When playing ultimate, there is no referee to declare fouls, travels and even points. This is all done by the players playing the game. Each player is also a referee when playing the game. Each player has to keep the spirit of the game in the game.
This is a very different approach to competitive sport compared to other sports. You would think that when people played competitively, they would cheat and so on to win the game.
Ultimate isn’t about that life, it relies on the players having sportsmanship to play a clean, safe and especially fun game.I am still surprised every time I play at pickup of how much fun it is to play when people play with the spirit of the game.
The spirit of the game is probably the biggest aspect of Ultimate. It allows people to play a competitive sport at a competitive level while still having fun and being social. After all, Ultimate is a social sport. Being social includes throwing some fun bants around and trying to help other players in your team to become better.