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G1 What are the minimum requirements to join the EUCS?

Any European Federation recognized by the EFDF can join the EUCS.

If a minimum of 10 teams participate to the Qualifier (EUCQ), this nation has a minimum of 1 bid at the EUCR.

A group of nations can join together forming a Section and play a unified Qualifier in order to fulfil the minimal team number for a Qualifier.

G2 Which event should be used as qualifier?

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.

G3 Is there a minimum number of bids a nation can have at EUCR?

The EUCR bidding system guarantees a minimum of 1 bid only to nations/sections with at least 10 teams. See details under EUCR bid Allocation.

Player Eligibility

E1 What is the difference between the Eligibility Rules 2007 and the actual ones?

The Rules 2007 had following problems:

    1. confusion about allowing teams to merge
      => in 2008 all teams are treated the same and no merging is allowed anymore.
    2. tried to include the national leagues into the EUCS, but forced too tight boundaries, which the various European Federations could not completely cope with
      => in 2008 rules are looser for Qualifiers (EUCQ), so that every nation is expected to be able to adopt them, but get a bit stricter after Qualifiers, since only 5 player can be added to the roster prior EUCR and no more prior EUCF (in 2007 it was 3 and 3).
    3. small nations rather created combo teams, which had to play in that form also during the National League (Qualifier). This was slowing the development of younger teams
      => since roster of teams, which do not qualify to EUCR, are lost after EUCQ, key players can still play in their local team during Qualifier and join (according to the rule 4.4) other teams for EUCR.

E2 What is the difference between a Team and a Club?

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.

E3 Is it mandatory to submit a roster prior EUCR?

Rosters should be submitted to http://eucs.efdf.org/rosters/ prior to EUCQ. If this doesn’t happen, the national federations must certify that rosters presented after EUCQ respect the EUCS eligibility rules.

E4 Can a player play on 2 different Qualifiers?

No, because of rule 3.2 .
The only exception possible is if the team, where he/she played during the first Qualifier, does not qualify, so, virtually, the player is without roster and can play for another team in another Qualifier.

E5 Can a player who doesn't play at Qualifier be placed on the Roster?

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.

E6 We are unable to send a team with players from only one club, but we could send a joined team. Are we allowed to participate to the EUCS?

The EUCS eligibility rules say that you have to define your team before the EUCQ (qualifier, normally the national league) and play there with that roster. if you haven't done it, the player's present at qualifier define the team.

If in your nation there is no 7v7 national league on grass, which can be used as qualifier, than your nation is still allowed to nominate one team, 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.

A nation/section without a regular league is not allowed to nominate more than one team.
if you don't fulfill the eligibility criteria (e.g. you have a regular league, but you need to extend your roster with more than 5 players), but still would like to participate to your EUCR, you have to make explicit request to your regional committee.

It must be clear that you won't be able to qualify for the EUCF, though, since only teams in compliance with the eligibility rules are allowed to play at this level.

E7 Is there a limit of players, who can be added to the roster and till when?

Up to 5 players can be added prior EUCR to the rosters, which was presented before the qualifier (or the first round of the qualifier series).
These players can be taken from teams, who did not qualify. No player can be added after EUCR.

E8 Is it possible to get an exception of the eligibility rules and still be able to play at the EUCF ?

 the CSC does not allow any kind of exceptions for the eligibility rules.

E9: If a player has been initially rostered for a team (teamA), can he/she change team during the saison and play EUCR with the new team (teamB)?

If teamA did not qualify to EUCR, then the player is no more rostered and can be added to the roster of any other team, which qualified.
if teamA qualified, then the determinant factor is whether the player has played during any phase of the Qualifier Tournament EUCQ (normally national championship) with teamA. If he/she did, then he is bound to teamA for the rest of the EUCS-Saison. If he/she did NOT, then a team change prior EUCR is possible and this change counts as an addtion (max. 5) on the TeamB roster.

E10: Can a player be rostered for a team in the Open and in the Mixed division, play the EUCR with the Open team and the XEUCF with the Mixed one?
No. The Eligibility Rule 3.2. does not allow it. Otherwise the EUCR results could be faked, being a team much larger and stronger than that one which will play at the XEUCF.

E11: Is it possible to have guest players in our team roster?
If you have already submitted a EUCS roster for this season and the selection tournament for the EUCS has been already play, then, you can just add 5 players to your list.
If you did not submit any roster yet, for example because you nation just uses the ranking from the previous year for the actual EUCS, 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.

E12: We still have some uncertain players for our team roster. What should we do?
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.

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2010 CSC Committee

Andrea "Oddi" Furlan,  Chair
Ruediger Veitl, DE, CE
Katka Svobodova, CZ, CE
Markus Erkinheimo FI, NE
Alina Dunaeva RUS, NE
David Moser, CH, SW
Silvia Sabino, FR, SW
Si Hill, UK, W
Aura Mackenzie, UK, W
Paul Eriksson, SE, EFDF
Alia Ayub, UK, EFDF