KUPS is very proud and excited to present the world-premier (so far as we know) Geach tournament the weekend of September 14th and 15th, 2013. This is a fun tournament with a format designed to accomplish teams and players of all skill-levels with an focus on the spirit of the game, socializing and catching the disc for a point!
Geach is an crowd-pleasing, new variation of Ultimate designed, tested and refined by KUPS' own members and has quickly become a favorite way to enjoy our wonderful Okanagan weather and beaches. Geach is essentially goaltimate played on the beach with the end zone in the water and rules tweaked to emphasize lay-out focused offence. Points will almost exclusively be earned by layout catches.
We plan to make this an annual event, but need your help to make this initial event a success. Players can sign up individually for $20 or as a team (8 players recommended) for $150. Registration includes snacks and a BBQ and at least 5 games of Geach. You will not find better value in an Ultimate tournament! You can sign up by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 5:00 PM September 11, 2013. We'll need at least 6 teams or 6 teams worth of players signed up by that time to green-light it. Players are asked to find their own accommodation.
Stay tuned to KUPS' website (http://www.kelownaultimate.com/) or e-mail email@example.com for more info.
Picture it: the sun, the sand, the layouts. Downtown Kelowna inches away, water still warm and lots of great social spots within walking distance. Once you've played it, we guarantee you'll be hooked and look for every chance to play. You know this is where you want to be! Sign up early, get hyped and get ready to Geach.
Documented evidence of Geach's awesomeness should be posted to the KUPS website soon.
Simplified rules below:
1. The hoop will be set up approximately a meter into the water so that the plane of the goal is actually in the water. This leaves the space behind the hoop shallow enough to move through, but deep enough to safely layout in.
2. Goals are defined as one of two things:
a) Any disc thrown through the front of the hoop and caught in the water while laying out (there is no endzone area) - players do not need to layout through the hoop unless they are attempting a pull-though (see below); and
2) Any disc thrown through the hoop and caught within one meter from the plane of the goal by a player still on their feet (nerf point).
3. Discs that touch the water before they are caught are considered down as though they touched the ground. Turnovers are played from where they happen.
4. Pull throughs (standing on one side of the hoop and catching on the other) are not allowed however, push throughs are. A push through is defined as a mid air layout catch made prior to part or all of the disc crossing the plane of the goal in which the layout is so powerful and airworthy (and praiseworthy) that the receivers entire body crosses the plane of the goal in the air before landing. IE a layout catch made through the hoop is considered a goal.
5. There is no puppy guarding. IE you cannot be in the water or wet part of the sand in front of the hoop unless actively guarding someone and you cannot hang out in the water immediately behind the hoop unless guarding someone. This rule is designed to encourage layout catches and discourage the risk of someone being hurt by a layout catch.
6. The sidelines for the majority of the playing field are extremely wide, however, the sidelines of the reset area are more narrow. Players waiting to sub must wait to either side of the reset area and can only sub in when they 'tap in' from an active teammate.
7. There is no set back line to the reset area, however terrain and practicality will generally make passes more than 10 meters past the reset line ineffective.
8. Games are played 4 on 4 continuous with subs on the fly. There must be at least one female player per team at all times. If a team cannot field a female player, they must play with no more than 3 male players on at a time.
9. Excepting the above, normal Goalti rules apply.
To date, we haven't had any problem with the above rules. If you foresee any issues, please let me know and we can try to address them.
-Jeremy Burgess, KUPS Board Member