« on: December 04, 2014, 10:33:24 AM »
I really should not get on here and reply but I'm going to ...
I feel that there is less of a problem than you think. Down Under league in general has never turned anyway away for being a woman, old, slow, young, lacking in skills, fat skinny, ugly or weird.
We have Jen Brockman, Susan Taylor, Tavish Carduff to name a few who have played and had a great time at DU league. They even let a 9 year old play.
Now I wasn't there. I only heard what happened from both sides. It sounded more like a typically DU league. Mass confusion, headaches, redraws and late comers.
This is one of the most played leagues in town so many people show up and it is a very hard to manage league. Two people minimum to make this thing happen. That day in particular was a cluster.
They had already had people show up late and one after cards had already started to be handed out. So then they started again. At that point two more showed up, in fact one was a woman. I don't think that had as much to do with it as you think. I would say that the fact two people instead of 1 may have been the factor. If there is a cali and one person shows up then you can just play with whomever draws that card. Pretty easy to do. When two people show up you have to get the cards back and add cards in and start over. Which had already happened prior.
Now again, I wasn't there, but to me this really comes down to the player. If you have never been to a specific league and you do not know the people running it, you should probably show up early so you know the drill. Showing up late to any league causes many headaches for the people running it. These people do not get paid so when things don't go right or are crazy you will see serious frustration from them and it makes for some bad moments, like the one here IMO.
Now I know that they told someone else to tell the director they were coming. But from my understanding this person also knew no one running the league and had not played it yet. This can also be problematic. Especially when the people coming are late. Yes 10 til 1 is late. Sign up is at 12:30 and tee off is supposed to be at 1 pm. Due to before mentioned problems they were still sorting things out when they showed up.
Moral of the story is you should always be on time to whatever league you are wanting to play. Male, Female, dog or kid. (yes, dogs over kids... sorry) Especially if you are going to go there for your first time. It makes life easier and we don't get accusation of sexism and belittlement. Jay runs a great league and is one of the best in town. I hope you and everyone else involved gives it another chance to see that it isn't as bad as it may seem from this one encounter.
I hope this didn't come off wrong I am just trying to spell it out as I see it.