United Ultimate League
United Ultimate League
Professional Mixed Ultimate Frisbee League. The first gender equity focused professional sports league.
Professional Mixed Ultimate Frisbee League. The first gender equity focused professional sports league. Read more
Professional. Mixed. Ultimate.
The Ultimate frisbee world officially welcomes a revolutionary new organization with the launch of the professional United Ultimate League. The UUL strives to provide a USA Ultimate-sanctioned league with complete gender equity, showcasing both men and women on the playing field. Gender equity has been a hot topic in the world of sports in recent years—especially in the Ultimate community—and the UUL hopes to set a precedent for the future of Ultimate.
The gender ratio will be 3:3, making this the first 6v6 Ultimate league and the first to be completely gender equal. The UUL is designed to have strong values of community development and equity at its core. Field sizes will be slightly smaller than standard Ultimate fields, which will help keep the game at a high energy pace.
Observers & Spirit of the GameThe UUL will be using USA Ultimate’s Official Rules of Ultimate, 11th Edition. Spirit of the Game and self-officiating will be the backbone of the league’s gameplay. UUL will rely on players to make and decide calls during play along with using observers (not referees) to help resolve any disputed calls, keep time, and decide boundary decisions.
photo credit: Alex Fraser | UltiPhotos
The UUL was formed with the goal of promoting gender equity and it is considered a core value of the organization. All core values are to be instilled and used in every decision made pertaining to the league. The UUL will do a yearly gender equity audit to make sure we reach our goals. Gender equity goals are defined as creating equal representation and opportunities in all facets of the organization.
We also acknowledge that gender equity is impacted by other systems of oppression, particularly in the heated U.S. climate. We’ll also do audits on race, class, sexual orientation, and overall safety. We’re happy to look at expanding this conversation and this audit to be more comprehensive based on your feedback.
Photo Credit: Burt Granofsky | UltiPhotos
UUL Players' Union
Unlock Our Stretch Goals With Milestones
$5,000 unlocks our first stretch goal. If we hit $55,000 in our Kickstarter, the UUL will host one regular season exhibition game in Seattle! That's right, all four teams - Vancouver, Seattle, Seattle FC, and Portland will play a showcase series in Seattle in 2019!
$10,000 unlocks our 2nd mini-stretch goal! If we hit $60,000 in our Kickstarter, the UUL will offer a FREE Youth Clinic at the Seattle Exhibition Game day!
$40,000 unlocks ...
$50,000 UNLOCKS THE FIRST SEASON OF UUL!
The league will be funded with support from the community. The initial goal is $50,000, which will fund the two East Coast divisions. Expansion divisions have been planned and can be activated with each stretch goal.
2019 | $50,000 Kickstarter Goal
Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Carolina, Nashville, Atlanta, and Jacksonville.
2020 or $100,000
Great Lakes Division - Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, Madison
2020 or $150,000
Northwest Division - Vancouver, Seattle FC, Seattle, Portland
2021 or $200,000
West Division - San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, San Diego
2022 or $250,000
Gulf Division - Dallas, Houston, Austin, New Orleans
*Teams may change locations in future
**If Kickstarter stretch goals are reached, teams will remain in those cities for a guaranteed two years.
Help us name your team! We will be working with the local ultimate communities to come up 2-3 name options for the team. Grab a perk with a vote ticket and you can help choose the name.
The UUL is proud to partner with ARIA Ultimate. ARIA discs have been approved by USA Ultimate, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, as officially accepted for Championship level play. This is the highest distinction available for ultimate discs in the country, and because the World Flying Disc Federation - the international governing body for ultimate, among other disc sports - takes its disc approvals from USAU, the ARIA disc has also been approved for elite ultimate play worldwide.
We need you!
The UUL can only move forward with your support. Help us show the world why Ultimate is the best sport on earth.
Risks and challenges
We at the UUL have heard the Ultimate community's call to create a pro league that represents the community's values. We have put these values at the center of the organization to make sure we are on this road together. We have partnered with USA Ultimate, local organizations, and the community to make sure we are putting our best foot forward.
The UUL is not an end-all to the discussion on gender equity, it is a step. We understand that we have an uphill journey to a common goal which will take time. We are dedicated to the pursuit of gender equity in the sports world. We encourage you to be involved in the UUL and provide us with feedback along the way.
Like all startups, there will be bumps in the road that will take resources to clear. With your support, we can take those hurdles head on without fear.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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