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Spirit of the Game

Ten Things You Should Know About Spirit of the Game


The underlying philosophy in the sport of Ultimate is the notion of sportsmanship and fair play. Ultimate is a self-refereed, no-contact sport. Competitive play is encouraged but never at the expense of mutual respect between players, adherence to the rules and the basic joy of playing. Every player should clearly understand the rules of the game. The integrity of Ultimate depends on each player’s responsibility to uphold the Spirit of the Game, and this responsibility should not be taken lightly.







After a game that has been played hard, a cheer or fun inter-team game can serve to both celebrate the spirit that was exhibited and to deflate any high running emotions that might carry over to future games. Playing in non-traditional athletic clothing such as skirts, hats or costumes is a way of showing that winning the game is no more important than having fun. However, these things are not necessary elements of spirit and it would be unfair and unreasonable to judge the spirit of a team or player based on the clothes they wear or the songs they sing.



Spirit is a combination of respect, integrity and dignity. There is no dignity in choosing to break the rules intentionally. Respect implies that no matter how sure you are of your call, someone else's reality may be different and the disagreement can be accepted without anger or arguments. Spirit of the Game involves understanding that your opponent is not your enemy. Without an opponent you couldn't play the game. Spirit of the Game does not compromise competitive play in any way but it also emphasizes fair, honest and respectful play between teams and players.


 You can find some curious cheer ideas on the web: