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Spirit Circles at the Highest Level

  Want to see how SotG and high-level competition go hand-in-hand? Riot stars speak on how giving and receiving critiques in Spirit Circles has elevated their game at the 2014 Worlds Spirit of the Game Conference in Lecco.

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Summer League Spirit Rankings Details

It’s time! As part of the AFDC’s ongoing commitment to fostering SotG, we’re starting a full Spirit Ranking system (including Spirit Awards!) for regular season, MST, and EOST.

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Men’s Summer League 2015

The AFDC is excited to announce a partnership with Atlanta Sport and Social Club to offer Men’s League this Summer! Instead of working separately and competing for scarce field space, this partnership will allow us to focus on creating a better … More »

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Spirit Circles at the Highest Level

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Want to see how SotG and high-level competition go hand-in-hand? Riot stars speak on how giving and receiving critiques in Spirit Circles has elevated their game at the 2014 Worlds Spirit of the Game Conference in Lecco.

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Summer League Spirit Rankings Details

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It’s time! As part of the AFDC’s ongoing commitment to fostering SotG, we’re starting a full Spirit Ranking system (including Spirit Awards!) for regular season, MST, and EOST.

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Heckling vs Taunting

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With Spring League EOS and the Hustle’s home opener rapidly approaching, it’s time to polish our wit and prepare our best heckling game! But when does heckling cross the line from delightful bonding to destructive taunting?

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Men’s Summer League 2015

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The AFDC is excited to announce a partnership with Atlanta Sport and Social Club to offer Men’s League this Summer! Instead of working separately and competing for scarce field space, this partnership will allow us to focus on creating a better quality Ultimate experience for all players involved this Summer.

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2015 Summer League Details

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Here are all the details you need to know for 2015 Coed Summer League in one easy blog post!

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Coed SL Call for Captains

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The call for captains is up on the forum. Post there or email Rich (henry dot johnston+SL at gmail) to get your core on the list! Tell me your captains’ names and your team name.

Forum link here: http://afdc.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=7681

Details:

Be a captain! Make a core, get to pick who you play with! 

Reminder: Cores need Female/Male captain pairs, you can’t sign up without both.

We’ve got tips on how to be a good captain here: http://www.afdc.com/2014/05/how-to-being-a-good-captain/

Email me if you have any questions, or need help filling out a core.

There’s a reward for captaining – if you fulfill some basic requirements (building a legal core and submitting on time, attending the captain’s party and draft, promoting spirit and reporting both game and spirit scores), we’ll refund half of your dues for the summer.

Photo courtesy of Christina Schmidt

Coed SL Registration Details

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Just like last year, women will have tiered registration in an attempt to encourage early registration and help us ensure that there are enough women for the league. Ladies, you are very important. Sign up! Early registration starts soon!

 

 

Ladies Tiered Registration

Date         Price
4/8-4/14   $85
4/15-4/21 $90
4/22-5/10 $99

Men’s registration for the will begin on 4/22 at noon and run through 5/10. The price will be $99. The open registration will fill up in less than an hour. Men, get on a core!

Cores will be due on 4/24. In early May, every player on a core (as well as all women) will be activated into the league, regardless of registration timestamp. Men not on a core will be activated based on registration time stamp.

Technical note: registration is now a 2 part process to avoid the paypal bottleneck. You will register, then, if you’re approved for the league, you’ll get an email with details on how to pay. You’ll have 48 hours to do so or you’ll lose your spot. More details can be found on the league page.

You should update your profile BEFORE registration, especially if you’re trying to get into one of the free agent male openings. You’ll be prompted to enter your REAL date of birth, for insurance purposes AND re-do your GRank before you’re allowed to register otherwise. While you’re doing that, make sure the email address associated with your registration account is one you monitor regularly so you don’t miss the pay now email!

Cores due 4/24.
Captains party will be 5/6.
The draft will be 5/13.
You will play frisbee on 5/26.

