Elevation were founded in January 2017 by core members Andrew Wallis, Cobus Coetsee, Kruger Greyvenstein and Lazya Greyvenstein, expanding competitive ultimate in the Northern Region west of the Gauteng hub. This club resulted as a merger of two social ultimate groups in Potch driven by Cobus and Andrew independently, unbeknownst to each other. At the time of this merger, Lazya and Kruger moved from Polokwane to Potch, giving birth to Elevation. The local university provides an influx of youthful talent to complement the maturity of the older players. The club boasts enough members to field two teams, showing how Ultimate is starting to expand outside of the major cities.
Wits Ultimate is a university ultimate team. Ultimate started at Wits as informal pickup games organized by Mike Weston. Mike never gave up trying to stat a club while at Wits, and after he graduated, he asked Dale Kitchin to take over. Dale, with help from Robbie Freeman and Mark Mthombeni Ka Dlamini formalized the team as a club in 2011. In 2012 they were officially recognised by the university and currently boast the best official ultimate clubhouse in South Africa. Wits are renowned for their good spirit and introduces new players to the sport through their pickup sessions and has formal training during season.
Skyveld was formed in 2015 by alumni from Wits: James Arnestad, Sally Crompton, Kelvin Tam, Keke Motjuwadi and Sipho Mhlambi. The team also attracted talent from UCT and Tuks alumnis who had moved to Johannesburg to work. The club has grown immensely since its inception and currently fields two teams, playing according to their ethos of "Work hard, play together, JOL". Skyveld placed 1st in Northern Regionals in 2020 and were on track for a shot at the Mixed Nationals title, until the COVID19 pandemic postponed the season.
Disks of Hazard were originally formed as Tuks Ultimate and competed with a fierce, athletic style in the early 2010s. Due to university turnover and struggles getting the club accredited with the University of Pretoria, the club went dormant but were revived as the Disks of Hazard (DoH). DoH is a developing team with a fun focus on the spirit of the game. Players of all skill levels are welcome and aim to provide a variety of ultimate activities from social pickup games to structured training.
Dream Team is a team based in Soweto and Orange Farm. Dream only came into existence late in 2017, after the merger of Soweto Ultimate and Orange Farm Ultimate. Many of the players from Soweto and Orange Farm were beneficiaries of development campaigns that saw youth players compete as adults for the clubs. These two teams had competed in various competitions through the 2010s, even supporting each other with players when only one team represented. As a result, the merger was a very natural transition and they now compete united.
Tailwhip stemmed from a team that used to play pickup on friday afternoons in the Bryanston/Fourways region. Tailwhip joined the GFDA summer league in 2018 under the guidance of Michael Ryan and Bradley Donald. After enduring a tough first league experience, Tailwhip redefined their approach to become a structured team. This decision coincided with the arrival of Dale Franklin from Durban, who brought the much needed experience and stability to the team. This balance of success and family-vibe started attracting experienced players from all around Gauteng, resulting in a 2nd place finish in the 2020 Nationals and qualification for Tailwhip's first ever Nationals.
Rangers were formed in 2013 as Zone Rangers by Nick Langley and Mike Weston after a disagreement with Ultitude. Zone Rangers initially embodied a relaxed approach to ultimate, although still performed relatively well in local leagues. After the founding fathers left Johannesburg the club moved its routes to Pretoria, dropped the "Zone" from it's name (but not its defense) and continued with the ethos of athletic, experienced players who play in a relaxed but competitive atmosphere. Rangers do not host practices but compete regularly in leagues and tournaments, finishing in the upper bracket of the Northern Region.
Ultitude are the oldest active club,and the first club to form outside of Cape Town. Ultitude competed in the second ever SA Nationals in 2002 and were long the powerhouse team in the Johannesburg region. After years of fierce competition, the club went through a restructuring and wishes to return to its former glory.
