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Train to Compete (T2C) Ages 15-19


Perform basic and Ultimate- specific skills under a variety of competition conditions. Build strong support network for athletes to ensure continual development.


Learn to Win (L2W) Ages 19-23


Integrate higher levels of physical conditioning with execution of advanced Ultimate-specific technical and tactical preparation under competitive conditions. Consolidating mental, cognitive and emotional development.


Train to Win (T2W) Ages 22+


Refine Ultimate skills, physical condition, mental capabilities and understanding of strategies as they evolve. Exhibit Spirit of the Game during high-level international competition.


Ultimate for Life (U4L) All Ages


Provide opportunities at each level to be involved at any capacity (player, coach, or volunteer).


Creating a strong support network to assist the athlete with personal development as demands in and outside of Ultimate increase. Athletes at this stage are committed, competitive and focused on their performance at an advanced level. Participation in year-round training helps refine and consolidate physical, technical, psychological, and tactical skills.


L2W athletes have a strong understanding of the physical, psychological, technical and tactical demands of Ultimate and have experienced play in a competitive environment. During L2W, the athlete physically reaches maturity and continues to develop understanding of Ultimate and the position-specific requirements and sport-specific fitness required to play. The athlete must be committed as the focus is on the refinement of skills through training and pressure situations.


The athlete has reached the pinnacle point in the excellence pathway and is able to execute a wide variety of advanced skills and tactics under pressure in high-level national and international competition. Physical, technical, tactical and psychological capacities have been developed and the athlete continues to follow an individualized training plan for maintenance, remedial work and recovery. Teams at this stage require opportunities to compete at a high level to advance their tactical skills under pressure.


Represents 90% of Ultimate players in Canada. Players enter this stage at a variety of ages to engage in recreational activity in a fun and social atmosphere while also maintaining fitness. As the level of commitment is less than in other stages, many athletes see U4L as a viable option to continue playing Ultimate while balancing academic, professional, and family responsibilities.


Transfer of knowledge is a key component of this stage, as trained Ultimate players can remain active as players while also sharing their expertise as coaches, mentors, volunteers and administrators. Retention of youth and adult players from the excellence pathway is critical for the growth and sustainability of our sport.


Many participants in Ultimate for Life are classified as late-entry athletes having been brought into the sport without developing a sport-specific skill foundation. These participants are highly valued members of the Ultimate community as they contribute to the growth of leagues. By participating in various leagues and skills clinics, these players can begin to build their knowledge of Ultimate and skills in order to further enjoy the game.


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