« on: February 05, 2016, 12:58:35 PM »
I want to summarize some thoughts that have been shared this morning and start a discussion:
For a tournament that is designed to showcase KC's "best of the best," it's important that women earn a place (by defeating other women), and not get there by default." Having a qualifier/qualifiers is totally reasonable. But 3-5 women is a decent showing, even for a large local tournament, and that's from the metro as a whole. Setting a requirement of six women from each state feels like we're being set up to fail. From the most recent PDGA demographics report, the membership was 92% male, 8% female. Using the teams of 16 men as a starting point, that means that adding just one woman to each team, and a qualifying event of 2-3 women would be more likely to succeed, particularly in the shadow of last year's drama (that last fragment is completely my (Amy's) opinion).
Perhaps a better starting place would be 3-4 women minimum (per state) competing for 1-2 spots on each side, with 1 getting the alternate spot. This would convey a sincere interest in opening the event to women, and therefore are encouraging more women to try and qualify.
Lastly, I would remind anyone reading this that I said my intent is to "start a discussion," not to demand rule changes.
Amy asked for my argument in favor of my point number 1, so here it is. You can take your whole statement from above and insert men over 60(or any other special interest group) in the place of women and have the same argument. As a 60 year old man it is just as hard to compete against the best-of the-best as it is for women. That applies to almost any other special interest group. So when you start to allow that then you truly don't have the best-of the-best you have a participation event. If it's a participation event then include everyone. Amy, I wish to thank you, your statement and thoughts were very well said and stated in a nice thoughtful manner.
Joe Teater - unoffical champion of the Heritage-Blue Valley- Smithville that's a lot of courses in one day championship