Photo courtesy of Christina Schmidt

Coed Summer League Core Info

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Things that are the same:

– 16 people on cores. If you’re struggling to get to 16, let me know and I’ll put you in touch with free agents. 10 men and 6 women – no option this year.

– Cored players will be activated into the league independent of registration timestamp. Men – get on cores! Otherwise you risk being left out.

– Every person on your core has to know they are on your core. Talk to them. Send them an email, phone call, telegram, whatever you want to do. You cannot randomly core some person, because that person might have agreed to be on a different core.

THIS IS DIFFERENT. PAY ATTENTION.

– Here’s where we’re changing things: Use the 0-9 scale we always use. Then stop. Men and women are going to be valued the same for the purposes of core building, since we’re now playing 4/3. Since that’s the case, we no longer need to do any subtracting to make the cores. Just add up the ranks of all of your players.

– The max limit for your top 7 players is 45. This is, as close as possible, a facsimile of last year’s top 7 number extrapolated into the new system. Math!

– The limit for all of your men is 59.

– The total limit for all of your 16 players is 85.

– Captains should, if in doubt, use the GRank value for your players. In cases where GRank is comically wrong, go ahead and submit your best estimate and a reason for the departure. There is no CRM this year, instead a rankings committee will make rank adjustments as they see fit. Attempting to BS the committee will not work out favorably for you.

– Call for captains coming tomorrow

– If you have any questions, please contact me. This goes much better when we start a dialogue early in the process rather than right up against the deadline. Help me help you!

henry dot johnston+SL at gmail dot com

Photo credit (as per usual) goes to Christina Schmidt

Coed Summer League 2015 Details

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Woo, SL2015!

Last year was a great success amid lots of change. 2015 is lined up to be even better, even as I ruin your summer again.

 

What’s staying the same:

We’re still going to play 4/3

1 Female and 1 Male captain per team (captains of both genders required for cores to be submitted)

14 men and 8+ women per team

24 teams in co-ed summer league

MEN NEED TO GET ON CORES! Getting on a core ensures you a spot in the league. Can’t fit on your normal team? Make a new core! I’ll help you fill it out! Don’t be the guy who’s emailing to complain about being left out of the league in the middle of May, I won’t be able to do anything at that point.

What’s being tweaked:

Tuesday nights will continue to be 2 games starting at 6:30.

Thursday nights are being revamped. Yes, again. There was a general sentiment that folks wanted to play 2 games on Thursdays. Game of the Week was not especially well attended. So, for 7 weeks of the season, you’ll have 2 Thursday night games, starting at 6:30 (just like Tuesdays).

3 weeks, we’ll all have a single game, starting at 7pm, capped off with a Summer League Showcase Game (formerly Game of the Week) under the lights. Week 1 will be Rivalry Night. Everyone will play their natural rival, then get to watch the best rivalry in the league play under the lights. Week 6 will be an All-Star game under the lights. Week 10 will see the matchup of the 1v2 regular season teams under the lights.

Showcase games will feature food and beverages.

SPIRIT! We’re implementing a more focused and directed approach to spirit in Summer League. Details to come, but this will include spirit circles, spirit score reporting and spirit prizes!

To this end, we are eliminating the core ranking meeting (CRM). A ranking committee will ensure that no players are terribly misranked. Replacing CRM will be a captain’s party. It will serve for all captains to get to know one another, understand the expectations we have for them, and learn about the new approach to spirit.

What’s never changing:

You will have fun
You will play a ton of ultimate
Someone is actively working to ruin your summer

Important dates reminder: 1st games 5/26, MST 6/27-28, EoST 8/1-2

Final core rules to come later this week, as well as a call for captains and registration details.

Contact me with any questions: henry dot johnston+SL at gmail dot com

Photos by Christina Schmidt – thanks, Christina!

Atlanta Hustle Announces New Owners

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The AUDL announces an ownership group, headlined by rap superstars 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, and T.I., has purchased the Atlanta HUSTLE franchise.

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