SWURL is a women’s league open to female-matching players age 15 and up. The upcoming summer league will take place on Monday nights from June 17-Aug. 12 (with no games on Canada Day, July 1).
The league will be outdoor 5 vs 5 and is open to all skill levels, from “I’ve never held a disc” to advanced.
Game times will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. or 7-8 p.m. for the first four weeks of the league, then 5:30-6:45 p.m. and 7-8:15 p.m. for the remaining four weeks. All registrants may also participate in a skills and drills session that will take place from 6:30-7 p.m. for the first four weeks of the league. Topics covered will include throwing backhand, throwing forehand, defense 101 and offensive strategies.
Registration is $35 for eight weeks of play (plus a $30 2019-20 Ultimate NL membership if one has not already been purchased).
Interested players may register in pairs or as individuals.
Ultimate NL is pleased to introduce a new skills and drills league for beginner and intermediate female-matching players.
This six-week league will focus on introducing and improving skills related to throwing, cutting, defence and offence.
Kathleen Sullivan, Ultimate NL’s sport development coordinator, says the league will help gender equity efforts in the provincial ultimate community.
“With the increased attention on gender equity and the use of WFDF Rule A by Mile Zero Ultimate, increasing the confidence and skill level of female-matching players will translate to a better experience in all their encounters with the sport,” she says. “The goal is to have these players feel comfortable with the disc so they can fully enjoy their playing experience and continue playing ultimate in the future.”
The league is open to female-matching players ages 16 and over. Each session will focus on a specific skill with participants being divided by skill level for some drills in order to help players master the concepts being taught.
“This will be a learning series focusing on skills and drills to allow female-matching players the opportunity to improve their skills in a safe and inclusive indoor environment,” says Sullivan.
Wednesday, April 10: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 24: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 1: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8: 8:30-10 p.m.
Wednesday, May 15: 8:30-10 p.m.
All sessions will take place at the Techniplex in St. John’s. The cost is $60.
Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU)’s Gender Equity Committee has been working hard to improve gender equity in the ultimate community.
Begun in December, the committee is exploring a variety of initiatives to make the adult co-ed league in St. John’s more welcoming to marginalized players, primarily focusing on issues related to female-matching players. Working in co-operation with Ultimate NL and the St. John’s Women’s Recreational Ultimate League (SWURL), the committee aims to:
Increase awareness that female-matching players experience the game differently than male-matching players;
Support women to become equipped with knowledge and skills on the field;
Promote female-matching players to participate in ultimate;
Support female-matching players to take on leadership positions; and
Highlight the efforts of others working towards gender equity.
MZU has been releasing information on social media and its website related to the committee’s working, including a recent examination of some statistics looking at the participation levels of female-matching players in its 2019 winter toque league.