Sunday, March 12, 2017

On This Day: In 2015, USA vs Philippines WCBU Semifinal

On this day in 2015....oh, what a thrilling men's semifinal game between Team USA and Boracay Dragons (Philippines) from 2015 World Championships of Beach Ultimate. The strong wind made this a game of throwing into the wind, reading the blade-y discs, and catching fast-moving plastic.

USA took the first point (1-0), then was down 2 goals (3-5), took the lead back (7-5), and then Boracay Dragons came back to with 2 goals. The game was tied at 7's FOR A LOOOONG TIME. Whichever teams scored the next goal would win a trip to the WCBU finals.

Watch the entire beach ultimate game. Or, start watching at double-game point @ 54:32.

This game is infamous for the Spirit of the Game timeout called.
Spirit timeout called by Team USA. [Game tied @ 7s]

According to WFDF, If there is ever an issue with Spirit of The Game during play, Captains should be aware that the Appendix to the WFDF Rules of Ultimate include a Spirit of the Game Time-out (A7):
If a team's captain believes that either or both teams are failing to follow the Spirit of the Game (SOTG), they may call a "Spirit of the Game Time-out."
This can only be called after the start of a point and prior to the ensuing pull.
During this time-out, neither team may engage in tactical discussions.
All team members of both teams will form a “spirit circle” in the middle of the field.
The two opposing team captains shall separately discuss all current issues with adherence to SOTG, determine ways to rectify those issues, and then convey the agreement to the spirit circle.
SOTG time-outs do not affect, nor are they affected by, the number of time-outs available.

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