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Origins of Spirit of the Game

Dan “Stork” Roddick, who was a player in the first college ultimate game in 1972, talks about the origins of Spirit of the Game and how he came to write the words that we still use today to define spirit.

From USA Ultimate’s definition:

Ultimate has traditionally relied upon a spirit of sportsmanship which places the responsibility for fair play on the player. Highly competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of the bond of mutual respect between players, adherence to the agreed upon rules of the game, or the basic joy of play. Protection of these vital elements serves to eliminate adverse conduct from the Ultimate field. Such actions as taunting of opposing players, dangerous aggression, intentional fouling, or other ‘win-at-all-costs’ behavior are contrary to the spirit of the game and must be avoided by all players.

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