Spirit of the Game


'Ultimate is a non-contact, self-refereed sport. All players are responsible for administering and adhering to the rules. Ultimate relies upon a Spirit of the Game that places the responsibility for fair play on every player. It is trusted that no player will intentionally break the rules; thus there are no harsh penalties for inadvertent breaches, but rather a method for resuming play in a manner which simulates what would most likely have occurred had there been no breach. Highly competitive play is encouraged, but should never sacrifice the mutual respect between players, adherence to the agreed-upon rules of the game, or the basic joy of play.'

WFDF Rules of Ultimate


Spirit of the Game is an overarching term, used to describe the way that participants approach the sport of Ultimate. It encompasses core principles such as sportsmanship, knowledge and fair application of the rules, attitude, communication skills, and respect for others. It’s critical that players, coaches and fans alike adhere to these principles, in order to safeguard the fundamental joy of play and the self-refereeing which is so vitally unique to ultimate.

All players are encouraged (and in fact, obliged) to familiarise themselves with the WFDF Rules of Ultimate. Spirit of the Game is, quite literally, the first rule in the book - the entirety of Section 1 is dedicated to describing Spirit in detail.

In addition to players’ individual responsibilities, it is highly encouraged for teams to appoint a Spirit Captain to help ensure that the team upholds the ideals of Spirit of the Game.

UKU is committed to fostering the principles of Spirit of the Game at all levels. The Spirit of the Game Committee facilitates this by engaging with development, education and outreach, from grassroots level to elite national representative teams.

Information and news from the Spirit of the Game Committee



Further resources:

 The WFDF website has a comprehensive Spirit of the Game section with a huge amount of resources available. Highlights include:

Spirit of the Game Facebook Page

UKU resource: Spirit of the Game and challenging team mates

UKU Code of Conduct

Presentation on Dangerous Play (USA-centric)