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The fast-moving sport that’s gaining momentum in metro Atlanta

The Hustle, Atlanta's American Ultimate Disc League team, scores with Matt Smith (left), #12, catching the disc with teammate Antoine Davis, #80, ready to move in if needed against Philadelphia at St. Pius X High School Field on Saturday, June 26, 2021. (Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
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The Hustle, Atlanta’s American Ultimate Disc League team, scores with Matt Smith (left), #12, catching the disc with teammate Antoine Davis, #80, ready to move in if needed against Philadelphia at St. Pius X High School Field on Saturday, June 26, 2021. (Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Credit: Jenni Girtman

Credit: Jenni Girtman

Atlanta’s other professional team

With the league currently in its 10th season, ultimate is quietly becoming one of the hottest sports attractions in a city that’s fully occupied with the Braves, Falcons, United and Hawks on the professional level. The local team is named the Atlanta Hustle, and members of the ultimate squad strongly feel their team can compete with all the others.

“What I like about ultimate is that you don’t have to be tall or have a huge vertical jump to excel at it. You might see someone thicker or smaller out there. With the pro league, we’ve been kind of marginalized because we’re this fringe sport,” said the Atlanta Hustle head coach Miranda Knowles, currently the only female coach in the league.

Peter Thomas, co-owner of the Atlanta Hustle, cites the game’s simplicity as part of its draw.

“Ultimate frisbee is appealing because you’re playing in the grass, with no equipment and all you need is a disc,” he said. “Ultimate frisbee shines as this inclusive, very competitive sport that holds above all the spirit of the game. That’s maintained in AUDL and on the Hustle.”

Since AUDL’s inaugural season in 2012, the league’s exposure has only risen. The league started with eight teams; now there are currently 22 teams in the U.S. and Canada. Their social media presence (combined Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok) has skyrocketed every season from 6,000 followers in 2012 to 704,000 in 2020, along with over 30 million minutes of videos viewed, according to the league commissioner and WeFunder.com, a crowdfunding service that connects startups with investors. AUDL’s annual revenue growth has climbed from $98,000 in 2013 to $1.45 million this year; that’s generated from advertising, tickets sold, merchandise sales, sponsorships, concessions from league-run events, video streaming subscriptions from the league’s streaming platform, AUDL.tv, and more. The average attendance per game is about 350-400 people, with the top-tier teams likely having over 1,000 in attendance and the average ticket prices ranging between $10 and $25 per ticket.

The league signed a two-year deal with Fox Sports in January 2020 to broadcast every AUDL Game of the Week on Wednesday nights on Fox Sports 2 (FS2). AUDL’s 2021 Championship Weekend (two semifinal games and championship game) will air on Fox Sports (premier channel FS1) on Sept. 10-11, for the first time in league history. In the 2019 season, AUDL held its first all-star game in Madison, Wisconsin. AUDL’s reach has even gone global, as the league has formed a media rights partnership with EuroSport India, the premier sports channel of India and South Asia, to broadcast the AUDL Game of the Week.

“It’s crazy to see the development and the skill level has gone up,” said Atlanta Hustle player Matt Smith, AUDL’s third all-time leading goal-scorer heading into this season. “The attitude of the community has shifted. Footage is 100 times better and highlights have contributed to the popularity. There’s more media attention and the game day experience is better for fans.”

Fans of the Hustle, Atlanta's American Ultimate Disc League team, including Zach Ohnstad (spinning a disc), 14, who plays ultimate himself, watch the professionals win against Philadelphia 24-17 at St. Pius X High School Field on Saturday, June 26, 2021.  (Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
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Fans of the Hustle, Atlanta’s American Ultimate Disc League team, including Zach Ohnstad (spinning a disc), 14, who plays ultimate himself, watch the professionals win against Philadelphia 24-17 at St. Pius X High School Field on Saturday, June 26, 2021. (Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Credit: Jenni Girtman

Credit: Jenni Girtman

The Atlanta Hustle play their home games at St. Pius X Catholic High School in Chamblee.

