Rocktober 2016 : SOTG

Non-refereed Ultimate works because we respect the rules and our opponents. This also means that the game plays best when we respect the rules and our opponents, and play with Spirit.

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“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 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.”

Final SOTG Ranking Rocktober 2016

1 Skyveld  12.00
2 Catch 22 11.83
3 Long Donkeys 11.67
4 UCT Flying Tigers 11.50
5 UCT Roaring Tigers 11.17
6 Galeforce 11.00
6 Wits Voodoo Kudus 11.00
8 Chilli 10.86
9 Ghost 10.80
10 Ultitude Grey Wolves 10.50
11 ELUF Knights 10.00
11 Ultitude Grey Luries 10.00
11 Polokwane Ultimate 10.00
14 NWU/Tuks Ultimate 9.60
15 Soweto Ultimate 9.57
16 Zone Rangers 9.20
17 Orange Farm Ultimate 6.60

Congratulations to Skyveld Ultimate, for being awarded the highest Spirit of the Game score at Rocktober 2016.

Skyveld, despite being a new team having only formed just over a year ago, has become a mainstay in the Gauteng Ultimate scene, entering teams into league and appearing in tournaments such as Binnelanders.  While initially having been seeded 10th, the team’s consistent performance saw a final finish of 7th place.

Spirit Captain Deo shared, “The character they displayed from start to end was nothing less than inspiring. It truly was an honour playing alongside teammates I consider as friends.”

With hilarious war cries and competitive play, the Skyveld team edged its way into our hearts.

Edited article to remove controversial opinions of what constitutes good spirit and what is bad tournament etiquette.  How do you define SOTG ? We’d like to have a series of articles on this extremely nuanced topic.  

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