Achieving Collegiate Excellence (ACE) Program


The Achieving Collegiate Excellence (ACE) Program was developed to provide incentives and recognize growth and sustainability of college ultimate programs based on team development and alignment with the three Cs of USA Ultimate's 
mission: Character, Community and Competition

The ACE Program will promote and incentivize the development of strong and sustainable college teams within their campus communities and the ultimate community at large.

USA Ultimate wants to help college programs attain recognition and support from their school administration and, in turn, give college teams the chance to earn some great swag!

2016 is the pilot year for the ACE Program, and we are excited to see it grow year after year!

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  2016 Honorees  
 
             
Recognition Tiers and Benefits
             
ACE Program Criteria
             
Application Process
 
 



2016 ACE Progam Honorees

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Five Star:  

  • California (women’s)
  • Case Western Reserve (men’s)
  • Florida State (men’s)
  • St. Olaf (women’s)
  • Wooster (men’s)

Four Star:  

  • Case Western (women's)
  • Indiana Wesleyan (men's)
  • North Carolina State (women's)
  • South Carolina (men's)
  • Wisconsin-La Crosse (men's)

Three Star: 

  • Arizona State (women's)
  • Michigan Tech (men's)
  • Nevada (men's)
  • North Carolina State (men's)

Honorable Mention: 

  • Cornell (women's)
  • East Carolina (men's)
  • Messiah (men's)
  • Miami (Florida) (men's)
  • Oklahoma State (men's)
  • SUNY-Oneonta (men's)
  • Syracuse (women's)
  • Yale (men's)

 


 Recognition Tiers and Benefits

Five Star, Four Star, Three Star or Honorable Mention level college programs will receive the benefits outlined below.

Five Star:  

•  20% discount on Breakmark apparel

•  Assorted ACE Program merchandise from Breakmark

•  Custom sideline banner provided by Breakmark

•  Invitation to participate in formal recruiting opportunities at the Youth Club Championships

•  Recognition on ESPN broadcasts of USA Ultimate competitions

•  Right to use the Five Star ACE Program logo on the team website and in advertising and promotional materials through June 1, 2017

•  Display of achievement on the USA Ultimate website


Four Star:  

•  15% discount on Breakmark apparel

•  Assorted ACE Program merchandise from Breakmark

•  Recognition on ESPN broadcasts of USA Ultimate competitions

•  Right to use the Four Star ACE Program logo on the team website and in advertising and promotional materials through June 1, 2017

•  Display of achievement on the USA Ultimate website

 

Three Star: 

•  10% discount on Breakmark apparel

•  Assorted ACE Program merchandise from Breakmark

•  Recognition on ESPN broadcasts of USA Ultimate competitions

•  Right to use the Three Star ACE Program logo on the team website and in advertising and promotional materials through June 1, 2017

•  Display of achievement on the USA Ultimate website 

 

 

Honorable Mention: 

•  5% discount on Breakmark apparel

•  Assorted ACE Program merchandise from Breakmark

•  Right to use the Honorable Mention ACE Program logo on the team website and in advertising and promotional materials through June 1, 2017

•  Display of achievement on the USA Ultimate website

 


 

ACE Program Criteria

Although the exact criteria for each tier is still being developed, teams selected as ACE Program teams will:

•  Embody the 3 Cs of USA Ultimate: Character, Community, Competition.

•  Participate in USA Ultimate events.

•  Be involved with promoting the sport of ultimate.

•  Achieve competitive excellence.

•  Empower young leadership to help sustain and pass down information year after year.

•  Maintain strong team leadership, including coaching at all team levels.
 

Timeline

•  March 19 - May 31 - Teams collect information.

•  May 15 - June 15 - Application Window - Applications will be accepted during this time.

•  July 1 - Announce the ACE Program recognized programs
 

Tips For Succesful Applications

•  documented process for succestion planning and leadership, promoting long term sustainability

•  underclassmen/women in leadership roles

•  cros-gender program interaction

•  involvement in USA Ultimate initiatives

•  maintain positive relationships with the university administration

•  implement innovative and creative ideas to advance the sport and your program

 

Who Can Apply?

The following programs may participate in the ACE Program:

•  the entire women's program for each school or

•  the entire men's program for each school.

Men's and women's teams may only participate in the ACE Program as separate entities. Each program application will include all teams in the applicable gender division for each school.

How to Apply

To participate in the ACE Program, a program must: 

1.  Gather all necessary information to complete the ACE Program application. 

To know what is needed in the application, check out the application in PDF form.

2.  Complete the Survey Monkey application.

3.  Send the completed Faculty/Advisor Verification Form. The form must be completed by the faculty/staff advisor for the program. 

 

 

 

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