Fan appeal

For fans who have attended Atlanta Hustle games, the overall experience and atmosphere is ideal. “For us, it’s close to home. It’s very family-friendly. There’s free parking. You get in and get out. It’s a professional team experience, yet it’s very reasonable budget-wise,” said Bernice Scott, a first-year Atlanta Hustle season ticket holder. “I am a big fan of the Falcons, Hawks and Braves, but on a family level, this is way more intimate and satisfying. It’s big-time professional but it feels small and local.”

Some of the charm of Hustle events is the level of fan engagement where you will see kids on the field tossing around a disc before the game, at halftime and even after a game. There’s usually some kind of game or challenge to encourage fan participation, and raffle prizes are given out during games.

“Ultimate has always drawn a great crowd of people that are good-natured, that have good spirit. You’re never going to see a fight at an ultimate game. Ultimate has a rule about the spirit of game that if you’re unsportsmanlike, you can be ejected just for that,” said Dr. Judd Weinberg, a chiropractor in Sandy Springs who played ultimate for the men’s club team during his college years at the University of Delaware. “Many of the people here played in high school or college, and they bring that spirit and camaraderie to the games.”

During halftime, fans, including 7-year-old Benjamin Litner, are allowed to come onto the field to toss a disc with the professionals. The Hustle, Atlanta's American Ultimate Disc League team, competed against Philadelphia at St. Pius X High School Field on Saturday, June 26, 2021.  Atlanta won the game 24-17. (Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
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During halftime, fans, including 7-year-old Benjamin Litner, are allowed to come onto the field to toss a disc with the professionals. The Hustle, Atlanta’s American Ultimate Disc League team, competed against Philadelphia at St. Pius X High School Field on Saturday, June 26, 2021. Atlanta won the game 24-17. (Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Credit: Jenni Girtman

Credit: Jenni Girtman

That connection extends throughout the league.

“No one is out of reach because of stardom. That’s something really nice because you feel like you know who you are watching and you feel like you know who you’re sitting next to at a game, said Frankie Fernandez, who currently plays for the ATLiens YCC (Youth Club Championship) Under-20 club team in Atlanta. “If you’re coming to a Hustle game, that means you’re a part of the ultimate community.”

One area of interest has been player compensation. Players are compensated, but most have full-time jobs in addition to their commitment to their AUDL club. While AUDL players’ contracts are confidential and an average player salary per season isn’t calculated, Hall says it “ranges anywhere from the absolute minimum of $50, to a living wage.”

“Most players are paid based on games they play, but we’re seeing greater numbers being paid based on the season, regardless of games played,” said Hall.

Every player’s contract is not the same, with more multiyear contracts becoming the norm, and while trades are a major part of other professional sports leagues, trades in AUDL aren’t really a concept yet. Still, the fourth-year commissioner is optimistic about future salaries. Said Hall, “We are already looking at living wages as a key component in our 10-year plan.”

The Hustle, Atlanta's American Ultimate Disc League team, wins against Philadelphia at St. Pius XField on Saturday, June 26, 2021.  Fans, including Ken Hill of Decatur, show up and support the team.  (Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
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The Hustle, Atlanta’s American Ultimate Disc League team, wins against Philadelphia at St. Pius XField on Saturday, June 26, 2021. Fans, including Ken Hill of Decatur, show up and support the team. (Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Credit: Jenni Girtman

Credit: Jenni Girtman

Plans for more diversity

Hall calls AUDL “cheap family fun” with the league’s core audience being families and young people. Ultimate has always been a culturally white sport, but Hall’s goal is to reach a wider demographic audience in communities across North America, especially kids at an early age. In the league’s efforts to bring more diversity and equality to the sport of ultimate, AUDL formed the Inclusion Initiative in fall 2019.

“Our marketing strategy is directed towards the youth. Youth outreach,” said Dr. Christina Chung, the co-chair of the AUDL Inclusion Initiative. “The league felt like it was important to highlight and market people of color in our league like players of color, coaches of color and owners of color. Once younger people of color see someone like them do something, it makes them say, ‘Hey, I can do that too.’ That’s what our focus is.”

A part of that diversity outreach is the formation of a nonprofit foundation called IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity and Education in Action), whose mission is to promote engagement and education in AUDL and in the broader community; and partnering with Rise to Win, a national nonprofit sports organization that works specifically in the sports community on diversity issues.

