On January 15, the Ultimate world officially welcomes a revolutionary new organization with the launch of the professional United Ultimate League. The UUL strives to provide a USA Ultimate-sanctioned league with complete gender equity, showcasing both men and women on the playing field. Gender equity has been a hot topic in the world of sports in recent years—especially in the Ultimate community—and the UUL hopes to set a precedent for the future of Ultimate.
The gender ratio will be 3:3, making this the first 6v6 Ultimate league and the first to be completely gender equal. The UUL is designed to have strong values of community development and equity at its core. The league promises a bright future for the sport as a whole.
“I wanted to create a league that showcases the best of the sport of Ultimate,” says UUL founder Todd Curran. (Curran is also the CEO of Savage Apparel Co., which is the official apparel partner of the league.) “The UUL is set to do just that. With a focus on gender equity, Spirit of the Game, and community outreach, the UUL will put Ultimate’s best foot forward in the professional realm.”
The UUL will be using USA Ultimate’s Official Rules of Ultimate, 11th Edition. Spirit of the Game and self-officiating will be the backbone of the league’s game play. UUL will rely on players to make and decide calls during play along with using observers (not referees) to help resolve any disputed calls, keep time, and decide boundary decisions.
The UUL will commence with eight teams in two divisions. The northern division will include the Boston Whalers, New York Kraken, Philadelphia Pride, and the Washington Generals. The Southern Division will include the Carolina Cutlass, Atlanta Hounds, Nashville Tri-stars, and Florida Gulls. The league is set to have its first season in the spring of 2019.