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USA Ultimate Membership Trends

Detailed breakdowns of USA Ultimate memberships by state, gender, age and membership level for several of the most recent full years compiled is available here:

2016 Detailed Breakdown  |  2015 Detailed Breakdown  |  2014 Detailed Breakdown  |  2013 Detailed Breakdown

Click on any year above to access a public viewable online spreadsheet that can be downloaded to your device for further analysis, parsing, sorting or other authorized and permitted use.

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 2016 6 Yr AAG*

Lifetime

406

438

445

457

468

479

490

3.2%

Adult

7467

8268

8569

9210

9625

11086

12352

8.8%

College

17569

16041

16467

16885

17278

17973

17729

0.2%

Youth

8467

9158

9923

11236

12511

13651

14467

9.4%

Affiliate

-

-

-

1537

2280

4576

4760

51% (3 Yr AAG)

Coach

825

648

769

827

1024

1161

1472

11.5%

Event Only

(6532)

(7720)

(8013)

6614

5376

4051

3196

-10%

Friends & Family

57

73

125

144

119

111

122

16.7%

Youth-Serving Organization

0

1

1

5

21

49

43

168% (5 Yr AAG)

Staff

210

216

209

222

212

225

218

0.7%

Total Members

35001

34843

36508

47137

48914

53362

54849

8.2%

() Event-only participants in non-championship sanctioned events were not counted in the annual membership reports until 2013, the same year that the Affiliate level was established which offerred an annual alternative for that largely recreational-level segment. Total Members figures do not include those parenthetical Event Only numbers.

† 4.77% when including Event participants for all years (2010-2012 inclusive); 5.03% when excluding Event and Affiliate (local/recreational) levels for all years.

Age

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

6 Yr AAG*

12 & Under

23

38

42

329

327

833

1053

156.6%

13-18

8080

8637

9319

12345

13568

15052

15527

11.9%

19-24

18544

17835

18461

21450

21786

22720

23021

3.8%

25-34

5846

5745

6070

9376

9661

10381

10720

12.0%

35-54

2428

2495

2502

3454

3351

3744

3861

8.8%

Over 54

80

93

114

183

221

284

370

29.8%

 

Gender

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

% Female

31.2%

31.3%

30.8%

30.0%

29.5%

29.8%

30.3%

% Male

68.8%

68.7%

69.2%

70.0%

70.5%

70.2%

69.7%

 

U.S. Participation Trends in Ultimate

For information about trends related to ultimate participation in the United States, view the following data gathered from surveys by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), the trade association of leading industry sports and fitness brands, suppliers, retailers and partners, formerly called the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA).

Participation in U.S.**

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

9 Yr AAG*

Total Participation

3,698

4,038

4,879

4,636

4,571

4,868

5,131

5,077

4,530

4,409

2.3%

Core (13+ times/yr)

1,032

1,318

1,359

1,273

1,518

1,476

1,484

1,363

1,082

1,038

1.0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

% Age 12 & Under

 

 

 

8.0%

12.8%

9.9%

8.7%

10.0%

9.7%

9.8%

 

% Age 13-24

 

 

 

47.0%

43.5%

46.9%

38.3%

39.6%

44.0%

42.3%

 

% Age 25-34

 

 

 

20.2%

22.1%

23.5%

26.9%

26.9%

24.5%

27.1%

 

% Age 35-54

 

 

 

19.8 %

19.3%

15.1%

22.2%

20.0%

18.8%

17.8%

 

% Over Age 54

 

 

 

5.0 %

2.4%

4.6%

3.9%

3.5%

3.0%

2.9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

% Female

 

 

 

27.1%

28.5%

31.0%

35.9%

35.0%

35.4%

33.6%

 

% Male

 

 

 

72.9%

71.5%

69.0%

64.1%

65.0%

64.6%

66.4%

 


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

Notes per 2015 SFIA survey findings:

  • 78% of core participants are between ages 13 to 34.

  • 47% of participants age 18+ have completed a college education and 48% work full-time with 57% having a total household income over $50k.

  • 45% of participants also run/jog, 38% use free weights (dumbbells) over 15lbs, and 36% play basketball.

 


 

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.