With more participants, events and prizes than ever before, preparations are well underway for the 5th annual International Spirit of the Game Day (iSOTG Day) on Monday, December 3, 2018. This year, the day’s theme is YOUTH — how to ensure that the growing ranks of young athletes are informed and excited about Spirit of the Game in the sport of Ultimate.
Spirit of the Game is the mindful behavior practiced by Ultimate players worldwide in a mutual effort to protect the basic joy of play. It makes self-officiation possible, encourages personal responsibility, and encompasses attitudes and skills such as good knowledge of the rules, fair-mindedness, safe play, clear and calm communication, and a positive and respectful attitude.
iSOTG Day, organized by the World Flying Disc Federation in partnership with the charitable organization Early Recognition Is Critical (E.R.I.C.), encourages Ultimate communities around the world to celebrate and reflect on Spirit of the Game, a core and unique tenant of the sport of Ultimate, by hosting events, clinics and activities where players can discuss and demonstrate good spirit.
All groups and individuals can participate in iSOTG Day and get the chance to win prizes from dozens of partners and vendors simply by posting a video, photo, article, etc. on the iSOTG Facebook event page or on Twitter with the hashtag #iSOTGDay. Submissions are open between 29 November and 5 December 2018. The winning submissions will be chosen by members of the WFDF Spirit Committee, E.R.I.C., as well as Partner representatives.
In 2018, in addition to the creative promotion of Spirit, the community is encouraged to start conversations and share their thoughts on the evolution and current state of Spirit of the Game and how it can be made relevant to today’s youth. Together with local events and creative expressions of Spirit, these activities will further promote a global collaborative understanding of what Spirit of the Game means.
For more information about International Spirit of the Game Day, and how you can be a part of this global and growing movement, visit www.spiritofthegameday.org.