Spirit of the game:
Ultimate relies upon a spirit of sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the player. Highly competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of mutual respect among competitors, adherence to the agreed upon rules, or the basic joy of play. Protection of these vital elements serves to eliminate unsportsmanlike conduct from the ultimate field. Such actions as taunting opposing players, dangerous aggression, belligerent intimidation, intentional infractions, or other “win-at-all-costs” behavior are contrary to the spirit of the game and must be avoided by all players.
Here are a few ideas for improving Spirit of the Game in your play:
1. Consider the other team as part of your ultimate community, not as an opponent to beat. Without them you wouldn’t be able to play.
2. Take time to learn the rules. HUC plays by the 11th Edition UPA Official Rules of Ultimate. The rules can be found here. It can be frustrating when others are unaware of the rules and un-willing to learn them. So take the time to read them.
3. Sing a song a the end of the game. It helps to deflate emotions built-up during the game, will remind you that this is just a game and make you laugh!
4. Introduce yourself. If someone is marking you for the first time, give them a handshake and let them know your name. Instantly you’ve built a relationship with your marker making the game friendlier.
5. Keep score. If both teams have official score keepers you will be less likely to be confused and later argue about the score.
6. Play safe! Respect the other players on the field and avoid physical contact. Remember that we play for the disc and that doesn’t mean that we can play through people to get it. If you’re that type of player perhaps you need to find another sport to play (might we suggest Tae Kwon Doe or Sumo wrestling!).
7. Watch your mouth. Swearing, angry words and raised voices can easily be taken out of context on the field. They build up tension and make the game less enjoyable. For those on your team who can’t keep their mouth clean, feed them a bar of soap! That’ll teach ‘em! ?
8. Shrug things off. So what if it’s the third time you've told someone they've traveled. Most likely they weren't aware of it before you pointed it out and its going to take time for them to modify their “style” of play.
9. Use your Captains more often to clarify rules and settle disputes.
10. Congratulate the other team when they’ve made a nice play or a good call.
11. Focus on having fun out there, it’s contagious!
HUC rewards the most spirited teams with prizes at the Year-End Parties. The spirit system is designed to render the scoring procedure objective. It emphasizes the really important points that make up the Spirit of the Game (SOTG) and help remind you of them every time you enter a team’s spirit score. Please note that a perfect score (20) is limited to an amazing game where there was terrific flow and outstanding sportsmanship between all players throughout the entire game.