"Spirit of the Game" is one of the overriding concepts of the entire sport. Now, all sports value sportsmanship, and most sports have various traditions and practices that rely on etiquette, but many people claim that Spirit of the Game is what makes Ultimate unique. This is actually controversial in some circles, and the concept of SOTG is easily abused and often correlated directly to the fact that Ultimate is self-officiated. I personally think that SOTG is simply level of sportsmanship that we should all strive for, especially with the history of the sport in mind (the grass-roots growth, the hippy connection, etc.). Whatever your opinion of SOTG is, it is an important concept, and even as Ultimate struggles to gain legitimacy as a sport, we should still remember where it came from and where it currently is. Yes, competition and intensity are good, but so is peace and love, baby! This is how SOTG and etiquette is spelled out in the rules:
RULES OF THE WEEK:
I.B. 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.
A. If an infraction is committed and not called, the player committing the infraction should inform the infracted player or team of the infraction.
B. It is the responsibility of all players to avoid any delay when starting, restarting, or continuing play. This includes standing over the disc or taking more time than reasonably necessary to put the disc into play.
C. On a stoppage of play, if it is ever unclear which of a team’s members are the current players or where they are on or off the field, they should identify themselves when the opposing team requests.
D. If a dispute arises on the field, play stops and is restarted with a check when the matter is resolved.
E. If a novice player commits an infraction out of sincere ignorance of the rules, it should be common practice to stop play and explain the infraction.
F. When a call is made, throwers must stop play by visibly or audibly communicating the stoppage as soon as they are aware of the call and all players should echo calls on the field.
G. In addition to the assumption that players will not intentionally violate the rules, players are similarly expected to make every effort to avoid violating them.