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USA Ultimate members receive a numbers of benefits…but most importantly you can FEEL GOOD knowing that renewing your membership each year is the single best thing you can do for the sport. It gives kids their first disc, trains coaches, makes ultimate safer and so much more!
 

 

Contact Us

Contact the USA Ultimate headquarters staff with any questions you have about our programs and services.

 

Annual Report

2013AnnualReport

The organization's most recent annual report outlines all things USA Ultimate from 2013.

 

Strategic Plan

Read more our mission, our vision, and our goals in USA Ultimate's 2013-2018 strategic plan.

 

 

What do our USA Ultimate members' fees support?

 

Increased playing opportunitites

USA Ultimate is always striving to increase the number of playing opportunities available to our members. Whether organized by us, our affiliates or sanctioned by USA Ultimate, each year we continue to grow the number of events offered to our members.

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The growth of youth ultimate

All kids should have the opportunity to play. Our dream is that one day all youth are able to sign up to play ultimate through their local recreation center, YMCA, school and ultimate organization. To make these programs available everywhere, USA Ultimate is working hard to develop the programs, resources and infrastructure necessary to support this growth such as Learn to Play and GUM. Youth represents our fastest growing area of membership.

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National level competition, teams and players

USA Ultimate supports the best ultimate events in the country, winning gold medals in international competition and developing the strongest ultimate athletes in the world. You don’t compete at this level? That’s okay. Without our success in competition, not as many people would know about ultimate in the U.S., not as many people would support the development of ultimate in their community, ultimate participation in the U.S. would not be at the all-time high of over 5 million people and there is no way we would have a chance at being in the Olympics in the foreseeable future! So while not everyone plays at the most competitive levels, supporting a structure which develops elite competition is important for the future of the sport.

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Building the ultimate community

USA Ultimate believes the future of the sport depends on building a strong national infrastructure with local organizations. USA Ultimate has committed staff, resources and financial support to building partnerships with the ultimate community with the goal of uniting us all into one big family!

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Our members

Our members’ needs, feedback and ultimate goals are important to USA Ultimate. We provide:

  • high-quality events like our college and club competitive series, sanctioned leagues and youth state championships;
  • online resources like our comprehensive tournament calendar, team profile pages, team rankings and stats, coaching recertification, club development how tos and more;
  • supportive programs like our coaching development, observer training, Learn to Play and more;
  • perks including a quarterly publication, personal activity tracking through our online membership portal, special travel and purchase discounts and so much more!
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Quality and safety

When you see the USA Ultimate logo, you know you will be playing in an event with the highest commitment to safety, fun and professionalism.

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USA Ultimate Membership and Participation Overview

For information about trends related to USA Ultimate membership view the following charts. Note that as the national governing body for the sport of ultimate in the US, we do not currently maintain growth records for other countries or for other disc sports. The focus of these statistics is on the USA Ultimate membership.

Membership Type

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

5 Yr AAG*

Lifetime

406

438

445

457

468

15.3%

Adult

7467

8268

8569

9210

9625

28.9%

College

17569

16041

16467

16885

17278

-1.6%

Youth

8467

9158

9923

11236

12511

 47.8%

Affiliate

0

0

0

1537

2280

N/A

Coach

825

648

769

827

1024

24.1%

Event Only Members

0

0

0

6614

5376

N/A

Friends & Family

57

73

125

144

119

108.8%

Organizational

0

1

1

5

21

N/A

Staff

210

216

209

222

212

.95%

Total Members

35001

34843

36508

47137

48914

39.8%

 

Age

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

5 Yr AAG*

12 & Under

23

38

42

329

327

1321.7% 

13-18

8080

8637

9319

12345

13568

67.9% 

19-24

18544

17835

18461

21450

21786

17.5% 

25-34

5846

5745

6070

9376

9661

65.3% 

35-54

2428

2495

2502

3454

3351

38.0% 

Over 54

80

93

114

183

221

176.3% 

 

Gender

2010

2011

2012

2013

2013

% Female

31.2%

31.3%

30.8%

30.0%

30.0%

% Male

68.8%

68.7%

69.2%

70.0%

70.0%

 

U.S. Participation Trend Overview

For information about trends related to Ultimate Frisbee participation in the United States, view the following data gathered by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA). 

Participation in U.S.**

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

5 Yr AAG*

Total Participation

4,636

4,571

4,868

5,131

5,077

9.5%

Core (13+ times/yr)

1,273

1,518

1,476

1,484

1,363

7.1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 & Under

8.0%

12.8%

9.9%

8.7%

 10.0%

2.0%

13-24

47.0%

43.5%

46.9%

38.3%

39.6%

-7.4% 

25-34

20.2%

22.1%

 23.5%

26.9%

 26.9%

6.7%

35-54

19.8 %

19.3%

15.1%

22.2%

 20.0%

0.2%

Over 54

5.0 %

2.4%

 4.6%

3.9%

3.5%

-1.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

% Female

27.1% 

 28.5%

31.0% 

35.9%

35.0% 

29.2% 

% Male

72.9%

 71.5%

69.0% 

64.1%

65.0% 

-10.8


* AAG = Average Annual Growth
** all participation figures are in 000s

Notes:

  • 70% of participants are between the ages of 18-44

  • 81% of participants aged 18 or older have attended college or have a college degree or higher

  • 36% of participants use weight/resistance machines, 49% run/jog, 35% ride road bikes, 27% play basketball and 30% engage in stretching.

  


 

USA Ultimate Membership - USA Ultimate memberships are not refundable. Members are encouraged to sign up as early as possible to receive the most from their membership. All USA Ultimate memberships are based on the calendar year (January 1 – December 31). Any memberships purchased through November 30 will expire on December 31 of the current year. Memberships for the following year become available on December 1. Please review the information carefully before registering.