Reactions to Gender Prescribed Pulling at XEUCF

What did the teams think of the rule's international debut?

Essi Inkinen throwing for PuTi in the mixed semifinal at XEUCF 2021. Photo by Raf Celis

It’s no secret that mixed has a problem: men are overrepresented in all factors of the game. Besides them outnumbering female athletes in the same division, they also are more likely to pull, and take on more key roles on the field.

Noticing this, the EUF issued a Gender Equality Survey in 2019 that re-enforced assumptions about gender inequality in European ultimate. After reviewing the survey results, the EUF are trying to find ways to encourage more young girls to pick up the sport on a competitive level. They are clearly looking for ways to improve gender equality in our sport.

WFDF is testing a new prescribed gender pulling rule at the World Games in 2022. While the rule has not been pushed to other levels, the EUF saw this idea and pretty much immediately decided to trial it at the XEUCF this year. At the tournament, Ratio Rule A1 was used, and every pull was made by a player matching the dominant gender during that point. So what did people think of this rule? Was it game-changing?

  1. Ratio Rule A starts the game with a gender ratio of 4:3 or 3:4 male-matching to female-matching players. After the initial point the gender ratio is switched. Then the gender ratio is switched every other point for the rest of the game. 

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  1. Judith Bauer
    Judith Bauer

    Judy is a new member of Ultiworld and has been playing Ultimate since 2019. As an eager team player and SOTG-enthusiast, she is taking part in as many tournaments as possible.She started playing in Amsterdam with AUC (Mixed/Women's). Now, she is playing with ZomBees (Mixed), DnT (Mixed) and Mantis (Women's) in Vienna.

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