American Ultimate Disc League

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American Ultimate Disc League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2015 American Ultimate Disc League season
American Ultimate Disc League Logo.gif
Sport Ultimate
Founded 2010
Inaugural season 2012
No. of teams 25
Country United States, Canada
Most recent champion(s) San Jose Spiders(1)
Official website theAUDL.com

The American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) is currently one of two semi-professional level ultimate leagues in the United States, the other being Major League Ultimate. It was founded by Josh Moore, and its inaugural season began in April 2012 with eight teams. Regular season games are played on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the months of April through July. The playoffs consist of division championships and culminate with a championship game in late July.

About[edit]

The first AUDL game was won by the Connecticut Constitution on April 14, 2012 over the Rhode Island Rampage by a score of 29 to 22, and the first goal was scored by Brent Anderson of the Constitution.[1] The first ever championship was held on July 11, 2012 and was won by the Philadelphia Spinners by a score of 29 to 22 over the Indianapolis AlleyCats.

In this first season, the league consisted of eight teams broken into the Eastern and Western conferences. Jonathan 'Goose' Helton of the AlleyCats was named league MVP for the inaugural season. Helton, alongside Evan Boucher, Cameron Brock, Rob Dulabon, Dave Hochholter, John Korber, and Jake Rainwater were named to the first All-AUDL Team.[citation needed]

For the 2013 season, the Indianapolis Alleycats and the Detroit Mechanix were the only teams from the 2012 season to remain in their cities, while the Bluegrass Revolution relocated from Lexington, KY to Cincinnati, OH.[2] Even with only three teams left, the league still managed to expand to twelve teams overall[3]

In 2014, the league expanded to 17 teams, including the introduction of the West[4] Division. The league also reached a multi-year broadcasting deal with ESPN3 that will cover 14 regular season games, a playoff game, and the Championship Weekend.[5]

In 2015, the league expanded to its current 25 teams. The new expansion teams consisted of the Pittsburgh Thunderbirds, Ottawa Outlaws, Los Angeles Aviators, San Diego Growlers, Jacksonville Cannons, Nashville Nightwatch, Raleigh Flyers, Atlanta Hustle and Charlotte Express. In March of 2015, the Salt Lake Lions announced that they will be suspending operations for the entire 2015 season; leaving the West Conference with only 6 teams. Franchises were also purchased in Austin and Dallas which will be launched in 2016.[6][7]

Rules[edit]

The AUDL features a number of rule changes from the traditional set of rules laid out and established by USA Ultimate.

The field area has been expanded to 53 13 yards wide and 80 yards long with 20 yard end zones (the same size as an American football field, but with the end zones taking up twice as much of the field as in American football). Games are timed with four quarters of 12 minutes each, including a 15-minute halftime. If the score is tied, a five minute overtime period is played. If the score remains tied after overtime, a second overtime is played in which the first team to score wins.

Notable changes from the USAU format include the use of referees, a drop in the stall count from 10 seconds to 7, a five-yard penalty for traveling when catching the disc, and a turnover for traveling when throwing the disc.[8] There are also other infractions, such as too much physicality, that result in 5-, 10-, or 20-yard penalties depending on the severity of the infraction.

Teams[edit]

As of the 2015 season, 25 active teams compete in four divisions: East, Midwest, West, and South. There are 21 teams from the continental United States and four from Canada.

Active teams[edit]

Team City/Area Stadium Founded First Season
Eastern Conference
DC Breeze Washington, DC Hotchkiss Field[9] 2013 2013
Montreal Royal Montreal, QC Percival Molson Memorial Stadium[10] 2013 2014
New York Empire Manhattan, NY MCU Park at Coney Island 2013 2013
Philadelphia Phoenix Philadelphia, PA A. A. Garthwaite Stadium 2013 2013
Rochester Dragons Rochester, NY Eunice Kennedy Shriver Stadium[11] 2013 2013
Toronto Rush Toronto, ON Varsity Stadium 2013 2013
Ottawa Outlaws Ottawa, ON Keith Harris Stadium 2014 2015
Midwestern Conference
Cincinnati Revolution Cincinnati, OH Sheakley Athletic Center 2013 2013
Detroit Mechanix Pontiac, MI Ultimate Soccer Arenas 2010 2012
Indianapolis AlleyCats Indianapolis, IN Kuntz Stadium 2012 2012
Madison Radicals Madison, WI Breese Stevens Field 2013 2013
Minnesota Wind Chill St. Paul, MN James Griffin Stadium 2013 2013
Pittsburgh Thunderbirds Pittsburgh, PA George R. Cupples Stadium 2014 2015
Chicago Wildfire Chicago, IL Benedectine University 2013 2013
Western Conference
Los Angeles Aviators Los Angeles, CA Occidental College 2014 2015
San Diego Growlers San Diego, CA Junipero Serra High School/Balboa Stadium 2014 2015
San Francisco Flamethrowers San Francisco, CA Galileo Academy Fields[12] 2013 2014
San Jose Spiders San Jose, CA Foothill College[13] 2013 2014
Seattle Cascades Seattle, WA Seattle Memorial Stadium 2014 2015
Vancouver Riptide Vancouver, BC Swangard Stadium[14] 2013 2014
Southern Conference
Raleigh Flyers Raleigh, NC WakeMed Soccer Park/Cardinal Gibbons High School 2014 2015
Charlotte Express Charlotte, NC East Mecklenburg High School 2014 2015
Nashville NightWatch Nashville, TN Hale Stadium 2014 2015
Jacksonville Cannons Jacksonville, FL TBD 2014 2015
Atlanta Hustle Atlanta, GA Grady Stadium 2015 2015

