How to #respectHERgame

If you produce media or digital content

  • Promote BOTH male and female athletes.
  • Moderate comments and remove those that sexualize, harass or bully players.
  • Do not portray female athletes in an overtly sexual manner. Emphasize skill, poise and passion rather than sex appeal.

If you are a tournament director

  • Ensure you are offering a comparable tournament experience for women: player’s packs with lighter plastic, women’s cut apparel, equal-sized trophies and similar division offerings.
  • Reserve an appropriate number of registration spots for women (typically a few more than past averages).
  • Provide suitable bathrooms.
  • Don’t use a sexualized image of women as the tournament logo or in any official graphics.
  • Ensure that women are not routinely carded with juniors. Women are there to compete as athletes, not be caregivers.

If you are a player

  • Welcome women on the course in non-threatening and non-sexual ways.
  • Stand up to those being sexist or negative toward women, both online and on the course. 
  • Avoid making comments about a woman’s appearance. She is there to play, not to be ogled.
  • Never end a compliment with, “…for a girl.”
  • Don’t comment that you threw your shot “like a girl.”
  • Stop referring to weak shots with feminine language like “Sally.”
  • Be inviting and friendly when paired with a woman in doubles or in a team environment.
  • When you see a woman disc golfing, don’t offer advice unless she asks for it.
  • Be just as quiet and respectful during women’s drives and putts as you are when a man is throwing.
  • Think about what you say or joke about when there is a woman on your card.
  • Be willing to defend new women showing up to league by saying to your male friends “Jane is here tonight for the first time…I know all of you will welcome her with open arms.”
  • Remember that sexism is any prejudice, stereotyping or discrimination on the basis of sex.

Tips for dealing with bullying or harassment online

  • Report the offender to the platform or content owner.
  • Delete offensive comments.
  • Block the offender.
  • Share with allies to gain supportive comments and warn others of this person.

Tips for dealing with bullying or harassment on the course

  • Confront the individual immediately in a respectful manner, if possible.
  • Report the individual to the tournament director, league director or person in charge.
  • Report the individual to the PDGA if they are a member.
  • Play rounds with supportive friends, rather than alone if you are dealing with a serial bully.
  • In some cases, it may be necessary to call the police or file for a restraining order.