Disc golf is a great sport both for men and women. It offers a wide variety of opportunities to participate in an engaging, challenging, and fun sport. But a lot of people wonder, “Why aren’t there enough women playing?”
The gender gap in disc golf has been around since the inception of the sport. The 2020 PDGA Year-End Demographics Report shows that only 7% of the members are female.
Some reports also reveal that women have to deal with negative stereotypes and sexual harassment, which contributes to the low number of female players.
Creating a More Welcoming Environment in the Sport
Women have been discouraged from playing sports from a young age, and this is primarily due to the male-dominated environment that it has always been.
To create a more welcoming environment for women in disc golf, there’s a need for a change.
Togetherness - The more she says about her plans, the more committed she becomes. Participation in sports becomes more appealing and safer when accompanied by a friend's offer. External motivation is a powerful force when it comes to socializing with friends.
Possibilities - Allowing her to see what she is capable of doing. Women are more likely to participate if they are inspired by stories they can identify with.
Belonging - Including her and making her feel indispensable and appreciated. Disc golf participation should be pleasurable and give a memorable experience, as well as human contact that fosters a sense of mutual regard and esteem.
Support - Ensuring that she is well-supported from the background. The individuals she interacts with daily are crucial to her ability to continue participating.
Internalize - Enabling her to appreciate her accomplishments. Internalization of her own behavioral path through a focus on positive self-esteem and the sports experience.
How To Promote Gender Equality and Diversity in Disc Golf
Discrimination in sports persists despite society's efforts to be more inclusive of all races, genders, sexual orientations, faiths, and abilities. We listed down some tips for breaking the prejudice and sexism in disc golf and promoting gender equality and diversity.
One way to encourage gender equality in disc golf is to have a supportive community, full of affirming people who will encourage each other. Show your support for female disc golfers by tuning in to their games or subscribing to their social media accounts.
By creating a supportive environment for female players, the odds that more women will want to take part in disc golf will increase exponentially.
Female disc golfers can help by sharing their experiences, knowledge, and skills. They can introduce new players to the sport in a supportive and welcoming environment. This helps make the sport more accessible for all types of players.
While the number of women in disc golf has increased over the years, there’s still a substantial gap between male and female participation. With that being said, men need to create an encouraging environment for women to feel welcome.
Discourage comments that could make women feel unwelcome, avoid talking down on them, and be understanding of those women who are still learning how to throw.
Everyone can be instrumental in creating a welcoming environment for female disc golfers. Together we can grow the sport, change the game, and break the bias in disc golf.
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