Fall 2019LeagueFall Beach League

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WELCOME TO FALL BEACH LEAGUE 2019!!!

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Friday, August 30 – Registration opens
  • Sunday, October 6 – League starts
  • Friday, October 11 – Registration closes
  • Sunday, December 1 – Thanksgiving weekend, no games
  • Sunday, December 8 – Tournament in Santa Monica

WHEN and WHERE: The 8 week season will play from 10am to 1pm on Sunday, October 6th and ends Sunday, November 24th, with the Tournament on Sunday, December 8th.  Fall Beach League will be in the same place as last year, on the south side of the Parking Lot that is just south of where Ocean Park Blvd meets Barnard Way (Near the South Beach Park Playground). 

COST:

  • $35 with a Basic LAOUT Membership
  • $31.50 with A List LAOUT Membership
  • FREE for Star and Legend LAOUT Memberships
  • Womxn who are new to ultimate can receive 50% off their LAOUT Membership and Fall Beach League by using the coupon code STRONGWOMXN
  • Men who are new to ultimate can receive 10% off their LAOUT Membership and Fall Beach League by using the coupon code STRONGMAN

SKILL: Teams must sign up as A or B to indicate relative competitive level.

FORMAT: Dynamic Scheduling will be in effect which means teams will play according to their performance, and that the schedule will be released as the season progresses. Initial schedules will be released for the first 2 weeks. Later schedules will given with at least 1 weeks notice. This also means that you may be likely to play the same team more than once during the season.

GENDER RATIO: Fall Beach League is 4v4 with 2M/2F on the field at a time. There is no 3/1 option.  If only one person of a gender is present, you must play 2M/1F or 1M/2F.

ROSTERING RULES: Final rosters are due before the 2nd weekend of games.  

A Division – 16 player cap with gender balance must be within 2 (ex. 9 men and 7 women, or vice versa). Players in the A division must play in at least 6 games or 3 weekends, to be eligible to play in the tourney.

B Division – No player cap. Players in the B division must play in at least 2 games to be eligible to play in the tourney.

See you all on the sand!

– Buster

*Please note that if you are new to ultimate, please use the coupon code STRONGWOMAN or STRONGMAN before you checkout for a special discount on your first event and Basic or A-list Membership; if you decide you’d like to purchase an upgraded membership down the line, just let us know and we’ll help you out.

Also, for any player with a financial barrier, please email us and we’ll be happy to get you playing through our financial assistance fund.

Fall Beach League
Fall Beach League
Our fall, Mixed Beach League is back!!! 4v4 Coed Beach ultimate every Sunday starting October 7th in Santa Monica.

9 comments

  • Eric Brach

    August 30, 2019 at 10:42 am

    I posted this on FB as well, but… Sunday, November 24 isn’t Thanksgiving this year, I believe.

    Since Thanksgiving is on Thu, Nov 28 this year, shouldn’t Thanksgiving weekend (no games) be Sun, Dec 1?

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    • Buster

      August 30, 2019 at 11:05 am

      Thanks Eric! You are correct! We will update that.

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  • Monika Petroczy

    August 30, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    It seems like the price of playing fall beach league seems to have doubled in the last couple years. I’ve really enjoyed playing Beach League for the last 7-8 years with MHC, but for that price I’ll stick with beach pick up games in SB on the weekends. I’m not getting anything more for the extra cost. How much does putting out cones really cost? I know we get a party at the end, and I love that, but I’m not much of a beer consumer, so the cost seems high.

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    • Stephen

      September 12, 2019 at 4:08 am

      I’m also curious as to why the increase in fees. Also additional information of players put into a database.
      Why the changes?

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      • Why

        September 12, 2019 at 5:02 am

        Sounds like I’m subsidizing things I never wanted, have to pay more for a membership, and give over more of my personal information that then is used as data to be shared with other corporations without my consent.

        As an artist one reason I enjoyed Ultimate was because of the low barrier to entry (financially and otherwise)… I’m very confused as to the need for all of this.

        This seems like I’m going out to dinner with friends, just having an appetizer while everyone else drinks and eats, and then when the bill comes along they decide to evenly split it with everyone.

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    • Joaquin Menendez

      September 13, 2019 at 1:57 pm

      $35 for 8 games and a tournament is too expensive? Is this a joke?

