Playing with Gender Equity

June — Incorporating gender equitable play into strategy
July — Drilling on-field equity to build better habits
August — Evaluating the incorporation of equity on and off the field
September — Building accountability for high pressure situations

It’s one thing to talk about gender equity and another thing to change your habits when the disc is in your hands. Fortunately, when building on the foundation of solid team culture, you can set up you offensive and defensive strategy to play to the strengths of all team members.

During the club season is a great time to look at tangible examples of how to practice and play mixed ultimate with a focus on gender equity. Examining how gender affects spacing, speed of cuts, and throwing windows – and including those concepts in team strategy – is essential to the success of mixed ultimate teams.

Using the community’s broad range of experiences, we strive to look at different models for incorporating gender equitable play into offensive and defensive schemes.

Our goal is that together, we can break down how to practice the finer points of strategy by building a library of drills. It’s key to evaluate in-season whether or not you’re successfully acting on your team strategy through the use of tools and conversations, and how you hold to the planned team strategy in high-pressure situations.

Questions to consider

  • What will you and/or your male teammates gain from stepping back and creating space for women to hold power? Why is it necessary for men to dismantle their privilege to do so?
  • How have you worked to become a better mixed player? How have you seen the value of intentional drills on your team?
  • How have men changed behavior by acknowledging their privilege? What benefits has that brought to the team? What challenges exist when that doesn’t happen?
  • How do play styles change in important games? Who holds the power in those situations?

If you want to share strategy ideas, drills, evaluative tools, or ideas on mental toughness, we’re going to need a wide range of resources and perspectives! Please email us at with your ideas.