What is Summer League?
Summer League is a draft league organized by the Los Angeles Organization of Ultimate Teams (LAOUT). This is LAOUT’s 21st year organizing a draft league.
Does Summer League have a theme this year?
Of course, because I love themes. This year’s theme is Felines and Canines. Basically, cartoon cats and cartoon dogs. There will be a Cat League and a Dog League. All cats will play all dogs until they’ve played all possible teams and then the final few weeks will be Cat Fights and Dog Fights for seeding into the tournament. Note: there’s no powers this year. It was fun to do powers, but their time has come and we’re back to normal this year.
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.”
- Monday, April 23 – registration opens
- Friday, May 11 – early (CHEAPER) registration ends
- Monday, May 21 – registration extension date (costs more money because it makes my life harder when you’re late)
- Monday, May 28 – Summer League draft (If you wish to captain, either yourself or your co-captain needs to be able to make it on this date. This is Memorial Day, so there will be a BBQ. It will likely happen at my house in West Adams, and I will have food and drinks for the captains.)
- Saturday, June 2 – Pre-season LAOUT Prom!!!
- Monday, June 4 – League starts
- Saturday, August 11 – Tournament in Santa Clarita
When and where is Summer League played?
The 10 week season begins Monday, June 4 and ends Thursday, August 9. Games are played Monday – Friday nights, 8:00 – 10:00. As of now, we’ve only got Rancho Cienega Recreation Center (Jackie Robinson field in Mid-City) and the Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex in Van Nuys booked. But more fields are being added.
How do I register?
Go to the Summer League Registration page. Fill it out and pay either on-line 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 11 at 6pm and payment must be received by that date. All players in both leagues will receive discs and jerseys. (Note: late registration is Monday, May 21 at midnight and will cost $10 more, so make sure to get in on time.) If you are a LAOUT Member, you will get $5 off regardless of when you sign up.
Special Registration rates:
If you are under 21, you will get a $10 discount from the time you pay. That’s on top of the $5 member rate.
If you are a female who’s new to Ultimate, don’t pay. Contact me and I have a special rate for you that’s not listed on the registration page.
What are the rules for gender ratio?
If we’re still doing one league, then it will be a strict 4 men/3 women league. But I’m hoping we grow enough this year to go back to the two league system. I’ll let you know as we get closer.
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 this year we’re going back to the maximum of two person baggages. However, if you NEED to have a third or fourth person in your baggage, contact me to let me know why. Here’s exceptions to the two person baggage that I’ll accept:
- Carpool reasons. Be specific. Generally it should only be for long distance carpools. Not just because you really want to play with friends.
- Two of you are a couple but one of you would like to include their roommate.
- Bringing in a new player
When and where is the tournament?
The Tournament will be on Saturday, August 11 in Santa Clarita again.
Summer League has 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.
Field/Game Rules for Summer League Can Be Found HERE
What if I have other questions?
Contact the Summer League Commissioner, Andy Bandit, at email@example.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org