Tournament Information

Since its inception in 1985, No Borders has grown in size, competition, as well as spirit. The 2017 edition promises to be a great one! No Borders has established itself as one of Canada’s premier tournaments and we hope that this year’s showing exceeds your expectations. We would like to thank our sponsors and volunteers in helping make this event a success every year. Your generosity and enthusiasm reflects the pride and dedication of the Ottawa Ultimate community. THANK YOU for supporting No Borders!
Best wishes to all participants,
The No Borders Team

Things you need to know:

Parking is $5/day for a full car (4 people or more), $10/day for fewer than 4 people. 
There is a FREE shuttle running every half hour starting at 7am from St. Mark's High School at 1040 Dozois Rd (3 mins away). Please carpool and/or take the shuttle as parking is limited at UPI.  
Observe parking restrictions and handicap/reserved spots. 
Any car found without the appropriate parking pass will be towed away.
Please note parking on Manotick Station Road is not allowed and you will be towed.
Please also respect the speed limits along Manotick Station Road, especially the 50 km/hour through the residential zone.

Angry Dragonz and Rico Peru Food Truck
Angry Dragonz

Big Rig Brewery will be serving up a variety of their beer. Cider and Palm Bay will be available too! 

Each team will receive their own water jug along with a team name tag at the field of their first game. Once a team finishes their jug of water, they can exchange it for a full jug at a Water Station or at Disc Central.

Score Reporting
In person to the Head Scorekeeper at Disc Central
Text (SMS): 1-613-983-3898
Twitter: @OCUA / #NoBo17
Instagram: #OCUA / #NoBo17
FORMAT: [Your Team Name] [Your Score] vs. [Opponent’s Team Name] [Opponent’s Score]

Athletic Therapy and First Aid
We have ATs and a physio at the tournament all weekend. They will be available for taping as of 7:45am, but you must bring your own tape. If you don't have your own, it can be purchased for $5/roll. Underwrap (foam wrapping under your tape) is also available for $2. 

Tournament Party
Stella, one of Ottawa’s women’s teams is throwing the tournament party again this year. 
It will be at Hooley’s Pub downtown, 292 Elgin Street, starting after the Outlaws Game @ 9.30 pm.
Tickets are $5/ticket or 10 tickets for $40. They can be purchased through Stella players on Saturday at No Borders, or you can email Corrine Giorgetti ( to secure tickets. It is preferred you show up to the party before 11:30pm.

Come check out No Borders’ two official disc and apparel sponsors: Daredevil Discs and VC Ultimate. There will be shirts, shorts, discs, and many more items for sale at Disc Central. 

For Your Information....

We will be tweeting scores all weekend so follow @OCUA!

Twitter: @OCUA / #NoBo17
General inquiries:

Tournament Site: Ultimate Park Inc (UPI), 1295 Manotick Station Rd, Greely, ON K4P 0B8
Nearest Hospital: Queensway Carleton Hospital, 3045 Baseline Rd, Ottawa, ON K2H 8P4
Nearest Pharmacy: Shoppers Drug Mart, 5230 Mitch Owens Road, Ottawa, ON K4M 1B2 
Nearest Grocery Store: Robinson’s Your Independent Grocer, 1160 Beaverwood Rd, Manotick, ON K4M 1A5

Volunteers will be onsite and will be wearing yellow Volunteer t-shirts. 
If they can’t answer your questions, they can point you to one of the following people to help you out:
No Borders Tournament Director - No Borders shirts - White 
Vanessa Mann, Christopher Castonguay, Sam Lee

Observers - in orange Ultimate Canada Observer shirts

If you require an ambulance, please dial 9-1-1 and alert a volunteer immediately. 
The address for UPI is 1295 Manotick Station Road.

Ultimate Park
1295 Manotick Station Rd Ottawa, ON K4P 0B8
1. Head northwest on Manotick Station Rd 1.4 km
2. Turn left onto Mitch Owens Rd 4.7 km
3. Continue onto Bridge St 1.2 km
4. Turn right onto Manotick Main St 350 m
5. Turn left onto Bankfield Rd 3.9 km
6. Merge onto ON-416 N via the ramp to Ottawa 14.2 km
7. Take exit 72, Regional Rd 32/Hunt Club Rd 450 m
8. Turn left onto Cedarview Rd/Ottawa Rd 23 2.1 km
9. Turn right onto Baseline Rd/Ottawa Rd 16 E 400 m
10. Make a U-turn at Valley Stream Dr
Destination will be on the right 110 m
Queensway Carleton Hospital
3045 Baseline Rd, Ottawa, ON K2H 8P4

3 long consecutive horns signify that lightning has been seen. Immediately seek shelter at Disc Central or in your car.
All persons will gather under the 40’x40’ Disc Central tent or take refuge inside vehicles until the lightning danger has passed. We will be following the OCUA standard protocol for lightning: the “30/30 rule”. Games will be delayed if the time between a lightning flash and the ensuing thunder is less than 30 seconds. Games will resume only when 30 minutes have passed since the last nearby lightning flash/thunder. Players will be notified at least 15 minutes before games are scheduled to restart.