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      • Monika Petroczy

        October 4, 2019 at 4:33 pm

        the fields are free. the cones are paid for. what’s the $35 for? I know the commissioner should be paid something to set things up, but it adds up to a lot with the number of participants. I dont drink beer so the party doesn’t benefit me, but people enjoy it.

        I think our community would appreciate TRANSPARENCY in the budget..I believe the request is for that. Then we can choose to participate or not. Its not that 8 games cost $35… pick up is free…, so we want to know how the $ is spent. I think we could all get behind it if we knew where it went…especially if its going towards charitable activities as well as logistics such as insurance and ulti central.

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  • Joanna

    October 7, 2019 at 9:22 am

    As Treasurer of the LAOUT Board, I’d like to address the concerns about the rising prices of events and leagues. One thing that many people appreciate about ultimate has been the relative low financial barrier to entry compared to other activities, and the Board continues to keep that in mind as we plan for LAOUT’s future. As you know, it takes many hours of planning to continue to run leagues up to the standard to which our community has become accustomed. With all that we try to provide, ultimate still comes in at cheaper than many other activities that are vying for your attention, and we know that price is important in each member’s decision, which is why we strive to keep costs as low as possible. However, to keep delivering you the experience you expect and deserve, our leagues are requiring more and more time from more and more people. As field costs rise faster than our league fees (yes even beach permits cost money), and insurance is requiring more to keep us running, and the fact that it is now essential for us to pay a field director to work the equivalent of a part time job finding fields because space is at a premium, ultimate central takes around 6.6% of fees to help us run things, there are just some basic operational things we cannot avoid paying for. We’ve also found that to keep consistent standards, relying solely on volunteers is not fair nor sustainable for our community, so your fellow members who have stepped up to help take on the tasks of running the events you enjoy, have been deservedly getting some compensation for the many many hours it takes to organize leagues and tournaments and to continue to find ways to improve. The Board is still absorbing countless hours of unpaid work to keep everything running as smoothly as possible and as cheaply as possible. With all that, I hope you see you are getting a great value for your money as compared to many other sports/events that cost more for less actual playing time.

    Finally, I’d really like to share the board’s excitement about our scholarship fund for the community. As many of you know, ultimate is usually seen as a sport that’s easy to start playing, but the reality is that that is only when you are put in a position to be shown that opportunity. As LAOUT looks towards the future, we are looking to make not only our organization better for our current members, but also for as many diverse voices in our larger Los Angeles community as well. As you may or may not know, ultimate has been dominated by a few specific groups of people, and LAOUT is looking to help break out of that track. We don’t want socio-economic factors to be one more on the list of what keeps people from being active and finding a community where they belong. We want LAOUT to be a home for as many people as want it. That is why we started this scholarship fund. It takes a village, and that is what we want LAOUT to be for our members. A place where everyone is welcomed and brought together. If you ever need a hand to be a part of our community, please reach out to board@laout.org. We are working for you. We hear your concerns and would love to discuss anything you want to talk with us about. If you’d like more details, I’m happy to chat with you about what LAOUT’s goals and future plans are.

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    • Joanna

      October 7, 2019 at 10:14 am

      Also, Summer League marked a full year for me on the board, so this is the first time we’ve had a full year of really detailed information on expenses and incomes to be able to really understand what is required and what is possible, as well as to make sure everything is being run with proper protocol. I’ve worked really hard on tracking lots of information for us to use as we continue to try to improve and am happy to share some insights to anyone who is interested. Here are just a few quick numbers of information I’ve tracked: Over $7,000 discounted for members in 2019, $400 donated to Ultimate Peace, $670 donated to further women’s ultimate outside of LAOUT events, just over $100 on free non-frisbee community building events, we have plans to donate all profits from Prom to SCYU again, and more.

      Everyone is welcome to attend any board meeting and ask all questions they have. We meet every third Monday of the month. Reach out to board@laout.org to let us know you want to attend so we make sure you are included on the email about location since we move around a lot since we need to find free space to have us. I won’t be at the October one, but everyone after I’m happy to go over numbers with you and if you have ideas on more events to run and are willing to put in the time to bring them to fruition we are happy to listen. We have money we want to spend on expanding our programs, we just need members to help put in the time (and get compensated for that time).

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