The European Ultimate Championship Series Committee (CSC) recommends using the Nationals or another tournament played during the current season as the Qualifier (EUCQ), but it is up to the national federations to decide how they assign bids to EUCR.
At National Championship there is normally the highest participation of teams and is already a well working system in most European Countries.
Federations can also build a “Section” and run a larger EUCQ (single event or series), if the national championships are too small to be really competitive.
If national championships are traditionally played during fall, an extra event, where most teams participate can be used as EUCQ.
The main changes from the Rules used till 2010 are:
- the number of allowed additions is 3 for the open division and no more 5. For the women division the additions stay 5.
The goal is to stimulate clubs to work on development of new own players.
- as a compromise we allow also players, who played the EUCR for a team, which did not qualify to EUCF, to be added to the roster of a qualified team.
The goal is to stimulate also middle level teams, who lost in the past their best players for better teams, to play at EUCR and make more international experience. The top players can still be added to the roster of the better team (if it qualifies) also after EUCR. This should bring more teams to EUCR and the level in the region should increase much faster.
- We officialized what all nations made already so far, that is, submitting the EUCR-Roster prior EUCR and playing the EUCQ with their national eligibility rules.
This also officializes the fact that some federations just focus on development in their national league, keeping the team size small on purpose, and that they have a loosen eligibility rule for teams who also want to play internationally.
In other words, the idea behind is:
the federation wants to keep the number of teams participating in the selection tournament high by allowing short rosters
teams normally play internationally with a larger roster (e.g. having some fix players who nationally play in small teams, which don't travel abroad or internationally always merge with an other team)
the federation can approve a rosters including more players than those on the national club roster.
On the other hand, if these are ad hoc additions (e.g. no playing history with the team ) then the federations must mark them as additional players.
Finally all the CSC needs to know from the national federations is
a) the final ranking of the EUCQ (independently if it is an ad hoc tournament or the national competition)
b) if there are players of a EUCS-Roster, who do not follow their national eligibility rules for teams who play internationally
A Team is a group of players, who enter the EUCS under the same roster.
There is no geographical or legal boundary to define a team.
A Club is a group of players, who regularly train together and develop as a group.
Normally a Club is a legal entity and is bound to a certain area, where trainings take place.
Normally players pay a membership fee to be part of a Club and are registered of the Club roster.
The CSC encourages Clubs to enter the Series, in order to stimulate the development for Ultimate in their area.
Yes. Roster must be submitted within the term defined on the EUCS webpage and must be certified by a Regional Series Committee (RSC) represenatative of the national federation.
No, because of rule 3.2
A player can play on two different qualifiers (EUCQ), though. If both teams qualify, s/he will have to decide on which roster to be placed. National federation must decide if this is an additional player or not.
Sure! There is no regionality or club membership restriction for a EUCS Roster.
The only restriction is that one player can just be place on one roster.
The EUCS eligibility rules say that you have to define your team before the EUCR.
This team must also play the EUCQ following the eligibility rules valid in that nation.
A national representative must certify that the submitted roster includes maximum 3 players, who don't belong to that team.
Within the Series a team can add up to 3 players.
If in your nation there is no real 7v7 national league on grass, which can be used as qualifier, then your nation is still allowed to nominate the teams, who qualifies for regional.
This is a general problem for women ultimate, where often there’s just one national team playing some tournaments abroad, but no real league with consolidated teams.
The roster for this team, which does not need to have any geographical or club restrictions, must be submitted prior EUCR.
We are continous that especially in developing countries, the team size in the league is kept small on purpose in order to have more teams and that the mainly focus in the league is on development of new players. These small teams cannot compete internationally with that size and with that average playing level.
In this case federations should either a different event as EUCQ and let teams to play with their large EUCS-roster there, or have own national eligibility rules for teams, who play internationally, like allowing teams to merge prior the submission of the EUCS-Roster.
Up to 3 players can be added by the date defined by the CSC to the rosters, which was presented before EUCR.
These players can be taken from teams, who did not qualify to the next EUCS stage.
The CSC does not allow any kind of exceptions for the eligibility rules.
If teamA did not qualify to the next EUCS stage (EUCQ->EUCR or EUCR->EUCF), then the player is no more rostered and can be added to the roster of any other team, which qualified.
if teamA qualified and the player has been placed on the EUCS-roster of this team, then he is bound to teamA for the next round, otherwise can be added to the roster of teamB.
You are free to define “who” your team is in the actual season as you prefer. It is not necessary that players on your roster, pay membership or live in your city. Your country must certify that the players on your EUCS-Roster also follow its national eligibility rules.
Differently from a usual tournament roster, where you normally fill in all and only the players, who will participate, the EUCS roster is to define your team during the whole EUCS season, so you should add all your available players, regardless if they will play all EUCS tournaments or not. There is just a technical limit of 50 players in the roster submission form.
The EUCR rosters must be approved by the RSC.
Each national federation must have at least 1 representative in the RSC, whose task is also to check that the submitted rosters respect those used by that nation for the EUCQ, taking into consideration the specific national eligibility rules.
Starting from 2011 it will be mandatory that a national federation has at least 1 representative in the RSC, if teams of this nation want to play at EUCR. This means that without this precondition, no team from that nation will be admitted to the EUCR.
Club is not equal Team.
Each Team participating in EUCR must have his own EUCR-roster.
If a club is able to field more teams at EUCR, they are considered by the CSC as completely indendent teams and additions are subject to the point 4.4 of the eligibility rule.
Both teams can qualify to EUCF.