If you’re looking to play recreational Ultimate in Vancouver, the Vancouver Ultimate League (VUL) is what you’re looking for. With nearly 4500 active members, the VUL, founded in 1986, has become one of the largest Ultimate leagues in the world. Summer League attracts the largest number of players, but Fall and Winter Leagues are also very popular with over 75 teams in each season. All of these leagues are co-ed and self-officiated, governed by sportsmanship, referred to in Ultimate as the Spirit of the Game.
In addition to its league offerings, the VUL organizes clinics, camps, social events, and tournaments with the goal of developing the sport of Ultimate while cultivating local community.
The Nighthawks are very happy to be partnering with the VUL again for their second season. For many of the Nighthawks’ players, their time spent playing in the VUL was an important part of developing their mastery of the game, and a number of them still play in the VUL when their schedule allows.
Support from VUL players was probably the biggest reason why the Nighthawks set single-game and season attendance records for Major League Ultimate last year, so they are happy to continue giving VUL members a 20% discount on ticket prices. The Nighthawks will again participate as instructors in a variety of clinics put on by the VUL. As well, the VUL will sell merchandise at Nighthawks home games, and at the conclusion of each home game will award one player from each team the VUL Most Valuable Spirited Player Award.
How to Start Playing Ultimate
The VUL wants even more people to discover and enjoy the sport of Ultimate. The game is fun and simple, but it takes some time to learn the rules and basic throws. There are several ways to get started, depending on the time of year. See the Getting Started page on the VUL website for full info.