The problem of exclusion extends beyond gender. Iíve played at pickup and on leagues where a few players only throw to people they know. So during offensive play the rest of the team just ends up running around with no apparent purpose.
Here are some solutions that worked to be more inclusive and made the games more fun for everyone some years ago when I was playing pickup on a regular basis.
- Eliminate the Huck--longer than half the field length--by making a huck an automatic turnover with no scoring potential. There always seems to be those few dudes that huck the disc every time they handle. Makes for rather dull games for everyone else.
- Make it so at least five different people must touch the disc on either team upon obtaining possession before a score can be attempted. Some people may need to touch the disc more than once to make sure that five different people get to handle. This helps to allow people that usually donít get the disc to handle occasionally. It also eliminates the potential for an immediate scoring throw and definitely makes for interesting play when possession is obtained close to end zoneóno quick scores on turnovers.
- An alternative to the previous bullet when a team obtains possession is to have:
-- at least five different people touch the disc when the distance to score is more than half the field.
-- at least three different people touch the disc when the distance to score is less than half yet more than a third or quarter of the field.
-- no minimum when possession is obtained less than a quarter of the field to a scoreóallowing for the exciting quick scoring potential of near end zone turnovers.
Ultimately itís all about having a good time, especially for play that is not at a professional level.
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