In a hat tournament, all registered players are put into mixed teams, where we try to balance the teams on ability.

Below is all the information you’ll need to take part.

Register here:

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St Andrew’s High School, Nyambadwe/Ndirande, Blantyre.


Free to enter.

If you can afford to contribute towards any of the following, it would be greatly appreciated:

  • Food
  • Field hire
  • Party
  • PA



Filtered water will always be available for free.

Cold drinks will be available to buy.

Food – for players

  • Friday lunch: provided by the Blantyre team (picnic-style)
  • Friday dinner: not provided, but those who want to can meet at Annie’s Lodge
  • Saturday lunch: lunch by the pool, catered – paid for by Blantyre team
  • Saturday dinner: braai at the party (Chloe, Asher and Ayla’s house)


If your friends or family would like to come to watch any or all of the games, they are very welcome.

Please send Asher (+265888055773) their names, so they can be added to the list given to the G4S guards at the gate.

We won’t be providing food or drinks for spectators unless we know by 28th February that they are coming, and they are willing to contribute to the cost.


DayTimeWhat’s happening?
Friday, 3rd March13.30Registration & shared lunch (provided by Blantyre players)
15.00-18.00First rounds of games
19.00Annie’s Lodge for food and drinks
Saturday, 4th March09.00More games
12.00Lunch (catered) and swimming
14.00Final games (knockout)
18.00Party at Chloe, Asher and Ayla’sPrize-giving
Sunday, 5th March10.00Pick-up games for those whose legs still work

Tournament structure

Games will be 5-aside (5 players on the field from each team).

We are expecting 6 teams of 7 players each.

The final number of teams, and the sizes of them, will be decided on the day, when we have everyone registered.

In the first rounds (Friday afternoon and Saturday morning), all teams will play each other. This will then create seeding for the knockout games on Saturday afternoon, which will decide the winners of the tournament.

Winning a game

First team to 7 wins, no winning margin needed.

Time cap

At 40 minutes a horn will sound. When the horn goes, finish playing the point. If one team is winning, once the point has finished, they win the game. If the game is tied, play a deciding point.

Winning the final

Before the start of the final game the two teams playing will agree whether they stick to the same rules, or whether they would like to:

  1. Introduce a winning margin (i.e. you must win by 2 clear points)
  2. Remove the time cap


We’ll be using the normal WFDF rules, except for field size and number of players.

We won’t use any special Blantyre or Lilongwe rules, so:

  • No push-ups for out of bounds pulls
  • Anyone can pull (not just the scorer)


There should be 5 players from your team on the field at all times.

Substitutes may be made in-between points (except in the case of an injury). How teams use their substitutes is up to each team.

As we have attempted to balance teams based on abilities, there will be no required gender split.

How teams are split up

We’re using the The Ultimate Hat‘s website to split the teams, based on the scores each player has given themself.

The super high-tech program takes all the player data and organizes them into even teams based on the following criteria/order:

  1. Team size (make sure each team has as close to the same number of players as possible).
  2. Blantyre/Lilongwe ratio (make sure each team has as close to the same number of Lilongwe players as possible – we want to play with new people!).
  3. Skill (every team will be as close as possible in skill rank).
  4. Height (make sure no team isn’t 6″ taller on average than any another team).
  5. Age (when all else is said and done, try to even out the ages some).

Field size

As we are playing 5-aside we will be using reduced-sized fields. We’ve taken these suggested dimensions from Montreal Ultimate. The shorter field means more players are in range for throwing a goal/assist from more of the field. The shorter endzones mean passes into the endzones have to be more accurate.


‘Spirit of the Game’ is essential to keeping ultimate fun and competitive. We want to use this tournament to encourage people to learn about the game, and enjoy playing it; good spirit is at the heart of this.

Spirit Captains

Each team will appoint a spirit captain. They will be responsible for helping to resolve any disputes between players and teams. They will also be responsible for leading Spirit Circles and collecting Spirit Scores.

Spirit Scores

After each game, teams should take a couple of minutes to reflect on how the game went, and fill out a short form to score the other team. The forms should be handed in to the Tournament Director.

Spirit Circle

After filling out your Spirit Scores, both teams should circle up and give the other team brief feedback on what they did well. If there were any issues on the field Spirit Captains could take this time to constructively explain how to avoid them in future games.

Spirit Winners

Using the Spirit Scores, a Most Spirited Team and Most Spirited Player will be awarded at the end of the tournament.

Likely format

DayTimeField 1Field 2Field 3
Friday15.00-15.40X v AB v YZ v C
Friday16.00-16.40Z v XA v YC v B
Friday17:00-17.40Y v ZB v AX v C
Saturday9.20-10.00Z v AX v BC v Y
Saturday10.20-11.00A v CY v XB v Z
Break  LunchBeerTacticsBeer
Saturday14.00 – 14.40P4 vP5 (QF1)P3 v P6 (QF2)
Saturday15.00 -15. 40Winner QF1 vs P1 (SF1)Winner QF2 vsP2 (SF2)
Saturday16:00 – 17:00Final

Locations of key venues

  1. St Andrew’s High School Ndirande Gate (secure parking here, please use this gate):
  1. Main field, where we’ll be playing
  2. Chloe, Asher, and Ayla’s house:
  3. Annie’s Lodge:

  Lilongwe ⬆️

                ⬇️ Central Blantyre


We’ll do our best to put up all players travelling from outside Blantyre with one of our players here. If you need accommodation please say so on the registration form: 

Or send Asher a message on +265888055773


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