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Indoor Kids vs Adults Rules

This was the idea of Jonathan, a very smart 8 year-old.  He suggested this variation during Winter Indoor Family Sports 2009-2010, played in Springer Middle School in Wilmington, Delaware, USA, in conjunction with the Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club.  Play on a basketball court, indoors.  One 2m x 2m goal at each end, under the basketball hoop.  The adult team’s home territory is inside one of the 3-point lines.  The kids team is the rest of the court.  I.e. the mid line is moved all the way to one of the 3-point throw lines.  Play with otherwise normal rules.  6-20 kids against 3-1o adults.  Play with 5 or more discs.  We prefer Aerobie Squidgee discs for indoor play.  Adults have a long way to run before they can score.  Kids can swarm the adults with multiple simultaneous attacks.  Adults tend to pass quite a bit to get through the masses of kids.

The Harbaugh Variation

Players can not stand in the scoring area.  If a player touches the scoring area, it is an instant score for the other team.  No pushing.

By Alan Harbaugh, 2009

Romanian Rules

The school in Romania at which I tried to introduce Schtick was sadly lacking in everything: cones, frisbees and fields.  This didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for the game.  Replacing frisbees with flat basketballs, cones with boxes for the goals and a nice solid asphalt court for our playing field, the game commenced with great passion which only multiplied in intensity when the girls gave the boys an arse kicking…

muz “Moose” Johnson of Canberra, Australia

Schticknick (New Zealand beach rules)

Game Play: The first half goes until people get hungry and stop for a (sandy) picnic dinner and (usually) beer and wine. Play resumes when someone gets up, spits out a bit of grit, wipes the sand and crumbs of food from their face, and starts running for a scoring box with a disc…The second “half” continues until everyone is shagged out or it’s too dark to see. Schtick play is traditionally followed by a skinny dip en masse, and songs around a camp fire.

Dave Lane


I recently incorporated a version of schtick into my physical education classes for kids grades 3-6. We use 2 koosh balls; to score, the koosh must come to rest within a hula hoop placed on the ground. They love it–it’s a great team-building game! I’ve played both inside and outside–usually 2 or 3 games going on at a time. 3 v 3 up to 5 v 5

Duffy Whitmer, Pennsylvania, USA, 17 June 2005

Beer Schtick

must have beverage in hand at all times, must play at walking speed.   Previously posted at the now defunct

Hot Potato Schtick

(played by ultimate players) you can throw the disc to yourself. if you are tagged while the disc is in the air, you can still later catch it & play on.

Rules for Younger or Older Players

A younger or otherwise less-abled player is only taggable by players on the other team of the same designation. Regular/adult players can only tag these “super-players” if that regular player is standing in her own goal. We played this variation in Wilmington, DE on July 5, 2003 with 2 five year old girls who had little athletic experience and no disc experience. It worked great. They both scored & had lots of fun.

Schnow Schtick

played in the snow & ice. Disc on ground can still be swiped at until it has no transitional motion. A disc that is rotating in place is considered down & unplayable. Play around goal gets a bit frantic like ice hockey in the crease. This is rougher than regular Schtick.


(best for high wind)- play with kickballs or other bouncy balls in place of discs. a ball that has bounces 1 time is considered to still be in the air.

Schand Schtick

The very first game was played this way. Play normally, except play on a sandy beach. It gets crazy.

UNC Rules

Shorter field (~15 yards. to the midline)
Add a ‘penalty’ cone/rag 15 yards from the midpoint between the two scoreboxes.
Begin game by double throw-off to (each to opponent’s side…
Play is continuous (no throw-off after each score) score is just like a turnover.
Restart with a throw-off if both discs are scored in the same goal at the same time.
Turnovers as in Ultimate (i.e. you can turn it over with an incomplete pass on your own side)
A player must have touched the ground before he/she can be tagged in their opponents’ territory.
I.e. you can safely do a “greatest” without being tagged.
Players can’t touch the ground inside the “scorebox” they’re defending.
If they do so, the offending player must go touch the penalty cone before doing anything else (can’t tag opponents or touch discs).

(contributed 19 Dec 2003 by Alan Hoyle)

Stanford Rules

1) To initiate play after a goal is scored, each team throws off simultaneously from its own scorebox. You have the opportunity to score off this throw-off if you can succeed in getting the disc to land in the other box (as in a usual score) either directly or through any combination of greatests, including tips, macs and such redirections. But you cannot catch your own team’s throw-off and retain possession. This variation leads to wild scrums around each box and on rare occasion a score results.
2) No player, whether on D or O, may ever touch the ground within each scorebox. To do so results in loss of possession, or possibly even a goal for the other team if you break this rule while on defense in order to stop a clear scoring opportunity. Note that it is well-within the rules, however, to layout over the box area, drop the disc lightly for a score as you fly by, and then land outside the box area. This is considered the “greatest schtick play in the world” or something like that. You can also accomplish the “greatest schtick D in the world” by laying out over the box to prevent a score.

(contributed 23 Dec 2003 by Daniel Eisenberg, SMUT)

Continuous Play

when a goal is scored play doesn’t stop – makes it much more hectic to have no stoppages and of course allows the double score which is gold

(contributed 31 Dec 2003 by Jonathan Potts)

U.S. Naval Schtick

we played Schtick (we only had three on three) and though the others were hesitant about it at the start, they loved it by the end. These guys have been playing ultimate every Friday for more than 2 years so your talking about a tough crowd. All indications are that this will be our new game.

Lt. Bob Harris, US Navy, Oceanside, California , 4 March 2005