With the 11th edition, a strip changed a bit in the rules; namely that it’s now considered a foul. What this means to the average player is that you can contest a strip; however, where you are on the field will help determine what happens when a strip is called. First, let’s take a look at the actual rule from the 11th Edition rules website (http://www.usaultimate.org/resources/officiating/rules/11th_edition_rules.aspx):
- Fouls (II.E): It is the responsibility of all players to avoid contact in every way possible.
4. Strip: If a defensive player initiates contact with the disc after an offensive player has gained possession of the disc, and the offensive player loses possession as a result, it is a strip. A strip is a subset of fouls and is treated the same way
There are 2 situations in which a strip will be called:
- In the endzone – If the offensive player calls a strip in the endzone, then they are saying that they caught the disc, but due to contact from the defender, they dropped the disc. When this happens, if the defender says “no contest” then it’s a point. However, if the defender says “contest” then the disc goes back to the thrower. As the offensive player, you want to call a strip ONLY if you had possession before you were fouled by the defender. If you didn’t have possession but were fouled, then you can call a foul. As the defender, if someone calls a strip against you, consider if they actually had possession. If they did indeed have possession but you fouling them caused them to drop it, don’t contest their call and concede the point. That’s what having good spirit is all about. BUT, if you don’t think they had possession, by all means contest their call and send the disc back to the thrower.
- Not in the endzone – This is similar to above except that if you don’t contest a strip call, then the offensive player simply gains possession at the spot of the foul.
Realize that the defender can call a strip as well, but if both players catch the disc at the same time, the player on offense retains possession.
As with all calls in ultimate, if the other person makes a legitimate call, don’t contest it. The spirit of the game says that you should respect the rules and respect your opponents so keep that in mind when a strip call is made.