Former Teams[edit]

Team City/Area Stadium Season(s) Status
Buffalo Hunters Orchard Park, NY Orchard Park High School Sports Complex 2012 Rebranded in 2013 as Rochester Dragons
Columbus Cranes Westerville, Ohio Warhawks Stadium 2012 Folded after 2012 season
Connecticut Constitution New Britain, CT Arute Field 2012 Folded after 2012 season
New Jersey Hammerheads[15] West Windsor Township, NJ Mercer County Community College Stadium 2013 Folded after 2013 season
Philadelphia Spinners Philadelphia, PA Franklin Field 2012 Left after 2012 season[16] Joined MLU in 2013
Rhode Island Rampage East Providence, RI Pierce Memorial Field 2012 Folded after 2012 season
Bluegrass Revolution Cincinnati, OH Sheakley Athletic Center 2012 Rebranded in 2013 to Cincinnati Revolution
Seattle Raptors Seattle, WA Renton Memorial Stadium 2014 Rebranded in 2015 to Seattle Cascades

Championships[edit]

Year Date Champion Score Runner-Up Venue Location
2012 August 11, 2012 Philadelphia Spinners[17] 29–22 Indianapolis AlleyCats Pontiac Silverdome Pontiac, MI
2013 August 4, 2013 Toronto Rush[18] 16–14 Madison Radicals Lane Tech Stadium Chicago, IL[19]
2014[20] July 27, 2014 San Jose Spiders 28–18 Toronto Rush Varsity Stadium Toronto, ON

MVP[edit]

Year Name Team
2012 Jonathan "Goose" Helton Indianapolis AlleyCats
2013 Jonathan "Goose" Helton Chicago Wildfire
2014 Beau Kittredge San Jose Spiders

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Week 1 Results". American Ultimate Disc League. Retrieved 2012-04-16. 
  2. ^ "Philadelphia Spinners Leave AUDL". Skyd Magazine. 2012-10-05. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  3. ^ "AUDL Teams". American Ultimate Disc League. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  4. ^ "AUDL Coverage Map". American Ultimate Disc League. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  5. ^ "AUDL Signs Multi-Year Broadcast Agreement with ESPN". American Ultimate Disc League. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  6. ^ "AUDL To Launch Southeast Division In 2015; Add Texas Teams In 2016". Ultiworld. 2014-07-02. Retrieved 2014-11-25. 
  7. ^ "AUDL Announces 2014 Expansion To West Coast, Montreal". Ultiworld. 2013-10-25. Retrieved 2014-11-25. 
  8. ^ "AUDL 101". American Ultimate Disc League. Retrieved 2012-04-15. 
  9. ^ "THE BREEZE RETURN TO DC PROPER IN 2015". DC Breeze. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Billets « Royal de Montréal". Royalultimate.com. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  11. ^ "Venue". Rochester Dragons. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  12. ^ "Venue". SF FlameThrowers. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  13. ^ "San Jose Spiders Ultimate Team – TICKETS". Sjspiders.com. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  14. ^ "about « Vancouver Riptide". Vancouverriptide.com. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  15. ^ "New Jersey AUDL Franchise Folds, DC Franchise Avoids Same Fate With New Investor". Ultiworld. 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  16. ^ "AUDL President Talks About 2013 Season, Spinners, Major League Ultimate". Ultiworld. 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  17. ^ "Philadelphia Wins Inaugural AUDL Championship". Skyd Magazine. 2012-08-20. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  18. ^ "2013 AUDL Championship Final Highlights". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  19. ^ "AUDL Championship Weekend Preview". Skyd Magazine. 2013-08-02. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  20. ^ "Instant Reaction: The AUDL Moves Championship Up to Toronto". Ultiworld. 2013-11-27. Retrieved 2014-06-24.