PUL Planning To Hold 2021 Championship Series In August

The league will organize geographically limited tournament-style competition as well as off-field equity efforts.

Medellin Revolution celebrating their 2019 PUL title. Photo: Sandy Canetti -- UltiPhotos.com
Medellín Revolution celebrating their 2019 PUL title. Photo: Sandy Canetti — UltiPhotos.com

The PUL will be back on the field in 2021.

While details so far are sparse, the league announced today that they plan to hold a tournament-style 2021 PUL Championship Series on weekends in August, with multiple divisions based on geography. No exact dates, locations, competition structures, or divisions have yet been confirmed, and the return to play is subject to an ongoing evaluation of public health conditions related to the COVID pandemic.

Beyond the on-field competition, as part of their return to play, the league intends to incorporate off-field activities focused on racial equity, including anti-oppression trainings for players and community partnership projects in host cities.

These efforts are aligned with the league’s ongoing emphasis on equity work. Today’s news comes after an announcement earlier this month that the league had raised more than $86,000 as part of its 2020 year-end #ThisLeague fundraising campaign, with a large portion of that funding dedicated to supporting social and racial justice efforts in addition to helping fund the league’s 2021 on-field competition.

The PUL is giving each team the ability to opt out of participating in the Championship Series this summer without jeopardizing their relationship with the league. Already, Minnesota Strike, one of the league’s expansion franchises, has announced it will not compete in 2021. It is unclear if any other teams intend to sit the year out; we will update as information is confirmed.

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    Steve Sullivan is the Executive Editor of Ultiworld. He began playing in 2001 at Boston University, helped found and then played 14 seasons with Slow White, and most recently competed with San Francisco Blackbird. He has volunteered as a college Sectional Coordinator, a club Regional Coordinator, served three terms as a player-elected representative for the Mixed division on USAU's Club Working Group, and is currently an At-Large rep on the USAU Board of Directors. He has previously written for the USAU magazine and The Huddle, and was editor of the book "Ultimate: The First Five Decades, Vol II." You can reach him by email (steve@ultiworld.com) or on Twitter (@sjsully21).

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