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GIRLS’ ULTIMATE MOVEMENT

WHAT’S GUM?

The Girls’ Ultimate Movement (GUM) is a community-wide outreach program designed to increase girls’ participation in the sport of ultimate. Currently, only about a quarter of all USA Ultimate youth members are female, but the sport is an excellent outlet for young girls. With its emphasis on Spirit of the Game and tenets of equity and inclusiveness, ultimate can help girls become amazing athletes, but also leaders and contributors to society.

Girls’ Ultimate Movement (GUM) recognizes many players use differing terms to define their gender or gender identity. GUM is inclusive of youth identifying as female, non-binary, gender fluid, transgender and/or using other self-identifying terms.

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OUR PROGRAMS + RESOURCES

High School Girls’ Ultimate Resources Manual

This FREE resource manual, catered to high school girls, features articles and resources from some of the most knowledgeable individuals in ultimate and some of the biggest advocates and allies of GUM. 

Girl’s Team Startup Project

The program gives participating schools support for up to three years to help them develop into competitive and self-sustaining teams to grow the girls’ division. Questions? Contact Sarah Powers, Manager – Youth & Outreach Programs

Middle School Leadership Curriculum

Over eight sessions, girls come together to learn the fundamentals of the sport, create a team, and grow as young leaders. The curriculum culminates in a project, providing an opportunity for participants to serve their wider community.

GUM Kit Application

USA Ultimate’s GUM Kit provides coaches, organizers, teachers and ultimate players with the tools to introduce more girls to ultimate. The kit works to plant an interest in ultimate at the local youth level and is perfect for putting on a short session about ultimate. Join in the Girls’ Ultimate Movement today! Due to budget constraints resulting from COVID-19, we are temporarily suspending the review, approval and shipment of kits. When it has become more feasible, we will review applications later in the year.

Host a GUM Clinic or League

Have questions about what it takes to run a GUM clinic or league? Check out this one-pager that lets you know what USA Ultimate provides and has a checklist for organizers to make everything as easy as possible.

GUM Clinic Plan

Here’s a clinic plan you can use or modify it to fit your group’s needs. Want to create your own clinic plan? Go for it! GUM encourages organizers to be creative and run with their unique clinic ideas. Thanks for being GUM superheroes!

GUM Practice Plan – YCC GUM Day 2015

In 2015, the Girls’ Ultimate Movement hosted a GUM Day event at the Youth Club Championships. The entire day included ultimate skill-building stations, leadership breakout sessions and a scrimmage any of which can be a useful resource in putting together a practice plan for your team.

Rep gum with gum gear from spin Ultimate!

Show your love for the Girls’ Ultimate Movement!

We’re excited to have Spin Ultimate as the official merchandiser of the Girls’ Ultimate Movement! When you purchase GUM gear, part of the proceeds support future GUM clinics and programming across the country and in your local community.

GUM BLOG!

GUM Blog has featured voices from girls, women, members of the LGBTQIA+ community and others telling stories about their experiences in ultimate and the impact the sport has had on their lives.

Interested in writing a GUM blog and sharing your voice and story with the ultimate community? Email larry@hq.usaultimate.org with your idea and get your story featured today!