Our Board of Directors met last year and discussed the work being done to address the decline in Spirit of the Game. As a result of their initial work, a working group was formed, and they spent months reviewing how MODS handles Spirit of the Game (SOTG) and also promotes it throughout their programs. The result of their hard work was a manual with suggestions for improvements in MODS programs and we had hoped to start implementing those changes this past summer with our outdoor programs.
Then COVID-19 happened and with so many changes to our programs, timelines and operations the changes to SOTG were put aside for a few more months to allow everyone to focus on the changes being made to health and safety around the pandemic.
With many of our summer players now moving indoors for programming this fall and winter, we feel it is time for us to begin the push towards improving Spirit of the Game. Please check below to see two of the new initiatives that will play out over the next few months, through October, November and December.
While promotion of our best and most spirited players is a good step, the ultimate changes in Spirit of the Game will have to take place on the field. The new spirit captain role will be an independent role from the captain and will handle internal spirit issues within their own team and will also work with the spirit captain from the other team to address concerns during the game and afterwards. Below, we list some of the roles of a spirit captain to help teams with their planning heading into the new indoor season.
If a team’s Spirit Captain believes that either or both teams are failing to follow the Spirit of the Game, they may call a “Spirit of the Game Stoppage”.
This can only be called:
The best examples of Spirit of the Game come directly from our membership and there is no one we would want to celebrate more than the best within our own community! With the help of the Canada Summer Grants program, we were able to hire a summer, fall and winter staff member in Marissa Naylor (wesbite). Marissa will be part of the MODS staff at our indoor venues who come by to check on teams and protocols, collect roster sheets for games and more importantly - she will be in charge of building our inventory of member and league photographs!
Many of our members have been asking us to increase the use of member photos and so Marissa will help us to do not only that, but each week she will be highlighting the best our indoor members and teams have to offer when it comes to SOTG. These posts will be shared with everyone, promoting, celebrating and creating celebration around Spirit. The best of the best will also be recognized in weekly prizing through our Humans of Ultimate promotion!