Spirit of the Game
Hawaii Ultimate League Association (HULA) adheres to guidance from USA Ultimate (USAU), the national governing body for the sport of Ultimate in the United States, concerning gameplay. An integral part of gameplay is “Spirit of the Game,” which is addressed in the Official Rules of Ultimate: 11th Edition, as follows:
“Ultimate relies upon a spirit of sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the player. Highly competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of mutual respect among competitors, adherence to the agreed upon rules, or the basic joy of play. Protection of these vital elements serves to eliminate unsportsmanlike conduct from the Ultimate field. Such actions as taunting opposing players, dangerous aggression, belligerent intimidation, intentional infractions, or other ‘win-at-all-costs’ behavior are contrary to the Spirit of the Game and must be avoided by all players.”
In addition to USAU’s guidance, HULA expects all our members and participants to incorporate principles of aloha, mālama, ʻike pono, and kuleana into their gameplay and general HULA citizenship:
- Aloha – welcome and treat others with respect
- Mālama – exercise care for ourselves and others
- ʻIke Pono – know and do what is right
- Kuleana – take responsibility
HULA has a zero tolerance policy regarding discrimination or harassment of any kind based on race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and gender expression, national origin, disability, AIDS/HIV, sexual orientation, age, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other personal characteristic. This policy is not designed to limit HULA’s right to limit participation in certain HULA events to individuals eighteen (18) years of age or older, as applicable, or to make necessary modifications to play practices in the interest of safety.
Behavior by individual HULA members is a reflection on the HULA community as a whole. All HULA participants are required to adhere to established regulations, policies, rules, and/or guidelines of venues where HULA events occur, including both public and private venues.
HULA is seriously committed to providing and maintaining a safe environment for all HULA members as well as guests, vendors, and members of the public. Behaviors that endanger others, including repeatedly engaging in dangerous play, are strictly prohibited. HULA adopts the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF)’s definition and defines “dangerous play” as “reckless disregard for the safety of fellow players . . . regardless of whether or when contact occurs.”
HULA has a zero tolerance policy for violence or threats of violence of any kind, including bullying, menacing, and intimidation.
Penalties for Violations of HULA Policies
Any person who has engaged in behavior that violates one or more of HULA’s Policies, as determined by any member of the HULA Board of Directors or the Board’s Designee (including Tournament Directors and League Commissioners), may be immediately removed from a HULA event or activity, pending review by the Board. The Board retains ultimate authority, by majority vote, to review, modify, and extend any action taken under this policy, up to and including banning an individual from all HULA activities on an extended or indefinite basis. Most HULA events take place in parks, beaches, and other public places where HULA may have limited control over access by non-HULA entities. We encourage participants to contact their local law enforcement agency if they feel their safety is at issue.