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United Ultimate LeagueBy United Ultimate League
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United Ultimate LeagueBy United Ultimate League
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, March 1 2018 4:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

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 Game

The 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

Gender Equity

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

The UUL will be creating a players' union to make sure players have a united voice. A male and female union president will be appointed to the UUL board to make sure players' voices are heard and have a say in the future of the league.

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! 

$20,000 unlocks...

$30,000 unlocks...

$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.

PERKS!

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.

FAQs

What does season 1 look like?
There are eight teams split in two divisions. Each division will play every other Saturday. All four teams will play at one host location. The last round of games will be the playoffs and the top two teams will travel to the championship. Check out the 2019 schedule

Why 6v6 and not 8v8?
We chose the 6v6 style and slightly smaller Ultimate field to follow with our core values: gender equity and youth development. Having a smaller field means it's harder to reach top speed. Also with fewer players on the field, it makes "looking off passes" less advantageous. On the youth side, the smaller field allows for two fields to fit on one soccer field. This increases playing opportunities and keeps costs low. 

How is the organization going to run? 
The UUL is designed to be centrally organized and run. Teams will be run by their coaching and support staff. Each team will have an events manager to help coordinate and run their host event. 

How does year 2 work? 
The UUL will rely on ticket sales, sponsorships, leagues/clinics, and merchandise to become self-sustaining and profitable. Your support with this Kickstarter gives us seed money for year 1 and allows us to approach sponsors with real figures before the first pull. Having the community support means everything in the UUL. 

What happens if you don't reach your goal? 
We hope that doesn't happen, but if the Kickstarter isn't funded, we'll go back to the drawing board or pass the torch to someone else. We believe that Pro Mixed Ultimate is the future for our sport and hope you think so too. 

What happens if you hit your $50k goal but not your stretch goals? Will you have to do another Kickstarter for expansion divisions?
We hope that we'll be able to bankroll our expansion plans with future sponsorships and investments. But we are open to expansion Kickstarters in the future. Kickstarter is a wonderful platform that helps prove that a product is wanted and needed. 

Why does it cost $50k to add another division?
There are a lot more costs associated with adding more teams and divisions. The other divisions have different logistical needs. Also, the staffing needs will double. With only two divisions, one staff is capable of running each event, however putting more games in different locations means we need more people. 

I'm not near a UUL team, how can I watch the games from afar?
We are planning on filming all UUL games. Our goal is to create an edited and more easily watchable game that will be released for FREE on YouTube a few days later. 

I want to play in the UUL! How can I do that?
Tryouts are being planned for late October/early November. We will be announcing our tryouts later this year. To be on the waiting list, visit our tryouts page


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.

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    Limited $7 Game Day Tickets!

    To celebrate the 7th day of our Kickstarter campaign we are announcing a limited amount of $7 Gameday tickets! Get them while they last! You'll receive a Gameday ticket to any regular season or playoff Saturday!

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    #UNITEDWEPLAY Supporter

    Thank you for helping United Ultimate League get off the ground. Your pledge will move the needle farther to a professional mixed ultimate league. All $10 or more supporters will have their name embedded in the UUL Flag that will be saluted before each game in 2019!

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    Early Bird #WEPLAYUNITED JERSEY

    Your early support means the world to us. You'll receive a #WEPLAYUNITED jersey that you can wear proudly on the field.

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    Early Bird #UNITEDWEPLAY Disc

    Your early support means the world to us. You'll receive a #WEPLAYUNITED disc.

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    Pay it forward Youth Clinic Spot

    A youth clinic will be held before each home match. Help a child less fortunate by paying their entry fee. All clinic attendees receive a free ticket to the game.

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    UUL Branded Layout Gloves

    Layout has offered 30 pairs of UUL branded gloves to help support our Kickstarter! Grab your pair today to help us reach our goal!

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    #UNITEDWEPLAY Jersey or Disc

    Show your support to UUL and get a #UNITEDWEPLAY Jersey or Disc. Choose wisely!

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    UUL Gameday Ticket & Team Name Vote

    Your pledge will include a 2019 Gameday ticket along with a vote on the new team name. You'll choose your team in the survey!

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    Early Bird VIP Ticket

    Early bird Very Important Pledger! Get us to our first season funded and you'll receive a Gameday ticket to any regular season or playoff Saturday and entrance to our VIP section.

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    UUL Super Fan

    You are SUPER! And we can prove it. Super fans receive a Gameday ticket, VIP Ticket, and a supporter jersey that you can plan to never take off.

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    The Benjamin Club

    You'll definitely need some bifocals to see this perk. You get it all! Ticket to the game, ticket to the VIP area, a supporter jersey and disc.

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    UUL Daywalker from Five Ultimate

    We are so grateful to Five Ultimate for supporting our Kickstarter. Five has graciously donated 25 Custom UUL Daywalkers to our Kickstarter. Grab yours before they're gone!

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    Last Day Mega Donor!

    If you choose this perk, you'll help ensure the UUL has a future. As a reward, your name will be embedded in the 2019 Team Jerseys (think watermark). You'll also get a gameday ticket to a 2019 game!

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    Name on Game Disc

    Commemorate the Inaugural UUL season by putting your (or someone else's) name on the official game disc. We'll also send you an official game disc as a thank you! Includes a VIP and Gameday ticket.

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    UUL Pro Clinic

    UUL Pro Players will travel to your team's practice to offer a UUL Pro Clinic. Available within 30 miles of host cities.

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    Scrimmage a UUL Team

    Put your top talent against our top talent. Your team will be invited to the UUL practice field to scrimmage the team. Includes a 30-minute UUL Pro Skills Clinic before the game.

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    Exhibition UUL Game

    Can't make it to a game? We'll bring the game to you! Two teams will travel to your community to play an exhibition game. All ticket sales will be donated to the local ultimate organization. *Available to US and Canada.

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Funding period

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