Game – 5 second rule by Dominick Smyth


An additional rule to encourage players to make space for each other.

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Mark a pitch as normal with the addition of a line of cones down the centre from one endzone to the other. Each team picks one side of the centre line (left or right) that, when attacking, they are only allowed onto for 5 seconds. There is no requirement for this to be different sides.


As with any game, after a score play stops and teams change ends.

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  • Play a game as normal with the 5 second rule.
  • Encourage throwers to attempt passes to team mates as they are running into the open area of the pitch and avoid passes to the crowded area.

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  • Dominick Smyth says:

    Participants may struggle with requirement to follow 5-second rule if it means they don't get passed to. Encourage them to focus on how they have made space for their team instead of how many times they got the disc.

    Encourage throwers to identify which side of line is easier to pass to - the one with all their team mates waiting or the side with team mates running in and out?

  • Brummie says:

    During games of ultimate, teams are able to make throws to any area of the field but keeping a large area of the field mostly empty makes it much easier to throw to teammates when they run into that space.

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