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The Changing Face of Ultimate Frisbee and the Politics of Inclusion

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A growing body of scholarship has revealed the increasing role of digital media in action sports. In this chapter, I build on this research through an examination of intersections between digital media, emergent semi-professional leagues and debates over gender inequities in Ultimate Frisbee (Ultimate). Although gender inequities have a long history within Ultimate, public debate over these inequities has visibly increased in recent years in tandem with the simultaneous development of Ultimate-specific digital niche media and semi-professional men-only leagues. While digital media has been an important vehicle for players raising concerns over gender inequities in Ultimate, in a similar manner to other sports, there has been a notable, hypermasculine backlash directed at those voicing concerns.

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  • Digital Medium
  • Gender Equity
  • Gender Inequity
  • Conservative Response

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    However, there are two semi-professional leagues that have set their own rules and use referees. Many elite tournaments in North America use observers, officials who resolve disputes between players and make a small number of active calls.

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    Currently, there is no relationship between the USAUA and the professional leagues, primarily due to the USAUA’s concerns at the leagues’ use of referees and lack of gender equity (USAUA Board of Directors, 2014).

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Crocket, H. (2016). The Changing Face of Ultimate Frisbee and the Politics of Inclusion. In: Thorpe, H., Olive, R. (eds) Women in Action Sport Cultures. Global Culture and Sport Series. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-45797-4_13

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