Emphasise the social aspect of the sport to boost retention

As part of the onboarding procedure for new players, they have some social activities after training to help create a welcoming atmosphere and  overcome any initial uncertainties. Building a supportive female network increases the chances that a player will stay in the association. Social  activities help to create and establish networks. An association's values and memorable aspects often cannot be presented during training, where  the focus is on performance. Additionally, when team members are friends, the team can perform much better under stress. It can be especially  fruitful to create networks in the whole organisation since it encourages support for each other. Rich social activities might lead to a very well connected club where all teams travel together to tournaments and are happy to support each other during the tournament. 

Especially for new players, the faster they are socially included in the team, the higher the chances they will stay. It is vital that everyone feels  comfortable during their time within the club/team. Be aware of different social aspects and work towards a safe and open environment for  everyone. If you don’t know if this is the case, start talking to individuals who can give you feedback on where you have potential blind spots. 

Social events where people are invited to bring a friend that might be interested in joining the club are an uncomplicated way to get in touch with  potential new players. 

It is widespread at all ultimate parties and socialising activities to have a disc flying around after a few minutes. Consider actively involving non ultimate players in throwing or other Ultimate-related games and show them the spirit of Ultimate. 


  • Additional sporting activities where on-field differences are not relevant (i.e. Spikeball) 
  • Cool down together after practice 
  • Trading events (experienced players can share some stories) 
  • Casual non-ultimate related park events 
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