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Weekly Wisdom #1

posted Aug 17, 2010, 12:59 PM by Noel Hanzel   [ updated Aug 17, 2010, 1:00 PM by Quinten Hutchison ]

Hey Gobies,

You go to Case Western Reserve University, so you know how to read and chances are you are pretty good at studying. Learning the rules of ultimate is a super easy way to improve your game. You get to do it sitting in your favorite chair, maybe even with air conditioning on. As you very well know, ultimate has no referees. Players make their own calls. We know what it is like to play teams with good spirit and play teams with bad spirit. Teams who know the rules, teams who don’t know the rules and teams who abuse the rules. What type of team do you want to be?

There is one rule that is held above all the others and that is the Spirit of the Game. In the Preface of the Official Rules of Ultimate 11th Edition it says:

“The integrity of Ultimate depends on each player's responsibility to uphold the Spirit of the Game, and this responsibility should remain paramount."

We often joke around about the Spirit of the Game, but really we do a pretty good job of upholding it. The Spirit of the Game is what makes ultimate different, what makes it better than every other sport.  The conduct policy comes from the Spirit of the Game. These 10 points define the Spirit of the Game

1. The golden rule: treat others as you would want to be treated.

2. Control: SOTG takes real effort.

3. Heckling and taunting are different.

4. SOTG is compatible with championship play.

5. Don't "give as you got."

6. Breathe.

7. When you do the right thing, people notice.

8. Be generous with praise.

9. Impressions linger.

10. Have fun.

You can read more here:  

Hopefully reading this reminds you how ultimate should be played, why it is the best sport ever, and why YOU play and enjoy it.  As you work to improve your skill, keep the Spirit of the Game and this core of ultimate in mind....  What type of team do you want to be?