Ultimate in Durban started when Bryan Courtney moved from Johannesburg and introduced the sport to some locals. Other players like Neal Lazarus and Werner van Straaten lead the initial development of the club, making the sport a regular weekly activity in the coastal town. With the emergence of players like Doug Mattushek, Robin Willis and Paul Taylor; the team attended their first tournament (Rocktober 2008). The club was initially named the Prawn Bunnies after the famous Durban cuisine, but rebranded just to the Bunnies in 2016.
4th Prime were founded in 2018 by Ryan McFie, Ryjin van Wyk and Tifany van Wyk. The name derives from the number 7 (the number of players on a starting line) being the 4th prime number. 4th Prime entered into their first Nationals as an unknown force performed extremely well, placing 4th in the tournament. This has been followed up by numerous strong performances in the local tournaments. The club is open and inclusive, practicing on Tuesday and Friday nights 5-7pm at Howick High School.
The Long Donkeys club was founded in 2003 by ex-South African basketball players Darren Holcomb, Alistair van Heerden and Ryan McFie and attended its first Nationals in 2006. The club made an initial imprint in the South African scene through the use of Darren Holcombe's thumber forehand, and the team has been a consistent competitor in the South African scene. Although they made numerous finals and won Rocktober multiple times, they had to wait until 2014 to win their first ever Nationals title. They have won the most Mixed titles out of any club in the mixed division. Practices in the fields of Pietermartizburg usually involves high-level pickup, where zone defense are tweaked and players play at an intensity higher than most games at Nationals. The Long Donkeys have fielded multiple competitive teams at Nationals and regional events - an indication of the strength and depth of the club.
East London Ultimate Frisbee (ELUF) was founded by Brad Talyor and Nic Labuschagne in 2011. They attended Nationals in 2012 under the team names of the Hammerheads (1st team) and Rebels (2nd team). As East London ultimate has grown, new teams have splintered off from this club and the club currently plies its trade as the Knights. The club has a strong history of including and developing scholars. Embracing the ultimate philosophy, team spirit, positive play and having fun through social beach ultimate or competition is the goal.
The Ultimate Club was started in 2016, and grew in stature very quickly. In 2018 Rhodes hosted Mixed Nationals and attended Open and Women's Nationals in 2017 and 2018 as a men's team. The team has participated in multiple Regional tournaments in and finished finished 2nd both times. Unfortunately, the club ceased to function at the end of 2018 due to lack of leadership but is being revived now by its original founder, but not under the name of the university, rather Grahamstown Ultimate. Grahamstown Ultimate is a phoenix rising from the ashes.
GaleFORCE were founded in 2013 by Mike Forbes, Jenna Tanale, Ryan Farrant and Jedd Hart in the city previously known as Port Elizabeth. They took the field in their first tournamnt at 2013 Nationals, hosted in nearby city East London, playing with their doppelganger - the high wind. Currently the team is focussed on building beginner players from the ground up and focus on enjoyment of the game.
Siyamthanda Mbete (Siya) founded the club in 2017 after joining and playing in the East London Ultimate league. He sought to bring ultimate to his universityand formed the University of Fort Hare Lions with founding members Uviwe Phato, Khangelani Kafile and Zuko Katase. UFH Lions competed in their first major tournament in the 2018 Southern Regionals, and would like to continue their development and growth in the Eatern Cape.
Pegasus was founded in 2018 and has invested in growing over the past few years. Experienced players such former Wild Dog Nicole McComb have offered their services to train and build a very competitive team. The Pegasus goal is to compete at a national level in the near future and test our skills against some of the more experienced teams. New players are encouraged to join for training sessions and our social evening games.
Ultimate was introduced to Asanda Jonga through Roger Galloway in 2011 and played socially until Asanda discovered that the game could be played at a more competitive level. She officially formed Wild Coast as a club in 2016 and started competing in tournaments. Wild Coast boasts a strong youth development program that has seen many children come through the ranks and compete as adults.
Catch 22 was founded in 2015 by Nick Zaloumis, Marlise Richter and Thomas "Moose" Morris. Catch's main focus is to hold SOTG in the same regard as competitive ultimate and subsequently have finished in the top 8 at every Nationals that they have attended as well as winning the SOTG title on multiple occasions. Catch were finalists in 2017, beating defending champions UCT Flying Tigers in an exciting semi final.
