What is Spirit of the Game (SOTG)?
Spirit of the Game is the mindful behavior practiced by players worldwide prior to, during and after a game. It encompasses attitudes and skills such as good knowledge and application of the rules, fair-mindedness, safe play and spatial awareness, clear and calm communication, and a positive and respectful attitude towards teammates, fans, and opponents, in a mutual effort to protect the basic joy of play..
Invariably games have their tough moments with hard calls. BE CALM is a strategy to help players remember how to keep interactions positive and effective on the playing field.
- Breathe, don’t react straight away,
- Explain what you think happened,
- Consider what they think happened,
- Ask others for advice on perspective and rules,
- Listen to everyone, and
- Make a call.