Spirit of the Game

Spirit of the Game (SotG) is the most important rule in flying disc sports. It is similar to Fair Play in other sports but there is a much higher emphasis put on it in (Beach) Ultimate. It is summarized in this preamble to the rules of play:

All players are responsible for administering and adhering to the rules. Ultimate relies upon a Spirit of the Game that places the responsibility for fair play on every player. It is trusted that no player will intentionally break the rules; thus there are no harsh penalties for breaches, but rather a method for resuming play in a manner which simulates what would most likely have occurred had there been no breach. Highly competitive play is encouraged, but should never sacrifice the mutual respect between players, adherence to the agreed-upon rules of the game, or the basic joy of play.

As Beach Ultimate is a self-refereed sport, maintaining spirit of the game is essential to making the game work. And good spirit makes the game more enjoyable to play :-)

Spirit of the Game Score Sheet

BULA has been using a Spirit of the Game scoring system since 2006. The system enables teams to rate each other in 4 categories:

  • Knowing the rules
  • Avoiding fouls and body contact
  • Being fair-minded and respectful
  • Having a positive attitude and showing self-control

The fifth category is a self-reflection category where teams must consider their spirit compared to the other team.

Each category is rated “Excellent”, “Very Good”, “Good”, “Not so Good”, or “Poor”, and are awarded 4, 3, 2, 1, or 0 points respectively, yielding a score range of 0-20 points per team per game. At the end of each event a prize is awarded to the team with the highest score.

The scoring system has been translated into 27 languages. More information, including a full explanation of on the scoring sheet, can be found at http://wfdf.org/sotg/about-sotg

Spirit Captains

At the ECBU2013, the SOTG scoring system will be used. Each team will assign a Spirit of the Game Captain. The tasks of the Spirit Captain are only undertaken when they are off he field. The Spirit Captain is responsible to:

  • Get player’s agreement on a SOTG score given to the other teams at the end of each day
  • Hand in the SOTG scores to the ECBU Spirit Director at the end of the day
  • Liaise with the ECBU Spirit Director if any SOTG issues arises
  • Communicate with other Spirit Captains if needed

Guidelines on how to be a good Spirit Captain can be found at http://rjhbergdisc.blogspot.com/2008/09/spirit-captain.html.

It is practical that all representatives speak English whenever possible,

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