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Split League Explanation and FAQ

September 5th, 2014

Double League Explanation and FAQs

(working, draft, in progress, subject to change, be patient…)

 

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  1. Why we’re changing the system
  2. How does the Mixed (Co-ed) league work?
  3. How does the Open (Men’s) league work?
  4. So wait, what are my preference options?
  5. So wait, what if I just want to play regular mixed?
  6. What are the game times?
  7. How does the draft work?
  8. Can I play in both leagues?
  9. How do pairs work?
  10. Do I need to buy two shirts if I play both leagues?
  11. Can I win two discs/championships?
  12. I’m a mid-level or newer player- what does this mean for me?

Why we’re changing the system

Gainesville has a great league system which works for a lot of people. However, with Fall league looking to have well over 200 players we were looking at 14 LARGE teams. This is extremely difficult to handle in terms of field space, gender distribution, and playing time.

We are excited to announce the formation of a split league with two separate divisions and playtimes:

Open (“Men’s”) playing at ~1:00pm

Mixed (“Co-ed”) playing at ~3:00pm

Everyone still gets to play league, gets drafted, and in some cases double the chance to compete for a championship!

 

How does the Mixed (“Co-ed”) league work?

Mixed is going to a 4-3 format (4 men, 3 women) preferred (with 5-2 as a possible backup option depending on roster sizes). With 6-7 women per team, this should smooth out attendance issues and make matchups more reasonable for most women. This also means women will be far more important to every team and should actually help us recruit more women for the future. (Exact gender rules will be specified when we know the roster sizes. And “women” is being used here as a term to include both women and children for rule purposes.)

 

How does the Open (“Men’s”) league work?

The Open league will have no constraints on gender composition.  We expect 8 (perhaps 6, perhaps 10) teams, presumably mostly men. It will consist of those who have not been drafted to a Mixed team and then any remaining players needed to fill the league will come from players who have selected the preference to play in both leagues.

 

So wait, what are my preference options?

 

This is actually pretty darn easy. You have the options below (currently still under a bit of flux but they will be in roughly this format).

Signup Categories Letter Shorthand Playing in Mixed? Playing in Open?
I would like to play Mixed only A Mixed-only YES NO
I am willing to play either, but if drafted in Mixed would prefer NOT to play Open B Either/Or (1 League only) Maybe (only if drafted in Mixed) Maybe (only if NOT drafted in Mixed)
I am willing to play either, and if drafted in Mixed would like to also play Open C Either/Both (Open & Maybe Mixed) Maybe (only if drafted in Mixed) YES
I am a woman and I want to play in both leagues D Woman/Both YES YES
I am a captain/organizer and I want to play in both leagues E Capt/Both YES YES
I would prefer to only play in Open (but recognize that this may not be possible, so I will indicate my 2nd preference from the other options available) F* Open-Only NO YES

 

So wait, what if I just want to play regular mixed?

If you select option “A” for mixed-only then you are guaranteed a spot in the Mixed league. This means everything is standard for you except you get to heckle the Open division if you show up a bit early..

 

What are the game times?

Open league will run from roughly 1-3pm

Mixed league will run from 3-5pm

 

How does the draft work?

Based on your preference you will be drafted onto either a Mixed team, an Open team, or possibly both.

Here’s the detailed/convoluted version:

  1. The number of Mixed teams will be determined by the total number of women/children in the draft pool.  We are aiming for 6-7 women/children per team, and expect there will be 8 Mixed teams.  (10 is a distant possibility also.)
  2. We aim for no less than 9-10 men per Mixed team, so there will be a designated set of 72-80 base slots for men in the Mixed league.  For the sake of example, let’s say it’s 80 base slots.
  3. We will draft from the pool of men such that everyone in category A (&E) will be drafted.  If the number of people in category A (&E) is greater than the 80 available base slots, we will draft all those players to Mixed, and no other players from categories B&C.  If there are more base slots than there are A (&E) players, we will make up the difference with players from categories B&C.  In this case, all male players (from A,B,C,E) will be initially draftable, until the remaining number of base slots is equal to the remaining players in categories A (&E).  At that point, the remaining B&C players will no longer be draftable to the Mixed league; all those players will be drafted later for the Open league.  The rest of the Mixed rosters will be filled with players from the remaining players in the A (&E) categories.

 

Can I play in both leagues?

Yes, although only Captains are guaranteed spots in both, if they wish. Perks of being a Captain- volunteer next season folks!  Depending on the numbers involved (i.e., if category A &E are less than the 80 base slots), some players from category C will be able to play in both leagues.

How do pairs work?

Mixed will try to do the standard pairing approval of children, spouses, and brand new players.  When possible, Open will try to accommodate pairing of brand new players if both players choose the same categories (both choose category C for instance).

Do I need to buy two shirts if I play both leagues?

Nope! There will only be one shirt per person.  We are figuring out the details here.

Can I win two discs/championships?

Absolutely! Kick some ass, dominate both leagues, and be rewarded.

I’m a mid-level or newer player: what does this mean for me?

Unless you opt for Mixed (co-ed) only it is highly likely you will be playing in the Open (Men’s) league.

 

Open will be a fantastic opportunity for you to receive playtime while learning from elite players doing both leagues. The UF A-team will be working hard to keep Open competitive and will drive you to step up your game.

Document link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nDA_BctrD_ORD-1sHr7-zZm4VS4nakVGdbhgsiWF8vc/edit?pli=1#

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