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The experience of being a USA Ultimate member doesn't just include many benefits and significant value, but most importantly you can FEEL GOOD knowing that you are a member and supporter of an organization that is developing the sport all over the U.S.  You are a part of giving kids their first disc, training coaches to build the next generation of players, making ultimate a safer activity, and much more!  All of these are part of the experience of being a member of USA Ultimate.  THANK YOU for the impact that your membership makes on so many others around the country!
 

 

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

 

Annual Report

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The organization's most recent annual report outlines all things USA Ultimate from 2014.

 

Strategic Plan

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

 

 

What do USA Ultimate members' dues 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:

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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

Here is a detailed breakdown of the 2015 USA Ultimate membership by state, gender, age and membership level, which can be compared to 2014 numbers (here) and 2013 numbers (here).

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 2015

5 Yr AAG*

Lifetime

406

438

445

457

468 479

3.4%

Adult

7467

8268

8569

9210

9625 11086

8.3%

College

17569

16041

16467

16885

17278 17973

0.6%

Youth

8467

9158

9923

11236

12511 13651

 10.0%

Affiliate

0

0

0

1537

2280 4576

N/A

Coach

825

648

769

827

1024 1161

8.4%

Event Only Members

0

0

0

6614

5376 4051

N/A

Friends & Family

57

73

125

144

119 111

18.1%

Organizational

0

1

1

5

21 49

N/A

Staff

210

216

209

222

212 225

1.5%

Total Members

35001

34843

36508

47137

48914 53362

9.3%

 

Age

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014 2015

5 Yr AAG*

12 & Under

23

38

42

329

327 833

182.6% 

13-18

8080

8637

9319

12345

13568 15052

13.6% 

19-24

18544

17835

18461

21450

21786 22720

4.3% 

25-34

5846

5745

6070

9376

9661 10381

13.8% 

35-54

2428

2495

2502

3454

3351 3744

10.0% 

Over 54

80

93

114

183

221 284

29.7% 

 

Gender

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014 2015

% Female

31.2%

31.3%

30.8%

30.0%

29.5% 29.8%

% Male

68.8%

68.7%

69.2%

70.0%

70.5% 70.2%

 

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.**

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

8 Yr AAG*

Total Participation

3,698

4,038

4,879

4,636

4,571

4,868

5,131

5,077

4,530

3.0%

Core (13+ times/yr)

1,032

1,318

1,359

1,273

1,518

1,476

1,484

1,363

1,082

1.6%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

% Age 12 & Under

 

 

 

8.0%

12.8%

9.9%

8.7%

10.0%

 

 

% Age 13-24

 

 

 

47.0%

43.5%

46.9%

38.3%

39.6%

 

 

% Age 25-34

 

 

 

20.2%

22.1%

23.5%

26.9%

26.9%

 

 

% Age 35-54

 

 

 

19.8 %

19.3%

15.1%

22.2%

20.0%

 

 

% Over Age 54

 

 

 

5.0 %

2.4%

4.6%

3.9%

3.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

% Female

 

 

 

27.1%

28.5%

31.0%

35.9%

35.0%

 

 

% Male

 

 

 

72.9%

71.5%

69.0%

64.1%

65.0%

 

 


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

Notes for 2013 details:

  • 68% of participants are between the ages of 18-44.

  • 85% of participants age 18 or over have attended college or have a college degree or higher.

  • 35% of participants use weight/resistance machines, 51% run/jog, 37% ride road bikes, 29% play basketball and 33% use a treadmill.

  


 

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.