The league’s plans to diversify ultimate were on display in 2019 in Atlanta, as the AFDC (Atlanta Flying Disc Club) partnered with the Hustle and the pro women’s ultimate team, Atlanta Soul, to host “The Color of Ultimate: ATL,” an all-star game that showcased the most talented male and female ultimate players of color from Atlanta, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and other American cities, as well as Medellin, Colombia.

“Atlanta is a big city, so I think there’s a lot of room for a lot of sports,” Thomas said. “AUDL and the Hustle are really invested in increasing visibility of minority groups on the field, in ownership, partnering with the AFDC to help start teams in underprivileged areas and just get awareness out to places, not just Black places, but places where ultimate doesn’t exist right now.”

Chung said that the Inclusion Initiative is looking to work with the Hustle to attract more youths from Atlanta’s HBCUs through sports programming. “We have people in Atlanta who are developing programs there. We’re hoping to have a combine event there and want to target youths of all levels.”

John Stubbs (center), #19, a player for the Hustle, Atlanta's American Ultimate Disc League team, passes around Philadelphia at St. Pius X High School Field on Saturday, June 26, 2021. Atlanta won the game 24-17.  (Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
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John Stubbs (center), #19, a player for the Hustle, Atlanta’s American Ultimate Disc League team, passes around Philadelphia at St. Pius X High School Field on Saturday, June 26, 2021. Atlanta won the game 24-17. (Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Credit: Jenni Girtman

Credit: Jenni Girtman

More focus on health, safety

Another key focus this season has been how the league is dealing with COVID-19. With the 2020 season being canceled due to COVID, the league has since put into place specific guidelines for every franchise to follow for the 2021 campaign. An Athletic Care Network made up of specialists, physicians and epidemiologists was formed before this season to help provide continuous health and safety strategies.

“There is this lack of awareness for the medical needs of athletes in the entire ultimate community. For people who play, there are tons of injuries that happen, but there’s never been an organized way to address it,” said Chung, a doctor and AUDL’s chief medical officer. “We got to thinking that if we’re really going to grow this league in terms of being a professional sport, what we want to be in five years and paying players a living wage, we can’t ignore the health and safety of our athletes.”

A part of their plan of action this season is that AUDL assigned each team a head physician that’s trained in medicine and an athletic trainer. “COVID has brought on a level of complexity for all organizations and especially high-performance athletes,” Chung said. “I am as close to 100% confident that we have created COVID protocols that will be executed at the highest level of safety, and when I look at the data now, it looks like all the teams have been compliant with all of our policies.”

During halftime, fans, including 9-year-old Estee Litner, in pink, are allowed to come onto the field to toss a disc with the professionals.  The Hustle, Atlanta's American Ultimate Disc League team, competed against Philadelphia at St. Pius X High School Field on Saturday, June 26, 2021. Atlanta won the game 24-17.  (Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
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During halftime, fans, including 9-year-old Estee Litner, in pink, are allowed to come onto the field to toss a disc with the professionals. The Hustle, Atlanta’s American Ultimate Disc League team, competed against Philadelphia at St. Pius X High School Field on Saturday, June 26, 2021. Atlanta won the game 24-17. (Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Credit: Jenni Girtman

