WFDF is gearing up for the 7th annual International Spirit of the Game Day (iSOTG Day) on Saturday, December 5, 2020. In a year marked by restrictions due to the COVID pandemic, the WFDF Spirit of the Game Commission members have created a global and safe way to celebrate and practice Spirit of the game: the iSOTG Day Global Virtual Scavenger Hunt.
On December 5, you and your teammates can try to complete as many disc-sport-related challenges as possible from a list that will be released just prior to the day’s commencement. This game is FREE to enter, open to everyone, and has challenges for all sorts of players. There will be special SOTG-related prizes given out to selected players and teams.
“It has certainly been harder to play disc sports this year as usual,” said Wolf Maehr, chairperson of WFDF’s Spirit of the Game committee. “We tried to find a way to spread the basic joy of playing disc sports while still recognizing this year’s special circumstances. The principles of Spirit of the Game can be applied to many sports and competitions. In fact, the world would be a little better if we did so more often.”
“In this difficult year where face-to-face competition has been so limited, we are excited to support virtual opportunities to showcase our sport, such as with our recent participation in the United Through Sport World Youth Festival,” commented Robert “Nob” Rauch. “The iSOTG Day virtual format is another opportunity to connect with our global community.”
Spirit of the Game is the mindful behavior practiced by 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 encourages disc sport communities around the world to celebrate and reflect on Spirit of the Game, a core and unique tenant of the sport of Ultimate and other disc sports, by safely hosting events, clinics and activities where players can discuss and demonstrate good spirit.
As always, WFDF also encourages local organizations to develop their own Spirit of the Game activities. Wolf added: “Be safe! Have fun!”
As no WFDF events were held in 2020, the other staple of iSOTG Day – the publishing of the annual international SOTG Scores – is skipped this year, The 2019 scores can be found here.
For more information about the International Spirit of the Game Day, and how you can be a part of this global and growing movement, visit www.spiritofthegameday.org.