For those of you less familiar with ultimate, this is a great example of how integrity and sportsmanship shine in our sport, even in the newly created 'professional league.'
No matter the stakes, David Schleicher of the Madison Radicals shows the true potential of our sport by invoking the integrity rule.Posted by American Ultimate Disc League on Thursday, August 13, 2015
Situations like this remind us of the origins of ultimate, a sport that is at its foundation self-officiated. Self-officiation is one of the unique tenets of ultimate and one of its greatest strengths. Not only does it allow competitions to be about playing well, instead of playing the refs, it is part of what makes the sport so useful as a tool in social organizations like Ultimate Peace. Skills like conflict resolution that are learned on the field are just as useful off of it.
This happens often in our sport, even at the highest level. As ultimate has grown to professional and elite level play, referees and observers were introduced to keep games within time constraints. The integrity rule keeps ultimate true to its origins, though. It allows players to overturn referee calls (in the other team’s favor) if they think the decision was unfair.
Imagine if self-officiation were the rule, not just the exception. Personally, I think society needs to see more of this kind of attitude towards sports, and less soccer flopping and football doping.
But I mean, I guess if soccer doesn’t work out, players still have a promising shot at the theatre.
*Correction: The article was edited 11/2/2015 to clarify that professional ultimate is a small part of the bigger picture (including casual, club, youth, and college level play) that is the sport of ultimate.