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Flight Status

Pro Flight

The Pro Flight is is comprised of eight teams per division and includes teams that placed 1st through 8th at the previous year’s National Championships.

Elite Flight

The Elite Flight also consists of eight teams per division and includes the teams that placed 9th through 16th at the previous year’s National Championships.

Select Flight

The Select Flight is made up of 32 teams from each division and includes the four highest placing teams from each of the eight Regional Championships that did not advance to the National Championships.

Classic Flight

All remaining teams are classified as Classic Flight teams.

Premier Triple Crown Tour Events

The Triple Crown Tour features six major events annually, providing a stage on which ultimate’s top players and teams can showcase their talents.

Select Flight Invite

One of the first major events on the club season calendar. The Select Flight Invite is split into a pair of regional tournaments – one east and one west. The event gives Select Flight teams – those that fell just short of qualifying for the national championships – an opportunity to play up to Elite and Pro Flight teams in their region.

Pro–Elite Challenge

The first major test of the club season for ultimate’s top teams. The Pro-Elite Challenge features the previous year’s national championship qualifiers – the 16 Pro and Elite Flight teams in each division. For most teams, it’s their first tournament of the year after adjusting their rosters in the off season.

U.S. Open Club Championships

The first leg of the Triple Crown and one of ultimate’s flagship events. The U.S. Open features the eight Pro Flight teams and four international teams per division. USA Ultimate’s largest event also includes five youth divisions as part of the Youth Club Championships, resulting in a unique gathering of the ultimate community.

Elite–Select Challenge

A late-summer tournament that gives teams an opportunity to make a statement. The Elite–Select Challenge hosts the bottom half of the previous year’s national championship participants (Elite Flight) and those that narrowly missed out on qualifying (Select Flight), often leading to a shakeup in the national rankings.

Pro Championships

The second leg of the Triple Crown and final event of the regular season. The Pro Championships feature the eight Pro Flight teams from each division plus two wildcards. This is the last chance for teams to improve their national ranking and tune up before turning their attention to the postseason championship series.

National Championships

The Super Bowl of ultimate and third leg of the Triple Crown. With 40 years of history, the National Championships stand alone as the sport’s most prominent event. More than 600 teams compete annually in an open qualifying structure of sectional and regional tournaments, seeking one of 48 invitations to nationals.

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2023 U.S. Open Club Championships

Aug. 4-6 Aurora, CO

2023 National Championships

October 19-22, San Diego, CA

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