New Spirit of the Game scoring system

UPDATE 22 October 2009: The 2008 version has now be replaced by the 2010 version. Please redirect your browser to
BULA and the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) have launched a revolutionary new Spirit of the Game scoring system. The system is designed to quickly and accurately determine the SOTG winner while teaching what Spirit of the Game really means.
Maintaining the Spirit of the Game is key for us and having a system that correctly teaches this is very important. It allows for further growth of the sport while keeping the Spirit intact.
The new system got its foundation from the system that BULA launched in 2006. However the system was improved thanks to feedback from the community and the work of Chris Schneider, Christian Jennewein, Dan Engstrom, David Raflo, Kolja Sulimma, Momme Butenschön, Natalie Visser, Patrick van der Valk, Paul Bernier, and Rue Veitl.
Scoring is based on judging Respect, Fairness, Positive Attitude, Emotional Management, Rules Knowledge, and Physical Contact. Teams are also asked to reflect on their own Spirit as that is only fair. To make it easy to adopt we created 3 similar documents:

  1. One SOTG scoring sheet on a page
  2. Two SOTG scoring sheets on a page
  3. Two SOTG scoring sheets plus a goal scoring sheet on the same page

The system was tested at the European Championships Beach Ultimate last weekend and the feedback has been extremely positive. We encourage all tournament and league directors to use this system and get feedback from your players and see what they think about it. We would love to hear what players around the world think of this system. Let us know what you like or dislike!
UPDATE 8 May 2009 – German translation available

  1. German – One SOTG scoring sheet on a page

UPDATE 28 April 2009 – French translation available

  1. French – One SOTG scoring sheet on a page

UPDATE 23 January 2009 – Slovak translation available

  1. Slovak – 2 SOTG + 1point scoring sheet

UPDATE 16 October 2008 – New language versions available:

  1. Spanish – One SOTG scoring sheet on a page
  2. Brazilian Portuguese – One SOTG scoring sheet on a page
  3. European Portuguese – One SOTG scoring sheet on a page
  4. Italian – 2 SOTG + 1point scoring sheet
  5. Russian – One SOTG scoring sheet on a page

Excellent. Looks very good. Can´t wait to use it.

  • Great job guys and thank you Patrick for sharing this very important information. Still here in Manila awaiting your arrival… hehehe. Take it easy.
    Ping Bautista
    Philippine Ultimate Association

  • Great work, I hope we see this in wide use soon. Ultimate is growing so fast this is a good way to help new players understand what is is to play with spirit. Top job!

  • Hey Patrick, it would be great to have it in some different languages.
    Do you have it in Spanish.

  • We were able to use the new system at Parlee this year and it produced some interesting results. Everyone was in agreement that this team fit the spirited team profile that the new system is recognizing.
    In the past the winners are normally the team that had an interesting song or entertaining game after the match. The new system allows for the truly all-round spirited team to be recognized.
    Two thumbs up BULA!
    JD – TD Parlee ’08

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