What is Summer League?
Summer League is a draft league organized by the Los Angeles Organization of Ultimate Teams (LAOUT). This is LAOUT’s 17th year organizing a draft league. And for the 8th 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. This year’s theme is L.A. Bars. I found 24 bars around Los Angeles that have a color (or close enough to a color) in their name. Ideally, at some point during the season, you’ll go out with your team to the bar you represent, and if they’re really awesome, they’ll give you a discount on food or something. I mean, c’mon, you’re playing for their pride. The least they can do is cut a couple bucks off their chicken wings.
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 10 men and 9 women per team. 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 be 4-3 or 3-4 offense chooses. There’s 10 games per team and games are to 17.
The Men’s Division is open to all men, and will have no cap on the number of players allowed. There’s 10 games per team 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 12th 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. (***See below for a list of guys who get automatic entry into Co-ed 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 10 week season begins Monday, June 2 and ends Thursday, August 7. 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). Depending on the total number of teams, there may be bye weeks. I won’t know that for sure until the end of May. Also, there will be two Party Fridays again, on July 25 and August 1 where we booked the entire field at Balboa and will have six games each day.
How do I register?
Go to the Summer League Registration page. Fill it out and pay either by Paypal or send a check in the amount of $66, made out to LAOUT, to the address listed on the form. Your registration form must be completed by Friday, May 9 at noon and payment must be received by that date. All players in both leagues will receive discs and jerseys. (Note: late registration is Friday, May 16 and will cost $77, so make sure to get in on time.)
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 USAU member to play?
No. There hasn’t been a USAU requirement in L.A. leagues for years now.
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 9th and you may be able to get an automatic entry into Co-Ed.
When and where is the tournament?
The Tournament will likely be on Saturday, August 9 at Cal State Pomona, same as last year. Unfortunately again, they won’t have the pool open this year, as they’re still in construction. And I’ll try to book the party at the same location as last year.
What if I have other questions?
Contact the Summer League Commissioner, Andy Bandit, at email@example.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org
***Guys who get automatic entry into Co-ed for 2014 if they want to play Co-ed, due to either missing the Co-ed draft the last two years, or giving up their spot in Co-ed last year to play with their baggage in Men’s: (If you feel your name should be on this list but isn’t, email me to let me know why.)