Women’s Ultimate

A Case for Gender Equity Based on Ability

With the release of this article on Skyd Magazine arguing for making pro ultimate a mixed league, there have been a huge number of comments on Facebook, Reddit and Twitter. The author’s main point for making pro ultimate mixed is for girls to have female role models.

However, something is missing. There have been many opinion pieces, videos and discussions about gender equity in ultimate, making pro ultimate mixed and there have been a lot of ignorant and sexist comments made each time.

I think a helpful response to this is about ability. Not absolute ability but rather relative ability.

Commentary Workshop for Female Commentators at UKU Nationals

The workshop is being run by Tom Styles, one of the most experienced and recognisable voices in ultimate broadcasting. With over 15 years of experience behind the microphone Tom has a unique perspective on how to commentate on the sport of Ultimate.

The day will include contributions from AUDL and ESPN commentator, Megan Tormey, and professional journalist, WFDF board member, and presenter of the Ulti Show Caz Malone. Megan and Caz will both be joining via video link.

Spirit of the Game by Willie Herndon

Spirit of the Game follows one woman’s journey from the win-at-all-costs world of soccer into the “Play-fair-win-fair-play-with spirit” ethic of ultimate frisbee. This is the fictional part of an otherwise documentary film centered around Boston’s Lady Godiva, a women’s ultimate club team that has earned its place as one of the great teams in the history of this young, fast growing, referee-less sport.

The movie was produced and directed by Willie Herndon (williamsherndon@hotmail.com) and features New York actress Bronwyn Ryan in the role of Bronwyn, the soccer player whose mainstream competitive ethics conflict deeply with the world of ultimate frisbee and its practice of fair play.

The Little Things

I’m headed into my 7th event of the season, my 5th of five in a row.  I’ve basically been on the road since Thanksgiving, most of my stuff is in a friend’s garage, and the rest of my worldly possessions are in my car. Those who know me on a personal level know that this is not how I roll AT ALL. I have a graduate degree in Planning, and nothing in my life is planned right now. I’m not even sure where I’m sleeping tomorrow night.

But in the midst of a time of insanity and uncertainty, I’ve tried to remind myself that…

On Endings

For me, the best part about qualifying for Nationals has always been the opportunity to spend a few more weeks with my team.  I have extremely fond memories of those precious extra moments earned at both Cal and Texas, (and with Showdown and Molly Brown), and these memories are perhaps sharpened by the heartbreak of the seasons sandwiched in between where I lost three games-to-go in two years.  I share some of the heartache of losing that third game here.  Endings are incredibly difficult, especially when they happen sooner than we’d hope.

Windy Sarasota – 2012 USAU

Malissa Lundgren, Ultimate Canada’s 2011 Female Athlete of the Year, talks about the 2012 USA Ultimate Championships and in particular, how bad the wind was. Mother nature is a factor we can never control so it’s all about doing the best we can with what we have.

The biggest outcome from playing in windy conditions is to learn how to throw in the wind and to be smart with your offensive strategy (huck and pin is a common one).

Malissa Lundgren Top 3 Career Highlights

Malissa Lundgren, one of the captains of the Capitals, the women’s ultimate team from Ontario Canada, talks about her top highlights.

Malissa has played in the finals of the World Championships of Beach Ultimate, the Canadian Ultimate Championships, the USA Ultimate Championships and the World Ultimate and Guts Championships.

She is one of the top female ultimate players in the world and was named Ultimate Canada’s 2011 Female Athlete of the Year.

Changing the Team Strategy

Malissa Lundgren, Ultimate Canada’s 2011 Female Athlete of the Year, discusses how the Capitals were more successful after changing their team strategy following their 2009 semi final loss in the UPA Championships to Brute Squad. In 2010, they would go on to make the finals where the lost to the powerhouse women’s team, Fury.

Capitals Ultimate 2013 Season Outline

We’ve been working with USA Ultimate on the new Triple Crown Tour (TCT), as well as Caps from the 2012 fall season to put together an exciting 2013 strategy and schedule.  This is a little different than years in the past but was built to take into consideration a lot of factors with a focus on 2 key objectives:

  1. Ensure a strong Capitals team will participate in the 2013 TCT, keeping the spot we fought hard to earn last fall!
  2. Ensure the opportunity for players to participate on Caps and on their respective club teams.

Valuing Women Role Models in Sport

One of the things that drew me to ultimate was the many nuances of gender equality that are embedded within the sport. One example is the mixed division – a division in which men and women play high-caliber ultimate together on one team  and using The Best Tennis Shoes For Women With Astounding Traction. Another example is the ‘Open’ division, which is open to all genders and all ages.

My appreciation for equality in ultimate was reinvigorated last week when Ultimate Canada announced the addition of the Women’s Master’s division in CUCs for Vancouver, 2013. This was reminiscent of the excitement when Canada agreed to send its first-ever women’s master’s team (+30yrs of age) to Japan to compete at the World Ultimate and Guts Championships 2012.