The Alternate Spirit of the Game Score Sheet
(Ultimate Frisbee players can ignore the first part)
For those that don’t know, Ultimate Frisbee is a self officiated sport at almost all levels (only at the professional level are there officials). Part of the fundamental philosophies of Ultimate is the “Spirit of the Game” which places the responsibility of fair play upon the players. The rules have a built-in conflict resolution mechanism but players and teams can abuse them (and that does happen sometimes). “Spirit of the Game” (SOTG) is in a way a code of behavior that places sportsmanship above all else.
Part of this unique undertaking is the SOTG scoresheet where teams evaluate each other after the game on five elements:
- Rules Knowledge and Use
- Fouls and Body Contact
- Positive Attitude and Self-Control
Anyone who’s played in an Ultimate tournament probably have filled out an SOTG scoresheet. Normally at a tournament, there are prizes for the SOTG winner, and in official tournaments, the scores are published for teams reflect and improve.
(Ultimate players start reading here)
For official tournaments (e.g. international/national qualifiers and championships, games sanctions by official governing bodies), the official SOTG scoresheet works perfectly. However, for “fun” tournaments (the goal being more about playing and partying) and especially hat tournaments (where teams are assembled at the beginning of the tournament), I’ve found the official SOTG scoresheet to be too serious. Fair play is rarely an issue and filling out the sheet can seem rather tedious after a game.
So, after discussing with some teammates, I decided to create “The Alternate Spirit of the Game Scoresheet,” introducing elements of fun in addition to fair play.
My teammate translated it into German and we tried it in a hat tournament we organized with positive responses. Feel free to use this wherever you want, and if anyone translates this into other languages, please send it to me so I can add it to this post. Leave any suggestions for changes in the comments.
Brazilian Portuguese: A Planilha de Espírito de Jogo Alternativa (PT-BR v1) (Illustrator File)
Text file for the English version: The Alternate Spirit of the Game Score Sheet (text file)
Write out the translations for each line and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will then lay it out and include it here.