What is Goaltimate?

Fast-paced and physical, it is the half-court basketball of ultimate. Continuous play and a shorter stall count give players a more aerobic workout, and emphasizes multiple quick passes over hucks. With only four players per team on the field at once, and hockey-style subbing, every player is guaranteed to be involved with the game or play at hand.

Goaltimate has the same base rules as ultimate: move the disc from person to person to score in an endzone, players must stop and set a pivot foot while in possession of the disc, no intentional fouling or stripping of the disc. However, the below are key differences…


4 on 4

Teams play 4 v 4, with hockey style subbing. Incoming players must tag hands of the player coming off.


Stall Count of 5

Stall count of 5 and can be counted by any person on the field. Only one person can count at a time.



One point is awarded for a completed pass that travels through the hoop and is caught in the end zone by your teammate, two points are awarded if the disc is thrown from in the clear box.



Whenever a turnover happens, the possession changes, and the new offensive team must ‘clear’ the disc by taking it into the clear box, and can then attack the goal.



“Make it take it” rules apply, so if you score – your team must clear the disc and then you can attack again


One Way Through the Hoop

The disc can only go through the hoop in 1 direction, if you throw it through backwards (from behind the hoop, towards the clear line) – it’s a turnover


Picks are Legal

Setting a static pick is legal (think basketball).


3 in the Key

Offensive players may only stay in the end zone for 3 seconds at a time. After 3 seconds they must leave the end zone and return in order to be an eligible scoring receiver.



Goaltending is not allowed. Defenders must be within 10 feet of an offensive player to remain in the end zone.


Game Length

Games can be played to 5 (hard capped) or to a set time.