Frequently Asked Questions
We are gauging the initial interest of the community. There is no obligation to do anything further if you choose not to. We will make it easy to vote on a team a player you like, no need to get all the details. You do not have to vote if you choose not to. 🙌
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 so 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 a short period (a weekend or week) 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 sponsorships. That the games we play create “game day experiences” that we can use to promote Ultimate in local communities. Think several games in an day with a bunch of local fans, families and school children watching. It is similar to Rubgy 7s tournament style events. 🎪
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. 😬
We see our job as putting the community in control of the league. It’s the community that decides and ultimately they are who controls the league.
We will work with existing federations and competitions to ensure that we don’t step on any toes so to speak. 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. Our goal is to increase the total number of people playing Ultimate around the world. ❤️
We will be choosing teams locations based on the level of interest of the community in each region. The more memberships are sold the more likely your team gets to play. So get your teammates and friends from your country and or area to get involved! Share it your messaging circles, talk about it in the after hours, we’d like your input. Lets make this happen! 🗺
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 (We have a strong interest in Australia, South America and India.) Before you ask, we will absolutely have an UltiLeague champions event with the winners of each league playing each other. 🌏
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. ⏰
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).
The plan is to first 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. After that we will consider payments to players. Additionally we have ideas to make Ultimate player's full time profession by offering not only work in playing Ultimate; but work in promoting or teaching Ultimate. 🤑
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 made sure we have the interest from the players. Then the financial support of these players we're validating now. Next we have a list of potential commercial suitors we’ll pursuit with targeted presentations. 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 near and far can buy control in each team. Shareholders will have opportunities to weigh in on team shaping decisions by voting: (naming, roster selections, coaching selections).
Active 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. Furthermore other ways of monetizing a sports league are being discovered in the future.🎗
To start and support your team you can buy memberships and vote for your region. If not enough memberships will be sold for a specific community you support the closest team by default or another team of your choosing.
We do not offer refunds, but you will make a team in another region happen, you support UltiLeeague. If no team gets enough memberships at all, we will invest the revenue from memberships in Youth Ultimate through the EUF.
Let us know and we can make PayPal, bank transfers or iDeal work too.