We’re Halfway There…

8-week Rule Challenge
TeamWeek #1Week #2Week #3Week #4Total
GreyHounds109111040
Taco Tuesday553215
Floppy Discs533415
Riverside Scorpions433414
Purple Haze334414
Mettle154111
Cobra23128
Discpicable21148
Wednesday3317
Who Needs Glasses 11226
Thundercuts2125
Huckaholics1225
Trappers224
Vertigo224
Mother Huckers1124
Discfunctional1113
Just Disc League1113
Meh Yam1113
Pinko1113
Birches Be Wild22
Big Rats112
Gravity112
The Eh Team112
Trailview Trappers22
Discrhythmia11
Gripe11
Tequila & Lime11
Stripey11
Corduroy Ptarmigans11

Greyhounds are still on top. They’ve got a committed bunch of players. Kudos to them for continuing to excel, even off the fields.

Our lucky winner of this weeks PUL swag is Andrew Gerrits of Mettle.

As far as results go, the average score this week showed better than last with 8 of 10. However, we are again showing a decline on the number of people who are taking the quiz.

Okay, so this next quiz is challenging. These are the rules that hard to remember, Stall Counts & Marking Violations. Generally people look around the field to listen to the one player on the field that knows the rules intimately. You know who they are. (I swear that it’s not just me…right?) However, they are also the ones that we as players really should know. Good luck

Standings – Week #3

8-week Rule Challenge
TeamWeek #1Week #2Week #3Total
GreyHounds1091130
Taco Tuesday55313
Floppy Discs53311
Riverside Scorpions43310
Mettle15410
Purple Haze33410
Wednesday336
Cobra2316
Trappers224
Vertigo224
Discpicable2114
Mother Huckers1124
Who Needs Glasses 1124
Thundercuts213
Discfunctional1113
Just Disc League1113
Meh Yam1113
Huckaholics123
Birches Be Wild22
Big Rats112
Gravity112
The Eh Team112
Pinko112
Trailview Trappers22
Discrhythmia11
Gripe11
Tequila & Lime11
Stripey11
Corduroy Ptarmigans11

Well folks, we were a little down this week on the number of participants, but we still had a decent number. There are a few who have come back each week to participate. A big shout out to Justin Chan, a PUL alumni no longer living here, but taking the quiz for fun.

The overall average was higher this week at 7.76, and we had a decent amount of perfect scores. Two of the ten questions held perfect scores. You all know when a substitution can be made and what a travel is. Kudos.

Greyhounds are still the team to beat. Their team wants the trophy…or rather bragging rights of the win. I’d say they are still catchable.

Our winner of PUL swag this week was Maddie Porter. Congratulations Maddie.

Our next quiz has you looking at Ins and Outs, End zones, Scoring & Turnovers.

Good luck!

Diversity and PUL

TL;DR: Actually, no. This is important. Read it.

In recent weeks (and years and decades and centuries if you’ve been paying attention), movements like Black Lives Matter have struggled to shine a spotlight on the systemic racism built into our societal structures. Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) have faced challenges, from the minutely frustrating to the outright dangerous, that white people simply do not encounter. And they do this every single day.

The PUL Board would like to stand in solidarity with all BIPOC, but the truth is we cannot do so effectively. We are not yet the allies we need to be. 

Peterborough is not a particularly diverse city and our league reflects that limited diversity. In our membership surveys, we do not collect demographic data aside from gender identification, but we do not need that data to state unequivocally that BIPOC are underrepresented at all levels of our sport.

Indeed, while PUL prides itself on its progressive values in other important areas (we have policies on gender parity and gender inclusion, for example), we do not currently have any policy or statement of inclusivity based on issues of race, ethnicity, or class. When pressed, we might note that ‘all players are welcome’ and thus there is ‘no need’ for such a show of solidarity, but that is weak sauce. If we have learned anything from the recent weeks it is that this passive level of ‘acceptance’ simply does not go far enough.

So what, then? At the minimum, we need an open declaration of tolerance and support for all BIPOC members of our sport and community, one designed to become a standing policy for PUL. This declaration should come with an active agenda of engagement with these pressing issues.

If we need to, the Board is prepared to compose this declaration and consider steps forward. But the truth is, the limited diversity of PUL is even more limited at the Board level: all of our Board members identify as white, with little direct experience of the sort of challenges faced by BIPOC.

We are therefore inviting anyone interested to help us shape this dialogue, and the policies that go with it. Any member of PUL may contribute, but we are particularly interested in those with different perspectives and/or lived experiences (and if you know of someone outside of PUL who might help, you can let us know about that as well).

We’ve been on the right side of history before. With some real effort and consideration, we can get there once again.

Anyone interested should contact our League President George Kovacs.

The PUL Board

PS: You don’t have to wait for the PUL Board to start thinking or taking action. There are many useful resources out there for thinking about race and our role in ending it.

Try this list of scaffolded resources, for instance.

Or this very long, very detailed list of anti-racism resources.

Or the many, many organizations that are already working hard on this issue.