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DGPT Statement on PDGA Update to Policy on Eligibility for Gender-Based Divisions

By Charles McCracken

For Immediate Release: 

DGPT Statement on PDGA Update to Policy on Eligibility for Gender-Based Divisions

December 22, 2023: Today, a change to the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) Policy on Eligibility for Gender-Based Divisions was announced.

The PDGA Global Board of Directors issued this policy update as part of a settlement condition of two lawsuits in California and Minnesota related to the implementation of the policy during the 2023 season. 

What has changed?
This change suspends the use of the C.3 criterion from the PDGA Policy on Eligibility for Gender-Based Divisions for a two-year period through 2025. Prior to this settlement, the DGPT was applying the C.3 criterion at some of its events. The suspension of the C.3 criterion applies to all PDGA-sanctioned events.

What does this change mean for the DGPT?
This policy change means that male-to-female transgender athletes will be able to compete at all DGPT events without having to meet the requirements of C.3.

The DGPT, per its agreement with the PDGA to operate as the Official Pro Tour of the PDGA, is required to follow the PDGA’s policy on Eligibility for Gender-Based Divisions. The DGPT has always attempted to enforce this policy by using the criteria we feel are most closely aligned with competitive fairness in compliance with local applicable laws. When the C.3 criterion was available for use, the DGPT implemented it where possible. Now, the Tour will operate under the C.2 criterion. 

Now, the Tour will operate under the C.2 criterion. The requirements of which are:

“C.2 Gender Affirming Surgery

  • Successfully completed male-to-female gender affirming surgery declaration from a physician; and
  • The total testosterone level in serum has been below 2.0 nmol/L for at least 24 months prior to the PDGA event (combination of blood test verified hormone treatment pre-surgery and time post-surgery).” *

*Taken directly from the PDGA Policy on Eligibility for Gender-Based Divisions. 

Over the next two years, the DGPT and the PDGA will be closely monitoring potential policy changes from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and will evaluate local, state and federal laws that may necessitate a change in the future to this policy to comply with laws in the localities where our tournaments are held.

While the DGPT did not wish to see adjustments to the policy at this time, the Tour recognizes the PDGA as the regulatory authority and governing body of the sport empowered to set these policies. It’s become clear that the sport of disc golf cannot bear the weight of adjudicating this issue on a national or international level at this time. Further development on this policy will likely be derived from changes to IOC policy, State, and Federal law. 

While the C.2 criterion may represent a change from the 2023 rules, it is similar to other professional sports standards, such as the LPGA Gender Policy.

The DGPT supports the decisions made by all members of the disc golf community to live their lives in the most authentic way possible and celebrates the courage necessary to make these decisions. Additionally, the Tour remains committed to creating a safe and harassment-free onsite and online environment for all competitors per the DGPT community guidelines.