Tag Archives: Spirit of the game

What We Stand To Lose – and How We Must Respond

Self-officiated ultimate is the cleanest invasion sport in the world. I’ve never had my shirt pulled in 20 years, playing at all levels. At WUGC this year, I saw a bit of bumping, a bit of wrapping on the mark, … Continue reading

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On Jacksonville and Serious Foul Play

The furore over a very dangerous bid by a Jacksonville player is very interesting. For one thing, it rather neatly emphasises (if such emphasis were ever needed) that referees do not stop appalling behaviour. We already knew that, of course…

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Spirit Scoring – A Dissenting Opinion

I don’t like the WFDF spirit scoring system. I don’t like it because it tacitly undermines my own idea about what spirit is. Let me ask you a question: Is it possible to display surprisingly good spirit? The kind of … Continue reading

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Spreading the good news

Quick one this week – I’ve been reading Dan Ariely‘s latest book, discussing the kinds of things that make us cheat or make us behave honestly. And one thing that leaps out at me is the idea of social contagion. … Continue reading

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Win cash prizes!

Did that title get your attention? I thought it might. Cash prizes are great, and we often can’t avoid checking out what it would take to win one. But I strongly oppose cash prizes in Ultimate. I think they’re misguided, … Continue reading

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Match fixing in Ultimate?

In most sports, there’s a very clear distinction between cheating and match-fixing. Deliberate foul play to prevent a certain score may anger the opposition fans, but the home fans will use words like ‘pragmatic’ or ‘professional’. A player who dives … Continue reading

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