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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 are available here:

DETAILED BREAKDOWNS: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

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 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Change
Lifetime 149 231 331 342 360 376 397 406 438 445 457 468 479 490 503 529 +5.2%
Adult 6627 6572 6764 7112 7413 7723 7707 7467 8268 8569 9210 9625 11086 12352 13414 14424 +7.5%
College 8972 9951 11157 12374 13813 14815 15237 17569 16041 16467 16885 17278 17973 17729 18238 18390 +0.8%
Youth 1489 2298 3646 4617 5628 6218 7274 8467 9158 9923 11236 12511 13651 14467 15119 15792 +4.5%
Affiliate N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 1537 2280 4576 4760 5610 6536 +16.5%
Coach & Coach-Player N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 733 825 648 769 827 1024 1161 1472 1522 1507 -1.0%
Friends & Family N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 58 57 73 125 144 119 111 122 117 122 +4.3%
Youth-Serving Organization N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 1 1 5 21 49 43 19 7 -63.2%
Staff 182 182 182 188 182 179 182 210 216 209 222 212 225 218 254  225 -11.4%
Total Full-Year Mbrs 17,419 19,234 22,080 24,633 27,396 29,311 31,588 35,001 34,843 36,508 40,523 43,538 49,311 51,653 54,796 57,532 +5.0%
Recreational Single Event 3030 2974 4024 4271 5406 5723 5436 6532 7720 8013 6614 5376 4051 3196 3582 3395 -5.2%
Total Members 20,449  22,208  26,104  28,904  32,802  35,034  37,024  41,533  42,563  44,521  47,137  48,914  53,362  54,849  58,378  60,927  +4.4%
Annual Change in Total   +1759 +3896 +2800 +3898 +2232 +1990 +4509 +1030 +1958 +2616 +1777 +4448 +1487 +3529 +2549 +2699 Avg
Annual % Change   8.60% 17.54% 10.73% 13.49% 6.80% 5.68% 12.18% 2.48% 4.60% 5.88% 2.78% 9.09% 2.79% 6.43% 4.37% 7.56% Avg

Note: Recreational single 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.


Age

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

AAG*

12 & Under

23

38

42

329

327

833

1053

1271

1487

122%

13-18

8080

8637

9319

12345

13568

15052

15527

16954

18156

11%

19-24

18544

17835

18461

21450

21786

22720

23021

23723

23940

3.4%

25-34

5846

5745

6070

9376

9661

10381

10720

11485

12236

11%

35-54

2428

2495

2502

3454

3351

3744

3861

4220

4557

8.8%

55 & Over

80

93

114

183

221

284

370

503

550

28%

 

Gender

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

% Female

31.2%

31.3%

30.8%

30.0%

29.5%

29.8%

30.3%

30.8%

31.21%

% Male

68.8%

68.7%

69.2%

70.0%

70.5%

70.2%

69.7%

69.2%

68.76%

% Non-Binary

               

0.03%

 

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

2016

2017

10 Yr AAG*

Total Participation

3,698

4,038

4,879

4,636

4,571

4,868

5,131

5,077

4,530

4,409

3,673

3,126

0.43%

Core (13+ times/yr)

1,032

1,318

1,359

1,273

1,518

1,476

1,484

1,363

1,082

1,038

927

856

-0.20%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

% Age 12 & Under

 

 

 

8.0%

12.8%

9.9%

8.7%

10.0%

9.7%

9.8%

9.6%

8.7%

 

% Age 13-24

 

 

 

47.0%

43.5%

46.9%

38.3%

39.6%

44.0%

42.3%

39.4%

40.3%

 

% Age 25-34

 

 

 

20.2%

22.1%

23.5%

26.9%

26.9%

24.5%

27.1%

27.8%

30.5%

 

% Age 35-54

 

 

 

19.8 %

19.3%

15.1%

22.2%

20.0%

18.8%

17.8%

21.1%

18.2%

 

% Over Age 54

 

 

 

5.0 %

2.4%

4.6%

3.9%

3.5%

3.0%

2.9%

2.2%

2.1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

% Female

 

 

 

27.1%

28.5%

31.0%

35.9%

35.0%

35.4%

33.6%

30.4%

32.9%

 

% Male

 

 

 

72.9%

71.5%

69.0%

64.1%

65.0%

64.6%

66.4%

69.6%

67.1%

 


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

Notes per 2017 SFIA survey findings:

  • 73% of all and 74% of core participants are between ages 18 to 44.

  • 46% of participants have a college degree or higher and 51% have a household income under $75k per year.

  • 56% of participants also do weight training, 40% do high impact/intensity training, and 37% day hike.

 


 

USA Ultimate Membership - USA Ultimate memberships are not refundable nor transferable. 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.