The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to announce the release of a six-part video series on Spirit of the Game (SotG). The first-ever WFDF Spirit Conference presented by UltimatEvents and sponsored by WFDF was held in conjunction with the World Ultimate Club Championships in August 2014. During this event, community organizers and leaders from all levels, divisions, and global regions met to discuss a variety of issues related to SotG.
Organized by the WFDF Spirit of the Game Committee member Kate Barabanova and produced by RiseUp Creative Director Mario O’Brien, the result is a series of insightful and thought-provoking video shorts. Conference moderator and WFDF Athletes Commission Chair Ryan Purcell stated “It was such a pleasure to hear the diverse perspectives from all levels and parts of world. Spirit of the Game is something we all need to work on continuously in order for it to survive and thrive, especially as our sport continues to grow. With leaders like these in our community, I have full faith we will be able to do just that.”
One episode of the WFDF Spirit Conference will be released each Friday from today May 8th through June 12th with additional commentary, discussion, and interaction with the various panelists on Skyd magazine.
Topics, panelists, and release order are outlined below:
- World Champs Say Spirit Circles Make Them Better (featuring leaders from 2014 WUCC Women’s Division Gold Medalists Seattle Riot) – May 8
- Spirit of the Game: Making Changes (featuring Task Force Chairman Rueben Berg) – May 15
- Spirit of the Game: Making it Happen (featuring WFDF SotG Chair Patrick van der Valk and Executives from several of the largest flying disc organizations in Australia, Canada, UK, and the USA) – May 22
- Spirit of the Game | Walking the Walk Worldwide (featuring disc leaders from China, New Zealand, and South Africa) – May 29
- Gotta Teach the Children (featuring Head Coaches for Junior National teams from Australia, Canada, Israel, and the USA) – June 5
- Spirit Matters at the Top of the Game (featuring Anatoly Vasilyev, Russia; Anna Rogacki, Australia; Katsunori Tanaka, Japan; and Tyler Kinley, USA) – June 12
WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch stated that “While SotG today is indeed embraced and highlighted as a unique feature of our community, WFDF hopes that these videos will foster further discussion and debate among all athletes that results in an even stronger future for Spirit of the Game in all disc sports as an essential element of our culture. Many thanks to Spirit of the Game Committee Chair Patrick van der Valk who has been such a strong advocate ensuring we keep this focus at the forefront of our sport.” Information supporting Spirit of the Game can be found here.
National Federations are strongly encouraged to share this information with their members.
For official translations of the Spirit of the Game educational materials please contact Volker Bernardi, WFDF Executive Director.