Our mission is to achieve equity in the sport of ultimate by increasing accessibility to and visibility of womxn* players through high-quality competition, leadership experiences, and community partnerships. Our league strives for gender, racial, and economic diversity in the sport of ultimate frisbee.
What do we do?
Increase visibility of womxn ultimate players locally, regionally and nationally.
Increase accessibility of ultimate and increase the number of womxn and girls playing ultimate.
Promote womxn in ultimate and showcase them to an audience that wouldn’t otherwise get the opportunity to watch fierce, elite womxn in action.
How do we do it?
By providing opportunities for womxn to play high level ultimate.
By providing an opportunity that is no cost to players and has a short season.
By providing quality and accessible programming that encourages children in under-resourced communities to realize their potential and power.
By providing womxn with various ways to participate in a professional sports organization outside of just playing: opportunity to gain experience (interns, volunteers, etc.), pathway to leadership (coaching intern, assistant coach, coach, etc.).
By offering clinics and building community partnerships.
By communicating, connecting, and partnering with other divisions (club, college, league, youth, womxn’s and mixed) within the ecosystem of womxn’s ultimate when possible to provide a myriad of ways womxn can participate in ultimate.
What value are we bringing?
We recognize that gender is a continuum and exists beyond the binary. While many professional sports still operate within the binary, the Premier Ultimate League will employ best practices to maximize inclusivity and gender diversity on the womxn continuum.
We support womxn and girls in all ways possible, including having intentional conversations about mental health and equity issues.
We improve access for everyone to play ultimate at the highest level and showcase their talents to the world as a way to strive for gender, racial, and economic diversity as a critical component in making the sport the best that it can be.
*Note: We use the term womxn to be inclusive of all womxn and non-binary people. We seek non-binary people as well as transgender and cisgender women to be players, volunteers, and employees of the league and its teams.
NATIONAL ANTHEM STATEMENT
In an effort to connect all elements of the Premier Ultimate League experience to our Mission Statement, which calls for “gender, racial, and economic diversity in the sport of ultimate frisbee,” the PUL will allow each host team to decide how they want to start their games – whether that means playing the national anthem, another song, or doing something completely different.
We understand that the anthem means different things to different people, and we acknowledge that not playing the anthem is a departure from what is now normalized in professional sports. However, we also acknowledge the history of using the song began during one war and was then institutionalized during another. All of this happened before the song became officially adopted by Congress as the country’s anthem in 1931. (For an interesting article about the anthem, see here.)
There is also a really interesting chapter in the book, Seven Faces of Women's Sport, that talks about women and national identity. If you're interested in unpacking this complex relationship further, this may be a good place to start. At the end of the chapter, the author states:
National identity is never fixed or static as a professional enterprise, nor in how the individuals connect to the nation through social praxis. Sport provides one social space in which this can be explored. Developing those explorations in conjunction with feminist theories of nationalism may challenge the persistent problem, that in structures and cultures, discourses of nationalism and of nations are gendered and still curiously rare. (p. 39)