Los Angeles Organization of Ultimate Teams

FAQ

What is Summer League?

Summer League is a draft league organized by the Los Angeles Organization of Ultimate Teams (LAOUT). This is LAOUT’s 19th year organizing a draft league. For the first time in a decade, we’re back to one Co-ed league only.

Does Summer League have a theme this year?

Of course, because I love themes.  This year’s theme is Villains.  Every team will be represented by a different villain who has a unique Special Villain Ability, which they may use either once per game, or for one point, depending on the ability.

After the draft, I will post all the villains and their abilities so you’re not surprised when you play that team.

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 gender ratio?

This a 5/2 or 4/3 offense chooses league.  The most obvious question is going to be what happens if a team has low numbers of women.  Like 3, or even 2?  Well, in cases like that, if one team brings only 3 women, and the other brings 6, I feel bad for the team that has 6 women show up, but it would be best not to push the team with only 3 women to play 4/3 that much.  I think you can do it occasionally, but don’t be excessive about it.  (And I understand that word is up for interpretation.)  If a team brings only 2 women, the official rule will be that you cannot make them go 4/3.

When and where is Summer League played?

The 11 week season begins Monday, June 6 and ends Thursday, August 18.  Games are played Monday – Friday nights, 8:00 – 10:00 at Balboa Park in Encino.  Also, there will be a Party Friday again, on August 12 where we booked the entire field and will have seven games there and one game at Reseda.

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 $69, made out to LAOUT, to the address listed on the form.  Your registration form must be completed by Friday, May 13 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 20 and will cost $79, 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. This year I’m getting more flexible on baggage.  You can baggage with up to three other people, but the intent of baggaging is for carpool purposes only, or if you’re in a relationship or bringing a new player to the league.  If two couples want to baggage together, you need to live near each other for this to be acceptable.

When and where is the tournament?

The Tournament will be on Saturday, August 20.  It will be in Santa Clarita.  I’m currently working out the details.

Spirit Circles

A new feature this year to Summer League is pre-game spirit circles.  Teams are encouraged to huddle together before the opening pull to meet each other, and remind everyone that this is a beginner-friendly league, and not meant to be ultra-competitive.  And to wish the other team good luck.  This is semi-mandatory.  Meaning you don’t absolutely have to do it, but you really should do it.

What if I have other questions?

Contact the Summer League Commissioner, Andy Bandit, at summerleague@laout.org or at andybandit@gmail.com