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Best ways to buy discs for youth ultimate

For coaches and team managers, here are the best ways to purchase high-quality discs in bulk quantities for your team(s), ordered from least to most expensive.  Costs are approximate, based on late 2014 quotes and conversion rates, and are somewhat specific to orders being shipped to Seattle (shipping costs vary regionally).  If you order from one of these sources and want to share your experience (cost, delivery time, quality, etc.) — just leave a comment and we’ll add your data to this post.

All makes/models listed here are approved as meeting USA Ultimate’s Disc Technical Standards.  Be careful to order the right size disc, though!  (They are listed here together…)  The 175 g disc is used in most of youth ultimate; the 145g disc is only used by some very young players, generally in 4th or 3rd grade or younger.

Cheap (<$7)

$3.00-3.49/disc – Discraft misprint J-star (145g) 10-disc packs

  • Note these are smaller, 145 gram discs good for younger players or portability (fits better in a kid’s backpack)
  • These are misprinted Discraft discs direct from Discraft (which has much better shipping rates than other distributors, e.g. Sportdiscs.com below)
  • Listed as 29.99 in November, 2015
  • 34.95 for 10-pack with $5 standard shipping = 3.49/disc
  • 59.98 for two 10-packs with shipping included = $3.00/disc
  • Assorted colors: white, blue, red
  • 2017 (March): out of stock!

$3.32-3.84/disc – Discraft Ultimate Juniors Program

  • These are misprinted Disccraft discs only for use in K-12 programs in the U.S.
  • Order either Ultrastar (175 gram) or J*Star (145 gram)
  • Must ship to a school address
  • Order must be placed by a current USA Ultimate member
  • School must be listed as a USA Ultimate team (as of 2014, USA Ultimate member/coaches can add a team on-line)
  • Max order size is 50 discs per calendar year
  • Minimum order size is 10 discs
  • Price range is due to variable shipping ($16-42 for 50 disc orders, more as you get further from Michigan)
  • 2016: An order of 50 discs sent to Seattle cost $150 + 41.80 shipping = 191.80, or $3.83 per disc
  • 2017, March:
  • 2017, March: turn-around time of 10 days (mailed order from Seattle on 3/3; school received on 3/13!).  Other Seattle coaches report recently: receiving discs as quickly as 1 week after ordering; still waiting after about a month.

$4.00-5.20/disc – Discraft UltraStar (175g) misprints from SportDiscs.com

  • Random assortment of 175 gram Discraft discs (assorted colors, designs)
  • Good source for schools that need more than 50 discs (the max Juniors Program order)
  • Be sure to specify “kid-friendly” designs
  • Cost above varies with order size ($4.32 is for max order of 75 discs) and does not include shipping

 $5.00/disc – USA Ultimate’s custom prints on Discraft discs

  • A great benefit of becoming a member of USA Ultimate ($36/yr for coaches)
  • Nice variety of designs on mostly white discs
  • Can order any combination of J*Star (145g) or Ultrastar (175g) discs, each costs $5.00
  • Can specify any combination of nifty designs
  • Order via the USA Ultimate merchandise order (Google) form
  • $5.00 is actual cost as there is no shipping charged
  • If you are a coach, team manager, or PE teacher, the cheapest source of 10-15 discs may be one of the USA Ultimate kits (60-70$ for members) because they come bundled with valuable supporting materials…  $70/15=$4.67/disc and the PE kit comes with cones, curriculum, DVD, rule/spectator guide

$5.80/disc – VC Ultimate practice package

  • This is an example (from Oct 2015) of an intermittent or seasonal special deal
  • Package of ten 175 gram Discraft  UltraStars
  • Mix of colours and misprint designs
  • Not sure how much shipping would add
  • Original price listed as $14.00/disc…
  • Single misprint discs going for $5.95 (w/o shipping)

Inexpensive ($7-10)

$7.00/disc – DiscNW  discs

  • $7 is the price for youth, regardless of how many are ordered
  • Pickup is on Lake City Way in Seattle, near Nathan Hale high school
  • Arrange for pickup and payment by emailing ops@discnw.org

$7.03/disc – Daredevil 175g misprints

  • Not sure if these are guaranteed to all be the Gamedisc design approved by USA Ultimate
  • $7.99 Canadian (plus shipping?)

$8.06/disc – Discraft J*Star (145 g) from DiscAce

  • $5.99 before shipping (looks like ~18% of cart total for shipping to Seattle)
  • Discount code might help?

8.60$/disc – Discraft UltraStar (175g) from Amazon

  • $8.60 on Amazon Prime (14% discount from $10.00 list)
  • Plus shipping?

$8.79/disc – Daredevil (140g)

There are other color schemes for the same price, but kids will like this flame one best…
  • Note these have a mass of only 140 grams — the lightest available for young (<10 year old) players who have small hands
  • Made in and shipped from Canada
  • $9.99 Canadian (plus shipping?)

Standard cost (>$10), but cool for kids

$10.55/disc – Daredevil Gamedisc (175g)

Lots of cool color schemes for the same price, but this is their white background design.
    • Note these have a mass of only 140 grams — the lightest available for young (<10 year old) players who have small hands
    • Made in and shipped from Canada

Archived/broken sources:

$3.57-4.37/disc – Discraft J*Star (145g) misprints from SportDiscs.com

  • Note these are 145 gram discs good for players less than about 10 years old
  • 10 discs for $30.00 (before shipping); with shipping to Seattle, the total cost is 43.66, which means shipping costs ~45% of the disc cost…
  • 50 discs (5 orders of 10-pack) is $150+$28.60 for shipping (about 19% of disc cost), yielding a total of 178.60 or $3.57/disc.
  • Random assortment of 145 gram Discraft discs (assorted colors, designs); these are best for 3rd or 4th graders, or other youth with small hands
  • Good source for schools that need more than 50 discs (the max Juniors Program order)
  • Be sure to specify “kid-friendly” designs
  • 2017: broken link, sportdiscs.com redirects to http://discraftfactorystore.com/