What is Summer League?
Summer League is a draft league organized by the Los Angeles Organization of Ultimate Teams (LAOUT). This is LAOUT’s 15th year organizing a draft league. And for the 6th time, there are two separate, but concurrent divisions. A Men’s Division and a Co-Ed Division.
Does Summer League have a theme this year?
Of course, because I love themes. And I promise, this is the last decade theme we’ll be doing. 60′s, 70′s, 80′s and 90′s are done. So this year it’s the aughts. The Naughty Aughties.
Who can play in Summer league?
Summer League is open to Ultimate players of all skill levels who mostly live in the greater Los Angeles area. The leagues are “beginner friendly.”
What are the rules for playing in Men’s Division vs. Co-Ed Division?
The Co-Ed Division will have exactly the same number of men and women. The number of men allowed in the league is dictated by the number of women who sign up. Therefore, there is a cap to the number of men that can play co-ed. The Co-Ed Division will run 4-3 or 3-4 offense chooses. There’s 11 or 12 games per team (not decided yet) and games are to 15.
The Men’s Division is open to all men, and will have no cap on the number of players allowed. There’s 11 or 12 games per team (not decided yet) and games are to 17.
If I’m a guy, can I play in both divisions?
No. You may only play in Men’s or Co-Ed. If you wish to play in Co-Ed, but you don’t make it in via the lottery, you can still play in Men’s.
What’s the lottery?
Assuming that once again, there’s too many guys who want to play in Co-ed, I’ll be picking names out of a hat on Sunday, May 13th after Rose Bowl pick-up to figure out which guys will make it into Co-ed. You can come by to watch the lottery live, but it’s not necessary. And then I’ll let everyone know who made it into Co-ed.
Note: some guys will get automatic entry into Co-Ed due to special issues (family with children, only one car, long distance travel, etc.) Also, if you wanted to play in Co-ed the last two years, but didn’t make it in, you are automatically entered this year.
Are there any overlapping games between the two divisions?
No. Despite playing at the same time, and having the tournament on the same day, the two divisions are completely separate.
When and where is Summer League played?
The 11 or 12 week season begins June 4 and ends Thursday, August 23. Games are played Monday – Friday nights, 8:00 – 10:30 at the Balboa Sports Complex in Encino, CA and one game each week will be in Venice (presumably). For a couple weeks, there will be an additional field added because of lost games around July 4th weekend and other tournaments. Each team will play one game per week. (this is not yet guaranteed until I make the schedule)
How do I register?
Go to the Summer League Registration page. Fill it out and send it, along with your check in the amount of $60, made out to LAOUT, to the address listed on the form. Your registration form must be completed by Friday, May 11, 2011 at noon and payment must be received by that date. All players on both leagues will receive discs and Five Ultimate jerseys.
What if I missed the deadline and still want to play?
Any players who sign up late – after the draft – can ONLY be added to teams to replace injured players, or players who drop out. Think of it as a crowded bar on Sunset. You can’t get in until someone else leaves. Players may only be added to teams with the consent of the Commissioner. Don’t just add ringers on your own.
Do I need to be a UPA member to play?
No. There is no UPA requirement in Summer League.
Can I baggage with other players?
Yes, but you may only baggage with one other player. Baggage will only be accepted under one of the following four conditions, and this is the same for people who want to captain together:
1) You have carpooling concerns.
2) You are in a committed relationship.
3) You are a veteran who is introducing a friend into playing ultimate for the first time, and they’d feel more comfortable playing with you.
4) You talk me into it real nicely (usually accompanied by a “why yes, I WILL agree to help set up the fields at the tournament”).
So to be clear, if I’m a guy and want to baggage with my significant other, or female carpooling buddy, and my name was not selected in the Co-Ed lottery, what happens?
In that case, you can only play in Men’s Division. Remember, if you have a special circumstance (family with children, only one car, long distance travel), let me know in advance of May 11th and you may be able to get an automatic entry into Co-Ed.
When and where is the tournament?
The Tournament will be on Saturday, August 25 at Cal State Pomona, same as last year. Unfortunately, they won’t have the pool open this year, as they’re restructuring things. And I’ll try to book the party at the same location as last year.
Which edition of the UPA rules will the leagues use?
We’ll use the new 11th edition rules. I’ll be giving out a few rulebooks to each team captain at the draft. (HA! I should change that line. It’s always there, and I don’t think I ever actually do that.) You can find a copy of the rules here: http://www.upa.org/ultimate/rules/11th
What if I have other questions?
Contact the Summer League Commissioner, Andy Bandit, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com