Three Local Leagues Affiliate With USA Ultimate

Posted: November 30, 2012 04:59 PM
Boulder, Colo. (November 30, 2012)—USA Ultimate announced today official affiliation with three local ultimate leagues as part of the national governing body’s efforts to stimulate growth and participation at the local level.
The Columbus Ultimate Disc Association (CUDA), the Ultimate Players League of Austin (UPLA) and Neuqua Valley Ultimate (Illinois) have become official USA Ultimate affiliated leagues and will receive additional resources and support from USA Ultimate designed to assist with the expansion and promotion of grassroots programs and serve local players.
USA Ultimate’s League Affiliate Model represents a significant component to its recently announced six-year strategic plan, which places an emphasis on growing youth, college and league ultimate.   

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Among the benefits offered to USA Ultimate-affiliated leagues are various materials and programs that will assist with education, instruction and training initiatives, as well as several streams of financial support.  Affiliated leagues receive access to USA Ultimate’s Learn to Play program, as well as curricula designed for physical education in a classroom setting, coaching education, and observer certification. USA Ultimate also assists its affiliated leagues with the facilitation of community recreation programs, youth camps and college program outreach.
Financial resources are available to USA Ultimate-affiliated leagues in the form of grants, discounts, and rebate dollars, while leagues can also benefit from an insurance program covering events, players, directors and officers.
"Neuqua Valley Ultimate is extremely excited about the opportunity to become a USA Ultimate-affiliated program as it will help us become a better organization across the board," commented Neuqua Valley’s Arnoush Javaherian. "We hope to become more structured, reach out to more youth and push the growth of youth Ultimate.  Through this affiliate program we are confident that this will strengthen each of these areas for us."
"Columbus Ultimate Disc Association is thrilled to announce their strategic partnership with USA Ultimate," commented CUDA’s Director of Promotions Andrew Zimmer. "This partnership will bring CUDA an endless amount of support, training tactics, and a wealth of information that will help to push CUDA onto the next stage."
While USA Ultimate maintains a close programmatic and strategic relationship with its affiliates, each league remains a separate and distinct entity that exists to serve its constituents, elects a board of directors and manages affairs under its own set of bylaws.
"UPLA is extremely excited to affiliate with USA Ultimate in this program," said UPLA President Hayley Manning. "Our community is consistently growing and now as a wide range of competitive levels, from weekly pick-up players to Nationals-caliber club teams in all divisions. We know that the Austin Ultimate community as a whole will benefit from this partnership, so we are happy to facilitate this local connection to the national governing body of our sport."
For more information on how to become a USA Ultimate affiliate, contact USA Ultimate Director of Membership and Sport Development, Melanie Byrd at