s own team. The intent is for teams to display sportsmanship and remedy an incorrect call against their opponent.