All In Ultimate Sports League
We are here to fulfil the need for fair entertainment; promote gender equity, health, and respect by making the ultimate sports league.
Professional Ultimate Frisbee. Women and Men in One Team. Self refereed. Everyone's invited.
We strive for Transparency;
Everyone knows what’s going on
Community ownership creates true engagement and is meant to be strong and resilient.
Financial insights and openness of our culture. Keep an Open Mindset; be radical candor in the company.
The games we host will be self refereed; honest communication and integrity are key. In game, plus in the company.
Equity and Inclusivity; All In.
Equity based mechanics; everyone in the world pays something else for their shares in the teams. Some countries will support other countries.
Socialize through sports and play; everyone can speak out and influence work, play and the league.
Diversity is what drives progress, everyone is invited and facilitated.
Integrity and sustainability;
Fair in Everything
Walk the talk, be radically honest and fair towards life, the universe and everything.
Holistic and circular thinking; what goes around comes around in the planet and universe. Give back to the community; (re)invest in people everywhere.
Think big, start small. Profit is key to make constructive capitalism happen, this needs to be done step by step.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will it work, and what's next?
We wrote an article that covers most of the questions, go and have a read. And if you have more questions, contact us. 👏🏽
Why do we need something new?
Traditional Ultimate is structured in a way that is difficult to get commercial partnerships of any value. Part of the reasons for this are:
Events are organised by Ultimate Federations who rightly prioritise the interests of the players and members. (For example, scheduling a championship final in the early afternoon so players can catch flights after the game rather than in “prime time” in the evening for potential viewers or sponsors.)
All the action happens in one weekend and it is over. Very little time to look forward to the next round. No time for the suspense to build and the drama to unfold. An excellent example of drama and suspense is the FIFA world cup, by the time the final comes around there is a kind of feeding frenzy happening.
We aim to make the People's World Cup. Our goal is to create a version of Ultimate that can attract sponsorship. That the games we play create a “game day experience” that we can use to promote Ultimate in local communities. Think two or three games in an afternoon/evening with a bunch of local fans,
families and school children watching. 🎒
How Much will I be paid to play?
We will be limited by how much the community support us and how much sponsorship revenue we generate. It is also a question for the Ultimate Community to discuss if we want our sport to be fully professional or if it should remain amateur (as Gaelic Football and Hurling in Ireland are). Our plan is to at least make the competition cost neutral for players. The next thing we will do is to offer prize money to the competition winners and spirit winners. Then consider payments to players. 🤑
What is the timing of the league?
Patience Patience! It is early days! It is likely we will do a test event over a weekend with 3-4 teams to see what the support from the community is. If that works we are looking to do an 8-10 week league. But don’t stress, it is unlikely that every team will play every week. ⏰
Does signing up for this commit me to anything?
We are gauging the initial interest of players. There is no obligation to go further if you choose not to. 🙌
Who is behind the league?
From the UK to Poland, from Sweden to Italy; it is the combination of many discussions at tournaments and championships, all for the love of Ultimate. It was ultimately cooked up by Milan 'Goud' van den Bovenkamp of Windmill and Mike Palmer from ultiTV on the drive to EUCF in 2018 and back. We have been thinking of something for a fair while. Mike has a bet with Jim Gerencer the Dallas Roughnecks owner and Brodie Smith that Ultimate with no external officiation will be bigger than Ultimate with external officiation. Next to inspiring the next generation of players ánd other sports; we have to make sure he wins the bet. Ask Mike what he wins. 😬
It's the community, that decides, it's community and partners that own the league ultimately.
Where will teams be located?
We will be choosing teams locations based on the level of interest of players in each region. So get your teammates and friends from your country and or area to sign up! Share it your messaging groups, talk about it in the after hours, we’d like your input, we would love your expression of interest. 🗺
Will this league replace the existing competitions I love?
It is not our intention to replace or compete with any existing competitions, we are here to add a higher level of competition above what already exists and work with existing stakeholders. ❤️
Are there other regions are you planning to have an UltiLeague?
Wherever there are players and fans of Ultimate it is possible for there to be an UltiLeague. If the league works and is supported by the community in Europe we will look at creating UltiLeagues around the world. Before you ask we will absolutely have an UltiLeague champions event with the winners of each league playing each other. 😇
How will you pay for this?
The funding for this operation will be two-fold between community support and external funding. Our plan is to attract commercial sponsors to invest in UltiLeague. First, we want to make sure we have the interest that we suspect to attract from the players. We have a list of potential commercial suitors we’ll pursuit with targeted presentation and approach. We are most open to the ultimate network, and invite ‘all of you’ to forward any interest of sponsorship opportunities in our direction. 🤝
We hope to compliment our sponsors with community investment. As teams are allocated, the community members/supporters near and far can buy shares in each team. Shareholders will have opportunities to weigh in on team shaping decisions by voting: (naming, roster selections, coaching selections). Involved communities will have opportunities to invest in ultimate, and to support their team. We’ll all build a league that will showcase each community to an ever growing audience, shareholders will be able to shape the direction and momentum of the league. 🎗