UCT Ultimate is the official ultimate club of the University of Cape Town, and was the first university team recognised by its university. The strong international connections that the university holds initially allowed visiting/exchange students to build one of the strongest programs in South Africa, although it is now completely run by South African students. The Ultimate club has been named as the UCT sports team of the year - competing against other teams historically strong in their sporting codes. UCT regularly fields two teams in leagues and tournaments: the UCT Flying Tigers (1st Team) and the UCT Roaring Tigers (2nd Team), as well as a 3rd team on occasion. Despite a regular turnover of players and an average tenure of 3 years at the club, UCTU perenially competes for top position at Nationals. They have attended the African championships and competed at the 2018 World Ultimate Club Championships in Cincinatti, USA. Players have to be a registered student or member of staff at UCT in order to be eligible to play for the club.
Maties are the representative team from Stellenbosch University. Initially known as Stellenbosch Ultimate, Maties was formed when Hendri Botha and Tamarah Johnstone-Robertson Botha sought to seek official recognition as a university sport. In the early days non-university players played together with students, however the team is now predominantly made up of students. Maties are known for their athletic, hard running approach and fiersome match defense. Their best ever finish at Nationals came in 2015 when a spirited core of players finished 5th. Maties now look to move higher into the competitive sphere, forming an internal league to start breeding ultimate players from within.
Chilli ultimate was founded by Ant Pascoe, Ian Alexander and Leor Williams. With international experience of their founding members on their side, they quickly rose to the top of South African Ultimate, winning Mixed Nationals in 2008. They then became the first team ever in SA history to defend their Nationals title in 2009. With a third consecutive victory in 2010, they established themselves as a powerhouse in South African ultimate. Over the years Chilli has added successful open and women's teams into the mix and produced numerous South African athletes. It remains a perennial competitior for the coveted Mixed Nationals title. Currently, Chilli fields two mixed teams: Chilli Heat and Chilli Legends, who each have their own awesome thing going on but share the same ethos of well-drilled, well-spirted competitive Ultimate. Amongst other claims to fame, the 2019 Chilli club was proud to have an age span between of 41 years, with a 12-year old and 53-year old on the lines.
Viking Ultimate were formed in 2018 as a new club in Cape Town bent on competing at the highest level. Many experienced players boarded the ship and although the club performed very well in the 2018 Cape Town Summer League, they were contraversially excluded from competing at Nationals due to the current SAFDA rules. This was the catalyst that prompted SAFDA to restructure the Nationals qualification process to favour current performance as opposed to historical performance of the club. Their second Nationals saw them finish 3rd and justify this restructuring. After the cancellation of the 2020 season due to COVID19, Viking Ultimate made the decision to disband.
Northern Lights are the only current team playing in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town. Northern Lights focus on development of newer players, and have produced a few future stars from the region. They are situated close to the Stellenbosch medical campus (Tygerberg) and CPUT Bellville campus, recruiting from there. Their first Nationals appearance came under the name of Tygers in 2012.
At Rocktober 2011, some Khayoba and Zebru players joined forces to form the team 1UP. This was the foundations of the team that was to become Ghost in 2012. Ryan Purcell, an ex-Austin Doublewide player was at the forefront of the charge. He brought drills and a focused training that buoyed Ghost to Nationals champions in 2012 and 2013, earning them the right to represent South Africa at the 2014 World Ultimate Club Championships in Lecco, Italy. Ghost remain highly competitive in Cape Town and South Africa, most recently winning the Nationals title in 2017.
Salusa-45 were formed by a group of experienced players with the intention of playing good ultimate without holding focussed training sessions. This atmosphere has produced a highly competitive side - winning the party at every Nationals that they have attended. On the field, Salusa have regularly finished in 9th place at Nationals (top of the bottom bracket) and have even donated a shield for the team who wins this honour.