Inspired by the conversations about gender equity in the London and UK Ultimate community, Deep Space ran two gender-equity focused Mixed skills sessions in December 2018 and January 2019. We wanted to bring some of the ideas and discussions from the classroom to the pitch, and actively test out what it might look like to train Mixed in a gender equitable way.
We’re sharing what we did and what we learned - we’d love for you to give us your feedback or thoughts, use any of this with your own teams or communities, or build on this for your own work.
In this session we focused on issues that affect women in Mixed Ultimate. When we say ‘women’, we mean anyone who identifies as a woman, including trans women, and when we say ‘man’, we mean anyone who identifies as a man, including trans men. We want to acknowledge that we don't think we made enough space for non-binary and gender-non-confirming athletes in this session, and are working on educating ourselves and designing better next year.
We welcome feedback and comments on our language, plans and choices. You can get in touch with the Deep Space committee at email@example.com.
What we aimed to do:
We agreed on which issues we’d like to work on, taking inspiration from our experiences and conversations, Laura Manescu’s articles on Inside Out Ultimate, and Kathy Franz’s statistics published in Ultiworld. We knew we couldn’t work on all of these in a two-hour session, so we chose a few points to start.
We decided to look at:
What we did: