|Be an example!
If you are a woman fighter, fight. Visible women on the field are the most important factor in encouraging new fighters.
Offer to help.
Create a Community.
Ideas for Events for Women Fighters:
Warm-up sessions: When you arrive at the park, get together to stretch and do warm-up fighting exercises before joining the trenches or battlegames.
Team up: Every now and then, pair up to support each other in a battle game or trench. Team fighting is fun and good practice. This is also a good way to make beginners feel more at ease. It's important not to do this too much, as you can become dependent on having a partner.
Fighter Practice or Drill Practice: Hold a women's fighter practice for practice, teaching or drills. Find an experienced fighter that everyone feels comfortable with to give instruction.
Meetings: Get together as a group to talk, fight, and share resources or solve problems.
Form a cheering section and all enter a tourney together and support each other (maybe do training sessions a few weeks before a tournament to get ready).
A newbie tourney can help new girls (and guys!) get a feel for tournaments with less pressure. (If your group is small this may not be necessary), and you can help get women involved with running the lists, reeving, etc.
A women's tourney once in awhile can be a good chance to fight other women and get practice in a tourney setting. (I would suggest that you not hold women-only tournaments more than once a year, because it ends up being counterproductive.) The exclusivity of these tourneys is a very loaded topic, though, so you should decide carefully what your objectives are. An overcompetitive tourney to be "Queen of the hill" can be just as damaging as a friendly tourney for fun can be useful. Competition for awards should not be part of a women's tourney, because of it's closed nature. For more discussion of women's tourneys, see the article Women's Tourneys by Moogie.
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