Spirit Circle

  • November 12, 2019 at 6:57 pm #1759
    artur cardelino

    Hi there,

    We have this discussion in Brazil regarding when should teams gather up to talk about the game, give feedback and discuss the game. Some say after a game, each team split up and talk about the game to give a correct score/evaluation. Others say we should do it immediately after the game, as is stated on WFDF.

    “Spirit Circles are a good way to positively connect with the other team and to resolve possible conflicts. After a game is over both teams form a joined circle with alternating players. This circle can be used to highlight some positives and/or discuss issues that might have occurred during the game.”

    1- The joined circle must be right after the game? or should it be right after it?
    2- A tournament can encourage other times to perform circles? how is this open for interpretations?
    3- Can we say which is better? Discuss the game within ourselves and later talk to the other team? or better to talk about it right after the game, so that everybody speaks.

    December 1, 2019 at 1:12 am #1767
    Julian Bushe

    I’m not aware of WFDF rules regarding spirit circles (then again I haven’t played at the WFDF-level).
    EUF requires (or at least used to require) teams to also do spirit circles before the game to set expectations. Read about it here: https://www.ultimatefederation.eu/posts/the-power-of-the-sprit-of-the-game-circle-119.php

    Regarding your questions:
    1. As said before, I don’t think there are specific rules. The way I think works best is that teams huddle up for a minute or two among themselves to see if there a any special things (good or bad) that should be highlighted so that the person making the speech can talk for the whole team. Then teams form the spirit circle right after that.
    If there are any important issues that weren’t adressed in the spirit circle but came up when one of the teams did their spirit scoring, the spirit captain can go to the other teams spirit captains and let them know or discuss the issue with them.
    2. That depends whether the tournament is sanctioned by WFDF or any other governing body. If it’s not sanctioned by any governing body it can also make up its own rules regarding spirit circles.
    3. If I understand the question correctly, see my answer to 1 (although that’s just my personal opinion).

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