UK Ultimate has two levels of membership:
Full membership (£27.50) [Buy Online Now]
Basic Membership (£5) [Buy Online Now]
UK Ultimate is a membership organisation - it is effectively owned by its members who are then able to have a say in how the organisation is set up and run. Membership fees are used to help meet the basic costs of running UK Ultimate.
There are two levels of membership: Full and Basic. A player needs to have a particular level of membership in order to be eligible for certain UK Ultimate events.
In particular you need to have Full Membership to be able to play at UKU Tour events and Nationals (full details here). If you will be playing in a team that is entering these tournaments, or a team that will be playing in a Nationals Finals tournament (e.g. University Nationals) then you will need Full Membership. Don't forget that students and U18 players get a discount by purchasing a uni/U18 full membership. Full members have the option of requesting a printed copy of Ultimatum be sent to them.
Some players only want to play in the major events from time to time and so prefer to buy One-Off Event Eligibility for these events when they occur, rather than committing to the full year up-front. If you only play one event per year, this is cheaper, but otherwise it probably makes sense to purchase the annual membership.
It is a requirement of the organisation's insurance that UK-resident players at UKU events are members of the organisation. We recognise that in some situations the cost of Full Membership would be prohibitive, so we introduced a very low cost alternative - Basic Membership that provides eligibility for a small subset of our events. In order to keep the price as low as possible Basic Membership does not include a copy of Ultimatum! - although it is possible to obtain an Ultimatum! subscription seperately.
This page provides details of how the membership types breakdown in terms of eligibility to UKU events, UKU-sanctioned events and the national squads.
Basic Membership is required to play at the following events:
Full Membership grants the right to play at all events available under Basic Membership, as well as the following:
Note: most divisions and some tournaments have additional eligibility rules that act in addition to eligibility that is derived from membership. So, for example, although your membership might make you eligible to play at a University event, you must also meet the qualifying criteria. Please see respective divisions and tournaments for further information on specific eligibility rules.
Full Membership includes Civil Liability and Personal Accident cover; Basic Membership includes Civil Liability only.
Civil Liability cover provides members with insurance against being sued for negligence by a third party, e.g. a passer-by. A simple example is e.g. if you were to injur a passer-by whilst playing ultimate by throwing a disc that hits them in face and causes a serious injury.
Playing ultimate (or pretty much any sport) clearly carries quite a bit of risk, so its worth noting that this example would be extremely unlikely to extend to a player that was struck in the face by a disc, as the player accepts such things might happen.
The cover is for a UKU member playing any ultimate provided UKU would "recognise" it as ultimate (appropriate sort of disc, playing area, etc) - but there are some restrictions on North America that limit the cover to players in "representative" teams (e.g. GB).
The cover also extends to members that take on activities on behalf of UK Ultimate. The most obvious example is running a UKU tournament. And this in turn is a good chance to remind everyone that it is a requirement of the policy that all UK-resident competitors at UKU events must be members, and that non UK-resident competitors must be members of their home Ultimate/Flying disc federation, and are required to have their own liability insurance. For example players in Ireland receive this cover through their membership of the IFDA (Irish Flying Disc Association).
Clubs can now be covered by becoming affiliated with UK Ultimate. More information can be found here.
The Personal Accident Policy is only available to full members. The policy makes payments related to e.g. specific injuries (e.g. some specific broken bones) or hospital confinement. You can download the policy below. For more information please contact us.
Three important things to bear in mind:
UK Ultimate Club Affiliation is now available (online application form)
The club affiliation will initially run with a fixed renewal date on the calendar year - i.e. 1st Jan - 31st Dec (different to individual membership - explanation below).
The cost is £35.00, and cannot be purchased directly through the website yet.
Affiliated clubs are identified as such on their team-page on this website.
We do not necessarily expect all clubs to do this straight away - although of course we believe it to be of value and hope clubs will adopt it quickly. Over a period of a few years we will gradually increase the number of clubs that are required to have affiliation. For the time being the plan is quite limited:
2013: UKU REQUIRES the following clubs to become UKU-affiliated in order to be eligible to enter UKU competitions
2014: All clubs entering A-Tour and/or qualifying for Nationals - and will review and publish the timetable for extending to other clubs.
1. There are some requirements in terms of adopting a constitution, putting Risk Assessments in place for training sessions, reporting certain incidents / injuries.
2. We do NOT want "one-off" TEAMS to become affiliated clubs. With this in mind it will be some time before we link affiliation with eligibility at indoor competitions. It seems unlikely that we would ever expect teams at the Alumni Cup to be part of a club affiliation programme.
3. Club Affiliation is not applicable to Schools teams (we have specific School Affiliation), nor to University clubs.
4. It is a requirement (of the insurance) that ALL CLUB MEMBERS must be members of UK Ultimate.
(a) Only Basic membership is required to fulfil this condition.
(b) This is why the club affiliation renewal is offset from the individual membership renewal. It gives the club a chance to remind and chase their members to renew their individual membership prior to renewing the club affiliation.
(c) New players are allowed three "taster sessions" during which they are considered to be insured before they have to make a commitment to joining UK Ultimate.
5. The Club Affiliation renewal date is offset from the individual membership renewal date in order to allow the club secretary/treasurer time to remind club members to renew for the upcoming year prior to the club affiliation renewal which cannot be done until all club members have current UKU membership.
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