Winter League 2020 Friday Division (Cap-and-Fill)

Cap-and-Fill System

The Cap-and-Fill system will promote mixed ultimate while providing a space for as many players to play as possible. This will be accomplished by splitting into a mixed division (with a goal of playing at least 3 of each gender per team on each point) and an open division (following our co-rec gender-matching rules) during team generation.

How does it work?

  • Registrations are placed into one large pool and the waitlist will be managed manually by the league directors.
  • Splitting into 2 divisions will require that the number of registrations can support 8 teams. Otherwise, the division will fall back to our default co-rec format.
  • Half of the mixed division will be reserved for women. All additional women will be placed into the open division (regardless of preference).
  • Half of the mixed division will be reserved for men. If there are open spots still remaining, men will be placed into the mixed division until full. All additional men will be placed into the open division (regardless of preference).
  • Each division can expand (even multiple times). The following criteria will be used to determine which division to expand:
    • The mixed division will expand by 2 teams when there are enough additional women registered to form 2 teams along with enough men to fill the other half of those 2 new teams. E.g. if 2 teams require 28 players, 14 additional women and 14 additional men will allow for an expansion to the mixed division.
    • The open division will expand by 2 teams when the previous criteria is not met, but there are enough additional registrations to form 2 teams. E.g. if 2 teams require 28 players, 28 additional players will allow for an expansion to the mixed division.

How can I ensure I get place in a specific division?

There is a question in the registration process for you to indicate a preference of which division you end up in. This does not guarantee one or the other, but will help when splitting the division.

If you are a woman, you will be placed in the mixed division (space permitting) unless you indicate that you would like to play in the open division.

If you are a man, you will be placed into the mixed division (space permitting) when one of the following criteria is met:

  • You are in a group with a woman, 1:1.
  • You indicate a preference for the mixed division, and there are spaces remaining after placing all women and their groups (based on registration payment timestamp). Please note, groups with two men will not make it unless BOTH members qualify.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact the league directors at directors@annarborultimate.org.

Registration, Groups, and Waitlist Details

Please check out the FAQ page for more information about the registration process. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please send a note to registration@annarborultimate.org.

Rule Modificatons

This division will play using the competitive division rule set. Please see the rules page for more information.

Gender Matching

Before the game, captains should recruit women up to the number assigned to the team or a predetermined number decided by league organizers after team generation.

At the start of the game, after the first disc flip, an additional disc flip happens with the winner selecting which end zone is the "genzone." At the start of each point, the team that is at the genzone must choose the gender ratio. This process applies for the entire game (the "Genzone Decides Rule").

At the fields, captains should strive to find a balance that is equitable to all genders. If there is a large imbalance of players (of one gender or overall), often the best solution is for one team to sub someone over to the other for the game (perhaps switching at half). Note that match-ups on the line should be assigned based on ability; a player does not need to match up with a player of the same gender.

Other Details

As with all ultimate games, the emphasis in this division will be on high spirit, great exercise, and fun for both new and experienced players. Play hard, but play nice. And remember, violence, be it physical or verbal, is never acceptable and will get you suspended.

  • Games are played to time (1.5 hours) and end immediately when your timeslot is over. This means that games can end mid-point and/or in a tie. Additionally, captains are encouraged to determine the last point to end before your time is up to enable a smooth transition to the next game, event, or renter.
  • Bring white and team-colored (or a dark if you cannot match your team color) shirts, water, and cleats.
  • This division uses the default pick-up policy.
  • After the games do a cheer for the other team. This can be a quick "Great game!", a song with modified lyrics, it a haiku, an interpretive dance, or a massive game of rock paper scissors. We have seen all of these done quite well. Show good spirit, this is ultimate.
  • There is no alcohol allowed on or near the fields.

Most of all, have fun! Any questions, comments, or concerns can be directed to your captains, or to league organizers by emailing directors@annarborultimate.org.

Captaining

Captains are highly appreciated, and play for a discount. Just put a 4 (or a 2-4 typically) in the "How Much I'd Like to Be a Captain" portion of your registration. As we form teams, we will choose captains based on experience, team balance, etc. If you're chosen, you'll have to come to the captains meeting, send emails to your teams to get them psyched about the games, and do the usual captain job of helping new players and keeping the spirit on your team high. You don't have to be the best player on the team, but you do have to have spirit and energy! Captains make Ann Arbor Ultimate work, so if you've been playing for a few seasons, think about joining the ranks of the captains.

Upon fulfilling their duties at the end of the season, captains receive a registration refund of $30.

Interested in captaining a team? Sign up early and save the date for our mandatory captains' meeting on Friday, January 3rd at 6:30PM in Ann Arbor.