The VUL wants as many people as possible to experience the joy of ultimate.
In support of that goal, a key aspect of our Vision is to be an inclusive society. We recognize that many people today still do not feel welcome in organized sports, or are even actively excluded from them.
We acknowledge those imbalances, and are taking action to address them. The VUL aspires to be a recreational sports league where everyone feels welcome, respected, and given equal opportunity.
Women in Ultimate
Women are often at a disadvantage when it comes to playing ultimate. According to our surveys and experience, when compared to men, women get the disc less frequently, are less likely to play the handler position, and are less likely to be captains and coaches. In order to improve on equity, we offer a number of programs and services for women (including transgender and non-binary players) to help improve their skills, knowledge, and leadership opportunities both on and off the field. See the women's inclusivity page for more info.
Transgender and Non-Binary
The sport of ultimate has historically used traditional gender-binary language – e.g. we refer to “4 men and 3 women” on the field. That leaves little room for players who identify as transgender or non-binary. To better enable players of all gender identities to play in the VUL, we made several changes in August 2017 to our policies and our website. Read more:
- Transgender Inclusivity - Changes made to better support trans players
- Transgender Support FAQ
- Glossary of terms
Beyond our commitment to gender inclusivity, we are also committed to creating an environment where all LGBTQ2+ players feel welcome.
For more info and for a list of LGBTQ2+ resources related to ultimate, see our LGBTQ2+ inclusivity page.
If you have suggestions for how we can be more inclusive, please contact our Executive Director, Craig Woods, via firstname.lastname@example.org.