Month: August 2017

81 draft spots filled!

We are now 70% full for draft (it has an absolute maximum of 128 spots), if you’re planning to play draft this fall please sign up ASAP! The sooner we have all our spots filled, the sooner we can confirm the number of teams, confirm captains, and draft the players, sort the teams, and publish the schedule for fall.

Current summer players only have their spots reserved until tomorrow. When early bird ends September 5th if any open draft spots remain we will sell them in the method described on the draft registration page (16 spots at a time). If after 7 days (september 12th) there are still open spots, registration will close and be rounded down to the nearest 16.

TL;DR: The best way to guarantee yourself a spot in draft is to sign up now!

Minimum attendance rules

When we implemented the spares rules in 2016, one of the rules was that rostered teammates must have attended 3 games minimum to participate in semi-finals and the championship match. This was to keep ringers out of playoffs.

From time to time, based on feedback, we review certain rules to see if they match how the community feels. Now that rosters have been more consistent, spares rules are being followed, and the league has grown, the need/worry about “ringers” has lessened considerably.

The arguments in favor of the rule are 1) Keeps ringers out of playoffs 2) Makes sure that players actually attend season games if they want to play in playoffs

Arguments against the rule are 1) If a player is already officially on a roster, they’re not allowed to be on another team’s roster and should be allowed to play 2) In gold level play there are no real “ringers”, so anybody on the roster should be allowed to play in playoffs 3) Life comes up, sometimes people don’t make a lot of season games but are still on the team and want to play every game they’re available

We are also willing to compromise, and simply remove the minimum number for gold games. We would continue keeping track of attendance for Silver/Bronze games in order to maintain the spirit of the rule – keeping ringers out of the lower leagues in playoffs.

We have created a survey to gather feedback on this rule officially, since unofficially we have had some people express a desire to remove it.

Please visit the survey here to express your opinion. We will close the survey in 1 week’s time and adjust the rules based on the result. We are not looking to augment it in any way – just keep it, remove it from gold, or remove it entirely.

Please keep in mind this will not affect the current season, only Fall 2017 and subsequent seasons.

Edit: Just to be clear, we are not looking at changing the spares policy, that will remain as it is – it is functioning very well with little incident. We are only discussing the possibility of removing the 3 game minimum required to attend playoffs.

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Don’t forget Draft registration is open!

This year, in anticipation of the larger numbers to come, we have opened the closed/public sides of registration at the same time.

64 spots were opened to the public August 15th

64 spots are reserved for the people in the Summer draft, until September 1st, at which point whatever remains will be opened to the public

Don’t forget to sign up! We’ve already filled up more than halfway!


We did it!

Even with the delay yesterday, we managed to get the gym cleaned up and everyone out by 10:32 – only 2 minutes behind schedule!

A big thank you to everyone in the community for being such good sports about the situation. Everybody dealt with it in a mature manner and made the best of an unfortunate situation. Major thanks go to our referees – Evan, Nate, Jordan and Sean – who still fulfilled all their duties while also keeping the games going at a pace that allowed everyone to be out at the correct time at the end of the night.

Great work to everyone involved, and thank you so much everyone for your understanding. Every once in a while a gym gets double booked – it happens – and we appreciate very much that you all handled it with such grace and positive attitudes.

We truly do have the best community!

Tonight’s games will be delayed

There is an issue with Sturgeon today and without notice they have told us they cannot start our games until 7:00.

We will send out an email immediately following this to those affected. We will not have the 5 minute warm up or cool down today we will go straight into games so hopefully the 9:30 games can start as close to on time as possible so we aren’t all stuck there late.

We are sorry about this, we showed up today expecting everything to be normal but these things happen and we are doing our best to get things back on track.

For tonight we will be eliminating the 5 minute warm up, there will be no break at half time, and the next game will start immediately following the end of the game prior. Attendance will be done between rounds or at the end of the game.

Thank you all for your understanding, we are doing everything we can to make the best of this situation.

Fall is going to be HUGE

We are looking forward to a massive fall season, and we do mean massive. We sold out last fall, when we had space for only ~80 or so teams. With 65 teams this summer, we shattered all expectations. Summer is typically when people gravitate away from indoor sports, but not Winnipeg!

This fall we are prepared for much higher numbers than in past. We spent the last few months digging for suitable gym space, and now we have space for 16 draft teams, 42 Sundays, 8 Mondays, 14 Tuesdays, 18 Wednesdays, 6 Premier, and 14 Thursdays.

This is all based on previous registration numbers and our projections for growth this season based on growth in previous seasons. If we manage to fill a night, we will look for more space but in the meantime let’s fill up what we got!

Submitting rosters

Please be aware that this season we will be clamping down on teams that submit rosters with fake names. This creates a massive headache for us, as each player is entered into our system and has a profile. If they are entered with their real name on one team, and their facebook name on another, this means we have now created two separate profiles, and reconciling the two after we find out is a massive headache and more work than is reasonable.

When the league only had 64 players, it was easy to spot who was who and fix it. We expect to have in excess of 700 players in the fall, and it is just not feasible to look over each and every one and figure out who has been submitted with multiple different names.

We are all adults here, take the thirty seconds to ask each player what their full name is. You may be surprised to find out that a lot of people use their middle name instead of their last name, or a fake first name since they don’t want work contacts or a crazy ex to find them.

TLDR: Find out your teammates’ actual names before submitting your roster


Thank you!

Registration is open, summer rosters closed

Fall registration is open now! The forms are up on the Team, Draft, and Premier registration pages.

Summer roster changes are no longer permitted as all divisions have completed 5 games. The roster submission page will now be for entering your fall teams.