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08/12/2019

Gender Ratio Rule A for all EUF Events starting from 2020

 

 

Dear Members Federations and Ultimate Community
 

As announced in a previous EUF Press Release in April 2019, all EUF sanctioned events will adopt the Gender Ratio A starting from the Season 2020. This Gender Ratio is already in place at the European Ultimate Indoor Club Championship 2020 in Herning (DEN) on Jan. 30th-Feb. 2nd.

A7.2. Ratio Rule A (“prescribed ratio” rule):
A7.2.1. At the start of the game, after the first disc flip, an additional disc flip happens with the winner selecting the gender ratio for the first point. For the second and third 7 points the ratio must be the reverse of the first point. For the fourth and fifth points the ratio must be same as the first point. This pattern of alternating the ratio every two points repeats until the end of the game (half time has no impact on the pattern). 

EUF has analyzed the percentage of female players in average in the roster of mixed teams in 2019.

  • EUCF : 44%
  • EUCR South : 42%
  • EUCR West : 41%
  • EUCR Central : 44%
  • EUCR East : 42%
  • EUCR North : 43%

The introduction of the Gender Ratio A fits perfectly in the EUF gender equity strategy, supported also by the European Community Erasmus+ Project "EU-GEM" (European Ultimate Gender Equity Manual) aimed to collect best practices to recruit, train and retain female players in Europe. 
Thanks to this Gender Ratio we expect that mixed teams will increase the focus in forming female players, increasing the averages of 2019. At the same time, these data do not indicate that teams will have an issue to enter EUF sanctioned mixed tournaments.

Considering also the increase of the size of the women division at the EUCF, the year 2020 will have a strong women focus, which we hope will be propagated also at national and club level.