• Spectators and equipment must stay at least 3 yards away from the sidelines. Where there are buffer lines, respect them. Chairs, coolers, strollers, you, etc, must be at least three yards from the sidelines.
• Observers and Event Staff reserve the right to move or remove objects or spectators from on or near the playing field if those conditions are, in the opinion of the Observers or Event Staff, unsafe for players, staff or spectators or interferes with the Observers of a game.

Portable toilets will be located at Disc Central, at the entrance, and by the entrance to the back fields (fields 18 & 19). It is critical that no diapers or any other foreign material be disposed of in the portable toilets.

Garbage and recycling bins will be located both at Disc Central and between select fields. Please keep the fields clean by ensuring that all of your bottles, wrappers, and banana peels find their proper homes.

Dogs are allowed at UPI, but must be leashed at all times. Please be prepared to clean up after your dog.

Parking will be $5/day for a full car (4 people or more), or $10/day for 3 or fewer people. This applies to all teams and spectators. 

There will be a shuttle service from St. Mark's High school, about 5 minutes away at 1040 Dozois Road. The shuttle will run 1.5 hours before the first game slot, every half hour until an hour after the last game slot. We encourage carpooling and using the shuttle to get to the fields as parking is limited. 

Directions to St Mark High School from UPI:
1. Head northwest on Manotick Station Rd 1.5 km
2. Turn left onto Mitch Owens Rd 2.2 km
3. Turn left onto Dozois Rd 130m

Facility, event staff, and security will be checking to make sure people are following the site rules as outlined above. If you are caught violating these rules you will risk being barred from the facility, team/athlete disqualification, vehicle towing, or other potential ramifications outside of the event. Thank you!


• USA Ultimate, Official Rules of Ultimate, 11th Edition
Rule Modifications:
• End Zone Size - End zone length will be shortened to 20 yards.
• Contact Call - If contact occurs between the thrower and marker that would constitute a foul under XVI.H.3.a but the thrower does not release the disc, “contact” may be called. Play does not stop and the marker resumes the stall count at 1. Other than resetting the stall count to 1 after the first instance, the “contact” call is treated as any other marking violation. The marker may contest the “contact” call by calling “violation”, which stops play. If the thrower calls “contact” after beginning the throwing motion and subsequently releases the disc, it is treated as if the thrower called “foul”.
• Gender Ratio - For coed games, 4 males/3 females or 4 females/3 males, receiver’s choice

70 mins on Saturday, 90 minutes on Sunday. 
Games are to 13 points on Saturday, 15 points on Sunday. 
• Hard time cap: Horn blown after 70 minutes on Saturday and 90 minutes on Sunday of game time. Game is over at the end of the point in progress, unless tied. If tied, play one more point. No timeouts in extra point.  
• Half-time is 5 minutes. 
• Each team has two timeouts per half, not longer than 90 seconds each.
• Teams arriving late: Points are forfeited at a rate of 1 point per 5 minutes by holding seven players on the line. After 40 minutes, the game is forfeit with a score of 8-0.

1 long horn signifies one of two things, as is context appropriate:
- The beginning of a new game slot.
- That the game has reached Hard Cap. Once you hear this horn, finish the point and the game is over unless both teams are tied, then play one last point to determine a winner.
3 long consecutive horns signify that lightning has been seen. STOP PLAY immediately and seek shelter at Disc Central or in your car. Consult the lightning section found earlier in this document.

Standard tiebreaker procedure (W-L within current pool; W-L among tied teams; +/- among tied teams; Points for among tied teams; +/- within current pool; Points for within current pool; +/- overall; Points for overall)

If you are in a pool of 3 teams, note special tiebreak procedure:
 If the first two games of a three-way round robin end with the exact same score (but different winners), one additional point should be played after the second game.
 The pulling team and the sides should be the same as at the beginning of the second half. No time-outs in the additional point.
 This point will only count in the case of the otherwise unbreakable three- way tie, where each game results in the exact same score.
 If each team has a point differential of zero after the last game and all three games resulted in the same score, the additional point played after round two determines the first and third place teams.

A limited number of Observers will be present at No Borders. 
Game assignments will be made by the Head Observer. Requests can be made at Disc Central but are not guaranteed.
Please avoid sideline encroachment and keep all people and gear clear from the sidelines at distances requested by your game’s Observers.

