Not many changes for the 2019 club season.
January 2, 2019 by Charlie Eisenhood in News with 0 comments
Just before the holidays, USA Ultimate published their report on the Club Division’s competition working group meeting. Here’s a summary of the latest developments in the Club Division:
- The 2019 Triple Crown Tour schedule will closely mirror the 2018 one, though there is a good possibility of the addition of a second Select Flight Invite event, contingent on tournament bids. Preferred dates for the major club tournaments are available in this bid document from USAU, with the Pro-Elite Challenge again kicking off the year in early July and the Pro Championships finishing the season over Labor Day weekend.
- The 2020 TCT format and schedule could look a lot different, “including match play and regional regular-season events.” Look for more info in the first edition of a new subscriber newsletter out soon.
- Existing time cap rules will be applied more consistently in 2019. “All tournaments that use the soft time cap will be required to have a 20 minute soft cap and at least 10 minutes between the hard cap and the start of the next round.”
- Providing forums for discussion of “racial, class, and gender equity” will be prioritized for Select and Classic Flight teams after mostly focusing on opportunities for Pro and Elite Flight teams.
- The Mixed Gender Ratio Rule B (endzone decides) will remain in effect for the 2019 season. “The group recommends that a marker be placed in the ‘genzone‘1 at the beginning of each game to clarify for players and spectators which end zone is the genzone.” There may also be a newly instituted time limit for announcing the chosen ratio before each point.
- The rule that requires each Mixed Division team to have one male and one female spirit captain has been eliminated.
- The Women’s Division growth bid from Sectionals to Regionals has been kept in place for 2019. The rule, introduced last year, “allows for women’s teams to earn a sectional growth bid by competing in 10 games over the course of the regular season,” which helps to increase the size of Regionals events.
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