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.
As International Spirit of the Game Day falls on Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU)’s regularly scheduled league play, we’re pleased to partner with MZU to help mark the occasion. We are:
– encouraging spirited play in all games (and leagues!);
– inviting all teams to play a spirit game following their spirit circle;
– celebrating the Most Spirited Players with swag and photo ops; and
– encouraging players to have discussions about spirit both on and off the field.
This year, the theme for iSOTG Day is “youth,” so we’ll also be giving Spirit of the Game extra emphasis in our youth leagues on Dec. 2. We’ll talk about the importance of spirit in ultimate as well as play some spirit games so the next generation of players is able to carry forward the respect, passion and fair-mindedness that spirit of the game represents.
Mile Zero Ultimate’s Super Sunday Outdoor Fall League wrapped up on Nov. 11 with Team Batman taking home the victory 7-3 over Deadpool.
The superhero-themed league saw 42 new players take to the fields for the first time.
It was also the first league in the province to implement the use of the WFDF gender Ratio Rule A, which alternates the gender ratio on the field every second point to provide near equal playing time for male and female players.
Congratulations to MZU for its leadership on gender equity initiatives, and player recruitment!