Please share the following with your team, which will help to reduce confusion in the event that Observers are assigned to one or more of your games.
  • Observer’s Primary Purpose – To keep the game moving; intervene where requested or necessary to avoid protracted disputes, and overall to uphold the players’ spirit of the game.
  • Active calls – For time limits and boundary calls (including force-out fouls), the Observer will make the call directly and play continues.
  • Line calls – Observers actively call in- and out-of-bounds and out-of-the-end-zone, based on first point of contact after gaining possession; inactive(player-made) calls, such as up/down, strip, or loss-of-possession, are still the responsibility of players. Particularly note that in-the-end-zone signal is NOT a “goal” signal; the goal signal is only made subsequently after determining there are no calls on the field.
  • Turnovers – Observers actively count the 10- and 20-second pre-stall; a marker may start and continue the stall count after this pre-stall count, regardless of whether a thrower has possession or not.
  • Time limits – Observers will actively track and announce time limits between points and during timeouts (including 20 and 10 second warnings for each team to stop/show readiness and for play to restart or for the pull to be made). Time violations will result in a time-out being charged to the offending team, or a field position penalty if no time-outs remain.
  • Off-sides – Observers stop play automatically if either team is off-side on the pull, regardless of whether the pull is good or bad; the other team does not have the option to decline. The first off-side results in a automatic re-pull, and any further off-side by the same team results in a field position penalty.
  • Inactive/Player Calls – Players (i.e., the 14 on the field) make all other calls (e.g., fouls, violations, up/down); players decide whether to make these calls and how to resolve them, unless an Observer is called in. The Observer will not intervene on a player-resolved call (or non-call) unless requested even if the resolution is technically incorrect.
  • Observer rulings – Players should attempt to work out any call or dispute first before an Observer is called in. Players need not agree to request Observer intervention; if one player requests, then the Observer decides, and the ruling is final. Observers may step in to ask if a ruling is needed even if not requested, if a dispute is not resolved quickly. If an Observer did not see the play clearly enough to make a definitive ruling, they will not “guess”, and may need to send the disc back for a “do-over” as would be done on a contested call.
  • Misconduct – Players remain responsible for fair play; unsportsmanlike behaviour may result in misconduct fouls, with repeated or serious instances resulting in field position penalties or ejection. There are two types of misconduct fouls that may be assessed:
  • Team Misconduct Foul (TMF): A TMF can be assessed against a team for unsportsmanlike conduct by one of its players, such as deliberate fouling, dangerous play, taunting, fighting (which will also typically result in an automatic ejection), swearing, repeated marking fouls, or unwarranted calls and/or contests. The first two TMFs are warnings; additional TMFs will result in field position penalties.
  • Player Misconduct Foul (PMF): A Personal Misconduct Foul (PMF) can be assessed against a specific player for particularly egregious conduct or a pattern of such behaviour. A PMF is a formal warning for unacceptable behaviour and puts the player on notice that any further such actions will result in ejection from the game (similar to a yellow card in soccer). Note that extreme cases such as deliberately striking an opponent may result in immediate ejection without a first warning.
No Borders 2017 will continue its tradition of encouraging spirited play by using SOTG scoring sheets that will be used at the Canadian Ultimate Championships (CUC) in Ottawa and Saskatoon. Instead of providing a single score for a team, the new sheets (adapted from WFDF) break down SOTG into different components with the goal of providing more informative feedback for teams. New for this year, all of the data (broken down by category) will be tallied and publicly available after the tournament.
For those who may have used the sheets last year, there have been some small changes for clarity:
  • There is only a space to evaluate the other team.
  • The fifth category has been changed to communication and evaluates between players, observers, volunteers, spectators and organizers.
  • There are still four spaces for games on a single sheet, allowing you to score each game as it is played and turn in the sheet at the end of the day.
As indicated on the sheets, 2 is an average score for each category and evaluations should be limited to experience and behaviours on the field/during the game. 
We recommend each team have a small spirit committee that assigns scores in each of the four categories at the end of each game and sum the total. 
To encourage participation, teams that do not turn in SOTG sheets will have points subtracted from their totals, and as a bonus, the individual responsible for handing in their sheets at the end of both days will be provided with a free beverage ticket!

  • Teams will receive two scoring sheets (one for each day) and explanation at the captains’ meeting.
  • After your last round of play of the day, return the scoring sheet to the Head Scorekeeper at Disc Central.
  • Captains or team representatives sent to return the scoring sheet to the Head Scorekeeper at Disc Central will receive a free beverage ticket valid for a beer, cooler or pop, while quantities last.
ln the summer of 1985, Marcus Brady and Brian Guthrie announced the “First Canadian Ultimate Frisbee Invitational” (subtitled that first year as “No Borders Ultimate”) held at the RA Centre on Riverside Drive on August 17/18. 

The organizers prioritized creativity and organization: blow-up toys for field markers (ducks, dogs and floaty rings), hot-dogs on the field, tequila shots at the Captains’ Meeting and “Pass the Pigs” to settle disputes.

Six US teams, Ottawa and North Bay showed up. Held in the middle of the second hottest and driest summer on record, Brady was up to his organizational best, including hounding the RA Centre and the city to water the field with trucks just before the first pull.

Needless to say, that first No Borders was a hit and has since become one of the longest running ultimate tournaments in Canada.