Guelph Ultimate Players Association, or GUPA for short, is a non-profit, volunteer run Ultimate (Frisbee) organization founded in 2003. GUPA is involved with promoting Ultimate at all levels within, and around, the city of Guelph. GUPA representatives sit on the Provincial Sports Authority for Ultimate as members-directors. GUPA is recognized by the National governing body for Ultimate, Canadian Ultimate Players Association (CUPA), as the governing body for Ultimate in Guelph. GUPA incorporated as a not-for-profit in 2005.
Our Mission Statement
Provide a non-profit, low cost and fun ultimate league in Guelph that is run by Ultimate players for Ultimate players.
- To create a fun ultimate league in Guelph that emphasizes the spirit characteristic of the sport of ultimate.
- All league activities will be open and transparent to the members of the Guelph Ultimate Players Association.
- All members of the Guelph Ultimate Players Association will have the opportunity to be directly or indirectly involved in the operation of the league and in making major decisions with regards to the league.
- The league will operate on a cost recovery basis with all profits being put directly back into the league.
- Create a sense of community amongst people within the city and area.
How GUPA became what it is today…
In the fall of 2003 a number of ultimate players in Guelph decided that they had the energy and enthusiasm to start a non-profit ultimate league in Guelph. They wanted to play in town and to share the game with other people as well. They wanted a league that would be open and transparent to everyone and where all players could be involved in decision making if they wanted to be. The beginning of the league was met with a lot of interest and support. Many people came to the first meeting at the Albion in February.
From the very beginning there was never a problem getting enough people interested in helping out with whatever was necessary. Whether it was helping to set up a field, turn off the lights or anything else that was needed. This was all part of the collective and community spirit that was a part of the feeling and energy of the league.
Our first season went off better than expected, we had ten teams in the summer league divided into two divisions. In the fall we had 8 teams also divided into two divisions and we played under the lights. With over 150 players involved in our inaugural season we were excited to watch the league continue to grow and expand in the years to come.
GUPA Gets Incorporated!
GUPA is pleased to share with our GUPA community that on September 16, 2005 the Guelph Ultimate Players’ Association was officially incorporated as a Not-For- Profit organization.
GUPA was officially recognized by CUPA (Canadian Ultimate Players Association), the national governing body of the Sport of Ultimate as the official municipal governing body for Ultimate in the City of Guelph, Ontario. To see a copy of the letter, click here.
All the day to day operations are conducted by volunteers, who will always remain accountable. If you would like to see a copy of our most recent Annual Report, please contact us and we’ll be happy to send it to you.