2024 Victorian Ultimate League

Ultimate Victoria is excited to launch a new competition for athletes 23 years old and younger. VUL is a combination of high-end skills coaching and competitive gameplay to prepare young players for senior club level competition, national Under 24 team representation, or whatever other ambitions they have. The competition will feature four teams in both open and women’s divisions.

Read on to find out more about how you can be involved as a player, coach or game official.

Key dates

VUL Open Day: Saturday July 20th at Caulfield Park

VUL Gameday 1: Saturday August 17th at Caulfield Park, Caulfield

VUL Gameday 2: Sunday August 18th at Duncan McKinnon Reserve, Murrumbeena

VUL Gameday 3: Saturday October 5th at Albert Park

VUL Finals Gameday: Sunday October 6th, venue TBC

Competition Format

The VUL Open Day is for all eligible athletes to come along and enjoy a day of high-end coaching from some of Australia’s leading development coaches, and game play against their peers.

After the Open Day, four teams in each division are formed for the competition. Each Gameday will consist of skills-based training session with team coaches in the morning, followed by a game against another team in the afternoon. The league will be a round robin across three Gamedays, with a Finals Gameday to crown the VUL champions in each division.

Gamedays are happening across two weekends to make it easier for regional athletes to take part. UV strongly encourages regional athletes of all experience levels to fill out the expression of interest form so we can work with you to get the most out of this league.

The Teams

Bunyips are an indigenous legend from (among other areas) northern Victoria and around the Murray river. Royal Blue represents the rivers of the Murray basin.

Lowland Copperheads are native to the Dandenong ranges. Emerald green represents the eastern Victorian High Country landscape.

Kelpies were originally bred in western Victoria (Casterton). Red Ochre represents the Mallee landscape of the north-west of the state.

Tiger Moths references both planes popular at Moorabbin Airport post WWII, plus an insect species native to southern coastlines. Pink represents the state’s floral emblem (common pink heath).

Coaches

UV is excited to haved secured the services of the following coaches for VUL 2024

Ashley O’Sullivan

Ashley is one of the country’s leading tacticians. He has coached national U24 teams and state U22 teams on multiple occasions, as well as guiding club teams to national championship wins. He is keen to share his knowledge of the game with VUL athletes and help them become well-rounded players.

Emma Beresford

Emma has coached in the high performance space for several years, working across several national U20 teams and state junior teams. Emma has a thorough understanding of what it takes for a young athlete to make a national team and is looking forward to helping Victorian athletes make that leap.

Elise Bradley

Elise is a former Victorian U22 representative player who moved into the coaching space to give back to the program. She guided the 2023 Victorian U22 mixed gender team to a silver medal at the national championships. Elise’s strength as a coach is helping developing players discover their own potential.

Pat Thorpe

Pat was the head coach of the Bluebottles, the national U24 Mixed team, in 2023. He has also competed himself as a player in past campaigns, and has competed at national championships for nearly a decade. Pat is ready to prepare Victorian athletes to navigate the national team selection process.

Further coaching appointments will be made prior to the VUL Open Day.

UV is making direct appointments for coaches, and will include opportunities for senior players looking to gain coaching experience. If you are interested in this pathway, you can let us know via the form below.

Game Officials

UV is working with AFDA and WFDF to develop a simplified form of the Game Advisor role that can be taught and practised below national championship level. VUL will be used to pilot the role as a means of enhancing the quality of gameplay, and to also provide an entry point for community members interested in a Game Official role. Being a VUL Game Official will open up opportunities to be appointed for national championship events and even international events.

UV is looking for community members to be a part of this pilot. Appointed Game Officials for VUL games will be reimbursed for their time. Please fill out the form below if you are interested. Filling out the form is not a commitment to be involved, it’s just permission for us to contact you with more information about it.

Expressions of Interest

Ultimate Victoria is welcoming expressions of interest from the community to be a part of VUL as an athlete, coach or official. Expressing interest is not a commitment to attend, it just means we can contact you directly with more information. You can make a decision on your commitment later.

There will be registration fees for athletes participating in the Open Day and the league. UV is balancing the need to keep costs low for this league to be accessible against having the resources to provide a high quality development opportunity and playing experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

I only started playing ultimate this year. Is this suitable for me?

Yes! UV highly encourages all age-eligible athletes to put their name down and attend the Open Day. You never know what the coaches might see in you.

I’m not going to try out for a national team or senior club team. Should I bother with this?

Yes. While the main purpose will be to prepare athletes for higher levels of play, UV also wants players who just play for the love of the game to be involved.

Do I have to play in this to try out for a national U24 team for 2025?

This competition is not part of the selection process for national teams, however it is designed to give athletes an advantage over those who don’t take part.

Please note that to be eligible for a national U24 team for 2025 you will need to be have born on January 1, 2002 or later. This differs from VUL age eligibility by one year.

Can I be a part of a team if I can’t make all of the dates?

Yes. Registration options for single gamedays and weekends will be available.

When are tryouts?

There is no selection process for teams. Following the Open Day, the league coaches and UV will determine team composition to ensure a competitive league and to maximise potential development benefits. While efforts will be made to ensure as many interested athletes are able to take part, there will be a limit in the number of places on each team on each Gameday. Options such as training-only places will be considered.

Do I have to be from Victoria?

As well as all age-eligible players who reside in Victorian being eligible, players who are members of clubs affiliated with Ultimate Victoria are eligible to take part.

Places in the league for Tasmanian athletes are available under UV’s representative teams agreement with Tasmanian Ultimate Association. A discounted single-weekend registration will be available for them.

Other interstate athletes are welcome to express interest in involvement but will not receive the same priority for places on teams as local athletes.

Can I sign up to only play for a particular team or with a particular coach?

The league coaches and UV will determine team composition to ensure a competitive league and to maximise potential development benefits.

The league coaches will be working together to deliver the same skill-based curriculum relevant to national and international competition during the training component of each Gameday. The experience gained by all players taking part in the league will be universal.

Do I have to be over 18?

No. Youth players that are eligible for senior competition (age 14+) are welcome to attend the Open Day and express interest in competing in the league.

Will games be livestreamed?

No. The objective of VUL is providing the highest quality coaching and in-game experience possible at an affordable price for young athletes. Livestreaming doesn’t contribute to that objective. That said, we will have a VUL media team collecting photos and video highlights at Gamedays to be shared across UV social media between the Gameday weekends.