|American Ultimate Disc League
The American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) is currently one of two professional level ultimate leagues in the United States. It was founded by Josh Moore, and its inaugural season began in April, 2012 with just eight teams. The league currently consists of twelve teams and is set up in a two division format. Regular season games are played on Saturdays and Sundays during the months of April, May, June, and July. Division championships are played in the end of July and culminate with a championship game in August. Player salaries are determined on a team by team basis. Generally, every player's travel and expenses are covered by the team in addition to any additional salary the team may provide. The team funding comes similar to other professional sports - sales of tickets, merchandise, concessions and sponsorship.
The AUDL features a number of rule changes from the traditional set of rules laid out and established by USA Ultimate. The most significant change is the addition of referees who will be making all calls on the field. The field area has been expanded to 53 1⁄3 yards wide and 80 yards long with 20 yard endzones (the size of an American football field). Moreover, rather than being played to a predetermined score, the games will be timed and have four quarters of 12 minutes each with a 15-minute half time. If the score is tied, a five minute overtime period will be played. If the score remains tied after overtime, a second overtime will be played in which the first team to score wins. Other notable changes include a drop in the stall count from 10 seconds to seven, a five yard penalty for traveling when catching the disc, and a turnover for traveling when throwing the disc. There are also other infractions that result in five, 10, or 20 yard penalties depending on the severity of the infraction.
To provide fans with an affordable, exciting and entertaining sporting experience. To build and maintain interest in the sport within our communities through superior service, outstanding entertainment, and personal integrity. To serve and support each team within the league by providing a framework of organization and conduct.
The American Ultimate Disc League’s purpose is to provide oversight and direction in operating a professional organization: grow awareness of the sport and League; facilitate each team’s profitability; grow the value of the League; promote overall League marketing and communications; and giving its fans affordable, unique sporting entertainment.
American Ultimate Disc League offers affordable, fun and entertaining services within our communities. Our games are well run and professional. Our teams work with mutual respect and integrity with cooperation both on and off the field. By providing a successful framework, our owners have the ability to achieve their dreams.