Credit: Jenni Girtman

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But even that solves only part of the problem.","_id":"J6JSGSB2HVFC5EPBYGD2DZLX6U","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1626101540566,"type":"text","content":"For first-time buyers like Adeniyi with higher incomes, the problem is not simply a lack of affordable housing, it is the lack of housing inventory.","_id":"5D6QE5WSTRCPDBMQ5FRMGGLLJM","additional_properties":"comments":[],"_id":"2HQPLGXXUZETNLRCJEV2NHRRPU","type":"interstitial_link","content":"Goldman Sachs pledges $100 million to support MARTA’s affordable housing goals","url":"https://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-news/goldman-sachs-pledges-100-million-to-support-martas-affordable-housing-goals/CCF2TLBCC5B2TKFEMNJU3XSARI/","_id":"CXDTUZWAKRGHJNWRWSBOD7KI4U","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1626101540567,"type":"text","content":"And it’s not just singles suffering. Dr. Meredith Trubitt, 31, and her husband have been in Atlanta for two years. When her husband completed his MBA at Georgia Tech, he and Trubitt, a physician, decided to make Atlanta their permanent home.","_id":"46WWSY3USVEI3IKVBFEDB57H6U","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1626049276968,"type":"text","content":"The couple, who have been together since college and have always been saving toward their goal of homeownership, knew they would shop for a home that allowed them to put no less than 20% down. “It has been crazy,” Trubitt said. “I go on Zillow and look at what these houses sold for the last time. It is unbelievable. I am like, these people are making bank.”","_id":"PYN7DDGARFFOFP7CKZOJIDDCDQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1626049276969,"type":"text","content":"The couple has taken a serious look at about 15-20 homes, putting offers on two, neither of which they got even with amounts generously over the list price, Trubitt said. Other buyers in the southeast side neighborhoods that they desire to live in have waived inspections or made offers even higher over the asking price, Trubitt said.","_id":"JELFTV6G4JGYJO65I725A3D6YE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1626101540570,"type":"text","content":"They are determined to stick with the search in the hopes that something will change. “I think we can keep renting another year if we have to, for it to calm down,” Trubitt said.","_id":"NWF3J6RMYBFDTICMCEKKXCEZAU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1626049276971,"type":"text","content":"Real estate agent Kathryn Flowers said she has helped clients from all over the country — North Carolina, New York and California — find homes in the city. Some of her clients, particularly those who are looking for more space, eventually shift their focus to areas outside of the city. She has helped some recent clients settle in Newnan and Fayetteville, areas outside of Atlanta where buyers seem to be having a bit more luck.","_id":"L5FHLPDDDRESTLYQIY7BMFYREA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1626049276972,"type":"text","content":"Lavell Hewitt, 44, lives in Dacula with his wife and school-age daughter. Last year, a homebuyer approached him with an offer on his home, which he had purchased in 2016. Hewitt declined the offer, but in early 2021, when the company came back with a higher offer, he reconsidered.","_id":"7AA4HY7UN5AEFBN2LEMTEZFPKQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1626049276973,"type":"text","content":"On average, his home would have sold for about $225,000, Hewitt said, but the new offer put him about $50,000 higher, enabling him to buy a larger home in the same school district that could accommodate both his parents and his in-laws when the time comes.","_id":"L7STJXBCUNFWZOPMLO6EYMT5EQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1626049276974,"type":"text","content":"He and his wife had endured packed open houses and rejections in favor of cash offers, but in the end, it was a human connection that got them into a new home.","_id":"SRKVLG4CVJCGRGLEQJTQ7GGOZE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1626101540575,"type":"text","content":"The seller of their new home, also an agent, proved to be a kindred soul who could relate to their need to care for their parents in the future. She told them she would make a mental note to keep them in mind if they produced a good offer, Hewitt said, and when the time came, she did.","_id":"VUPXN5GKHBDELF74HN7BXJIRVM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1626053565794,"type":"text","content":"Read more on the Real Life blog (www.ajc.com/opinion/real-life-blog/) and find Nedra on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AJCRealLifeColumn) and Twitter (@nrhoneajc) or email her at [email protected]"],"display_date":"2021-07-19T21:55:52.423Z","headlines":"basic":"Opinion: How can anyone afford to buy a home in Atlanta anymore?","first_publish_date":"2021-07-19T15:32:31.587Z","taxonomy":{"sections":["path":"/life","parent":"default":"https://www.ajc.com/","_website":"ajc","parent_id":"https://www.ajc.com/","name":"Life","description":"Atlanta living and lifestyle news, Atlanta travel, health, faith, celebrities and pop culture news and features from the AJC. 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Instead, they are intended to be a faith challenge, a call to fight, or spread our wings and jump into the unknown.","_id":"ZULIXXCO4VGXHA3G5YVIZBQPWU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1626382885223,"type":"text","content":"The test is similar to what young birds face when they are ready to start testing their wings. It undoubtedly fears the vast abyss ahead, and sometimes the mother bird must push them out of the nest. As she does, she knows it too well — the air is not nearly as insubstantial as it seems — and her baby will soon learn that its wings were designed to work with the air to provide support. 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