The main goal of the Belgian Ultimate League (BUL) is to allow Belgian club teams to play games during the outdoor season and not only in tournament format. The games take place during the practice moment of the home team.
Each season, we will check the interest of the different Belgian teams in the BUL and make a calendar, based on available info (location, level, …). We organise all the games in predetermined BUL-weeks so that teams can organise themselves. Games can be changed after the calendar is made, by contacting the opponent team and searching a new date together.
The idea is to make ultimate frisbee big in Belgium by making some noise. Therefore, we will organise three live streams (women, mixed and open finals). To be able to make it big, we need the teams to think big too though (like selling hot choco for the supporters, making an event, promoting the game with the fans, …).
The interest for the new season will be checked in the period between October and November. Based on the responses, the BUL calender is made in December.
The calender is made based on the divisions (women, open, mixed, …) and the level. Since the games are held during practice hours during the week, the distances between teams is kept as small as possible. Therefore there are ‘conferences’ (northern, southern, …) made.
The BUL season is held in the period between February and April (after the exams). The last month is reserved for wild cards, semi finals and finals.
For the ranking, we use the WFDF rules: first the number of games won and then the goal difference.
When the ‘main games’ are played per conference, the ‘final season’ starts. When there are only 2 conferences, there is a final. When there are 4 conferences, there are first semi finals and when there are 3 conferences, the 2 ‘lowest team’ first have to fight for a spot in the final during the ‘wild card game’,
The field must be indicated by multiple cones (at least 2+3+1+3+2 per side), by (chalk) lines or by tape. The brick mark should be indicated at the sidelines or on the grass (chalk). Field dimensions should be according to WFDF rules.
Each game takes 80 minutes with hard cap at 15. After the time cap, point will be finished. If after that, the score is even, a universe point is played. Half time at 40 minutes or 7 (the one that is first reached). Half-time takes 4 minutes, time is not stopped. Each team has 1 time-out per game. Each time-out takes 2 minutes, time is not stopped. No time-outs in last 5 minutes.
We would like the game to start 90 minutes before the end of the venue hours. Regular venues have 2 hours timeslots, so there is 30 minutes of warm-up. The times on the website are the starting hour of the available field, so nót the starting hour of the game.
Nevertheless, there are some venues with only 90 minutes available. For these games, the game start at the beginning of the venue starting hour (so as indicated on the website).
When a team shows up late, the opponent team gets 1 point per minute. In case of no shows (not able to field at least 5 people on field) or late forfait (after 29/1), the other team wins the game with 15-0.
The home team provides at least one person (not one of the players) that is scorekeeper and time manager. Both teams fill in the final score of the game and the spirit form.
For the rest, WFDF rules are used.
Last but not least, please make (facebook-)events, invite all your friends and family, take a lot of pictures, try a livestream and have fun!
FEES AND INSURANCE
Each season, we ask for a subscription fee and a deposit fee. The deposit fee is for us to be able to put pressure on deadlines.
We ask that all players are a member of the BUF to be insured. We expect teams to be able to check themselves if conditions to play the game(s) are good before starting the game. The BUL cannot be held responsible for injuries or other damages to players, spectators or infrastructure.
We are making the BUL a non-profit organisation (it is a ‘feitelijke vereniging’ for now), consisting of three members. We would like to thank Wannes Kestens, Robin Wouters and Tim Op De Beéck for the start of the BUL, years ago. Now, the BUL-board consists of Evelien Van Bockstal (CEO), Koen Verpoorten (CFO) and Tim Op De Beéck (COO).
We would prefer to contact us as one team and not by one person only, since we discuss everything together. Our e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org and you can also contact us via the facebook-page https://www.facebook.com/belgianultimateleague/ .