I've very interested in Ultimate as of late, and I have played many other sports (Baseball, football, soccer, basketball, etc) and I have come up with some suggestions that we make the game more exciting and hopefully more popular.
1). MORE CONTACT
Ok, before you call me crazy, listen for a minute. I don't mean like decking the disk carrier. I mean making it legal to push and shove a receiver if he doesn't have possession. It would make it more of a challenge as well as add interest and excitement. I don't think that they rules need to be gotten rid of, but enforced more loosely.
2.) SUBS ON THE FLY
I'm not sure if this is actually illegal, but I'm pretty sure it is. It would make the game more fast passed. This would be similar to substitutions in hockey. I think it would be an interesting aspect to have.
3.) BOUNCING RULE
I think bouncing a disc would be much cooler and practical than not allowing any contact. It's just lame and doesn't really help. Allowing bouncing could cause much more excitement and many cool tricks. The only remotely possible problem is deciding whether it was a bounce or it hit the ground, although there should not be too many hard to make calls, an ultimate and even more debatable rules that cause more conflict.
3.) GET RID OF CURRENT PENALTY SYSTEM
This is my biggest problem. Ultimate is not a game of yards. I think minor offenses should be counted by strikes. Strike 1 is a warning. Strike two is a second warning. Strike three is time in something like a penalty box. Somewhat major offenses should be counted as two strikes, and major offenses send players straight to the penalty box. Anything but yards. This also sucks cause players purposely cause a penalty to get more time to stop a turnover. Which isn't fair at all.
I'm sure many of you disagree, but these are the changes I would make. Some may say it takes away from our roots, but not by too much imo. Questions, concerns, comments?
EDIT: just realized this is the wrong forum, can a mod or admin pleas move this to the AUDL forum, thanks
EDIT 2: added option 3. Made the old option 3 option 4. Also added a poll