Gender Ratio Rule A — Explained!

Starting in Summer 2019, all mixed 7v7 leagues in WODS will play using the gender ratio rule known as "Rule A." Many Ultimate leagues across Canada and the world are adopting this rule in order to give those that identify as female more opportunities to play Ultimate and to facilitate equal playing time among genders.


From the WFDF rule book:

A7.2. Ratio Rule A (“prescribed ratio” rule): A7.2.1. At the start of the game, after the first disc flip, an additional disc flip happens with the winner selecting the gender ratio for the first point. For the second and third points the ratio must be the reverse of the first point. For the fourth and fifth points the ratio must be same as the first point. This pattern of alternating the ratio every two points repeats until the end of the game (half time has no impact on the pattern).

Although it's not explicitly stated in the rule, the ratio that you choose is either 3:4 or 4:3 (women:open)


This rule is also sometimes described as "ABBA," where A = 3:4 and B = 4:3.  First point you play is A, second is B, third B, fourth A, repeat (ABBA ABBA ABBA ABBA... until The Winner Takes it All... in Waterloo... Mamma Mia!).  


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